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Eski Buyukdere Cad. Yamac Sok. No: 13 4, Levent, Istanbul, 34330, Turkey
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Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by Mel.

I just looked at my flights to India and back and realised that I have 12 hour layover in Istanbul on the way there and 16 hours on the way bay. Good opportunity to spend some time in the old town in Istanbul.

I am going tomorrow, so if anyone can reply before then, it would be appreciated.


Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by muratkorman

The metro is connected to the Ataturk Airport. Just follow the signs to find the entrance. The most famous stop is Sultanahmet. If you step out there, you can see Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Just a few minutes walk and you can reach Grand Bazaar. Then you can go down by walking to Spice Bazaar and Eminonu. Check my Istanbul tips for details. Enjoy your short stay.

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by Mel.

Thanks very much for that very useful information. :)

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by Mel.

What time does the last metro go to the airport at night?

I will be travelling with my boyfriend and daughter. What is the best value metro ticket/s for us to buy for one trip from the airport to the old town and back to the airport later on the same day?

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by NYTim

You have to change from the Metro to the tram if you wish to go from the airport to Sultahamet. Go to the last Metro stop and walk 50 yards and you will see the tram stop

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by TheView

Hi Murat

Nice tips I also have a stop over (only 5 hours 9.15-14.15) going back from India and wonder how long it takes with the metro from the airport to Sultanahmet. and how often it runs (normal day time).

I hope there is time for dinner in Istanbul ;-)

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by muratkorman

If you only have 5 hours, I suggest you to go to Bakirkoy area. You can find many restaurants and you won't need to rush since it takes half an hour to reach airport in a busy day. Enjoy your trip :)

Re: Which is the best subway stop to go to in the old town of Istanbul?

by TheView

Thanks Murat

I just hate to stay 5 hours in an airport ;-)

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Sultan Ahmet Mosque, prayers area

by bugulma

Funny when I was inside the man came to me and offered to lead me to prayer area. Thus I could see all saint places close (it costed me YTL 5). I was near by the stairs where mulla speaks to prayers and touched big candles and so on.

Drink tea

by leffe3

One of the hardest things for western tourists to accept is the offer of tea by carpet merchants and other stall owners - particularly if you have no intention of buying! There is an automatic assumption that the merchant is going to try and get you to sign your life away. There's no doubt that there are some who would like to do this, but generally, if you are honest from the beginning ('I don't want to buy anything') there are merchants who simply want to talk. I met both types - the unscruplulous and the openly friendly. With the former you can make a quick(ish) exit, with the latter, an hour or so of perfectly enjoyable discussion. Create the time - it can add an extra 'something' to your time in Istanbul.


by neodue

Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium is a football stadium in the Kadiköy district of Istanbul, Turkey, and is the home venue of Fenerbahçe S.K.. It was inaugurated in 1908, renovated between 1999 and 2006 and currently increased in capacity. It is the first stadium in Turkey designed according to official football regulations in standards. On October 4, 2006, after numerous inspections by the UEFA, Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium was selected to host the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.

The Fenerbahçe Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium has gone through a complete rebuilding process which involved each stand being demolished and rebuilt in turn. Each stand has been built closer to the pitch, getting the fans closer to the action on the field. This style of stadium has never before existed in Turkey, as the stands are usually separated from the pitch by a running track.

The "Maraton" stand can hold up to 14,500 spectators. This stand includes "Box Offices" which have all been rented out from the club. These Box Offices, equipped with TV’s, Internet, work areas, dining facilities and many other luxuries, are the first of their kind in Turkey. Facing Maraton is the "Fenerium" stand with its 15,000 seats capacity and its equally luxurious "1907" zone. With each remaining stands (namely "Migros" and "Telsim") having a 10,500 capacity, the total capacity of the stadium is 50,509. Before Sükrü Saracoglu Stadyumu was built, the field was known as Papazin Çayiri. In 1908, local teams needed a regular soccer field, so this land was leased from the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II for 30 Ottoman gold pounds a year. The total construction cost was 3,000 Ottoman gold pounds.

The Union Club Field was used by many teams in Istanbul, including the owner, Union Club (which changed its name to Ittihatspor after World War I), Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Beþiktaþ. However, it had lost its importance when a bigger venue, the Taksim Stadium, was built in 1922, inside the courtyard of the historic Taksim Topçu Kislasi (Taksim Artillery Barracks), which was located at the present-day Taksim Gezi Parki (Taksim Park).

In 1929, the club which owned the stadium, Ittihatspor, was shut down by the CHP government, in which Þükrü Saracoðlu was a member. Thus, the ownership of the stadium passed to the state, but the field was immediately leased to Fenerbahçe. Later, in 1933, Fenerbahçe purchased the stadium from the government for 9,000 TL; when Sükrü Saracoðlu was the President of Fenerbahçe.

The name of the field was changed to Fenerbahçe Stadium, and this made Fenerbahçe SK the first football club in Turkey to own its stadium, with the help of the Sükrü Saracoðlu government. In the following years, Fenerbahçe SK renovated the stadium and increased its seating capacity. By the year 1949, Fenerbahçe Stadium was the largest football venue in Turkey, with a seating capacity of 25,000.

St Anthony of Padua

by mrclay2000

Istiklal Caddesi has a number of side streets that branch away from the main thoroughfare. This street is well traveled and hosts the funicular which runs from Taksim Square a long way toward the Galata Bridge. Though storefronts line the modern road, a number of nicer attractions lie adjacent -- if you can find them. St Anthony of Padua, one of the city's best known Catholic churches, is tucked away in its own cove and features its own square.

The Egyptian Spice Bazaar, (Misir Carsisi)

by Aggeliki about Spices

Misir Carsisi, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar was for centuries the place which people came here to consult the pharmacists who acted as doctors prescribing and making up potions to cure all ills.
Now it contains 100 shops. The Bazaar is vibrant with aromas and colours at all hours of the day. Those who have an affinity for food and those lovers of spices could spend a whole day here.


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