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Layover in Instanbul

I'm guessing I already know the answer... but thought I'd still ask for advice. We have a 4 1/2 hour layover in Istanbul (IST). Is that enough time to leave the airport and see anything? We are US Citizens.



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No, that's too risky. You'd have to plan on an hour each way travel time into the city center and time to go back through airport security. You'd also need to purchase a Turkish visa for $20 at

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Not to worry. IST will provide lots of entertainment on its own. You'll have fun gawking in the chic and expensive duty-free shops. And keep your eyes peeled for the very modern Segway wheelchairs.