Dear participant of ICFPTA 2015,
DO NOT FORGET to buy ISTANBUL CARD from the Airport. It is a public transportantion card used in Istanbul.
You can use ISTANBUL CARD in almost all kinds of public transport: Metro, public and private busses, ships, seabusses, Marmaray.
Price of an empty card is 6 Turkish lira. When you buy one, load some amount of money (like 30 turkish liras for example, this
is equal to 13 uses of the card. ). One use of the card costs 2.15 turkish liras.
For information see
Some clues from booking.com
Istanbul is a smorgasbord of scents and sounds, infused with the characters of two continents.
Just before dawn, there’s an eerie silence in Istanbul before the city abruptly comes to life, as the call to morning prayer reverberates through the ancient markets and winding alleyways. Jump on the Bosporus ferry to experience a startling contrast between East and West.
Air – Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Istanbul’s main airport is 12.5 miles from the city center. Taxis are readily available and are the most convenient way to reach the center – they cost around TRY 45 and take 30 minutes in mild traffic. The Havatas Bus to Taksim Square is a better value. It departs every 30 minutes on the hour between 4 am – 1 am, costs around TRY 10, and takes around 30 minutes. From Taksim Square, catch either a taxi or the metro to your end destination.
The “Hafif Metro” is very efficient. There are two main lines: Yenikapı to Ataturk Airport (M1A) and Yenakapi to Haciosman (M2). The M1 runs every 5 minutes from 6 am – 12:30 am from Monday to Saturday, and every 8 minutes on Sunday. The M2 line runs from 6:15 am – 12:30 am Monday to Saturday (from 6:30 am on Sunday). To use the Metro, purchase a token from a machine or swipe an “Istanbulkart” (available at some Biletmatik machines) to pass through the turnstiles.
Taxis are easy to find – just stop at a taxi stand or hail one from the street. They’re reasonably priced compared to prices in Western Europe and the U.S., making them an affordable way to travel. Official taxis are bright yellow with the words “taksi” on top, and always have digital meters. Language is often an issue, so always have your destination written on a piece of paper. If you go through tolls, these will be added to the final charge.
City center bus service hubs include Taksim Square, Aksaray and Beşiktaş on the European side, and Üsküdar and Kadıköy on the Asian side. Bus shelter stops are easily available on the main routes. Services run from 6:30 am – 11:30 pm and destinations are displayed on the front of the bus. Ticket prices vary by destination and must be purchased from the white booths near major stops before boarding. Purchase an Akbil or “Istanbul Kart” to save on fares.
Traffic in Istanbul is often heavy and it can take longer to cross the city by car than by public transportation. Drivers are also known to be quite aggressive. There are few multi-story car parks in the city and on-street parking can be difficult to find. However, road conditions in Istanbul are moderate, less so outside the main centers. If you do decide to drive, renting a GPS device with the latest updated maps is recommended.
Rental Cars: rentalcars.com
Ferries and “sea buses” are a fun and fast way to move between the European and Asian sides. There are four ferry companies in operation; the fastest and most popular is IDO. The major docks on the European side can be found in Eminönü, Sirkeci and Karaköy. Tickets cost around TRY 3 for a single economy class ticket (around TRY 1.95 with an Istanbulkart), which can be purchased at the ferry terminal. Note that timetables change seasonally.
Good to Know
Time Zone : GMT (+03:00)
Country Code : +90
Voltage : 220 V
Imagine the worst traffic jam and double it. Traffic problems are a hot topic in Istanbul, and it’s as much a race for survival as it to get to your destination.
First impressions count for a lot in Turkey. Speak highly of the country’s natural resources, people and geography, and describe any positive travel experiences you’ve had in Turkey in detail.
Turks tend to be indirect at first, but warm up quickly. People are generally inquisitive and curious, warm and friendly, and place a high cultural value on being hospitable.
