Useful information about the flight from New Delhi to Istanbul New Airport
Istanbul, between two worlds
Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is a city founded long ago where old traditions and modern life merge. Considered the border between Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been a commercial centre for centuries. Walk its markets and bazaars and feel yourself transported to the magic of the Roman Empire and caravans travelling towards the Silk Road.
Mark your calendar
Weather wise you can get the most of your trip visiting from May to October, when the climate is mild and mostly dry. Winter months and early spring are very cold and wet.
To witness a major traditional celebration you can choose May 19th which commemorates the birth of republic founder Atatürk, or October 29th which is Republic Day, most important Holiday in Turkey. Other celebrations, such as Ramadan, are also observed, but dates vary so consult a calendar.
Istanbul - planning to go
Indian citizens require a visa to visit Turkey, which can be obtained by applying within a month before your trip. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months, and should have one blank page for the visa.
Food is cheapest in the form of street food, nevertheless groceries are quite a bit more expensive than in India. Yet, Istanbul offers an incredible variety of street food at good prices like kebabs for around 8 TRY or assorted snacks for 2 TRY. Beer costs about 6 TRY. Also, remember that haggling is a long standing tradition. Goods at markets and bazaars are overpriced as haggling is expected.
Arriving at your destination
There are several options for getting from airport to central Istanbul: take the metro M1 for about 4 TRY, the HAVATA shuttle bus for around 11 TRY and taxis for approximately 60 TRY. Keep in mind that buses do not run from 1 am to 4 am so plan accordingly if your flight lands around that time.
Good yet basic accommodation can be found at hostels or guest houses for about 30 TRY a night. There is actually a wide choice of places to stay depending on the district you are visiting. Once settled you can move around the city taking advantage of the excellent public transport system. An Istanbulkart, rechargeable and valid for all public transport, would be a useful card to acquire if staying a little longer, considering taxis are expensive. You will be able to visit Istanbul's many beautiful sights easily, like the Prince Islands, which are car free.