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It’s easy to lose yourself In Istanbul’s grandiose history, but modern Istanbul is a simmering metropolis, well worth a visit in its own right. The shopping is world class and the nightlife pulsates around Taksim Square. Even though Istanbul is no longer the capital, it’s still the country’s business and cultural centre, still the city where new trends are created.


Population Approximately 13 million in Greater Istanbul
Currency Turkish Lira, TL1 = 100 kuruş
Opening hours The official opening hours for shops are 9.00-18.00. However, some traders and shops stay open until midnight.
Most hotels will have at least one 24 hour restaurant.
Newspapers English language:
Daily Turkish News
Emergency numbers 112
Tourist information Arrival hall at airport
+90 212 663 07 93
Hotel Hilton
+90 212 233 05 92
Railway station Sirkeçi
+90 212 511 58 11
+90 212 518 18 02