"I flew into Ataturk..." Istanbul Transportation Tip by glicko
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I flew into Ataturk International Airport. Due to the volatility of this area of Europe it may be preferable to fly into Turkey from Central Europe (e.g. Budapest). The airport is undergoing a massive expansion so there may be some temporary inconveniences. Buses operate into Istanbul proper. The cost is somewhere around 1 million lira (~US$3.) in 1999. This cost has no doubt increased due to Turkey's somewhat high rate of currency inflation.
Istanbul is a slightly confusing city due to its age and geography. It is a very large city interms of area and transportation choices are as varied as the goods sold in the bazaars! For travel on the west side of Istanbul (Sultanhamet, Aksaray, Eminönü and the main bus depot) the tram and metro are good bets. The tram and metro link at Aksaray. You purchace tram tickets at stores outside the stations and then present the ticket as you pass through the turnstile at the platform entrance. Despite street crowds the new trams are very quick.
Istanbul is a very maritime city. Ferrys are a good way to get between more spread-out points as well as for crossing the Bosporus. The main ferry terminal in Western Istanbul is located at Eminönü (the eastern tram terminal).
In central Istanbul (Taksim, Beyoglu) there is an antique, narrow-gauge tramway as well as the famous Tünel underground funicular. The Tünel is quite convenient and the tram is fun to ride, if a bit slow.
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