Travelling to Istanbul Congress Center

The Istanbul congress center is located near the Taksim Square (city centre) and easily accessible:

  • 23 km / 15 miles from Atatürk International Airport (IST); 45 minutes  by taxi
  • 35 km / 22 miles from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW);  40-90 minutes by taxi
  • 5 km / 3 miles from main Sirkeci Train Station
  • 100 m from Harbiye Bus Stop on the Taksim-Sisli line
  • 500 m from Taksim Metro Station

Transportation Tickets
Istanbulkart is an "electronic wallet" card to be used in Istanbul, Turkey. The use of the card is as a transit pass: you place the card near a fare point (say, at a Metro or ferryboat turnstile, or when boarding a city bus) and the amount of your fare is deducted from the card.

Istanbulkarts are sold by Istanbulkart vending machines and supposedly by Biletmatikmachines, but the latter sometimes will not sell you an Istanbulkart. You put a TL10 note into the machine to buy the card, and then you insert more bills to load credit onto the card to pay fares.

You may also be able to buy an Istanbulkart at commercial kiosks (little stands that sell newspapers, snacks, cigarettes, chewing gum, etc.) near major transit stops such as Eminönü, Sultanahmet, Beyazıt/Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar), Taksim Square, etc. (The easiest place to find one is probably Eminönü.) Look for the word Istanbulkart or Akbil or phrase Dolum Noktası (Refill Point) on kiosks—they'll probably have Istanbulkarts to sell and load.

Istanbulkarts are now also on sale at the Atatürk Airport (IST) Metro station.