Business Travel in Turkey
- Passport and Visa Service
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Diplomatic Representations
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- Means of public transport are not well developed. There are only two metro lines and the tram network is very old. On the other hand, it is relatively easy to travel by bus, even if they are often packed out.
It is better to take a taxi. In this case, collective taxis (dolmus) are a good compromise.
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- Maps of Urban Networks
İETT website - Network of public transport Istanbul Town Hall
UT Library on line
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Istanbul - Atatürk Intl (IST)||24 km / 15 miles||TRY 20-30-USD 15 / 30-50 min||Available||TRY 1.30 / 30 min||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- The national railway company links the main towns in Turkey, but the train is very slow and the network antiquated. Buses, which cover the whole country or almost, are very comfortable. All the main cities are served by domestic flights, it is the best way to travel to distant cities or those not served by the motorways.
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- Rail Companies
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Onur Air||Airline company||Domestic flights||Yes|
|Atlas Jet||Airline company||Domestic flights||No|
|Turkish Airlines||Airline company||Domestic flights||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Different Forms of Tourism
- The first known urban community in the world, the town of Çatalhöyük, dates from 6500 BC and is located in Turkey. From then to our day and age, Turkey has prided itself on civilizations which have crossed the centuries and made of the country a paradise of cultural wealth. Not only are ruins and unique remains witnesses to these centuries, but Turkey's contemporary history is fascinating, especially the work of Atatürk.
- Istanbul is full of markets, palaces and mosques. The shores of the Aegean Sea shelter archeological sites of leading importance, especially the ancient Greek cities of Ephesus, Pergamon and Troy.
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- A blend of Mediterranean landscapes and oriental steppes, Turkey is characterized by mountainous lands, crossed by rivers and lakes, bordered by bathing coasts, both ancient and pastoral, and also spiked in the east by the volcano, Mount Ararat, and in the center by the Taurus mountains. Those who enjoy the unusual will be attracted to the coast of the Black Sea which stretches from Amasra to Trabzon. You can also admire some of nature's wonders such as Cappadocia and Pamukkale. To learn more...
- Greco-Roman sites are very numerous in Turkey and it is here you find the origins of Christianity. There are, of course, magnificent mosques, the most well-known of which are the Blue Mosque and Suleymaniye and also churches, vestiges of the Byzantine Empire, including the famous Hagia Sophia and a lot more still.
- An ideal destination for spas, thalassotherapy and water cures. You will be steeped in tradition and you will benefit from an unequalled quality of care. Situated on an important natural geothermal belt, from which comes the expression "Turkish bath", you will plunge into the heart of hot springs whose benefits were already renowned in Antiquity.
- Turkey has a multitude of seaside resorts and beaches in a protected natural paradise environment. You will find many watersports activities on dreamy beaches and a great variety of other sporting activities (sailing, diving...). In Turkey many resorts and beaches have obtained the blue flag.
- Winter Sports
- With its high mountains, covered with snow in summer and winter alike, and its top of the range resorts, Turkey is an important center for winter tourism, ideal for all sports which involve sliding or gliding, and extreme sports. On average there are 3m of snow all winter. You can practise Alpine skiing, mountain climbing and trekking. Click here to learn more
- Outdoor Activities
- The diversity of the landscape, and the presence of mountains, sea and rivers makes a wide range of activities possible: diving, sailing, surfing, rafting, trekking, potholing, microlighting, paragliding, horseriding, hunting, golf.....
- The bazaars of Istanbul and other large cities in Turkey are fascinating: pleasure for the eyes with refined, high-quality craftsmanship, pleasure for the senses with spices and unusual scents. Big modern shopping malls are side by side with traditional markets.
|Top Highlights of the Capital City|
|The Blue Mosque|
|The Byzantine hippodrome|
|The Islamic Arts Museum|
|The Sunken Palace Cistern|
|The Grand Bazaar|
|The Egyptian Market|
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|The old town of Bursa|
|The ruins of Ephesus|
|The village of Side|
|The mountains of Cappadocia|
|The Silk Road|
|Atatürk's mausoleum at Ankara|
|The beach of Patara|
|The Black Sea coast|
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- There is no obligatory vaccination. It is necessary to update your diphtheria - tetanus - poliomyelitis vaccination. Other vaccinations which can be advisable (according to conditions of hygiene and the length of your stay): typhoid fever, viral hepatitis A and B.
There are sporadic outbreaks of malaria in the south-east of the country. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, transmitted by ticks, is present mainly in central Anatolia and on the Black Sea coast.
- International Hospitals
- There are a certain number, especially the
International Hospital and
the American Hospital .
Click here for a more complete list.
In private hospitals, doctors and surgeons mostly speak English. But you may be lucky enough to come across a French-speaking doctor.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
Guide du routard website
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
guide du routard
Canadian Foreign Affairs website
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
|Firemen (only for fires)||110|
|Gendarmerie (Police in rural areas)||156|
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir (
GMT+2 in winter, GMT+3 in summer )
- Summer Time Period
- Summer time from March 30 to October 26
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- Hot, dry summers, mild winters, harsher in the interior of the country. Autumn and spring are the most pleasant seasons.
- For Further Information
Meteo France website
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- Turkish cuisine is well known internationally. It is renowned for its varied, spicy dishes.
Among the many Turkish specialties, we can name the famous kebabs (roast beef or chicken), Lahmacun (ground meat pizza), Cacik (a cold soup), aubergine specialties (Karniyarik and Patlican Tava) and oriental pastries: Baklava and Kadayif.
- Ayran, based on yoghurt, is the traditional drink. Turks are also keen on tea (Cay) and coffee (very strong).
There is very good locally produced beer and an aniseed spirit called Raki.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Pork is prohibited in Turkey.
- Domestic Currency
- Turkish New Lira
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- There are many ATMs and they work in several languages. Credit cards, Visa, Eurocard, etc. are taken almost everywhere, as are Euros and Dollars.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Credit card or cash.
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
- There are several other Altaic languages as well as minorities speaking Kurdish, Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian, Albanian or Circassian. English, French or German are languages used fairly frequently in trade.
- Business Language
- English is very commonly used in business.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- The alphabet is composed of 29 letters, 8 of which are vowels, and writing is phonetic.. The q, the w, the x do not exist, while there are some additional letters: ç, g, i, ö, s and ü.
- Free Translation Tools
Lexilogo : On-line French/Turkish dictionary
- To Find an Accommodation
Guide du routard
Directory of hotels
- To Find an Apartment
List of real estate agencies by town
Leading website for private individuals' adverts (and also for real estate agents)
- To Find a Job
Insan Kaynaklari (Ernest & Young)
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