"From Ataturk to Your Hotel" Istanbul Transportation Tip by gilabrand
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To get from Ataturk Airport to your hotel by public transportation, try this: Leave the airport and go directly across the street to the parking garage (“otopark”). Look for the elevator with the sign "Hafif Metro" (light rail). It will take you down to the train station. Buy a token (jeton) at the booth (1.2 YTL, if I remember correctly). Go through the turnstile and board the metro for Aksaray - but get out at Zeytinburnu, the 6th stop. From there take a taxi to your hotel (the meter starts at 1.3 YTL).
At this point, we actually transferred to the "tramway" (pronounced “tram-vi” with a long “I” sound), after going down a flight of steps and buying another jeton, but finding our hotel at night on a little side street turned out to be too confusing. We wandered around for quite a while until we found it, and by that time we were exhausted. So a taxi is your best bet, at least until you figure out where your hotel is in relation to things. Make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter. From Zeytinburnu, the ride is much less expensive than from the airport.
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