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Istanbul Travel Guide

Located at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city like no other. Taking influences from both east and west, it combines them to form a warm and exciting city that combines the best of cultures. Whether you are planning to visit Istanbul on a short break to take advantage of the sight seeing, or want to begin a longer holiday exploring Turkey in depth, spending time in this fantastically confusing and alluring city will be extremely memorable.

Sights to see in Istanbul

Try to make sure that you have time in Istanbul to check out the amazing tourist attractions there. Amongst the Istanbul attractions include the Tokapi Palace is one of the best. Other popular sights like the Blue Mosque are also well worth seeking out. Istanbul’s history provides lots for visitors to enjoy.

You can book a Istanbul city tour before you travel and allow our expert Istanbul based guides to show you some of Istanbul’s hidden treasures.

Istanbul Sporting Guide

Istanbul’s overwhelmingly favourite pastime is Soccer, which is played by the Fenerbache who play at Pukru Saracoolu Stadium. Every year, the biggest event for Istanbul sporting calendar is undoubtedly the F1 Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park.

Sights to see in Istanbul

Try to make sure that you have time in Istanbul to check out the amazing tourist attractions there. Amongst the Istanbul attractions include the Tokapi Palace is one of the best. Other popular sights like the Blue Mosque are also well worth seeking out. Istanbul’s history provides lots for visitors to enjoy.

You can book a Istanbul city tour before you travel and allow our expert Istanbul based guides to show you some of Istanbul’s hidden treasures.

Climate Guide to Istanbul

Discover the best time to visit Istanbul thanks to our simple guide to the climate in Istanbul. The table below shows the average temperatures in Istanbul over the course of a year in Istanbul.

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Istanbul Driver's Guide

To drive in Istanbul, you need an IDP (international driving permit) for Turkey. You can book them with the AA, before going to Istanbul.
On the road in Istanbul, as with the rest of Turkey, you must drive on the right side of the road. It is easy to book car rental in Istanbul before you travel to Turkey and there are a number of depots in Istanbul where you can collect your hire car.

Your Guide to Istanbul Airport

Ataturk International Airport lies roughly 15 miles to the west of Istanbul. The airport's IATA code is IST, and flights there take 5 hours from the UK approximately. Getting into Istanbul is simple, and taxis are plentiful. Ataturk International Airport has many shops to browse before you fly, offering souvenirs from your time in Istanbul.

Istanbul Consulate Details

If you get into trouble in Istanbul, or just need some advice, the Istanbul British Consulate is the place to go.

British Consulate General
Room 158
Hilton Istanbul
Cumhurriyet Caddesi
Harbiye-Istanbul TR 80200

Telephone: (90) (212) 315 6000

Istanbul Fact File

City Name: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Currency: Turkish Lira
Time Difference: GMT + 2
Electricity Supply: 220V AC 50Hz

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