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How to Go to Sultanahmet Area from New Istanbul Airport

German Fountain at Sultanahmet Square
Hello, again.

My itchy feet is back and this time I would like to share some tips and trick to those who plan to visit or transit in Istanbul. I have written about cool places you can visit in Istanbul and shared some colourful snapshots taken during my last excursions in this city. Surely you can explore so many exotic and historical spots in this very city.

New Istanbul Airpost
Let me now share specifically about the new Istanbul airport and how to get around from here, especially to tourists' favorite, Sultanahmet area.
As you now, as of April 2019, the new Istanbul airport has been opened and operating. 
Claimed as the biggest airport in the world, covering more than 76 million square meters, it can accommodate 200 million visitors once all its facilities are fully operating.

I am so accustomed to the old airport and find it easy to travel around, especially down town to Sultanahmet area where most of the historical landmarks are located. But since the new airport has just opened and started operating, my last trip to Geneve with Turkish Airlines gave me the chance to enjoy this new airport. It is indeed huge and I like the fact that it has more facilities, shops and cafes inside. The masjid or the praying room is abundant and nicely arranged. They have more lounges, including Turkish Airlines, be it business class as well as for Star Alliancegood card members. All in all, I do enjoy the new airport.

And correct me if I'm wrong, I thought some of the Turkish souvenirs, particularly traditional food and beverages, are even cheaper compared to the prices for similar items in old airport. This is indeed something good for tourists like me who love shopping! 

The New Istanbul Airport is located in Tayakadin Mahallesi, Terminal Caddesi no. 1, 34283, Istanbul 

Now the question is how  I can reach Sultanahmet area and other parts of Istanbul from the new airport

Where do you want to go today?

As we traveled together with 3 other friends of mine, we had fun exploring this new airport. After getting off the plane (we walked quite far from the gate to the immigration check point) and passed the immigration check point (we used diplomatic passport is it was way short and faster than the others, we directly went out to the arrival hall. Here you can see some restaurants, banks and money changer counters as well as other facilities like bag drops. 

Many passengers heading to the same place

where you can get the ticket or Istanbul card
We asked one of the officials with 'ask me' vest about the transportation to the city and he told us about the bus service on the basement. The bus service is called Havaist. It has around 19 stops or destinations and Sultanahmet is stop number 16. This route will stop at 3 places, namely Pyalepasa, Eminonu (where the Spice Bazaar is located) and Sultanahmet.  We use Istanbul Card for this trip. You will have to pay TL (Turkish Lira) 6 for the card and the trip from the airport to Sultanahmet and vice versa is TL 18/trip.  So, in the beginning, you don't have Istanbul Card before, you will have to spend around TL 42 to go back and forth from the airport. That is quite costly but that's the cheapest choice we have at this moment. So make sure you have enough money in your Istanbul Card when you tap it on the bus.

Some other destinations
The trip took around 50 minutes. It was 8 AM in the morning so I suppose the trip will be longer once the traffic starts in Istanbul.
We stopped exactly at the Sultanahmet square, between Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.
Such a strategic place for tourists like us!
You wan get on the buss heading back to the airport from the same spot as well. they have the bus every 20 minutes and it is on time.

Peron 16 for Sultanahmet Area and Eminonu

So, that how to go to Sultanahmet Area from New Istanbul Airport.
I sincerely hope you can find this post useful.
Let me know if you might have some addition or updated information.

Happy shopping at Istanbul :)
Happy traveling and see you on the next post!

Istanbul in Colors - New Airport and Photo Album


I don't know exactly how many times I have visited Istanbul.
I kind of lost tracks of my visits and transits in this mesmerising city.
Historical architectures with elaborated designs, turquoise ceramics and delicious chicken adana kebab are only a few things that make me so fond of this city.  
The long history of this very city, dotted with intrigues, love stories and adventures, is truly an invaluable lesson. 
Not to mention the clear blue sky and plush green trees. 
Colourful, exotic spices, one-of-a-kind souvenirs and friendly people of Istanbul add more  I-heart-you feeling whenever I am around.

Morning at the Germain Fountain, next to the Blue Mosque
Since I travel quite frequently to Geneva and New York City for works, I have been using Turkish Airlines a lot.
I have to admit that the route as well as the ticket fare are friendly.
And that means I have to transit in Istanbul.
Well, happy to do so. 

a piece of history..

As I have the chance to see its many faces, I tried to see different part of the city.
I have been walking around Sultanahmet area for God knows how many times,  letting myself being timelessly absorbed to the glory of the past. 

Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica CIstern and Topkapi Palace have been my favorite historical spots. 

Moving further, I have walked acress Galata Bridge and took a ferry ride on Bosporus, all done in different seasons of the year. Besides enjoying summer sale in Taksim Square as well as Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar, I was lucky to reach Dolmabahce Palace and enjoyed the grandeur of Ataturk's palace. Mind-blowing intricate details and rich history never fail to amaze me.

Busy Istanbul. the city and Marmara sea..
This time, as we landed on the European side, the location of the new Istanbul airport, we got to see the city from the other side.
We took the bus from the airport, heading straight to the historical part of Istanbul, Sultanahmet Area.
We had a brief stop at Eminönu, right across the Spice Bazaar.
The glistening reflection of Marmara sea welcomed us merrily that morning, as ferries ad boats started their journey of the day.
A lovely summer morning indeed.

feels like stopping by and joining the walkers..
Speaking of the new Istanbul Airport, I have to say I am impressed!
It's huge!
It certainly looks modern and uses cutting-edge designs that pay attention to beautiful details here and there. I love to see the ceilings and how they are brilliantly reflected on the shiny floors. Not to mentions lines of world-brand shops and vintage collection Turkish items you can find in the airport. I guess I will definitely continue my adventures in the airport alone on the next visit. Oh, and the Turkish Airline lounge, as always, is a five-star one. I never miss my time to have a little break here enjoying my fresh orange juice, pide and lentil soup, while enjoying Andy Williams concert on the theatre. Heaven!

The new Istanbul airport..

Well, now..let me share more snaps taken with my iPhone while enjoying my transit in Istanbul. As colourful as ever, I wish you enjoy it even more than I do. 

You know, whenever I see all these wonderful craftmanships, I feel like taking them all home LOL. And I have to remind myself that I already got more than dozens of small bowls, sets of big ones and 2 table lamps. 

So, that's why I keep coming back to Istanbul.
Tell me which one is your favorite ... the food, the souvenirs, the architectures, or else!

Cheers and till the next adventure!

WW: Blue Mosque, Istanbul

I have to admit I can never get enough of visiting Istanbul, Turkey.

one of the domes of Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Not only that this city has become cradle of civilisations since thousands of years ago, but also because they manage to preserve those precious traditions un until now, including Turkish magnificent architectures.

As a big fan of thrilling history, Sultanahmet Square has long been listed on top of my must-go-to places in Istanbul. This time, I spent some times in Blue Mosque, Istanbul, to pray Dhuha and tahayatul masjid here and take some shots again and again. 

Reciting some praises from Al-Quran, the dome is fascinating indeed!
As usual, its amazing dome, elaborated by Iznik ceramics depicting various patterns dominated in blue, steal people's attention, including me. Not to mention gilded decoration and tinted -glass windows near the mihrab. I was wondering how long it took to finish such a grand masterpiece.

The mihrab

It's a bit dark but still beautiful

I also enjoy more details from the doors, carpets, windows and the interior designs of this mosque. They are indeed amazing and unique. I literally looked up most of the time to see the details on the roof as well.

It is undergone a big renovation now and some parts of the domes are closed but you are still able to enjoy its marvellous beauty. 
I came here with some friends and we waited outside until 10 AM in the morning when the mosque was open. As we arrived in the morning, we didn't have too many visitors yet.

It is easy to Sultanahmet Square from new Istanbul Airport.
Unlike Ataturk International Airport where we could take subway and tram to reach the city center, this time we use Havaist shuttle bus. It has many destination, trying to connect the new airport with various destinations. Sultanahmet - Eminonu (where the Spice Market is located) is one of them and we only need to pay 18 Turkish Lira for one-way trip from or to the airport. I will share more details about this at later stage.

So, have you visited Blue Mosque as well?
Do you think you like it? What's your favorite section of the mosque?
What is your favorite place to visit in Istanbul?

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Just have a short visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for meetings, before the holiday break.

I managed to see the landmark of the country,  Petronas Twin Tower Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was obviously people’s favorite spot.
When I came down there, there were so many people there ad well, taking pictures like me LOL.

Twin tower Kuala Lumpur
Me in black-white-red Batik capr

Have you been here before?
Do you like it?

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I sincerely hope you enjoy the holiday vibe wherever you are and although we do not celebrate Christmas, but we are as excited to welcome the break and new year!

I still have to travel around for work but my kids already enjoy their break and but the time I published it they are already enjoying Lampung with their dad.

I am planning to join them soon after I finish my meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
It's good to be back here as well, as the last time I came here was back in 2007!
Too long ago indeed.

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