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General Information

TRAVEL INFORMATION
The fastest and easiest way to get to Turkey is by plane. All major airlines have direct flights to Istanbul.
Special offers with Star Alliance Conventions Plus!
Star Alliance and Turkish Airways are offering very special discounted travels for all attendees:
go to www.staralliance.com/en/business-solutions/conventions-plus/delegates/
and digit the following code TK16S13

How to get 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 the closest one to the congress center is the Atatürk Airport.

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

Airport shuttle buses (HAVATAS)
There are shuttle buses every hour, to and from Taksim squere (city centre), for 10 TL (approx. EUR 4.60). For detailed information: www.havatas.com
    
Bus
There is a direct public bus connection line “96 T” from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the city centre. The journey from the airport to the central station takes about 50 minutes.The bus leaves Istanbul Atatürk Airport every 50 minutes.
Price is 3.20 TL per person (approx. EUR 1.40).
  
Taxi
Taxis are available at taxi stands or can be hailed directly on the street. In Turkey taxis are colored yellow and have meters. The journey will cost approximately between 55 TL to 70 TL (approx. EUR 24.00 – 30.00) depending on the route the driver will use and it will take about 45 minutes.The meter in the car applies and charges in TL currency, please note credit cards are not yet available in taxis. The taxi rates are same during the day as well as during the night.
  
Subway
There is an underground station at the airport and you can go to the city centre with 2 train changes for approximately 5 TL (approx. EUR 2.17).
  
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 (HAVATAS)
There are buses every 30 minutes to and from Taksim (central Istanbul) for 12 TL (approx. EUR 5.20). For detailed information: www.havatas.com
Bus
Public transportation (IETT) departs from Sabiha Gökçen Airport
(SAW) to central Istanbul. For detailed information: www.sgairport.com/havaalani/eng/ulasim/iett.asp
  
Taxi
Taxis are available at taxi stands or can be hailed directly on the street. In Turkey taxis are colored yellow and have meters. The journey will cost approximately between 55 TL to 70 TL (approx. EUR 24.00 – 30.00) depending on the route the driver will use and it will take about 45 minutes.The meter in the car applies and charges in TL currency, please note credit cards are not yet available in taxis. The taxi rates are same during the day as well as during the night.
  
Public Transport
Istanbul Public Transportation is efficient, convenient and safe with its large number of choices of vehicles but may be very difficult to use if you do not know the language. Thus we suggest the use of taxis as they are very reasonably priced compared to most European cities.
More info for buses:
www.iett.gov.tr
More info for subway & trams:
www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/default.asp
More info for trains:
www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm
More info for ferries:
www.ido.com.tr/en/index.cfm

Travel to Istanbul Congress Center
The Istanbul Congress Center is located near the city centre Taksim Square in the Harbiye area. It is located in the heart of the city’s business and cultural centre, allowing the traveller easy access to municipal, domestic and international transportation networks.
• 23 km / 14.3 miles from Atatürk International Airport (45 minutes by taxi);
• 5 km / 3 miles from main Sirkeci train station, terminal of the Orient Express;
• 100 m from Harbiye bus stop on the Taksim-Sisli line;
• 500m from Taksim Metro Station linked to the city’s new underground system.
  
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
Foreigners travelling to Turkey will need passports and, for most countries, visas to enter Turkey. Visas can be obtained either before hand or directly on arrival at all entry points to Turkey. For detailed information please find a preliminary list of countries in the next pages, however all other up-to-date information regarding this matter can be obtained from: www.mfa.gov.tr.
  
Letter of Invitation
Upon request, the Organization Secretariat will be pleased to send a personal invitation to all participants, to facilitate visa requests and other formalities. This letter should NOT be considered as an offer of any kind of financial support on behalf of the organizers.
An official invitation letter can be requested by writing to the President of the Congress Prof. Gültekin Süleymanlar (e-mail: visa@era-edta.org) at least three months in advance. This letter however does NOT involve any commitments by the Congress Organizers to cover fees, accommodation, travel expenses or other costs connected to the participation in the Congress. ERA-EDTA will not be held responsible for visa that are not granted.