Tipping your head forward means ‘yes’; lifting your head backwards and raising your eyebrows means ‘no’.
Eye contact is important in Turkey. Maintaining direct eye contact while speaking to someone is a sign of sincerity. It’s also quite common to be stared at in public places – this is normal.
We handpicked the top 10 classic sights, sorted by distance from where you’re staying
Apartments with 285 rooms are hard to come by, but that’s exactly what Sultan Abdülmecid I was after. In 1856, he, his wife, children and pet hamster moved in with 6 other sultans. Blending Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical influences, Dolmabahce’s amenities include 68 toilets, 6 steam rooms, dozens of opulent chandeliers, its own clock tower – and now even Wi-Fi.
- Only 2.4 km away
- Dolmabahçe Caddesi, Beşiktaş (across from the İnönü – Beşiktaş soccer stadium)
- Open Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm, Friday to Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Taksim Square might be associated with recent political unrest, but a trip here paints a vastly different picture. The square is the heart of modern Istanbul and functions mainly as a transportation hub. It’s also a popular entertainment area, surrounded by shops, restaurants and local cafes. Cross town on the historic tram for a nostalgic touch of old Istanbul.
- Only 3.7 km away
- Beyoğlu, Tak-ı Zafer Cd, 34435 Gümüşsuyu
- Open every day
Inmates imprisoned here during the Ottoman era would imagine flying across the Bosporous to freedom. Centuries later, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi did just that, an early aviator who flew on artificial wings straight to the Anatolian side. These days, Galata Tower’s famous 360° panoramic views of the city and its popular restaurant offer plenty of fun for all visitors.
- Only 5.1 km away
- Bereketzade Mh., Galata Kulesi, Beyoğlu
- Open every day 9 am – 8 pm
Once upon a time, the Sultanate moved across town, and left behind 173 acres of prime real estate. Built in 1478, Topkapi Palace was the heart and mind of the Ottoman Empire for centuries. What lay abandoned in 1853 was restored 50 years later, when the palace became one of Istanbul’s premier museums, with elaborate courtyards, gates and a harem that remain largely intact.
- Only 5.5 km away
- Bab-ı Hümayün Caddesi, Sultanahmet (behind Hagia Sophia)
- Open Monday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday 9 am – 5 pm; closed first day of religious holidays
As we announced, there will be
Bosporus boat tour which start at 19:00 on July 23, 2015
Although we did not announce, we have organized also
4a) a Welcome Cocktail start at 19:00 on July 21, 2015
Place of the restorant:
4b) a Conference Dinner start at 19:00 on July 22, 2015
Place of the restorant:
There is a shuttle between Airport and your hotel (whatever you choose…) provided by Ixir Hotel.
For 40 EURO they provide a mini-bus (8-10 person) from airport to your hotel.
We suggest this shuttle especially for the groups more than 2-3 participants.
Notice that 40 EURO is the price of a trip of a vehicle. Thus, you will pay
40 EURO either you are alone or a group of 10 participants.
You may contact directly with the corresponding person via:
Tel: +90 212 327 5008
Fax: +90 212 327 5009
Address of Ixir Hotel:
Mecidiye Mahallesi Dereboyu Caddesi Refik Fenmen Çıkmazı No. 2 Ortaköy İstanbul
Confirmation condition for the participation:
There are three ways to confirm the participation for the conference:
1) The copy of the confirmed plane ticket can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org incase of chosing on-site payment ( We STRONGLY RECOMMEND this method!! We strongly encourage our colleagues to send the copy of their plane tickest in order to avoid any bank remittance expenses or any commission charges )Please send the soft-copy of your plane ticket up to May 01, 2015 to take advantage of EARLY REGISTRATION!
2) Registration fee can be transferred to the bank account (for details see registration page) and a copy of the bank receipt should be sent to email@example.com
(3) Registration fee can be transferred by Using Western Union . In this case, please send the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) code to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please fill the registration form here !
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