Arasta Boutique Hotel

Torun Sk. N:5, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
Arasta Boutique Hotel
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Forum Posts

I need advice getting to KONYA from istanbul by train...I want to take Meram Express

by wanderingtheworld

Hi, I would like to take the Meram Express. Does this leave from the leave from Haydarpaşa station? Is the Haydarpaşa station the one on the Asian side that I would have to take a little ferry to?

I would like to book a sleeping-car. Can I do this upon arrival at the train station or should i do it in advance?

I am leaving for Turkey in the morning.

Thank you!

Re: I need advice getting to KONYA from istanbul by train...I want to take Meram Express

by nomad7890

I have never taken this train but since I love trains and Turkey I got curious and did a search - found the following link:

Not sure if you already had this, but it does have some info on times. If you look further below it shows how to buy a ticket.

I *have* used that site for Turkey before and found it very helpful. From there I found the Turkish railway page at the link below where hopefully you can find an answer:

Hope this helps!

Re: I need advice getting to KONYA from istanbul by train...I want to take Meram Express

by Nuclei


Yes, Meram Express leaves from Haydarpasa train station which is on the Aisan side of Istanbul. There is also Ic Anadolu Mavi train for the same route.

Normally, you can book it online but this is only available in Turkish. However, I do not think it is going to be problem to have it when you arrive in the station.



Re: I need advice getting to KONYA from istanbul by train...I want to take Meram Express

by mikelisaanna

In Turkey, most people use express buses instead of trains for intercity travel.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

VT people in Instanbul

by finecut

During my journey to Istanbul, one of the memorable evenings is the one that I spent toghether with some VT members who were also at that time in Istanbul (tourists and locals). Do try to meet local people, they are very friendly and you will surely find things about Istanbul that no tourist guide will show you.
Among these, you will probably bind new friendships. Sounds attactive, istn't it?

p.s.: the picture was taken by SirRichard (vote him at the VT Contest !!! )

Don't Ignore the Little Wonders!

by mrclay2000

Though the larger mosque complexes attract the lion's share of visitors to Istanbul, the smaller mosques with only one or two minarets should not be overlooked. Some of the sharpest designs in Turkish architecture are incorporated into these miniature wonders, where the overall style is seldom lost beneath a cascade of domes and arches.

Istanbul logotype

by SirRichard

As a graphic designer, I found very interesting this Istanbul logotype that I found everywhere. It resumes well the idea of the 2 continents together and the historical aspect with those domes and minarets…


by balhannah

Burgazada Island is the 3rd largest Prince's Island.
Burgazada is fairly quiet, but quite pretty, as it has lots of painted White Houses, Pine Trees, Pebble Beaches and lovely waterside Homes and Pavilions.

As you leave the ferry, on the left side of the port are pastry shops and cafes. The fayton (Horse & Carriage rides) stops are on the right and behind them is a narrow path climbing to Sait Faik's house. He was a Turkish writer of short stories and poetry. It became a museum after his death in 1954 and is open everyday from 9 - 12 and 2 - 5pm, Saturdays until 1pm and closed on Sundays.

The road on the right of the pier leads to Counterfeiter Rock. You can also climb the narrow Burgaz Cayiri Street, past Sait Faik's house and find the footpath between the squatter's houses. This means you are on the right route. At the end of your walk of about 40 minutes you reach Hiristo Hill, the highest point on the island. After seeing the church and the remains of the monastery, and you will have a beautiful view of the pier.

On one side of the island is an old beach with a headland and a lighthouse at the end of it. At Cemetery Headland, when you turn from the rock you reach the south of the island where a wall-like rock stands and the Hristos Monastery is located. If you continue your tour in the same direction you will reach Counterfeiter Rock and a cove. Haghia Yorgi Monastery stands northwest of Counterfeiter Rock.

The prettiest wooden pavilions are located on the seaside and on the hillsides. Mostly famous artists and wealthy upper class people have homes on this this island.

Istanbul University

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

The Istanbul University was founded as an institution of higher education named the Darülfünun ('House of Multiple Sciences') in 1846; but the Medrese ('School of theological and environmental sciences'), which was founded immediately after Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453, is regarded as the precursor to the Darülfünun which evolved into Istanbul University. The university celebrated its 555th anniversary in 2008.

You can watch my 2 min 40 sec HQ Video Istanbul Evening walk part II out of my Youtube channel with natural sounds.

You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 0' 39.11" N 28° 57' 51.27" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Istanbul Universitesi .


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