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To Airports in Istanbul
Sabiha Gökçen Airport (Asian side) and Atatürk Airport (European side) are the two international airports located in İstanbul. In both airports, HAVATAŞ airport shuttles can be considered the best transportation system to directly reach the city center, Taksim. Transfer fees are 10 TL and 15 TL from Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, respectively. Shuttle service departures from the airports in every 30 minutes. Airport shuttle service is not available between 01:00 and 04:00. For that time interval, taxi service is still available (70-100 TL).

From Airports to Taksim
ITU and most of the areas in the European side of İstanbul can be directly reached from Taksim with various transportation systems such as subway, bus and tram. Using subway is the fastest choice to reach ITU from Taksim (20 minutes). ITU Ayazaga station is the 7th station of the subway line between Taksim and Hacıosman. Therefore, hotels located near the stations of that subway line can be preferred for easy transportation. Fee of the subway transportation for one person is approximately 2 TL. Please click on the image for more detailed map railway network map of Istanbul.

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From Taksim to ITU, Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center
Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center is only two minutes walk from the exit of ITU subway station. Please click on the image for more detailed map.

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İstanbul
Official website of İstanbul and a promotional video about Istanbul (15 min.) can give information about the city. Some of the iconic places located in the European side of the city are given below.

Hagia Sophia – Ancient Cathedral built in AD 537 when the city was called Constantinople.
Blue Mosque – One of the biggest mosques, there are 260 stained glass windows and around 20.000 shimmering blue-green tiles.
Topkapi Palace – It served as a residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. It features brilliant architecture, manicured courtyards and impressive exhibits.
Basilica Cistern – An ancient 6th century water storage system with tunnels and tanks, the statue of Medusa is also in here.
Grand Bazaar – One of the largest covered markets in the world with 5.000 shops spreading over 60 streets. You can smell the spices and leather goods.
Istiklal Avenue – The most famous avenue in Istanbul where you can enjoy the multitude of shops, cafes, bars, night clubs, art galleries and restaurants.
Galata Tower – It is a medieval stone tower which is built as Tower of Christ by Genoese colony. It offers a panoramic view of Old Istanbul.
Bosphorus – Take a ferry on the Bosphorus. The narrow waterway divides Istanbul into Europe and Asian sides.