Travel to Istanbul
Istanbul is a city that's a mixture of ancient and modern. From the Topkapi Palace in the old city to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, there's something in Istanbul that will appeal to everyone. Let ebookers help you find cheap flights to Istanbul. The website searches multiple airlines for sales and low-cost tickets that will fit your budget.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport
The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is located 15 miles west of the centre of Istanbul. Since opening its doors in 1924, the airport has grown to become the eighth busiest airport in Europe and serves over 37 million passengers each year. Numerous airlines service the airport, including Air France, China Southern Airlines, British Airways and Delta.
Transportation from the Airport
You can get from the airport to Istanbul via bus, train, taxicab or rental car. Cabs run on meters, so your total cost depends on the length of your trip. Buses and trains transport passengers directly from the airport to Istanbul. If you'd rather have access to a vehicle during your stay, you can reserve your rental car using the ebookers website. The airport houses numerous car-rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, Sixt and Thrifty. The rental-car locations are open 24 hour per day, seven days per week.
Weather in Istanbul
Istanbul experiences four distinct seasons. During the winter, the weather is cold, wet and snowy. If you travel during this time, pack warm clothing, a coat and boots. Average winter temperatures range from 2Â°C to 8Â°C. Snowfall tends to be heavy but doesn't usually last long. The weather during the spring and fall varies; average temperatures range from 3Â°C to 20Â°C, and the rain is often unpredictable. The best time to visit Istanbul is in the summer. During the summer months, the average temperatures range from 16Â°C to 23Â°C, and there isn't a lot of rain.
Highlights and Attractions
If you're a foodie, you'll find numerous dishes that will tempt your taste buds in Istanbul. Develi serves icli kofte, spicy lahmacun and raw cig kofte. If you like to have a bagel for breakfast, hit up the nearest street vendor for a simit. Thinner than bagels, simit is a sesame-covered pastry that goes well with cheese or jam. You can also eat your way through Ortakoy. Head to the vibrant neighbourhood on a summer evening, and find the streets lined with Turkish fast-food stalls that serve everything from stuffed mussels to potatoes. The 500-year-old Grand Bazaar is a place everyone who visits Istanbul should experience. The market is filled with stalls that sell things like carpets and gold. Other popular local attractions include the Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and Galata Bridge.
Planning a Trip to Istanbul
The vibrant atmosphere, abundance of attractions and mouth-watering Turkish cuisine make Istanbul an excellent holiday destination. If you plan to shop for a bargain, visit the mosques in the old city or buy tantuni from a street vendor. Ebookers can help make your holiday planning easy. Visit ebookers to find cheap flight to Istanbul, good rates on hotel accommodation and various holiday packages.
Istanbul When to Go
By far the best times to visit Istanbul are spring (April and May) and fall (September and October), when local kids are on a school schedule, the daytime weather is in the 60s, and the nights cool off pleasantly.
In summer, average temperatures are in the low- to mid-80’s, though on rare occasions it hits 100-plus degrees. Warm weather brings most of the art and music fests: The Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts organizes dance, film, theatre, and puppet festivals (April/May); jazz and music (June/July); and a biennial in the fall.
In winter, it can get cold and wet enough to snow, though the average high is around 50, and the precipitation is usually rain. Thanks to its maritime location at the nexus of the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, and Black Sea, it can get both windy and humid here—and there’s fog more than 200 days a year (though it usually burns off in late morning).
It’s not just weather to consider: Religious holidays create seasons of their own. During the month of Ramadan (usually around July and August), holy sites can be crowded, traffic right before the evening meal can be heavy, and restaurant service can be irregular. During Kurban Bayramı (around October/November), the most important Islamic festival of the year and a five-day public holiday, hotels fill up, banks close, and ATMs can even run out of money. If you really want the city to yourself (along with cheaper hotel rooms), and can handle some chill and precipitation, travel here in March and November.
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