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Airport to Airport Shuttle in Istanbul ?
Is there a Shuttle bus that goes from Ataturk Airport (IST)to S. Gokgen Airport (SAW) ?? And how much time could one expect for that route ? And if anyone knows, the cost ?
Re: Airport to Airport Shuttle in Istanbul ?
there is no shuttle bus from Ataturk airport to S.Gokcen directly for your information. But you can come to TAKSIM region of Istanbul by bus so called HAVAS from the airport and take another HAVAS bus to come to S.Gokcen airport if you wish. The cost will be around $10 for each journey.
Travel Tips for Istanbul
The Golden Horn is an inlet of the Bosphorus, dividing the European part of Istanbul into two. In historical times, there was famously a chain across the Horn from Constantinople in the south to the old Galata Tower in the north, preventing enemy ships from entering this natural harbour. Not that this always worked - the Venetians managed to break the chain, and the Vikings and the Ottomans rather sneakily went around it! While waiting for a ferry at Eminönü docks, we saw dolphins (or possibly porpoises) leaping out of the water of the Golden Horn - what a wonderful sight, and certainly one of my fondest memories of the place.
Museums are generally open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 AM until 5.00 PM or 5:30 PM and closed on Monday. Palaces are open the same hours but are closed on Thursday. For specific information on museums, please visit our museums section.
Shops and bazaars are normally open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1.00 PM and from 2.00 PM to 7.00 PM, and closed all day on Sunday. But most stores in shopping malls and crowded streets are open seven days a week, including lunch breaks.
You can find restaurants or cafes open virtually at any time of the day or night.
Walking from the cruise ship to Sultan Ahmet
Here is your walking route. You can return to your ship from Sultan Ahmet by tram going to Kabatash.
As you set food on my soil at the dock at Karakoy (read: Karakoey) Standing your back to ship and your face to offices on your left is the famous Galata Bridge. You can walk there within 5 minutes.
2- If you stand on the bridge your back to the famous antic Galata Tower your face will be towards the great mosque at the shore, the Yeni Cami (new Mosque).
Walk the bridge. On your right is the Golden Horn and at the top of the hill on your right is the great Suleymaniye Mosque. On your left at far distance is Asia.
3- The place, where Yeni Cami is called Eminonu (Eminoenue) At your right is the Spice Market the Egyptian Market or in Turkish Misir Carsisi. This covered Basaar is a must to visit.
4- If you follow the tram line you will be soon at Sirkeci train station. It is the end station of the famous Orient Express.
5- Walk upwards to a smooth hill you will pass on your right infront of the famous "Supreme Pforte" The pentagone of Ottoman Empire.
6- walk beside the walls of great Gulhane park.
7- This route was once the parading route of mighty Byzanz and Ottoman armies.
8- At the end you will come to Sultan Ahmet Square. The hearth of ancient Byzanz, Costantinopolis and Istanbul.
9- On yor left you will be standing infront of the ancient and majestic Hagia Sophia. You will feel yourself as Emperor Justinianus.
10 On your left you will have the mile stone indicates that you are standing in the middle of the Earth. Many tourists do not know that. Byzanz, Costantinapolis and Ottoman Turkish Istanbul was once middle of the earth and ruling 3 continents and 7 seas.
12- Just opposite of Aya Sophia on your left you will see an enterence. This enterence is the entrence of sunken place or Cistern.
13- Just infront of Aya Sophia at the end of the park behind the fountain you will see the majestic mosque of Sultan Ahmet the Blue mosque. In the park you can visit the obelisque of ancient Egypt and rest of the coloum of serpentine (visit my Istanbul page)
14- If you stand infront of the entrence of Aya Sophia on your left is the great portal of Topkapi Place museum.
15- If you walk another 15 minutes you will following the tram line you will came ot the columm of Cenberlitash at the entrence of Grand Pazaar.
16- Now you are free on your own. have a good time in Istanbul
Getting around BUYUKADA ISLAND (Prince's Island)
Buyukada Island doesn't have any Cars, (only Official cars) therefore, means of transport are by foot, Fayton or you can hire Bicycles.
At the clock tower the Fayton (horse-drawn carriages) await your business, and they seem to be very busy all day. Once the Ferry arrived, lots headed to get a Fayton, so there was a long queue of people waiting. You can also rent bikes from here.
Hire of the carriages is either for a “big” or “small” tour or tell them a particular address.
They do not seem to go very slow and if you are walking, watch out for them!
At least they have a bell they ring!
PRICE IS PER FAYTON..........NOT PER PERSON
For a long trip, cost is between 50 - 60t/l, you can haggle!
THEY WILL ONLY TAKE 3-4 PEOPLE
A tea set!
Lots of shops sell small items of cultural interest.
These can be found dotted around the city, with a high density near the Spice market, Grand bazaar, and in the Grand Bazaar itself. I wanted to try some of the tea in their funky glasses & trays, so what better way then to buy a set myself, with a flavour of my choice ;)
However, it was an accidental purchase as in fact I was looking to buy some spoons for my yogurts! A food store owner was offering 2 plastic spoons for 4 YTL - clearly outrageous. Just then, across the road I spotted this dainty tea set for only 5 YTL!!
The tea comes in a variety of flavours, as is the case with a nargilehs, which I was also tempted to buy, but in the end I decided to skip that as the item would have been on the bulky side for this trip.
However, I'll definitely buy a nargileh one day: perhaps from Iran or Egypt?? My set cost only 5YTL.
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