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Dear  Students,

As the local Coordinator and director of ATHENS, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you.

Below, you will find practical information for ATHENS session to be held in March 17-24, 2018 including; general information about ITU,  Istanbul and transportation.  

City of Istanbul and ITU Neighborhood

Istanbul is one of the world's greatest cities famous for its historical monuments and magnificent scenic beauties. It is the only city in the world, which spreads over two continents: it lies at a point where a narrow strait - the Bosphorus, separates Asia and Europe. Istanbul has a history   of over 2,500 years, and ever since its establishment on this strategic junction of lands and seas, the  city has   been a   crucial trade center.

The historic city of Istanbul is situated on a peninsula flanked on three sides by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It has been the capital of three great empires, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.                                

ITU is a large city university with its campuses located at the central points of Istanbul: Gümüşsuyu, Maçka, Taşkışla, Tuzla and Ayazağa, which is the largest and the main campus that can be reached easily. All campuses are centrally located and are in walking reach to hospitals/health centres, post offices, banks, shopping centres, markets and hotels/hostels. Museum, cultural centres and stadiums can easily be accessed via public transport.

The city of İstanbul is considered as safe as at least all other major cities such as Paris, New York, London. Additionally, all campuses have security measures in place at the highest level.

ITU History and Traditions at a Glance

Founded in 1773 with the name “Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun” (Imperial School of Naval Engineering) during the reign of Mustafa III, Istanbul Technical University is a prominent and pioneering university of engineering and architecture with many innovative studies in science, technology, research and development.  


We expect you on Saturday, March 17th any time after 10:00 o’clock.  When you arrive to the airport you may share a cab that will cost about 20 Euros to go to the Neverland Hostel. If you are travelling alone, it would be best to take the airport shuttle bus called HAVATAŞ right in front of the airport exit gate. This bus would cost 5 Euro and will take you to Taksim Square. If your luggage is not very heavy you may walk to the youth hostel. 

You may see the hostel information through the link below;


All ITU campuses are located at points that offer public transportation alternatives. There are ITU stops between the routes; there are 8 bus lines in Europe and 2 bus lines in Anatolia. ITU metro stop is located in front of the main campus in Ayazağa, and Taşkışla and Gümüşsuyu campuses can be reached within a few minutes’ walk from Taksim metro station. Taksim - Maçka cable car line is the transportation option between Taşkışla and Maçka campuses. Thanks to the fact that all the campuses are located in the city center and the public transport facilities are linked to each other, it is possible to easily reach other urban travel alternatives such as ferryboat, metrobus, tramway.

We do not have a shuttle to pick up international students from the airport. Students are expected to make their own way to the hostel. Istanbul is a metropolitan city and there are buses, trains and tubes (metro) to and from ITU and other areas in the city until late hours.

There are two major airports in İstanbul.

From Atatürk Airport:

By metro;

To travel by metro, you must obtain an “Istanbul Card” from the information desk or the machines provided. Card fee is approximately 5.00 TL; additionally you will need to load credits to access the metro service. 1 metro pass costs approximately 3.00 TL.

The metro station is inside of the International Ataturk Airport (M1 metro line). Transfer to M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line at the final station (Yenikapi).  “Taksim” is the final destination.

It takes around 1.5 hour to reach the Taksim square from Ataturk Airport.

By HAVATAŞ shuttle;

It would be best to take the HAVATAŞ airport shuttle which is the most convenient way to travel to the city center, Taksim Square. You can find Havataş shuttles right in front of the airport exit gate. This bus would cost approximately 15.00 TL .

By taxi;

When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab that will cost about 90.00 TL to go to Taksim Square.

From Sabiha Gökçen Airport:

Sabiha Gökçen airport is the furthest and second major from the City.

By HAVATAŞ shuttle;

As mentioned above, you can take the HAVATAŞ airport shuttle at the airport exit gate to arrive in the city center, Taksim Square. The bus would cost approximately 20.00 TL . 

By taxi;

When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab that will cost about 160.00 TL to go to ITU Ayazağa Campus.  

Rent a Car

If you have an international driver license, you can rent a car at Airport Car Rental Agencies.

Hoping to meet with you and hosting you in Istanbul.

Best wishes, 

Merve ÇALIMLI Sibel GÜÇKIRAN                            Ferhat ÇAKIRÖZ
Local Coordinator Assistant Coordinator                     Assistant Coordinator                 

Tel: +90 212 285 66 00



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