Travel

Istanbul is the largest city in Türkiye, home to 19% of the country’s population. It is uniquely positioned on the Bosporus Strait, spanning both Europe and Asia. Türkiye is the 7th largest cotton producer in the world, with cotton being a significant export crop. Better Cotton is grown mainly in the Aegean Region, Cukurova and south-eastern Anatolia, where 67,381 tonnes of Better Cotton is produced. The first Better Cotton harvest took place in 2013 and we now have 2,018 licensed farmers in Türkiye.
 

Transportation


Air
Istanbul has two airports: the larger and more frequently used one, located on the European side, is Istanbul Airport (IST), while the smaller one on the Asian side is Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). The recommended airport to fly into is Istanbul International Airport, which is approximately a 35-minute drive from the venue.

Public transport
Public transport is a quick and affordable way to get around Istanbul. The city offers metro lines, tramlines, buses, funiculars and ferries. Using the metro or trams is advisable, as buses often get stuck in the traffic.

Metro
The airport has a metro station where there is a direct line (M11) from Istanbul Airport to Kagithane. From there, you can take a tram to the venue. Osmanbey is the closest metro station to the venue.

Tram
There are various tram lines that stop near the venue. You can take lines: 48N, 46T, 46C

Paying on public transport
You will need an Istanbulkart, a contactless prepaid transportation card. You can purchase an Istanbulkart from kiosks near metro stations or from yellow machines. One card costs 70 Turkish Liras, in addition to the credit you will load on the card. Top-up your card’s credit at yellow machines. One Istanbulkart can be used by up to 5 people.

Taxi
Taxis to and from IST airport and the Hilton Bomonti Hotel should cost no more than 35 Euros. Additionally, you can add airport transfers when booking your registration and accommodation.
Uber is not available in Türkiye.
 

Visa


If you require a visa, you can apply for one either online or in-person at your local Turkish embassy. Once you register for the conference, you are able to generate an invitation letter to support your visa process. For more information on which countries need a visa and the application process, please visit the official Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. If you need assistance with your visa application, please contact support@bettercottonconference.org.

Please be aware that from Saturday, June 15, to Wednesday, June 19, 2024, the national holiday Eid al-Adha is celebrated in Türkiye. Government offices will be closed during this time, so plan accordingly if you need a visa.