May Hotel Istanbul

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Mimar Hayrettin Mah. Bali Pasa Yokusu. No.110, Kumkapi, Istanbul, 34490, Turkey
May Hotel Istanbul
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 23% less than similarly rated 3.5 star hotels

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Buses from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece

by lilpuc

Hi People
I have looked at other forums on this subject, but most websites seem to be down or in turkish!
Anyway, My friend and I have a tour which finishes in istanbul on the 26th April, and we have two nights accomodation booked there and plan to go into greece on Tuesday 28th April, however i have found conflicting info saying buses run everyday but monday,or they only run once a week. So if anyone could help by telling us if there are buses that do leave on a tuesday and if not, is there another way e.g train) to leave on the tuesday or wednesday at the latest?
Also times they leave and price if available!

Re: Buses from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece

by HansDK

For train connections look here:

Re: Buses from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece

by Tuna_ank

Long time ago bus service was very poor between Istanbul and Thessaloniki(Selanik in Turkish). I didn't like to travel with that bus. But I am sure it is more than once a week.
I advice to train. You may find everynight to Filia(friendshipness) and Bosphorus expresses. They are not expensive.
Turkish "Varan" busses can be good but they don't work now. I guess soon they will start again. Next month check their page. (That company good but expensive) Or just check it in Turkey.
Have a good trip.

Re: Buses from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece

by yvr

There is a day train but it is a long and not so nice trip. The train from Istanbul to the Greek border is tired, old and not comfortable at all. There is no food to be had, and the washrooms leave a lot to be desired. Once we reached the Greek border, we had to get off the train, clear Greek customs, and then stand outside in front of the railway station on the roadway and wait for a bus, we waited about an hour or so and then took the bus which was about an hour or so ride to a Greek Railway station and then the train to Thessaloniki. I understand the night train might be nicer, but I do not suggest the day train.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

The Bosphorus

by Nobbe

The Bosphorus divides the city of Istanbul into two parts, one part in Europe and one part in Asia. Between these parts there are some bridges that connects the two parts together. And the Bosphorus itself is a very lively trade route from the Black Sea to the Medeteranian Sea.

Don't blow, dummy!! Suck!

by Crift

A life's dream comes true! One hour spent in a nice, quiet cafe with a lot of ambience, sipping turkish coffee and smoking nargileh. The place is very cosy and nicely decorated with old film posters and oriental lamps hanging from the ceiling. The waiter, Ersoy, is very friendly and accommodating. I can still smell the aroma of coffee and of the nargileh blend!

Ahhh, the small pleasures of life!

The address is:
Cafe Turco
Istiklal Cd.
Sakasalim Gikmazi
No1 Beyoglu

it's a small alley off the pedestrian street connecting Taksim with Tunel in the Beyoglu area (Peran)

Istanbul and Turkish Diving info

by Tdiver

Diving on the Prince's islands is usually murky,but after 5m it clears to 15m vis.Lots of starfish,i found a sharks eggsack there as well so they're here as well.
Currently unsure if the site below is being updated but still information is useful.


by 80-bettyboo

It is on the Asian part of Istanbul ,25 km away.
Polonezkoy, the Polish village, was founded in 19th century by Polish immigrants.
There are still some Polish families who farm the land.
It is getting quiet famous, people from Istanbul they go for walks,horseback riding to to enjoy the traditional Polish food.
How to go : It can only be reached by car. There are routes from Beykoz, Pasabahce or Cubuklu..Or after arriving Beykoz by bus u can try to hitchiking or take a taxi..


by clouds111 about grand bazaar

I was very surprised at the lack of hassel you get at the Grand Bazaar compared to markets in other Countries I've been too. I was expecting to be almost dragged into every shop but it was surprisingly easy going. But don't get me wrong this is still a bazaar so lots going on, bustling crowds with plenty of haggling to be done.

It is a maze and was almost impossible to find a shop we wanted to go back to and that was with a map, so you definitely have to be in the right frame of mind and prepared to tackle the bazaar. Souveniers, jewellery, cheap clothes, belly dancers costumes.... Depending on what your buying I guess but I paid about 30YTL for a lamp and about the same for a teapot type thing. Would try to haggle down to half at first then see where you get to but depends what you're happy paying. I find by sticking to a reasonable price, and walking away if it's not accepted will do the trick, they'll soon be calling you back ;)


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