Blue Mosque | Aya Sofya Hürrem Sultan Hamman | Grand Bazaar | Rooftop views
I’ve not even been here for one hour and my heart hurts already over how beautiful this city is. I’m not going to lie the airport was hell due to long immigration lines but once outside it all changes (remember British citizens require a visa to travel to Turkey but this can be easily obtained online for approximately £15 from http://www.evisa.gov.tr).
Getting from the airport is easy. You can either take a taxi (though make sure the meter is on as the Turkish taxi drivers have a habit of significantly ’rounding up’) or you can try the metro. I took the metro to Sultanahmet and then the tram over the Galata Bride to Karakoy. It took about an hour. I think given the amount of traffic on the roads then a taxi would be no quicker. You can buy an Istanbulkart from all the metro stops which then works like the Oyster cards we are all familiar with. They cost 10 TL initially (6 TL for the card and 4 TL credit) and you can top them up anytime. The advantage of this is that a single fare using this card is almost half the price of buying just a regular ticket.