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Acra Hotel- Istanbul private airport transfer

We will arrive in Istanbul several days before the RS tour begins and have reservations with the Acra Hotel, and have also secured the airport transfer. The instructions I received from the hotel on how to connect with the driver states- "see the board of CEO 34 after gate 9, say your name, and our driver will find you" Has anyone used this before and could let me know the process. The directions are confusing, and I am wanting to figure this out before stepping into the mob of drivers. Thanks for the help!

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Yes, that sounds about right. We didn't have any more instructions than you have. You exit the baggage claim area from Gate 9, and then you step outside. There is a gaggle of numbers -- I think ours was 52, or something like that. Somehow, someone connected us with our driver. I don't understand how it worked, but it did.

Instead of having all the drivers holding up individual signs, I think there are intermediaries who sort you into small groups that then connect you to your driver. As I said, though, it's a mystery how it actually works.

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Yes, when you come out of Baggage Claim you walk past many big sliding glass doors leading outside, and every door has a number above it: 1, 2, 3, etc. You keep walking and looking carefully at every single door (I think numbers were skipped, ha!) till you see "9". Then you go outside the door and there are crowds of guys holding up crudely scribbled signs - some with names of people, most with mysterious codes like "CEO 34" lol. Once you find your guy, you tell your name and they bring up a list of what looks like dozens of names on their phone and there is your name, clear as day! They make you stand for a few minutes off to the side while they collect a few more people from the list (the ones going to the same general area as you), then they take you to a nearby location where all the taxis or vans come by and they put you in the right one that takes you to the doorstep of your hotel. at the hotel, you go direct inside to the front desk and pay them in cash or card. They take care of paying the taxi/van guy.

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The directions on finding the shuttle are noted. It is a bit confusing, but once you see your name on their phone list they will get you to your driver. We followed the guy along with 5 other groups down an elevator and 3 minutes later our shuttle appeared and the guy with your name on his phone helps you load into the shuttle.

We used the shuttle on our arrival,

but when we returned from Izmir:
We used the option of UBER in Turkiye. To get from the airport to the Hyatt hotel. We found a pilot (they all speak English) he said go to arrivals, top floor and order your Uber, since you enter the destination, you dont have a language issue. Worked out great. Cost 50% of the shuttle, The car that picked us up was also a Yellow cab

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I also noticed the hotel shuttle rates were seriously inflated and next time I visit Turkiye, I'm going to order an Uber / taxi direct at the airport too!