1st Turkish-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2013

Travel Information

The Symposium will take place at Koç University which is located in İstanbul, Turkey.

The hotel for the symposium, Fuat Paşa Oteli, is located close to the campus but before Sarıyer as you are coming from the town. All instructions to come to campus apply for the hotel as well. There will be a shuttle bus running between the hotel and the campus throughout the conference days.
When you come to the campus, you will be welcomed by the security at the gate. The security will direct you to the Founder’s Hall where the meeting will be held.

İstanbul has two sides, European and Anatolian. Koç University is on the northern part of the European side. Istanbul Atatürk Airport is on the southern European side while Sabiha Gökçen Airport is on the southern Anatolian side. Transportation from both airports is mainly towards Taksim (the city center). Although various alternatives have been provided below, we strongly suggest you to use a taxi since it is the safest, fastest and easiest way to get to your hotel or the campus.

Arrival by Plane from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul at Pendik/Kurtkoy, at a distance of 70 km from Koç University main campus and 50 km to Taksim. You can get to Taksim from Sabiha Gökçen Airport using:

Airport Shuttle HAVATAŞ (www.sabihagokcen.aero/havatas_shuttle)
Upon arriving in Sabiha Gökçen Airport, you may choose to use these shuttles to arrive Taksim. Journey time to Taksim is 1.5 hours approximately. The Route is Sabiha Gokcen Airport - Kavacik FSM Bridge - 1 Levent - Zincirlikuyu Metrobus-Dolapdere - TAKSIM.
From Taksim you may choose to take a taxi, bus or the metro to Koç University Campus in Sarıyer. In case you take the metro you need to get off in the last station (Hacı Osman) and take a taxi to Koç University which will cost around 25 TL. Ticket price from Sabiha Gökçen airport to Taksim is 12 TL.

From Sabiha Gökçen to Koç University’s main/West campus the agreed price is 120 TL (approximately 50 € or $67).

A public bus (E-3) operates from Sabiha Gökçen Airport and departs in front of the Arrivals door which takes you to 4. Levent. From 4. Levent you can either take Metro to the Hacı Osman station, or take a taxi directly to Koç University. In case you take the metro to Hacı Osman station you may take the taxi or take the bus coming to our Main Campus. Please visit:
for the Bus Schedule from Hacıosman to KU Campus. Please note that buses running between Koç University campus and Hacıosman metro station do not work at the weekends.

Arrival by Plane from from Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Atatürk Airport is located in Yeşilköy, on the European side of İstanbul. The distance is 28 km to Taksim and 68 km from our main campus.
There are various ways of getting to Taksim from Atatürk Airport:

Airport Shuttle HAVATAŞ (http://havatas.com/en/coach.aspx)
HAVATAŞ shuttles bring you to the center of the city (Taksim) in approximately 45 minutes. These shuttles depart from the airport(in front of Arrivals exit) every 30 minutes. The Route is Ataturk Airport - Sahil Yolu -Aksaray -TAKSIM. Ticket Price is around 10 TL to Taksim. When you arrive in Taksim, you may choose to take a taxi, bus or the metro to Koç University in Sarıyer.

Unlike Sabiha Gökçen airport, Atatürk Airport is linked to Istanbul metro system. Upon arriving the airport you may follow the signs which will lead you to the metro. The metro runs every day between 6:00 am and 00:15 am. For details please visit: www.dhmi.gov.tr/home.aspx
The final stop for the Airport line is Aksaray. From Aksaray you may choose to take a taxi, which will cost approximately 60 TL, or you can take the T1 line to Kabataş and then use F1 to get to Taksim. Please note that for the interchange from Aksaray to T1 line you have to walk a long way.

The airport taxi firm offers a transfer service which can be arranged before your arrival. You pay the amount on the taxi meter, with no additional charge for booking a taxi, and the driver will meet you at the arrivals terminal. Below is the contact information of the transfer service, you can call in advance and book your taxi:
Atatürk Airport Taxi Transfer Service: +90 535 491 9827
The taxi fee is approximately 85 TL (around 40€ or $60) from Atatürk Airport to the Koç University. If anything goes wrong regarding your transfer, there will be a number of taxis in front of the Arrivals Terminal which you can use for a similar price.

A public bus operates from Atatürk Airport (departs from the door of Arrivals) and takes you to Taksim. The bus line is 96T and departs approximately every 40 minutes. For the current schedule please visit:

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