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Yıldız, Çırağan Cd., 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Hotel InformationAs the conference will be held on Bahcesehir University South Campus, there is no conference hotel. But will soon provide a small set of hotels in the city.
Transportation InformationThere are many ways to travel within the city of Istanbul. The following provides a broad summary:
The Subway (Metro)
The metro and the tram system of İstanbul have a wide network and provide easy access to many of the major points both in the European and Asian sides.
Subway (Metro) runs daily from 6:00 to midnight.
M1A Yenikapı-Atatürk Airport Metro Line:
M1A Yenikapı - Atatürk Airport is the first rail system operation of Metro İstanbul. The line, which constitutes the first part of M1 operation, starts from Yenikapı integration zone, passes through Bayrampaşa region and reaches to Otogar Station. Following the direction of Merter, passing through Zeytinburnu and extending to Atatürk Airport, M1A Line connects the Suriçi region to the airport.
M1B Yenikapı-Kirazlı Metro Line:
M1B operation is carried out jointly between Yenikapı and Otogar stations with M1A line. Separated after Otogar Station, the line passes through Esenler and Bağcılar Square and ends in integration with M3 Kirazlı-Olimpiyat-Başakşehir metro line at Kirazlı region.
M2 Yenikapı-Seyrantepe-Hacıosman Metro Line:
The first stage of the line, which was started to be built in 1992 to provide service between Yenikapı and Hacıosman, was commissioned on September 16th, 2000. It also has the branch line to Seyrantepe district from Sanayi Mahallesi Station, which is located on the main line.
M3 Kirazlı-Başakşehir/Metrokent Metro Line:
Construction of the line was started in 2006 and the line serves in between Kirazlı and Başakşehir / Metrokent stations.
M4 Kadıköy-Sabiha Gökçen Airport Metro Line (Asian side):
The line starts from Kadıköy and moves along D100 route in Acıbadem region, following this route up to Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
M5 Üsküdar-Çekmeköy Metro Line (Asian side):
M5 Line is the second metro line of the Anatolian Side, and it is the first driverless metro line in Türkiye. The line starts at Üsküdar Square then passes through Ümraniye district centre and ends at Çekmeköy Square.
M6 Levent-Boğaziçi University/Hisarüstü Metro Line:
M6 Metro Line ensures the access of passengers arriving from M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman Metro Line to Boğaziçi University and Hisarüstü area.
M7 Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey Metro Line:
M7 Mecidiyeköy-Mahmutbey Metro Line is commissioned as the first fully automatic driverless metro of the European side of İstanbul and passes through Şişli, Kağıthane, Eyüpsultan, Gaziosmanpaşa, Esenler and Bağcılar districts where approximately 3 million people live.
M9 Bahariye-Olimpiyat Metro Line:
Bahariye and Masko stations of the first stage of M9 Ataköy- Olimpiyat Metro Line is commissioned on May 29th, 2021. M9 Line was combined with İkitelli Sanayi, Ziya Gökalp Olimpiyat stations that provide shuttle operation within M3 Line and started providing services between Bahariye-Olimpiyat stations.
T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar Tram Line:
It was originally built between Sirkeci and Aksaray and then connected to Topkapı and Zeytinburnu directions. Line is now extended up to Eminönü Station and passes over Galata Bridge and connects to Fındıklı.
T2 Taksim-Tünel Nostalgic Tram Line:
The length of the European side Taksim-Tünel (T2) tramline is 1.6 kilometers (0.99 mi), with 5 stops, Taksim, Odakule, Galatasaray, Ağa Cami and Tünel (Şişhane). The line runs between Taksim and Tünel via İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue). This road was formerly used by tram, bus & car.
T3 Kadıköy-Moda Tram Line (Asian Side, also called Nostalgic Tram Line):
Kadıköy-Moda Tram Line starts from Kadıköy Square, follows the reserved bus lane and reaches Bahariye Street, and finally arrives back to Kadıköy Square via Moda Street.
T4 Topkapı - Mescid-i Selam Tram Line:
Line was started of the Sultançiftliği and Gaziosmanpaşa area and between the Şehitlik and Mescid-i Selam stations. Finally, the line reached Topkapı passing through Edirnekapı and Vatan areas.
