About Istanbul

Entitled as one of the most dynamic cities in the world by “Cities of Opportunity Report” of PwC, Istanbul is literally a metropolis. Istanbul is a transcontinental city straddling two continents by its inland sea, Marmara. One of the world’s busiest waterways, the Bosphorus, is situated in northwestern Türkiye between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Connecting the two seas, Bosphorus also separates İstanbul to two sides known as European side and Asian side. Istanbul is not only an UNESCO World Heritage Site but also became a hub for contemporary artistic developments and creative industries. İstanbul’s cosmopolitan spirit –diverse and intercultural- is proved by the fact that nearly 75 K companies dealing with international trade which makes the city also a financial capital.

Useful Tips


The official language is Turkish. English is usually spoken in touristic areas.

Time zone

Turkey time (TRT) zone varies within UTC/GMT+3h according to the region. In August CET+1, GMT+2.


Electrical system in Turkey operates on 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are of type F, thus you will need a voltage converter and plug adapter to use U.S. appliances.

Telephone Calls

The dialling code of Turkey is 90. Every cities have different codes. To make international calls, you need to dial country code, city code, and the remaining numbers.


Local currency is Turkish lira (TRY). Dollars and Euros can be easily exchanged in hotels, authorized banks, and exchange offices. International debt and credit cards (Visa and Master Card) are accepted in most places.


Taxes ae included in the labels.