Kadikoy is the commercial centre of the Asian side suburbs. While most tourists spent very little time in the Asian side of Istanbul, those that do are aptly rewarded. Kadikoy has less touts, less tour buses and a little less petty crime than its big sister suburbs on the European side.
The ferry crossing to Kadikoy - from Europe to Asia - is a journey you will never forget. The stunning skyline of Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque, backlit from the golden glow of sunset with a thousand seagulls chasing scraps of bread thrown from the ferry, is truly a wonderful sight.
The fish market area of Kadikoy is alive with the throng of fresh market stalls and is constantly a busy place.
At the top of the hill across from the ferry terminal is the Kadikoy Bull - a statue of a bull which serves as a meeting place for locals and tourists alike.
Keep your eyes open around the fish market area for the Kadikoy Goose, which is owned by one of the local fish merchants. His job is to keep the cats away from the fresh produce.
Whether you arrive by bus or ferry, you will disembark a short 5 minute walk from the centre of the action in Kadikoy. Both the main (Eminonu – Kadikoy) ferry terminal and the bus / minibus terminal are collocated adjacent to the main traffic intersection on Kadikoy.
Haydarpasa train station is the main station servicing all of the destinations east and south of Istanbul (Domestic and International). This station is located close to Kadikoy on the Asian side of the river.
The main Kadikoy bus station is located adjacent to the main ferry terminal at the main intersection of the commercial centre of Kadikoy. Crossing the road you will find the heart of Kadikoy, filled with cheap shopping, cheap eats and the constant buzz of pedestrian traffic.
Probably the best way to get to Kadikoy is by ferry. This runs from Eminou on the European side and costs 1.30 YTL. The most beautiful time to catch it is at sunset.
Kdikoy is a public transport dream. Though confusing and often a little haphazard, there are plenty of options for public transport in Kadikoy. The Ferry terminal is adjacent to the Bus and Minibus terminal.
Expats, travellers and locals alike all stumble across Bar Street eventually. Located uphill from the fish market area in Kadikoy, Bar Street is lined with expensive lounge, jazz, rock and pop bars catering to all tastes.
Internet cafes can be found everywhere except small rural villages. The cost of an hour use of internet ranges from 1 YTL to 1.5 YTL. Wireless internet is becoming popular in some cafes in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir, and at airpots. But in many other places it's still not available, or sometimes at a very high cost.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Turkey's international country code is 90. Dial 112 for an ambulance anywhere, from any telephone, without a charge. In case of a fire, dial 110; for police, call 155. However, in rural areas there is not a police coverage, so dial 156 for gendarme, a military unit for rural security. All these numbers are free of charge and can be called from a telephone booth without inserting a calling card, or any phone including cell phones.
There are telephone booths owned by Turk Telekom in major parts of cities. public phones now operate with chip telekom cards which are available in 30, 60 or 120 units and can be obtained at post offices, newspaper and tobacco kiosks.
It is estimated that approximately 98% of the population of Turkey lives within the coverage areas of Turkey’s three cell phone line providers. Line providers from most countries have roaming agreements with one or more of these companies. Pre-paid mobile phone SIM cards can be purchased for approximately TRY20-50. These can be purchased at the airport on arrival or from the many outlets in Istanbul and other large cities. Providers include Vodaphone.
PTT is the national post service in Turkey. Services are generally moderately fast but quite reliable. There is an extended price list on the PTT website, where you can see the costs of sending items within Turkey, countries in Europe and further afield. For sending packages one might also use international companies such as DHL and UPS and local companies such as Yurtici Kargo. Post offices bear the distinctive yellow PTT sign and are generally open between 9:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:30pm to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Some might keep longer hours or be open during the weekend as well, but this mainly applies to the larger ones or those in central places and tourist areas.
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