It’s easy to lose yourself In Istanbul’s grandiose history, but modern Istanbul is a simmering metropolis, well worth a visit in its own right. The shopping is world class and the nightlife pulsates around Taksim Square. Even though Istanbul is no longer the capital, it’s still the country’s business and cultural centre, still the city where new trends are created.

Facts

Population

Approximately 13 million in Greater Istanbul

Currency

Turkish Lira, TL1 = 100 kuruş

Opening hours

The official opening hours for shops are 9.00-18.00. However, some traders and shops stay open until midnight. Most hotels will have at least one 24 hour restaurant.

Newspapers

English language: Daily Turkish News www.turkishpress.com

Tourist information

Arrival hall at airport +90 212 663 07 93 Hotel Hilton +90 212 233 05 92 Railway station Sirkeçi +90 212 511 58 11 Hippodrome +90 212 518 18 02

Travel to Istanbul

Book your flights to Istanbul today and experience a city bursting with phenomenal architecture that is almost teeming with history and culture.

Top 5 Things To Do in Istanbul

  • Get lost navigating the labyrinth of streets while honing your bartering skills in the Bazaar District home to the famous Spice Bazaar for a millennia
  • Enjoy a relaxing steam in a 16th century bathhouse
  • Journey through the home of sultans for hundreds of years at Topkapi Palace
  • Enjoy learning about the ancient history of this enchanting city at the Archaeological Museum
  • Wonder the hall in amazement at the 6th century masterpiece that is Hagia Sophia

Plan Your Istanbul Holiday

Istanbul is one of the most storied cities in the world. Its beauty derived from being the capital of several different empires dating back to 660 B.C. It has been the hub of commerce and culture for the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Roman Empires and has benefited from each of those empires as seen through its magnificent architectural examples. The Rumelian and Anatolian Castles are beautiful ruins from the glory days of the Ottoman Empire. The Roman influence can still be seen at the Column of Constantine and the Valens aqueduct. Perhaps the most impressive of all is the Hagia Sophia built by the Byzantines.

July through to September is the peak tourist season in Istanbul. Travellers booking tickets to Istanbul for this time are urged to book them as early as possible and reserve your hotel rooms as well. To avoid the crowds, but still have amazing weather to enjoy come in the spring or autumn seasons instead. Cheap hotels in Istanbul are easier to find in the winter months when it is colder. Flight deals to Istanbul are always easy to find with Etihad Airways.

Destination Routes

Etihad Offices in Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey
Süleyman Seba Caddesi, No. 21
Akaretler ?? 34437 Be?ikta?
+90 212 326 8600
isttkt@etihad.ae
09:00-12:30 / 13:00-18:00 (Mon-Fri)
Airport Ticketing office, Istanbul, Turkey
Ataturk Havalimani
Dis Hatlar Terminali
Gidis Kati, Yesilkoy
+90 (212) 465 30 00
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun 11.00 - 16.00