T5 Cibali-Alibeyköy Coach Station Tram Line:
The line is in between Cibali and Alibeyköy Coach Stations. It is designed in a way to not to harm the historical texture and not to damage any historical structure, since the line is located parallel to the route of the Historic Peninsula and the coastline.
F1 Taksim - Kabataş Funicular Line:
Taksim-Kabataş Funicular Line integrates maritime and rail-based transport. Taksim and Kabataş stops are the only two stops of this line.
F4 Boğaziçi University/Hisarüstü-Aşiyan Funicular Line:
The line is built between Rumeli Hisarüstü region and Aşiyan Park located on the Bosphorus coast. The line facilitates access between the Bosphorus coast and Büyükdere Street with only two stops in the entire line.
Bus & Metrobus
Buses are definitely the cheapest and the most economic means of transport, though they are usually overcrowded and it’s not easy to find out which one you should catch. The IETT website has various maps and mechanisms for getting information on the system which are unfortunately in Turkish only. Another alternative for finding all public transportation schedules is the moovit App on Google Play or App Store.
There is also a private lined express bus service which is called Metrobus. It serves for hundred thousands of locals daily, and provides a fast transportation in between the two ends of Asian side and the European side. The metro buses operate in 1 to 2 minute intervals has 10 lines and 44 stations in total. Depending on the line, they run between 1:00 and 5:30 every 30 to 60 minutes.
- 34 (Avcılar - Zincirlikuyu)
- 34A (Cevizlibağ - Söğütlüçeşme)
- 34AS (Avcılar - Söğütlüçeşme)
- 34B (Beylikdüzü - Avcılar)
- 34BZ (Beylikdüzü - Zincirlikuyu)
- 34C (Beylikdüzü - Cevizlibağ)
- 34G (Beylikdüzü - Söğütlüçeşme)
- 34T (Avcılar - Topkapı)
- 34Z (Zincirlikuyu - Söğütlüçeşme)
- 34U (Uzunçayır - Zincirlikuyu)
Ferries operate between the European and Asian side of the city, between the area north and south of the Golden Horn, and between the mainland and the Princes' Islands. They also drive through the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea.
İstanbul Public Ferry Liners Şehir Hatları is a subsidiary of İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality. With a total of 22 routes, it carries out 600 trips a day via 50 ship terminals. Prices vary according to the line chosen. You can also find all İstanbul public ferry lines' routes, timetables and prices on the municipality's website.
Inner İstanbul Ferry Lines:
- Kadıköy – Kabataş Line
- Kadıköy – Karaköy – Eminönü Line
- Üsküdar – Karaköy – Eminönü Line
- Kadıköy – Beşiktaş Line
- Haliç Line
- Kadıköy – Karaköy – Beşiktaş Line
- Bostancı – Karaköy – Kabataş Line
- Üsküdar – Aşiyan Line
- Aşiyan – Anadolu Hisarı – Küçüksu Circuit Line
- Kadıköy – Kasımpaşa – Fener – Sütlüce – Eyüp Line
- Bostancı – Moda – Kadıköy – Kabataş Line
- Avcılar – Bakırköy – Kadıköy Line
- Çengelköy – Kabataş Line
- Avcılar – Bostancı Line
- Beşiktaş – Kabataş – Karaköy – Kasımpaşa – Sütlüce – Eyüp Line
- To Bosphorus - From Bosphorus Line
- Anadolu Kavağı - Rumeli Kavağı – Sarıyer Line
- Küçüksu - Beşiktaş – Kabataş Line
- Çengelköy – İstinye Line
- Kadıköy – Sarıyer Line
- Anadolu Kavağı – Üsküdar Line
- Ortaköy - Üsküdar – Kadıköy Line
- Rumeli Kavağı – Eminönü Line
- Küçüksu – İstinye Line
- Bebek – Emirgan Line
- Beykoz – Sarıyer Line
Adalar (Princes’ Islands) Lines:
- Kabataş - Adalar Line
- Adalar - Beşiktaş Line
- Bostancı - Adalar Circuit Line
- Maltepe – Büyükada – Heybeliada – Burgazada – Kınalıada Lines