For transportation from Atatürk International Airport (IST), which is located on the European side of Istanbul, you have three options: airport taxis, airport shuttle buses, and the Metro. A taxi from Atatürk International Airport to Taksim will cost approximately 50 Turkish lire (TL) and take 45 minutes. Airport shuttle buses, run by the firm HAVAŞ, also are readily available.They depart the airport every hour for Taksim and cost 10 TL.
If you are arriving a Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW), you will arrive on the Asian side of the city. Take the HAVAŞ shuttle bus to Taksim. The shuttle will cost 13 TL and take around 1 hour.
If traveling in by train, you will arrive at the Sirkeci Train Station, which is located 4 km (2.5 mi) from the hotel. You can take a taxi for approximtely 10 TL.
The subway system is known as Istanbul Metro. The Istanbul Metro is state-of-the-art, new and easy to use. Taksim Metro station is located directly behind the hotel, less than a 2 minute walk.
The Turkish lira (TL) is the official currency of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Nortern Cyprus. Check currency conversion here: http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/. The following denominations of Turkish lira are available: Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 TL. Coins: 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 kuruş and 1 TL.
It is suggested that you exchange your currency either before departing your home or upon arrival at the airport or train station.The hotel offers reliable currency exchange services, too.
In and Around Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey with a population of 15 million, making it one the world’s fastest growing cities, and third largest city in Europe after Moscow and London.The heart of Turkey, Istanbul is the home of the Turkish economy, major corporations and banks, and art and culture. Istanbul is so rich in history, art, culture and shopping that you may want to consider extending your stay in order to experience the many wonders to behold.
The only city built on two continents (Asia and Europe), Istanbul has long enjoyed a historically strategic location; it has a rich past as a coveted city for powerful empires. Stretching along two shores of the Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait), Istanbul was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Its status as an imperical capital for 1,500 years gives the city a rich history of sites. At nearly every corner in the city, you discover Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins. Istanbul masterfully melds this rich history into a virbant and modern metropolis. Bazaars and moder shopping centers, street vendors and stock brokers, old crumbling buildings and skyscrapers coexist and this amalgam gives the city a multifaceted flavor, with a sublte blend of Eastern and Western cultures.
Take a virtual tour of the hotel and Istanbul from the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul concierge:
*Source: Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Nearby attractions all accessible in 15 minutes or less from the hotel:
- Dolmabahçe Palace (0.5 km / 0.31 mi)
- The Bosphorus (0.5 km / 0.31 mi)
- Taksim Square (0.5 km / 0.31 mi)
- Nişantaşı Shopping District (0.5 km / 0.31 mi)
- Galata Tower (3 km / 1.8 mi)
- Hagia Sophia (7 km / 4.3 mi)
- Covered Bazaar (7 km / 4.3 mi)
- Topkapi Palace (7 km / 4.3 mi)
- Blue Mosque (7 km / 4.3 mi)
Climate and Dress
Istabul’s average high temperature in December is 11˚C (52˚F) and the average low temperature at night is 5.3˚C (42˚F). In December, the city sees an average of 124 mm (5 in) of precipitation, with 17 days of rainfall/snow.
The meeting encourages business casual attire. Meeting rooms are well airconditioned, and the inside temperature may be slightly warmer or cooler than you find comfortable. Therefore, it is suggested that you dress in layers (light jackets and/or shawls are a good idea to have with you).