TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATION
The Marmara Hotels Taksim
Contact info: +90 212 334 83 00, www.pointhotel.com
Address: Osmanli Sokak No 1/B Taksim 34437 Istanbul / Turkey
The Marmara Hotels Pera
Contact info: +90 212 334 03 00, www.pointhotel.com
Address: Mesrutiyet Caddesi Tepebasi 34430 Istanbul / Turkey
Why stay at the hotel that the event will take place?
- There will be a lot of networking opportutunies on every corner.
- Traffic jam won’t be a problem for you unless you want it to be.
- You can spare time for spending time around the city between the meetings.
Please note that you are an ICOMOS member when you make reservations at the hotel that the event will take place. We also recommend Booking.com for various accomodation choices.
* The Marmara Hotels are recommended by the ICOMOS Turkey National Committee
Ataturk Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) have direct and transfer flights to and from more than 108 countries, 225 cities. Various kinds of transportation are available from these airports to the city centers. We recommend you to consider the density of traffic and choose the rail systems as much as possible.
Using Transportation in Istanbul, What is the Istanbul Card (Istanbulkart)?
Istanbul Card is an eletronic card with a refillable chip. It is possible to buy your Istanbulkart at major bus stops and have it filled to the amount you desire. Also there are Istanbulkart dealers or automatic sales machines around all major bus stops, metro stops, ports and Tunel. Your Istanbulkart is valid on all buses, ships, sea buses, metro and tunnel systems. It gets you different discounts from 10-25% on all transport listed above. Tickets also can be purchased at Istanbulkart dealers or automatic sales machines.
You can get benefit from the metro lines while you are wandering in the city. Two major lines can be used to reach the tourist attractions. One of them is the M4 Line; stretching from Kadikoy to Kartal and the other line (M2) connects; Sishane, Taksim, Osmanbey, Sisli-Mecidiyekoy, Gayrettepe, Levent, 4.Levent, Sanayi, Seyrantepe, ITU-Ayazaga, Ataturk Oto Sanayi, Darussafaka, Seyrantepe-Stadyum and Haciosman. Your Istanbul Card is valid here. For the other metro line, please check the map.
Long hybrid buses are running on special lanes separated from other traffic. The line is between Avcilar and Kadikoy (Sogutlucesme) and offers the public a faster and efficient transportation. It runs between 06:00 and midnight. Metrobus line is especially beneficial when you are going to the Asian side of Istanbul from the European side or vice versa. Don’t forget that metrobus will be quite crowded during the rush hours. Your Istanbul Card is valid here. For the detailed map with the stops, please check the map.
A recently available way of transportation for the people of Istanbul. Marmaray goes under the Sea of Marmara and it is the the fastest transportation to use from the Asian side of Istanbul to the European side or vice versa. Your Istanbul Card is valid here. For the detailed map with the stops, please check the map.
There are two types of bus lines in Istanbul: One is run by the municipality, Belediye Otobusu, these busses are red, green and lilac or covered with colorful advertisements. On these buses you can use your Istanbul Card, special discount cards or tickets that you can buy around any major bus stop. The second type of bus is privately run, Halk Otobusu, blue and again, allowing you to use your Istanbul Card, special discount cards or, in this case, money. Tickets are not welcome on these buses but the price is the same. On some of the more lengthy destinations the double-decker buses can pleasantly surprise you. These buses require 3 tickets if passing over the Bosphorus bridge and 2 for other regular destinations. Your Istanbul Card is valid on these buses, as well.
Dolmus is a special service found only in Turkey. This is a yellow coloured, collective taxi, which follows specific routes. It may be a car or a minibus. Each passenger pays according to distance traveled and can get off at specific or requested stops. In order to get off, the passenger need only say, “inecek var” meaning “someone to get off here” and the dolmus stops. This is a very practical means of transportation and much cheaper than a taxi. You pay the fee to the driver. Prices differ depending on distance traveled. They usually have a sign in the lower or upper right-hand corner of their windshield that specifies the direction to which they will be traveling. The relatively cheap prices are set by the municipality and displayed somewhere visible within the vehicle.
The only way of transportation on the Istiklal Street (or Pera as it was once known), between Taksim and Tunel (the Tunnel), is the old trams. You may acquire a tram ticket before you board or ask the conductor “nicely” to let you buy one where you embark. You may use your Istanbul Card but keep in mind that there is almost no difference between the amount of time it takes to walk briskly or take a tram because of the crowd. Another tramway line is between Kabatas and Zeytinburnu. This 14 km line provides fast and comfortable transport. This line was extended to Bagcilar and makes connection to the light rail (Hafif Metro) system at Zeytinburnu and Aksaray stations.
The ships in Istanbul travel from one side of the Bosphorus to the other or to distant points on the same side. Please bear in mind that prices for tokens vary for the Princes’ Islands ships or Bosphorus cruises. For the detailed map with the docks, please check the map.
Taxis are numerous in all Turkish cities and are recognizable by their yellow color and word “taksi” on top of the car. All taxis have the letter T in their license plates. The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance traveled. The rates for day and night are same. Please note that the passenger pay the crossing fee of the Bosphorus bridges whether destining to European or Asian side.
Taksim – Kabatas funicular railway system links Zeytinburnu-Kabatas tramway and the Kabatas ferry docks to Taksim – 4. Levent metro. You can use your Istanbul Card, special discount cards or can purchase tokens.
These are small to medium sized boats that travel between short distances such as Kadikoy-Eminonu-Kadikoy, Besiktas-Uskudar-Besiktas, Karakoy-Uskudar-Karakoy, Besiktas-Kadikoy-Besiktas. You can use your Istanbul Card, special discount cards or can purchase tokens.