Practical Information for Erasmus Students

Practical Information for Erasmus Students

Life in Istanbul


The climate of Istanbul falls into the category of ‘temperate’, which means that the seasons rather merge into each other, and temperature changes are quite subtle. Summer weather in Istanbul is both hot and rather humid, while the winters are considerably cooler and rather wet at times.


The official language in Turkey is Turkish, which is spoken by the vast majority of the inhabitants. English is understood and spoken at a fair level by almost everyone in Turkey.


The ISTANBUL CARD is commonly used on the following modes of transportation within the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul: Sea buses, marine city lines, all the İETT buses, private/public buses, the Tünel and the tramcars. As students, you can have discounted public transportation cards. Please check the website of İETT at


Public buses in Turkey operate much the same way as they do in other countries. Each bus displays its route and bus number, as well as indicates its origin and destination locations. You can search for the bus lines or bus stops at 


Dolmuş is a communal taxi. There will be a placard in the window showing its origin and destination. Keep in mind; you have to pay cash for Dolmuş. (The most known Dolmuş are Taksim and Kadıköy)


Licensed taxis are bright yellow, with a roof-mounted “taksi” sign. They’re all metered, and relatively cheap by European standards. During the day and night, the clock should start with 4 TL.

Local Ferries

The most frequented ferry terminals on the European side of Istanbul are near Eminönü and Karaköy on both sides of the Galata Bridge.  On the Anatolian side, you should use Üsküdar and Kadiköy as the main ferry stops.

Metro & Tram

Main metro lines in Istanbul are M1 (Aksaray-Ataturk Airport), M2 (Sishane-Haciosman), M4 (Kadıköy-Tavsantepe), T1 (Bagcilar-Kabatas), T3 (Kadikoy-Moda), T4 (Topkapi-Habibler), F1 (Taksim –Kabatas), and Macka-Taskisla and Eyup-Pierre Loti Aerial Cable Car. You can get detailed info about network map, fares, and lines at

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