Traveling to/from Istanbul

The fastest and consequently the least tiring way to get to Turkey is by plane. All major airlines have direct flights to Istanbul.

Istanbul has two international airports: one on the European side (Atatürk Airport) and one on the Asian side (Sabiha Gökçen Airport). Both can be used but Atatürk Airport is located closer to the congress venue.

Additionally, the new Istanbul Airport is open with limited destinations but will be fully operational after March 2019.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Istanbul Atatürk Airport is located 24 km southeast of Istanbul. You can use airport buses (Havatas), busses, taxi, subway or private transfer to go to the city.

Airport shuttle buses (HAVABUS)

There are buses every hour to and from Taksim square (city center) for  14TL (equal to appr. 2.50 €). For detailed information: http://www.havabus.com

Taxi

Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. In Turkey taxis are colored yellow and have meters. The journey will cost approximately 70 TL (equal to 12 €)  depending on the route the driver will use and will take about 45 minutes. The meter in the car applies and charges as Turkish Liras (TL), please note credit cards are not yet valid in taxis. The taxi rates are same all day and night long.

Subway

There is an underground station at the airport and you can go to the city center with 2 train changes for approximately 6 TL (equal to 1 €).

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located on the Asian coast of Istanbul. It is located 50 km southeast of the city center.

Airport shuttle buses (HAVABUS)

There are buses every 30 minutes to and from Taksim (central Istanbul) for 18 TL (equal to 3 €). For detailed information: http://www.havabus.com

Taxi

Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. In Turkey taxis are colored yellow and have meters. The journey will cost approximately 140 TL (equal to 22 €) and will take about 75 minutes. The meter in the car applies and charges as Turkish Liras (TL), please note credit cards are not yet valid in taxis. The taxi rates are same all day and night long.

Public Transport

Istanbul Public Transportation is efficient, convenient and safe with its large number of choices of vehicles but may be very difficult to navigate if you do not know the language. Thus we suggest the use of taxis as they are very economically priced compared to most European cities.

Visa

All participants are required to show a valid passport while traveling to Turkey. Citizens of some countries are required to obtain visa before arrival from the Turkish Embassy or Consulate and some may obtain e-Visas via the website www.evisa.gov.tr before arrival. The most updated visa information can be received from the website of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs; www.mfa.gov.tr

Letter of Invitation

An invitation letter will be sent to participants upon request.