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Practical Information in Istanbul

Take flights to Istanbul for soaring minarets, Byzantine churches and meze in rooftop restaurants.

  • Dialling Code

    +90 (national), (0) 212 (European side) or 216 (Asian side) + eight-digit number (Istanbul).

  • Money

    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

    GMT +2 (+3 in summertime).

  • Electricity

    220V AC, 50 Hz, two-pin round plugs are standard.

  • Istanbul Tourist Office

    Turkish Culture & Tourism Website

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

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