Here is some information to plan a cycling experience in Turkey:
Istanbul Airport is the main gateway airport from all corners of the world. It is located on the European side of the city approximately 45 minutes to the city center.
Sabiha Gokcen Airport is another international airport located on the Asian side of the city.
International and domestic flights are available to/from both airports.
Among Turkish Airlines, there are several local carriers who fly direct to Istanbul internationally.
Turkish Airlines offer special conditions to their customers. Carrying bicycle with the flight from/to non-Turkey destination to/from five airports in Turkey [ Antalya (AYT), Gazipaşa (GZP), Adana (ADA), Kayseri (ASR), and Nevşehir Cappadocia (NAV) ] is free until 31st December 2020. And you can see all charges for transport of bicycle with Turkish Airlines:
If you are traveling with your bike, you may find further information regarding carriage of bicycles for different airlines. A special baggage fee applies to transport bicycles.
The Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System is available for applying for visa if required. This system allows visitors travelling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online (www.evisa.gov.tr), in approximately three minutes.
It is possible to obtain e-Visa 7/24 at everywhere with internet connection. The applicants can obtain their visa after they fill in the necessary information concerning their identity, passport and travel dates and pay visa fee online.
You are kindly advised to have a travel document/passport valid for at least 6 months as from the date of your arrival in Turkey.
English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, German, Arabic and Chinese language options are avaliable in the e-Visa system.
In addition to Visa and Master Card, payment is accepted from other commonly used credit cards and debit cards.
Tour operators may apply for group e-Visas and make lump sum payments for them.
Cards and cash machines (ATMs)
In Turkey, you will find a huge number of banks, and even in small villages, you will see the ATM’s. But if you are going somewhere remote or rural, it’s probably a good idea to have enough cash.
Credit and debit cards are usually accepted, but in small villages, you may have to enter some shops that cards are not accepted.
In Turkey, the official currency is Turkish Lira. In city and district center or in all airports, it’s very possible to find the exchange offices. You can give Euro, Dollar or another money type and take Turkish Lira.