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Istanbul International Library Staff Week 2021


Participants should organize their own accommodation and are responsible for covering their own accommodation costs.

Recommended hotels:

*​Any other hotel close to the M2 metro line is a suitable choice with easy transportation. 


Transportation during the event

For the participants' easy transportation TO and FROM the campus as well as for all off campus visits, we will use shuttle buses during the whole week.

Haciosman metro station is the central station for the route TO and FROM the campus with the shuttle buses.  Depending on the daily program, the shuttle buses can make selective stops at convenient metro stations. 

In case participants would like to commute independently, they should inform the organizing committee and use one of the following Transportation options. 


Istanbul (Turkish: İstanbul) is Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. Istanbul's population is estimated to be around 18 million people, making it also one of the largest cities in Europe and the world.

Take a look at the beauty and the attractions of the city:

Transportation in the city

Istanbul is a city of almost 18 million people but no worries, you can commute easily using metro, buses, mini buses or tramvay.  For your transportation it would be better to purchase and use the Istanbul card which you can load and use in all public transportation.  The normal ticket fare is 5liras but the price is lower when using the card.  There are automatic machines at the airport where you can purchase it for 6liras and directly load as much money as you want.

Here are the main transportation options in order to find your way around during your stay.

Istanbul New Airport

Istanbul now has a new airport which replaced Ataturk Airport and is located on the north west side of the city.

The Airport is connected to the city centre with 2 transportation options.   As you can see, apart from the public buses there are also he Hava buses which operate 24/7!   Taking the bus from the airport you can either stop at 4Levent metro and continue by metro to your hotel destination (e.g. those staying close to Cayrettepe, Sisli, Osmanbey) or go all the way until Taksim square (final destination) and either walk to your hotel (e.g. Naoum Pasa Konagi) or take the metro from Taksim (1 stop) to Sishane.  You can find the stops and ticket prices here

Currency and Emergency numbers

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira 

  • Abbreviation: TL
  • Symbol: ₺

In case of an Emergency, please use the following numbers

Emergency Numbers

  • 112 Medical emergency/ Ambulance
  • 110 Fire
  • 155 Police