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Istanbul, Turkey Hotels and City Guide

Istanbul Hotels and Istanbul Guide with Istanbul maps, top attractions, room reservations and hotel deals at a wide range of the best Istanbul hotels

Istanbul - Getting There

Istanbul is serviced by two airports, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and Atatürk International Airport. Many guests also travel to the city by car or train.

Arriving by Air - Atatürk International Airport
Arriving by Air - Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
Arriving by Rail
Arriving by Road


Arriving in Istanbul from Atatürk International Airport

Atatürk is Istanbul's busiest internation airport and is situated 28 kilometers from downtown Istanbul. Visitors can rent a car at the airport from Holiday Autos, Alamo, Beneluxcar, and more, or take taxis, metros, or buses into the city. For more detailed information on Istanbul's Atatürk International Airport, see our dedicated Airports page.

Taxis
Taxis abound at the airport – but remember to insist that your driver use the meter. To travel to Sultanahmet, in Old Istanbul, is costs about TL 25 to TL 30. Fares to Taksim Square should be about TL 30 to TL 35 from 6:00am to 12:00am. You may also make reservations to ensure you have a taxi waiting.

Metro
Travel by Metro takes about an hour and costs TL3. Look out for the “Hafif Metro” signs after the Customs area. You can buy a your tickets, or jetons, at the metro booth. You will need two jetons to travel to Sultanahmet, Eminönü or Kabatas, and three to get to Taksim Square.

Shuttles
Shuttles are a less expensive option however they travel via many hotels in the area, hence you could be in for a long journey time.

Airport Buses
Havas operates shuttles for both airports however these are currently being phased out, and you may find they have been replaced by city buses. They can used airport buses to reach Taksim Sqaure, Kadikoy or Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Buses
City buses run from Ataturk along the Sea of Marmara, stopping are made at Yenikapi Ferry Terminal, Aksaray Square, and Taksim Square. The IETT express bus 96T is a fast way to get to your city hotel.

Car
There are several Car Rentals companis at the airport, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, National and Sixt. Expect to pay at least TL 60 per day.

Airport Transfer Service
This is a more exclusive private transfer service is offered by Backpackers Travel Agency for arrivals at Ataturk and Sahiba Gocken Airports. The driver will take you to your hotel in a Mercedes-Benz minivan and help you with your bags. Drinks and snacks are provided free-of-charge. The service about TL 42.70 from Ataturk and Sultanahmet, TL 53.44 to Taskim Square, and TL 96.20 from Sabiha Gokcen to either of these locations.


Arriving in Istanbul from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is located on the Anatolian shore of Istanbul at Pendik. For more detailed information on Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, see our dedicated Airports page.

Shuttles
Havas shuttles operate every hour from 4:00am to 1:00am, and go to Taksim Square from Sabiha Gokcen.

Buses 
Public buses travel from the airport to Levent, Kadiköy and Kozyatagi at a reasonable cost and are quite reliable. The E10 costs TL 3 and goes to the Kadikoy ferry dock, from where you can access other metro and bus stations. The E10 leaves every 30 minutes during the day, and roughly every hour at night (11:00pm to 6:00am).

Taxis 
A taxi journey to Taksim will cost about TL 75, with journeys to Sultanahmet costing more. It is not necessary to tip unless your driver has helped with your bags. Instead, it is more customary to round up the fare and not accept change. Always insist that they use the meter to avoid being over-charged.

Car
Avis, Decar, Hertz, and WRC car rental companies are situated in the Arrivals area by the baggage claim. Car Rental can be expensive in Turkey so if you are on a budget, public transportation may be a more affordable option. The E6 expressway or E5 motorway takes you into central Istanbul.

Airport Transfer Service
Like Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gokcen also offers this private transfer service for those who wish to arrive at their accommodations with the least amount of stress. It costs a fair bit more than taxis, but it may be worth it for the comfort and convenience; you are transported in a private Mercedes-Benz minivan direct to your hotel, and drink and snack refreshments are included in the cost.


Arriving by Rail

Traveling to Istanbul by train from Europe or Asia is a lovely way to see the scenery of this magnificent city. Those arriving from Europe debark at the Sirkeci Station, near Sultanahmet. Daily trains come in from Sofia, Bulgaria, Belgrade, Serbia, Budapest, Hungary, and Bucarest, Romania. Less frequently, they come from Chisinau, Moldova. There are twice daily trains from Thessaloniki, Greece. Visitors from Asia arrive at Haydarpasa Station. Trains come from Aleppo, Syria and Teheran, Iran. The trains are run by the Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD).