Visa
   
Bank, Exchange ForeIgn Currency and Post OffIce
The official currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign money can be changed at banks during working days (09.00- 17.30 Monday - Friday) as well as hotels and exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. All major credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are available all around the city and at both airports. It is advisable to exchange money only in banks, exchange offices or hotel receptions.
The nearest bank is located in the main entrance area of the ICC.
Cash machines are available in the main entrance area of the ICC and on the lower level of the main building of the ICEC. The nearest post office is located on Valikonagi Street in Nisantas─▒.
 
Banking hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 13:00 p.m. – 17:30 p.m.
All banks are closed at weekends and on public holidays. Banks at airports, ports and shopping malls generally have longer opening hours.
  
Exchange
1 € = 2,22 TL (August 2012)
1 $ = 1,78 TL (August 2012)
For current exchange rates please visit: www.tcmb.gov.tr/yeni/eng/
  
Credit Cards
Most major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and stores but visitors are always advised to check with the vendor before a purchase is made. Cash machines with 24-hour access are available in many convenient locations in the city.
  
TIme Zone
Istanbul Time is in the Eastern European Time Zone. Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
   
Tourist Information
For tourist information about Istanbul and Turkey, please visit the
website: www.tourismturkey.org
  
ElectrIcIty
The electric current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz.
European standard plugs with two round pins are used. British and USA appliances need an adaptor.

ShoppIng
One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaars as well as modern malls.
Being once called the city of thousand colours and fragrances Istanbul is a paradise for shoppers. One can find a very large variety of carpets, jewels, gold, leather goods etc. while wandering through the old monuments or one can visit the city’s modern shopping malls where Turkish brand goods can be found. The shops are open from 8:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Saturday. The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar open their gates at 8:00 and close at 19:00. Big shopping malls open from 10:00 to 22:00 seven days a week. Shops do not close for lunch. All major credit cards are accepted.
  
Restaurants – TurkIsh CuIsIne
Turkish cuisine is largely the heritage of Ottoman cuisine, which can be described as a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Middle Eastern and Balkan cuisines. Turkish cuisine has in turn influenced those and other neighbouring cuisines, including western Europe.
The Ottomans fused various culinary traditions of their realm with influences from Middle Eastern cuisines, along with traditional Turkish elements from Central Asia (such as yogurt), creating a vast array of specialities - many with strong regional associations.
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels booked for this meeting.
   
TIppIng
Service charges are included in the cost of all goods and services.
Although it is not mandatory, a small tip is expected for good service. As a guideline, add about 10% to the total bill. Normally you are expected to leave a tip in cash when paying by credit card.
 
Telephones
Pay phones and credit card phones are available at the congress venue as well as in the city.
    
ClImate
The temperature in Istanbul in May is between 20°C and 25°C.
  
ParkIng
There are parking facilities located on the B6 floor of the ICC where parking will be offered at a reduced rate for congress delegates.
Another option is the Interotopark located opposite to the congress centre main entrance.
  
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
• Istanbul Atatürk Airport : +90-212-4633000
• Turkish Airlines: +90-463-6363
• Emergency: 112
  
USEFUL WEBSITES
• Star Alliance Convention Plus:
www.staralliance.com/en/business-solutions/conventions-plus/ delegates/
(Event code TK16S13)
• Tourism: www.tourismturkey.org
• Turkish Airlines: www.turkishairlines.com/en-tr/

  
TOUR / EXCURSION RESERVATION
    

How to make a tour reservation.
For online reservation click here. If you are not using our online tour booking system, but you still wish to make the payment with your credit card via e-mail, contact us at by e-mail at infoera-edta2013@figur.net and we will send you the Mail Order Form, which you can fill in and send back to us (we will need your security code number and signature).

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