• Ask your hotel staff or at any visitor information center in this brochure for directions and bus routes available to and from your destination.
• Public transportation system in Istanbul are operated by private or municpal entities.
• Fares vary by area or route. Make sure to ask for fare before boarding and if possible, have exact change available.
Sightseeing Safety
• Always ask for direction to the sites or places you want to visit.
• City and road maps are available at your hotel or at any of the visitor centers listed in this page.
• If you get lost find an open shop and ask for directions or call our Tourist Assistance Hotline (212) 527 45 03 or 155.
• Avoid driving isolated highways at night and if possible avoid traveling alone.
• Visitors can be targets for pickpockets. Stay alert to what’s going on around you.


  1. We were the victims of a fake taxi when travelling from Istanbul to the airport.
    The driver claimed a road closure meant a longer journey to the airport
    The taxi had a meter, so I was not concerned
    However after a slightly longer journey the meter showed we owed 450 Turkish lira – clearly in hindsight a fake meter
    The driver was very aggressive in demanding full payment and we paid just to get away!
    We picked the taxi up at Sulhamet square near hotel Saba
    Recommend you take taxi number before boarding a cab or book a transfer via tour operator

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