Practical Information in Istanbul
Take flights to Istanbul for soaring minarets, Byzantine churches and meze in rooftop restaurants.
+90 (national), (0) 212 (European side) or 216 (Asian side) + eight-digit number (Istanbul).
New Turkish Lira (TL) is the currency. This replaces the old Turkish Lira (with multiple zeros), which went out of circulation in December 2005.
GMT +2 (+3 in summertime).
220V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs are standard.
Istanbul Tourist Office
Public Holidays 2012-2013
- National Sovereignty & Children's Day: 23 Apr
- Ataturk Commemorations & Youth Sports Day: 19 May
- Seker Bayram (End of Ramadan): 8 Aug
- Victory Day: 30 Aug
- Kurban Bayram (Feast of Sacrifice):15 Oct
- Republic Day: 29 Oct