With its two available international airports (Atatürk Airport on the European side and Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side) and a third one expected to be available for 2015, İstanbul is served by more than 300 international airlines. The city is from 2 to 5 hours from European destinations and 9 hours from North America.
Atatürk International Airport (IST)
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)
BY TRAIN (From Europe-Sirkeci Station)
The train is a great way to get to İstanbul. İstanbul has two railway stations: Haydarpaşa on the Asian side and Sirkeci on the European side. The Sirkeci Station constitutes the main connection node of the Turkish railway network with the rest of Europe. Main services are;
The Turkish Railways (TCDD) website has an online booking facility and available in English: www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm
As the turnaround port for many cruise ships, İstanbul is mostly reached from the Aegean Sea. Besides, Karaköy Sea Port is also used as a stopping point for a number of international ferries. The Bosphorus is an important passageway for international cargo ships and tankers, and a crucial stopping place for mediterranean cruises.
Foreign cruise ships and international ferries dock at the Yolcu Salonu in Karaköy at the northern end of the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn, right in the center of the city, and at Salıpazar just to the northeast.