ARRIVING TO KUMSAL HOTEL:
The island is reached by ferry boat from mainland Istanbul leaving on the European side from Kabataş, or on the Asian side from Kadıköy, Bostancı, Maltepe or Kartal. Fares are inexpensive and the faster ferries take 35 minutes; you can check the schedules from this web site: http://www.tarifeyebak.com/
Kumsal Hotel is two minutes’ walk from the landing point on Büyükada island. We will be delighted to welcome you at the landing point and escort you, with porter service for your luggage, to the hotel.
KUMSAL HOTEL’s LOCATION on the island:
Kumsal Otel is named after the Kumsal neighbourhood on the island and it is only two minutes walking distance from the harbour. The hotel is located at a very central location on the island, yet it is a very quite area surrounded with most beautiful examples of island villas.
DIRECTIONS to the HOTEL: Right after landing on the ferry port, you can turn left and walk along the restaurants. You’ll arrive the municipality building with two minutes walk. Our hotel is located very close to the municipality building.
TRANSPORTATION on the ISLAND:
For transportation on the island, only horse carriages and bikes are allowed. Other a a few motor vehicles that belong to fire department, municipality, no motor vehicles are allowed on the island.
BICYCLE TOUR AROUND the ISLAND with TREK BIKE:
You can rent a bike on Büyükada to have tour around the island. The best bikes for rental are at Trek Bisiklet. Trek Bisiklet is located very close to the ferry port as you can see from the google map above. It is right behind the historical clock monument.
TREK BIKE (0216-382-5650)
COMING TO ISTANBUL:
If you are looking for flights to Istanbul we recommend Orbitz. We can hold reservations for a short period while you can confirm flights. Please note that, if you are a foreign visitor, you must buy a visa sticker on arrival at the airport in Turkey before going through passport control. At the time of writing this costs £10 for a UK visitor, €15 for a European visitor and $20 for a US visitor, and must be paid in cash.
From Atatürk Airport take the Havaş shuttle bus to Bakırköy (cost 5TL summer 2012), then the IDO SeaBus to Bostancı (6.50TL), and then a ferry Bostancı to Büyükada Adalar (c.4-7TL depending on line and speed). Alternatively you can travel to Kabataş by taxi or by metro/tram, and then catch a direct ferry to Büyükada.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport take a short taxi ride to Kartal or Maltepe, which offer ferries to the island.
Puzzled by those strange letters and accents? There is a guide for pronunciation of Turkish words here: turkeytravelplanner.com
Address: ALTINORDU CAD. NO:32
BÜYÜKADA / İSTANBUL