Transportation in Istanbul, Turkey

Today is our 17th Day live in Turkey. My wife and I arrived at Sabiha Gokcen airport on the 3rd September. I need to go here to continue my study in Robotics, especially in Deep Learning and my wife is here to accompany me and giving birth to our first baby, hopefully. It is a big step for us and we are always ready for the great journey.

There are lots things which are very different in our country, Indonesia. We’d spent most of our time these past 5 years at Yogyakarta and It was very pleasant experience. Now, we need to do the adaptation to our new “home”. One of the biggest difference is the way we are moving to the other place. We used to ride a motorcycle all over the way in Yogya. But in here, we are getting used to using a public transportation.

The main choice for us is using metro (underground train), bus, and metro-bus (a bus with the special route like TransJakarta). We have another choice like Uber and Taxi but we do not recommend because people drive too recklessly here so It won’t be a good choice for your heart.

 One thing that I really like from my main choice is we are really greatly facilitated by the e-payment card technology. We do not have to bring a lot of cash money, and it is easy for us to manage our trip. There is a special card with the discounted price also for student and elder. There are a lot of mobile apps that can give us information about the route we need to take, bus stops information, and the bus schedule. Even when we use google maps the choice for this bus and metro will also be available.

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