Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey but it isn't capital city anymore. Due to its location, Istanbul is a bridge between Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus and Golden Horn are the most important symbols of the city. There are the Roman period Works such as Basilica Cistern, Cemberlitas, Hippodrome in the city and heritage of the Genoese Galata Tower is located. Byzantine and Ottoman buildings complates the city. The most important monuments of Byzantine structures is Haghia Sophia. There are the some of Ottoman period works such as Rumeli Fortress, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar in the city. Istanbul’s cultural heritage is at the UNESCO World Heritage list. Istanbul is also a modern city at the same time. In 2010, Istanbul become a European cultural capital.
The local currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TL). Cash can
exchanged easily and without commission.
Turkish banknotes : 5,10,20,50,100,200 TL
Turkish coins: 5,10,25,50 kuruş and 1 TL
There are variety of In-city transport vehicles in Istanbul such as Minibus, Bus, Metrobus, Underground(subway), Tramline, Steamboat and Ferry.
Istanbul card is a customized Travel Card which anybody can buy and load credit. It can be used at all modes of transportation.It can be purchased from over 2100 IETT Counters and Private Vendors around Istanbul. Standard card fee is 6 Turkish Liras.
The website https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ now serves as a platform for tourists to apply for Turkish e-visa.
Tourist Visa Information
|Enter Type||Single enter only|
|Validity||180 days (starting from the date of issue)|
|Length of Stay||No more than 30 days|
|Processing Time||1 working day|
|Requirement||You need to have a travel document valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Turkey. Depending on your nationality, there may be additional requirements. You will be informed of these requirements after you select your country of travel document and travel dates.|