Being at the junction of Europe and Asia, easy access to Istanbul from many parts of the world makes the city an impressive choice for meeting planners. Istanbul offers different varieties of transport while getting to the city and accessible from all around the world.
Istanbul is considered to be one of the main air traffic hubs connecting international airlines from Europe to Middle-East, Asia and Africa.Hosting two international airports –Atatürk International Airport on the European side (20 km from Taksim)and Sabiha International Gökçen Airport (50 km from Taksim) on the Asian side – Istanbul is reachable by most of the major international airlines and charters. The city is 2 to 4 hours from European destinations and 9 hours from North America.Turkish Airlines that flies to more countries in the world than any other airline has more than 300 direct flights.
Useful information to remember: Airport: +90 212 465 55 55 THY General Directorate: +90 212 463 63 63 THY Reservation: +90 212 444 08 49
From İstanbul to International cities…
City Flight distance
City Flight distance
|Athens||349 miles||Madrid||1564 miles||Zurich||1000 miles|
|Amsterdam||1253 miles||Moscow||1028 miles||Tel Aviv||688 miles|
|Berlin||992 miles||Oslo||1520 miles||Kuwait||1605 miles|
|Bucharest||305 miles||Paris||1277 miles||Bahrain||1697 miles|
|Budapest||614 miles||Prague||868 miles||New York||4538 miles|
|Brussels||1226 miles||Rome||839 miles||Los Angeles||5220 miles|
|Copenhagen||1144 miles||Sofia||271 miles||Rio de Janerio||6400 miles|
|Dublin||1568 miles||Stockholm||1290 miles||Buenos Aires||7570 miles|
|Helsinki||1295 miles||Vienna||748 miles||Beijing||4159 miles|
|Lisbon||1860 miles||Warsaw||842 miles||Tokyo||5291 miles|
|London||1423 miles||Zagreb||947 miles||Cape Town||4908 miles|
As the turn around port for many cruise ships, Istanbul is mostly reached from the Aegean Sea and Top cruise destination in Turkey. Besides, Karaköy Sea Port is also used as a stopping point for a number international ferries. The Bosphorus an important passageway for international cruises.
Useful information to remember: Port Phone: +90 212 251 50 00 General Directorate of Turkish Maritimes Authority JSC Rıhtım Caddesi Merkez Han No: 4 80120 Karaköy
Istanbul has two railway stations: Haydarpaşa on the Asian side and
Sirkeci on the European side. However both are under restoration
It is important to check this before planning your trip. The
city can be reached from Belgrade (via Balkan Express), Bucharest (via
Bosphorus Express), Budapest(via TransBalkan Express), Kischinev
(via Prietenia Express), Pythion (via IC 90/91) and Munich (via IstanbulExpress).
Useful information to remember: Sirkeci Station location: Ankara Caddesi Hocapaşa 34110, Eminönü Phone: +90 212 520 65 75. Working hours (for international trains only): 07:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Haydarpaşa Station Location: Rasimpaşa Mahallesi, Kadıköy Phone: +90 216 348 80 20
Istanbul has extensive highways and road network requiring insurance for visitors coming from Europe. Driving is on the right side. Speed limits are 120 km/h for motorways, 90 km/h on main roads and 50 km/h in towns. Located in Esenler; city’s bus terminal is about 10 kilometers from the city center and serves both international and domestic lines.