For more information on booking your train tickets, fares, and maps visit Turkey Travel Planner or TCDD.


Arriving by Road

Many visitors enter Istanbul via the International Istanbul Intercity Bus Terminal (or more simply, the Main Terminal) which is about 10 kilometers from Sultanahmet. This sprawling terminal accommodates buses from Austria, France, Greece, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldavia, and Switzerland. Buses from Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria also arrive regularly. From the Terminal, called Buyuk Otoga, you can travel into the city by taxi, metro, or tram.

On the Asian side of Istanbul, travelers may come into the Harem Bus Terminal, or Harem Otoga. This is located in the Üsküdar district. There are rumors that this terminal will be relocated to another area of the city, Kurtkoy, or replaced with several smaller stations in Aricilar, Kavacik, Atasehir and Kurtköy. For now, Harem handles passengers who can get into the city by taxi, tram, or metro.

If you are planning on driving into Istanbul, be aware that traffic is often congested, road signs are spotty, accident rates are very high, and parking is hard to find and expensive. If you can, leave your car in a safe place and take public transportation to get around within the city.





Hotels in Istanbul, Turkey

InterContinental Ceylan

InterContinental Ceylan

Asker Ocagi Caddesi No. 1, Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

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Best Western Acropol Hotel - Istanbul

Best Western Acropol Hotel - Istanbul

Akbiyik Cad No: 25, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Acropol Hotel is an attractive hotel in the middle of the historical triangle of Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia and Marmara Sea. Discover the secrets of the history in the heart of old and modern Istanbul. Within walking distance of the hotel enjoy shopping...




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Best Western Antea Palace Hotel

Best Western Antea Palace Hotel

Kucuk Ayasofya Mah Yusuf Askin No. 28, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, TR 24400, Turkey

The Best Western Hotel Amber is an Ottoman house built in the 19th century. The interior has been restored and offers a traditional Turkish bath, sauna and billiard room. We are situated in the central district of Istanbul within a five-minute walk to St. Sophia, Topkapi...




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Best Western Citadel Hotel

Best Western Citadel Hotel

Kennedy Caddesi Sahil Yolu No.32, Ahirkapi, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Citadel Hotel is situated near the old city center and all historical sites. The hotel has a wonderful view of the Marmara Sea and overlooks the Prince Islands. You may freely fish just by crossing the street. The Best Western Citadel Hotel is located...




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Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

Millet Cad 186 Topkapi, Istanbul, Turkey

The Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is an elegant and disctinctive five star premium hotel, member of the Barcelo Hotels and Resors Chain. The hotel is located European side of Istanbul, is just 10 KM from the international airport and the Exhibition Center, The Grand Bazaar... more
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Caddesi 32 Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey

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Four Seasons Bosphorus

Four Seasons Bosphorus

iragan Caddesi No. 28, Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey

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Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency

Taskisla Caddesi, Taksim, 34437 Istanbul, Turkey

The Hyatt Regency Istanbul Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel situated minutes away from Istanbul's historic and business points of interests. Staying at this Hyatt Regency in Istanbul, guests... more
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Swissotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Swissotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Bayildim Caddesi No. 2, Macka, Befliktafl, 34357 Istanbul, Turkey

The Swissotel Istanbul is adjacent to Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans and surrounded by 65 acres of parkland. The hotel is unique with its variety of dining and catering options offering an extensive variety of cuisines. A vast majority of... more
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The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi No. 15, Sisli, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey

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The Sofa Hotels and Residences

The Sofa Hotels and Residences

Tesvikiye Caddesi 41-41A, Nisantasi, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey

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Hilton Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul

CUMHURIYET STREET 80600 HARBIYE ISTANBUL TURKEY Istanbul Turkey

The Istanbul Hilton Is Centrally Located Near The Taksim Square. It Is Situated In Beautiful Gardens Overlooking The Bosphorus And Is Within Walking Distance Of Business / Shopping And Entertainment Areas - The Hilton Convention And Exhibition Centre Is Adjacent... more
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Hilton ParkSA Istanbul

Hilton ParkSA Istanbul

Bayildim Caddesi 12, Istanbul, Turkey

We are pleased to announce the reopening of Hilton ParkSA after a full renovation period. The New Hilton ParkSA offers a full range of state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to suit the changing needs of our guests. Hilton ParkSA has a spectacular view of the Bosphorus... more
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Miapera Hotel

