Istanbul Overview

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Istanbul formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives in suburbs on the Asian side of the Bosporus. With a total population of around 15 million residents in its metropolitan area, Istanbul is one of the world’s most populous cities, ranking as the world’s fourth-largest city proper and the largest European city. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province).


Tibet is a region in Asia covering much of the Tibetan Plateau. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 5,000 m (16,000 ft). The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.

How to Plan your Tibet Trip from Istanbul of Turkey

There are 4 ways to get from Istanbul to Tibet by plane, bus, car, car ferry or train

  1. Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Lhasa, bus 11h 4mincludes 30 min transfer ¥3521 – ¥14257
    Istanbul  →Ataturk (IST) →Lhasa Airport  →Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau →Tibet
  2. Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Lhasa, bus18h 46mincludes 2h 46m transfer¥3465 – ¥4787
    Vezneciler →Taksim →Istanbul Taksim Square →Sabiha Gokcen Airport →Sabiha Gokcen(SAW) →Lhasa (LXA) →Lhasa Airport →Lhasa Civil Aviation Bureau →Tibet
  3. Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Bagdogra, drive, bus26h 26mincludes 2h transfer ¥2238 – ¥4866
    Istanbul →Ataturk (IST) →Bagdogra(IXB) →New Jalpaiguri →Siliguri Jn →Yadong Xian →Lasa North Suburb Coach Station →Tibet
  4. Bus, car ferry, train7 days 22hincludes 5h transfer ¥1914 – ¥4248
  5. Istanbul – Aksaray →Baku →Aktau →Mangystau →Almaty 1 →Ürümqi →Xining →Lhasa →Tibet

Edited by Lynette Fu/Fu yunrui