About Istanbul

Istanbul Citizens: Istanbul citizens are modern, warm and hospitable. Whenever you need, everyone will be ready and happy to help you.

Simcard: For the simcard, Turkcell is most expensive and has the best coverage. Vodafone is cheap in international calls. Turk Telekom is cheapest in domestic use and internet. If you want to buy simcard for just mobile internet, we suggest you to check www.alldaywifi.com (20% discount code: BRY) and receive a portable wifi device which will be cheaper option.

Sightseeing: Try walking more. Istanbul is full of history. Look at everywhere while you are walking. And if you wonder anything, be curious to try it. Sea sides are a little cooler than internal Istanbul. So if you are going seaside, be prepared.

Conversation: If you want to ask anything while you are taking a tour outside, choose the people who look like university student or businessman. Generally these profiles 90% speaks English.

Tips: The tip in the restaurants are generally 5-10% of the bill. If you don't like the service, you don’t have to tip.

Rush Hours: Rush hours are 07:30 – 10:00 and 18:00 – 21:00. Be prepared for the traffic jam in this hours. Try using metro, metrobus, tram or ferry in rush hours.

Change Offices: Do not convert too much money in airport change offices. You can find many change offices very close to our apartment hotels. Please keep in mind that, after 18:00, and in weekends, the parity margin is too high, and try to avoid changing money in these time spaces.

Pharmacy: There are many pharmacies very close to our apartment hotels. Pharmacies are open 08:30 – 19:00 everyday except Sundays. If it is closed, you can check it’s window to see which pharmacy is open at that time.

Plugs: The plugs in Turkey are like this in the photo. We have converters to borrow for free or to buy in our office.