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Frequently Asked Questions
The must-see attractions in Istanbul are Sea of Marmara, Legoland Discovery Center, Hodjapasha, Bosporus Strait and Fatih.
Buses and trams, which conveniently cover tourist areas, are the best ways to get around Istanbul. But keep in mind that buses do not have maps inside and drivers do not announce stops, so you must remain vigilant and keep an eye on where you are going.
Ordinary passport holders must have a visa to enter Türkiye. Ordinary passport holders can obtain 30-day single-entry e-Visas from www.evisa.gov.tr if they have a valid Schengen or USA, UK, Ireland visa or residence permit and are flying to Türkiye with Turkish Airlines or Egypt Air.
If you're visiting for the first time, allow at least three days. Three days in Istanbul will allow you to see the city's most famous sights — but expect a jam-packed itinerary if you want to make the most of your time there!
Summers in Istanbul are warm, humid, dry, and clear, while winters are long, cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Throughout the year, the temperature typically ranges from 38°F (3°C) to 85°F (29°C), with temperatures rarely falling below 30°F (-1°C) or rising above 90°F (32°C).
Istanbul is best known for providing an elegant European vacation while also allowing visitors to appreciate the charming Islamic culture. It is well-known for its numerous prominent monuments, many of which are renowned for their medieval architecture, complete with spires and domes. It is well-known for its spectacular ferry boat rises, a shopping extravaganza at Grand Bazaar, delectable kebabs, hammam, and picturesque views from Camlica Hill.
Sultanahmet is a beautiful archaeological and tourist area in Istanbul, with many mosques, churches, restaurants, gardens, and museums. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sultanahmet district.
Baklava. Baklava, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire, is one of the most iconic Turkish dishes and a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. Şiş kebap. The term 'kebab' refers to a variety of street foods, the most well-known of which is the skewered şiş kebap.
Istanbul is generally safe, with little petty crime. However, be cautious in the Old Town as pickpocketing and bag snatching are possible. Avoid going out late at night (after 10 p.m.), especially on Taksim's main street, Istikal Cadessi. It's also not a good idea to go there alone on weekends.