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  • HFPCar 64 posts

    We are going to Instabul on the Asian side for a long weekend. I will have my Chase debit card. Can anyone confirm is this accepted in all the coffee shops and restaurants please?
    Thank you

    HampshireHog 174 posts

    All? It would be accepted in All outlets anywhere!

    BBbetter 819 posts

    We used curve everywhere and had no issues, so chase should be fine.

    Taxis will refuse cards, so use Uber where possible. Also go for the larger black taxi as the regular ones don’t close the windows to avoid aircon, unless you like inhaling all the polluted air.

    Aston100 1,494 posts

    Even credit cards are widely accepted in Turkiye these days.

    HFPCar 64 posts

    Fantastic thanks guys

    HFPCar 64 posts

    I plan to take the train from SAW airport to Kadikoy and plan to buy the Istanbul card.

    Aston100 1,494 posts

    I plan to take the train from SAW airport to Kadikoy and plan to buy the Istanbul card.

    Are you staying at the Doubletree by any chance?

    HFPCar 64 posts

    Yes hope it’s a good hotel?
    Any other tips would be appreciated

    Michael C 727 posts
    HFPCar 64 posts

    https://www.ciya.com.tr/index_en.php

    Yes this is on my list thanks
    we have room only so will need to find places for brunch

    stevenhp1987 346 posts

    When we went in April earlier this year, smaller restaurants (e.g. Pide or Lahmacun hole in the walls) in Kadikoy tended to want cash rather than take card. We also experienced cash only places on the European side too (an Iskander place).

    If you’re avoiding hole in the wall type places though you’ll be fine. You can use the Chase card to withdraw some cash from a local ATM though.

    HFPCar 64 posts

    Perfect thanks

    qc 261 posts
    Aston100 1,494 posts

    A couple of Istanbul residents told me that Ciya is an overpriced tourist trap.
    I’ve not been yet, but I can imagine what it’s like if reviews are coming from the sort of people who think staying at the Four Seasons or the Conrad provide an authentic Istanbul experience.

    qc 261 posts

    I have been to Ciya a few times over the years and really enjoyed the food . Karikoy is a lot less touristy than Kadikoy.

    S879 107 posts

    What’s the best way to get from SAW to Hilton Bomonti and vice versa? We have done the taxi route and it was pretty expensive as Uber from the hotel was not showing options.

    We are 2 adults and 2 teenage children. However, if the their train is quite expensive or unreliable we might just need to taxi it.

    Ant M 82 posts

    I booked an airport transfer from one of the providers on viator. It was big enough for 4 plus luggage and was very easy. Met them at the airport (they gave instructions on exactly where), was escorted to the vehicle and driven direct to my hotel. Simple and painless. Price wasn’t bad from what I remember.

    Aston100 1,494 posts

    What’s the best way to get from SAW to Hilton Bomonti and vice versa? We have done the taxi route and it was pretty expensive as Uber from the hotel was not showing options.

    We are 2 adults and 2 teenage children. However, if the their train is quite expensive or unreliable we might just need to taxi it.

    What was the reason for choosing that combination of hotel and airport? I think you might actually be nearer to IST than SAW.

    Anyway, with 2 kids and (presumably) luggage, I wouldn’t bother with public transport, especially as you’ll need to make at least two changes.
    A private transfer would likely be best.
    Not sure who with, but Viator almost always charge over the top prices and are basically one of at least two or even three middlemen between you and the vehicle driver.
    Perhaps check on skyscanner or booking.com?

    BBbetter 819 posts

    I booked one that was suggested here and tripadvisor. It can be a bit of hit and miss. From airport, the car (merc van) was very good, but made to wait 10 mins where the cars were picking up people. Not a big deal but with kids and luggage you would hope they were quicker.
    Return from hotel was terrible. The driver was clearly smoking inside the car; we had to search for him for 10 mins at the hotel reception and on the way didn’t turn on aircon until we complained.

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