Notes on Istanbul
- How much money to take to Istanbul?
- What difficulties do you face?
- How to communicate with the locals?
I will try to answer these questions in this article. The budget option will be considered here.
So far, I have only flown to Istanbul, I have not yet come by boat. There are 4 airports in the Istanbul area, I was in Ataturk and International airports. The international airport (denoted by IST) has been operating for only half a year at the time of this writing, and it really impressed me with its size and ... emptiness inside :) Huge rooms, in which there are practically no objects that can catch the eye.
The next thing to do after arriving and collecting luggage is to change money for Turkish lira, if you have not already done so. Then there are two options: we leave the airport and go to the yellow taxi car (expensive) or go to the bus stop.
About the fare. In Istanbul, the so-called Istanbulkart is very common - this is a single "travel card" for almost all types of transport in Istanbul, its price is 6 lira and you can deposit any amount on it immediately and replenish it for any amount during use.
About to eat .
In principle, you can eat in a cafe for 20 liras, but to eat deliciously you need about 30 liras per person.
About food in stores.
Plain buns without filling - 6 lira.
Yoghurt 0.5 kg - 3 lira.
Cheese, 200 grams - 8 lire.
Honey in combs, 320 grams - 35 lire.
Housing cost .
Normal hotels (air conditioning, refrigerator, daily cleaning) cost about 100-120 lire per day. Sometimes breakfast is included in the price, but you will have to come to them before 10:00 to be in time.
Transport around the city. There are many types of transport in Istanbul: buses, dolmushi (an analogue of our minibuses), two types of trams (modern and so-called retro tram), mini- and metrobuses, light and regular metro, two types of funiculars, as well as ferries across the Bosphorus and suburban electric trains . Istanbulkart works for all transport except dolmush.
Metrobuses look like this:
Moving around the city on foot is also quite possible, but in places of heavy traffic it is difficult and even a little unsafe. Drivers in Istanbul do not like red light at traffic lights, they prefer not to notice it :) And local pedestrians dart between cars at any point on the road. You have to get used to it.
It is necessary to communicate with the locals politely and they will communicate with you just as politely. If you know a couple of words in Turkish (meraba - hello, teshikure derim - thank you very much), the attitude towards you will be even better.
I did not see a single ZAZ or VAZ on the streets. All foreign cars and look well-groomed. By the way, car rental is common here.
About theft. It's almost non-existent here. This is very convenient if you are traveling alone, because. There are situations when you have to leave things where others can take them.
Due to the proximity of the sea, night/day temperature drops are minimal. But, it often rains, this must be taken into account.
About the Internet. Wifi is common here. But, if your work is related to the presence of a stable Internet, I advise you to take a local SIM card with prepaid gigabytes. I took 8 GB, it cost me 100 lire and an hour of time in a mobile phone shop. It is not very difficult to find such salons - every 5 store sells mobile phones and services related to them.// Конвертер валют
Probably this article will be supplemented in the future.