Istanbul is the only city in the world that connects two continents. This city, which is located in both Asia and Europe, has been the capital city for many civilizations for thousands of years throughout its history.

We will share with you some useful links and details which will help you explore this amazing city. You can visit İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality website from this link: You can find cultural, transportation and social services there. We recommend you to visit this site: You can find practical information and a visitor guide there.

Here are some tips for your life in İstanbul.

  • Try to avoid traveling around İstanbul during rush-hours, the streets are always congested. Taking the metro is always possible. The bridges between the European and Asian side are always packed.
  • The ferries between Asia and Europe operate as a proper means of transportation. Just like a bus.
  • Although English is widely spoken in the metropolitan cities, you are recommended to learn some

basic Turkish words.

  • The electricity is 220 Volts. Check the voltage in your home country and in case it is different you should buy a converter so that your electrical devices do not get harmed.

Useful Apps

Transportation: MOBIETT, TRAFI, BITAKSI, ISBIKE, MARTI, IBBTRAFIK Use these apps to ease your travels in Istanbul.


Use these apps to see the latest theatre and movies and to purchase tickets of these events.


Use these apps to see the restaurants, to order food and groceries.


Use these apps for Turkish words and idioms

Emergency Contacts

Ambulance : 112 (all over Turkey) Police : 155 (all over Turkey)

Tourism Police : (0212) 5274503 (İstanbul only) Gendarmerie : 156 (all over Turkey for rural areas) Coast Guard : 158 (all over Turkey)

Fire : 110 (all over Turkey)

Forest Fire : 177 (all over Turkey)

Yellow Pages : 11818 or 11811 or 11880 (all over Turkey) the cost of directory could be expensive

Tourism Info : 170 (all over Turkey)