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TRANSPORTATION

Getting to the conference location on YTU Davutpasa Campus

AIRPORTS

Atatürk Airport :         http://www.ataturkairport.com

Atatürk International Airport (IST) at Yesilyurt, 14 miles west of Sultanahmet Square, is the busiest one of Turkey's major airports.

You can travel between Atatürk Airport and the city center by (M1: Aksaray-Atatürk Airport) metro, city bus, taxi, shuttle van (Havas Shuttle) or private transfer.       

How to go to Davutpasa Campus?

Take the M1 metro line to the ‘Davutpasa-Yildiz Teknik Üniversitesi’ stop. Cross the avenue, you’ll see the tourniquet’s at the entrance of the university.

   (Transportation Map: http://www.ataturkairport.com/TR_EN_ist/index_en.html  )  

Sabiha Gökçen Airport :      http://www.sgairport.com/havaalani/eng/start.asp

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus about 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Haydarpasa Station, the Kadiköy ferry dock, and the Harem intercity bus terminal.

You can travel between Sabiha Gökçen Airport and the center of Istanbul by city bus (E-10), shuttle van (Havas Shuttle), taxi, private transfer or car rental.

The cheapest way to go between the airport and the city is by E-10 city bus. It departs from Sabiha Gökçen Airport about every 30 minutes throughout the day. The bus stops at several bus stations in the town nearby, then goes on the E-5 highway to Kadiköy. You can obtain the full schedule from the IETT website. (http://www.iett.gov.tr/ )

Havas Shuttle (Airport Buses) in the direction of Sabiha Gökçen Airport departs from Taksim Square in Beyoglu on the European side. Shuttles are timed to the arrival of all flights, departing from the airport 25 minutes after the flight arrival time. For more information please check http://www.havas.net/en/ .

How to go to Davutpasa Campus?

Use the city bus (E-10) and on the ‘Bostanci Köprüsü’ stop to catch another city bus (500 ES) which directly leads you to the YTU Davutpasa campus.

METRO

M1: Aksaray—Atatürk Havalimani, going from Aksaray Square in Old Istanbul via Istanbul's main bus terminal (Otogar) to Atatürk Airport.

M2: Sishane—Atatürk Oto Sanayi, going from Sishane Square, near Tünel Square in Beyoglu through Taksim Square and north through modern business and residential sections of the city to Atatürk Oto Sanayi.

Istanbul's Metro system runs from about 06:00 (6 am) to a little past 24:00 (12 midnight).

The system is operated by Istanbul Ulasim, which has a useful website. For more information and full schedules of all lines please check http://www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/en

Bus and Train Stations

There are two major otogars (bus stations) in Istanbul:

Esenler Bus Station (Otogar)

Esenler is 10km northwest of the centre on the E800 (Istanbul– Edirne toll road). All bus services stop at Esenler Bus Station which is open for 24 hours.

Esenler Bus Station is well organized and 150 companies have ticket stands there. Most bus companies run free service buses to and from Taksim, Besiktas or can arrange for you to travel on one run by another company. To get to Sultanahmet from Esenler, take the M1 metro line from the station in the centre of the Otogar to Aksaray and switch to the tram to Sultanahmet. After 1am, your only option is to take a taxi into town. Travelling from the city centre to Esenler by metro, remember to get off at Otogar, not at Esenler station. There's a (free) shuttle service from Taksim or Sultanahmet to Esenler (usually an hour before departure) for tickets booked through a travel agent or bus company's offices.

How to go to Davutpasa Campus?

   Simply take the M1 metro line to the ‘Davutpasa Yildiz Teknik Üniversitesi’ stop.

Harem Bus Station (Otogar)

Harem is on the Asian side between Üsküdar and Kadiköy. All bus services stop at Harem Bus Station which is open for 24 hours. From Harem, regular ferries cross the Bosphorus to Eminönü (every hour, daily 7am–10pm) and there are private boats running to Besiktas and Kabatas. Dolmus runs every few minutes to Kadiköy and  Üsküdar, leaving from the south side of the complex, beyond the ticket offices. From either of these suburbs, ferries cross to Eminönü, or from Üsküdar to Besiktas for Taksim. Taxis are available everywhere, but you must pay the bridge toll (3.75 TL) on top of the fare.

Car ferries, operated by Turkish Maritime Lines, cross the Bosphorus from Harem to Eminönü. Sea bus car and passenger services from Yalova, Bandirma (on the Izmir– Istanbul route) and the islands of Avsa and Marmara arrive at the Yenikapi Ferry Terminal, off Kennedy Caddesi in Kumkapi, just in the south of Aksaray. From there, simply catch the train from Yenikapi station across the road from the ferry terminal; its two stops to Sultanahmet (Cankurtaran station) or three to Sirkeci. Frequent buses depart from Yenikapi for Taksim via Aksaray.

Istanbul has two mainline train stations:  in Europe at Sirkeci, the other, at Haydarpasa, across the Bosphorus in Asia. The two are linked by ferry.