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Key information about Istanbul

Population

15,520,000

Country
Turkey
Money
Currency
TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 8.47 TRY
ATM fees

Withdrawals are usually free (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted in most places

Tipping

Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars

Airport
Main airport

Istanbul Airport (IST)

Airport to city center

Havaist Airport Shuttle (~18-30 TRY), taxi (~105 TRY - 135 TRY, always ask to switch on the meter)

Other options

Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) - Istanbul's second airport, with flights from Europe and the Middle East

Transportation
Taxi apps

BiTaksi

Public transportation

City bus: 5 TRY per ride, purchase a ticket at the bus station
Metro: 5 TRY per ride, purchase a ticket inside the metro station
Tram, funicular and ferry: 5 TRY per ride, purchase at station machines

Getting around

Buy an Istanbulkart (Istanbul Card) from major transit stops at the airport or in the city, can be used on all public transportation, reload credit at newsstands or self-service machines, reduced transit rates with card

SIM card
Best options

Turkcell, Turk Telekom

Expected cost

55 TRY for 5 GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Official stores at the airport or in the city center. 10-15 minutes needed. Bring your passport.

Language
Official language(s)

Turkish

Level of English

Low

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish

Local food specialities

Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight

Eat like a local

Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee

Vegetarian / vegan options

59 listings on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

Yemeksepeti

Supermarkets

ลžok: Popular discount supermarket, good variety of food, no alcohol, private labels and regular brands, online shopping
A101: Popular discount supermarket, many locations, no alcohol, limited online shopping
Migros: High-quality products, more expensive, organic products, online shopping
BIM: Discount supermarket, great overall selection, reasonable prices, no alcohol
Local markets: Located in some neighborhoods, good deals on produce, meat and fish