Miapera Hotel

Kamerhatun Mah, Mesrutiyet Cad. No:34, 34435 Beyoglu / Istanbul

Close to Taksim Square and with great spa facilities, the Miapera is a boutique hotel that impresses with its mix of historical exterior and luxury, ultra-stylish interior design. more
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Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul

Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul

Buyukdere Caddesi 4.Levent Istanbul 34330 Turkey

Hotel Introduction Recently opened stylish 5-star boutique business hotel with 249 spacious rooms, superb restaurants and meeting facilities for up to 600 guests. Located in the centre of uptown in 4 Levent, the prime business district, next... more
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Berr Hotel

Berr Hotel

Akdeniz Cad., No: 78 34080, Fatih, Istanbul,

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Best Western Amber Hotel

Best Western Amber Hotel

Ciftegelinler Caddesi No 3, Kumkapi, Istanbul, 34126, Turkey

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Best Western Empire Palace

Best Western Empire Palace

Hocapasa Mah. Hudavenigar Cad. 17/19, Sirkeci, Istanbul, TR 34110, Turkey

The Best Western Empire Palace opened in April 2004 and is located in the heart of the historic, old city part of Istanbul.It is established with the latest luxury decorations inside and offers high quality service. The guest can meet more than their expectations in... more
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Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel

Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel

Topcu Caddesi No: 34, Taksim, Istanbul, TR 34437, Turkey

Experience traditional Turkish hospitality while in the center of Istanbul, at the Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel. You will be within walking distance of all Istanbul has to offer, including the Lutfu Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Center, Concert Hall, Art Gallery and... more
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Best Western Hotel Obelisk

Best Western Hotel Obelisk

Mimar Mehmetaga Cad. No. 17/19, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Hotel Obelisk & Sumengen is a 19th century Ottoman house which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Situated on a quiet side within walking distance to St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Toptapi Palace, Blue Mosque and offering a breathtaking view of Marmara... more
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Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa

Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa

Akbiyik Cad. No 38, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey

Welcome to Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa! A boutique hotel located 200 meters away from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque. Overlooking the Bosphorus and St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) from the Terrace Restaurant and most of the rooms. All rooms are one bedroom suit... more
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Best Western Senator Hotel

Best Western Senator Hotel

Gencturk Caddesi - Sirvanizade Sokak 7, Sehzadebasi, Istanbul, TR 34470, Turkey

The Best Western Senator Hotel is situated in the heart of the old city within walking distance to major attractions like St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Islamic Arts Museum, Topkapi Palace, Archeological Museum and Grand Bazaar. The Best Western Senator Hotel... more
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Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel

Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel

Tashan Cad. No-57, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, TR 34142, Turkey

The Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel is ideally located 9 kilometers from Atatrk International Airport and 10 kilometers from the center of Old City (St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar and several museums) with easy access to main highway, train stations and sea bus.... more
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Best Western The President Hotel

Best Western The President Hotel

Tiyatro Cad 25 Beyazit, Istanbul, TR 34126, Turkey

The Best Western The President Hotel is located in the center of old city Istanbul, a veritable shopper's paradise. We are within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and many other historical sites such as, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. Breakfast is served... more
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Holiday Inn Istanbul City

Holiday Inn Istanbul City

Millet Cad. No:187 Topkapi Istanbul 34280 TURKEY

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Holiday Inn Istanbul

Holiday Inn Istanbul

Sahilyolu,Ataky,Istanbul,34710 Turkey

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Lion Hotel

Lion Hotel

lamartin Cad. No. 45, Taksim

The Lion Hotel is located in Taksim, which offers business, fun and a cultural center.Taste the unique dishes of Turkish and international cuisine at our Galaxy Restaurant. Relax at the swimming pool and enjoy the sun on our terrace. At the end of an exciting... more
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Pamphylia Hotel

Pamphylia Hotel

Yerebatan Caddesi, No. 47, Sultanahmet

Hotel Pamphylia is one of the oldest buildings in the area and architectually remarkabe. We are located right in the old city and within walking distance to all attractions. Rooms are decorated according to Ottoman style to meet guest's tastes and comfort. Our restaurant,... more
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Poem Hotel

Poem Hotel

Akbiyik Cad. Terbiyik Sok. No. 12

The Hotel Poem...at the very center of the old Sultanahmet: modern comfort and convenience surrounded by vivid reminders of the Byzantine and Ottoman past. An Ottoman style boutique hotel, the Poem was designed in the style of traditional Ottoman urban residences and... more
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