Can I pay the IST shuttle in U.S. dollars or TL?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 14, 2013 8:35 PM Last Post By: californiawoman
Feb 13, 2013 7:40 AM
Can I pay the IST shuttle in U.S. dollars or TL?I will be arriving at IST and wish to go to Sultanhan. I see from the shuttle website that the fee is 10 euros for one person.
Can I pay in US dollars or TL? It would be more convenient to me, as I had not planned on getting euros from ATMs, only TL. Maybe I'm not being realistic on this and would need both currencies for 5 weeks in Turkey. Maybe that's a separate question!
Feb 13, 2013 9:49 AM
1I'm Canadian and entered Turkey overland from Bulgaria in Nov/2012. At the border I paid for my Turkish Visa in Euros(cash) but the border official showed me a list on which it said US dollars were also accepted. I believe Americans also need a Visa.
I later exchanged some Euros into Turkish Lira and also withdrew TL from the ATM's. I exclusively used TL while in Turkey. I also stayed in Sultanahmet and took a shuttle to the airport when I left. I paid for the shuttle in TL.
Feb 13, 2013 10:22 AM
Feb 13, 2013 10:24 AM
Feb 13, 2013 11:34 AM
4It is really much cheaper to get the Metro right there at the airport and take it to the end, Aksaray. From there it is a very short distance to the tram that will take you straight to the area you want to go. All of that is hassle free and if the tram is a little crowded for you to be comfortable carrying your luggage, wait 5 - 7 minutes and another will follow. For each of these you would need TL but there are tickets booths everywhere that could change dollars if needed. Have fun.
Feb 13, 2013 3:28 PM
5I agree with #4. I arrived at the main bus station(Otogar?). From the bus station took the METRO to Askaray; walked upstairs left the METRO, walked about 150metres and was at the TRAM, which went direct to Sultanahmet. Both the METRO & TRAM require a separate token(Jeton?) which are bought from machines right at the entrance to each. From my observation both the TRAM & METRO were very clean and efficient.
Feb 13, 2013 5:24 PM
6Although the metro and tram would be cheaper, as a woman alone with a rolling suitcase I'd prefer to just go to the hotel by shuttle. 10 euros, or $13.00 or so, sounds reasonable enough. I never mind riding around to other people's hotels and sightseeing while we drive, as my plane gets in about noon, so I'll have lots of time.
I do appreciate the replies, as usual!
Feb 14, 2013 3:34 AM
Feb 14, 2013 5:42 AM
8I see you'd prefer to go by shuttle, however I'd just like to add, for the sake of others reading this thread, that the changeover between Metro and tram is much easier at Zetimburnu, as it's just a matter of crossing the track (or using the elevator to do so) unlike Aksaray, where you have to leave one station and walk to the other.
(You do need two tokens though, as the tram and Metro are different systems.)
Feb 14, 2013 5:47 AM
Feb 14, 2013 6:49 AM
10Family and friends have used this company with no problems both to and from the airport.It is door to door and you only pay on arrival at your hotel-
Feb 14, 2013 12:23 PM
11Turkey's foreign exchange places tend to be fair and well-priced and overall a Good Thing. However, the exception is the ones at Ataturk Airport, which charge 4% commission (0% is the standard in other places). If you are stuck changing money at the airport, change as little as possible - do the rest in the centre.
Also, if you are changing huge amounts, rates are about 1% worse at weekends when the banks are closed.
Feb 14, 2013 2:18 PM
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