ECSA 2023
Mon 18 - Fri 22 September 2023 Istanbul, Turkey

To make your stay in İstanbul more pleasant, we put together a few tips for daily routine.


Arrival from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kadıköy

The easiest way to İstanbul is reach the Kadıköy center (i.e., the center of the anatolian side) from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, can be using the subway. You may follow the signs in the airport to reach the subway and you are expected to take the M4 metro line.

Another option is using Havabus coaches for reaching Kadıköy city center from airport (50,50 TL) . You may find the coaches for Havabus at the exit area of the arrivals gate.

Finally you can take a taxi from airport (taxis are awaiting on the exit area of the arrivals gate). With taxis, you can travel 35 kilometers in total for about 30 minutes (distance fee is 9 TL per km) to reach Kadıköy from Airport

Arrival from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to University (conference venue)

Yeditepe University (Atasehir, Kayısdagi Campus), located on the Anatolian Side of Istanbul, can be easily accessed with public transportation options such as buses, metro lines or with taxi option

After reaching Kadıköy from Airport, you may take bus no 19 to reach the station right next to the Yeditepe University.

Also you can take a taxi at the exit area of the arrival gate at the airport. The distance between the university (Atasehir, Kayısdagi Campus) and airport is 31 kilometers and it takes 40-60 minutes traveling. Note that if take a taxi from Kadıköy (center) to the university, you can shorter the traveling time - the distance between Kadıköy (center) and university is 10 kms and takes 20-30 minutes traveling by taxi. Note that you need to indicate to the driver that you want to go to the "Atasehir, Kayısdagi" Campus of the Yeditepe University.

Arrival from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Dedeman Hotel (recommended hotel)

One of the way how to get to İstanbul is by plane to the Dedeman Hotel is taking the subway which is M4 metro line at Bostancı bus stop.

Another option is using local taxis, which can b found at the exit area of the arrival gate. The distance between the hotel and airport is 30 km and it could take between 40-70 minutes traveling depending on the traffic. Note that the distance fee is 9 TL per km for taxis.

Arrival from Dedeman Hotel (recommended hotel) to University (venue)

During ECSA’23, shuttle buses from Kadıköy to Yeditepe University (Atasehir, Kayısdagi Campus) will be provided and 2 daily shuttle buses from the Dedeman hotel our guests.

Apart from the shuttle, you can reach the school from the hotel in about 10 minutes by taxi. Note that you need to indicate to the driver that you want to go to the "Atasehir, Kayısdagi" Campus of the Yeditepe University.

When planning your trips, Google (and similar) maps work fine. Since it is not easy to get a taxi in İstanbul, you can also use taxi call applications for both android and ios .


The local currency is called “Turkish Lira” (TL) and 1 USD is roughly equivalent to 26 Turkish Liras (TL) and 1 EU is roughly equivalent to 28 Turkish Liras (TL). Just to give you a few ideas about regular prices:

  • lunch menu in a common restaurant in Istanbul would be typically between 100 and 250 TL,
  • and taxi usually charges 10 TL/km, also between Kadıköy and Yeditepe University charges 180TL.
  • Between İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Yeditepe University charges 280TL.

Public transport

Istanbul offers you three types of mass transport – buses, trams, ferries and the Metro (subway). Unless you travel outside the city, you will be needing tickets. You can buy unified tickets in vending machines which are located in all Metro stations and selected other important locations.

  • Single ticket = 30 TL
  • two-pass ticket = 50 TL
  • three-pass ticket = 80 TL
  • five-pass ticket = 90 TL
  • ten-pass ticket = 170 TL

You must mark the ticket in a marking machine so it becomes valid (the machine will print the current time on the ticket). Marking machines are located on every bus, every tram, and just before the escalators in the Metro stations.

You can travel to anywhere you want in Istanbul with various rail system networks. You can access the rail system network from here and travel by rail systems

rail system

For more information, please visit the official Istanbul public transport web page.

Kadıköy (City Center of the Anatolian Side of Istanbul)

Kadikoy, situated in the Asian part of Istanbul, is not only one of the oldest districts but also renowned for its breathtaking beauty. It holds a significant position as the central hub of the Asian side of the city. You can watch the video of a mini Kadıköy center tour here.

Moreover, Kadikoy is the nearest central district to our school.You can reach Kadikoy from Yeditepe University by 16F or 19F bus lines from the lower gate of the school. Also, you can reach Kadıköy from the upper gate of the school by 19 bus line.

You can take a ferry from Kadikoy to Eminonu and then join the Bosphorus tours.Price range from 60 TL - 85 TL . You can reach all the information from Istanbul City Lines.

You can take a nostalgic tour of Kadikoy and reach Moda by using the Kadikoy-Moda Tramway Line.


We trust nothing is going to happen to you and Istanbul is considered to be quite a safe place. However, it is better to be prepared, so there are a few things to remember:

  • When you call 112, they will direct you to the emergency service you want.

Despite the fact that İstanbul is considered safe, we would still advise you to exercise general caution — e.g., not to venture into secluded, suspiciously-looking locations, especially alone and at night.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the conference and your stay in Istanbul!