[*]Are there MASS TRANSIT CONNECTIONS from the Istanbul Airport to Downtown?
[list] IF NOT, approximate cost of a taxi?
I have an offer pending from someone I met on the Internet that he will arrange to pick me up at the airport.
He is a stranger to me. Can I trust such an offer? I was born in Chicago and trained to distrust such spontaneous kindness.
Probably wise to make independent plans and keep those to yourself.
Spontaneous kindness could be genuine, but so hard to say.
edit: Could always meet on more neutral ground though.
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Feb-2010, at 06:43 by fabyomama ]
Karl - I would trust your instinct here and make your own arrangements. A taxi to central Istanbul is inexpensive. 30-35 lira. Make sure the driver turns the meter on.
A cheaper alternative would be to take the bus service from the airport if ur staying somewhere near the Taksim square. The buses are operated by "Havas" company and they charge 10 lira for one way trip.
If you are staying in the Sultanahmet area, u can even use public transportation. Board a metro from the airport and get down at the sixth stop(I dont remember the name) and from there catch a tram to Sultanahmet. I found the interchange quite hassle free, even though i was travelling with a toddler and heavy luggage.
If you have a hotel/hostel organised and at least a deposit paid in advance, then it would probably be more beneficial to contact your accommodation and ask them how much they would charge to do an airport pick-up for you. There are public telephones all over the airport at Ataturk. Alternatively, there is an excellent Tourist-Info Office in the Departure Terminal. It's open from early morning until around midnight. They will advise you as to how to get into town, quickly and safely.
Never trust a stranger. I'm not picking on Turkey. Never trust a stranger abroad anywhere.