Key to the City

Distance as the crow flies : 1806 km
Jet Lag : + 1h.
Airports :
Atatürk International Airport (IST)
20 km from the city centre


Placed on the roofs of the city, webcams capture the beauty of Istanbul.


Valid passport or identity card.

Time & Weather

Known to be changing and unpredictable, the weather in Istanbul can be particularly hot in summer but the winters are not severe.


The currency is the New Turkish Lira (YLT) which is divided into Kurus.
Notes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100YLT.
Coins: 5, 10, 20 and 50kurus.


  • Country code = 90
  • City code = 0216 (Asian side) - 0212 (European part)
    • Calling from Istanbul to France: 00 33 (or 33) followed by the destination number without the first 0 = 9 digits (1 00 00 00 00).
    • Calling Istanbul from abroad: 00 90 (or 90) followed by the area code with zero (0216 or 0212) then the destination number of 7 digits.


Standard 220V at a frequency of 50Hz.

Getting to the city centre from the airport

Atatürk International Airport (IST)
25km from the city centre


A Havas shuttle bus to the city centre leaves every 30 minutes from international arrivals, from 5am to 23pm. Travel time is around 40 minutes.


Comfortable air-conditioned minivans with bilingual drivers (English) ensure city/airport transfers 24/7.


The Havaalani-Aksaray line provides access to the city centre with a connection to Zeytinburu to take the tram serving the old town.

Other destinations
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