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Istanbul’s Public Transportation

Travelers can find variety of great options to get around the city. The  Bosphorus divides the city into two parts and that makes the ferries and sea-buses become a practical means of daily transportation in Istanbul. The three busiest areas for tourists, that include Sultanahmet, Galata and Taksim, are easy to get around on foot.

Bus & Metrobus

Buses are definitely the cheapest and the most economic  means of transport, though they are usually overcrowded and it’s not  easy to find out which one you should catch.
There is also a private lined express bus service which is called Metrobus.  It serves for hundred thousands of locals daily, and provides a fast  transportation in between the two ends of Asian side and the European  side. Visit www.iett.istanbul for more official information.

Bus & Metrobus

Buses are definitely the cheapest and the most economic  means of transport, though they are usually overcrowded and it’s not  easy to find out which one you should catch.

There is also a private lined express bus service which is called Metrobus.  It serves for hundred thousands of locals daily, and provides a fast  transportation in between the two ends of Asian side and the European  side. Visit www.iett.istanbul for more official information.

Metro & Tram

The metro and the tram system of Istanbul have a wide network and  provide easy access to many of the major points both in the European and  Asian sides.
The metro system of Istanbul operates from Aksaray – Atatürk Airport to Kirazli (M1 line), Haciosman to Yenikapi (M2 line) and Kirazli to Olimpiyat, Basaksehir (M3 line) on the European side. And operates from Kadikoy to Tavsantepe (M4 line) and Uskudar to Yamanevler (M5 line) on the Asian Side.
Trams are also a fast and easy way to travel around the most popular districts in Istanbul. The trams operate from Bagcilar to Kabatas (T1 line) (goes trough Eminonu and Sultanahmet), Topkapi to Mescid-i Selam (T4 line), as well as two nostalgic trams run between Taksim to Tunel (T2 line) through Istiklal Street on the European side and Kadikoy to Moda (T3 line) through Bahariye Street on the Asian Side.
There are also two funicular lines connecting Kabatas to Taksim (F1 line) and Karakoy to Tunel (F2 line) (end of the Istiklal Street). The Karakoy-Tunel funicular system is one  of the oldest ones in the world, dating back to 19th century.
Check the Istanbul Railway Network Map for all lines. Also visit www.metro.istanbul for more official information.

Marmaray & Gebze-Halkali Train System
Marmaray is a train system connects the Europeand and Asian side under the sea. The Marmaray is a  76 kilometers tube tunnel that provides passengers to pass under the  Marmara inner sea with train in only a couple of minutes. The fast way  to travel between Kazlicesme stop through Sirkeci and Yenikapi in European side and Ayrilik Cesmesi through Uskudar stop in Asian side. Visit www.marmaray.gov.tr for more official information
The Gebze-Halkali Suburban Train System (fully  operational from March 2019) also use the Marmaray network which is also  a fast way to travel between Asian side to European side, as well as  from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to the Istanbul city center.

Ferries & Sea-Bus

Ferries (Sehir Hatlari) are the most easiest, cheapest  and the most pleasant way to travel up, down and across the Bosphorus.  With the ferries you are able to travel from Europe to Asia and back.  There are ten main ferry docks that include; Karakoy, Kabatas, Besiktas and five in Eminonu on the European side; Uskudar and Kadikoy on the Asian side.Ferries operate every 15-20 minutes from 07am. until 11pm.
Short Bosphorus Cruise by Ferries – Starts from the Eminonu Pier at 14.30 and goes for Uskudarand Ortakoy Piers in order. And goes back from Ortakoy and Uskudar Piers to Eminonu Pier  at 16.30. Duration is about 2 hours.

Full Bosphorus Cruise by Ferries – Starts from the Eminonu Pier at 10.35 and goes for Besiktas, Uskudar, Kanlica, Sariyer, Rumelikavagi and Anadolu Kavagi Piers in order. Ferry arrive to Anadolu Kavagi about 12.25 and gives a break here till 15.00. And goes back from Anadolu Kavagi Pier following the piers of Rumelikavagi, Sariyer, Kanlica, Uskudar and Besiktas Piers in order and the cruise ends in Eminonu Pier at 16.40. Duration is about 6 hours.

You may find all Istanbul Public Ferry Lines Routes, Timetables and Prices from en.sehirhatlari.istanbul/en

There are also sea-bus routes runs from Istanbul to main areas within the city limits and the cities around the Marmara Sea. The two inner city sea-bus lines include Bostanci-Besiktas and Bostanci-Kadikoy-Yenikapi-Bakirkoy lines. The four inter city sea-bus lines include Kadikoy-Yenikapi-Armutlu-Bursa, Bostanci-Yenikapi-Cinarcik-Esenkoy, Bostanci-Yenikapi-Marmara Avsa Island and Kadikoy-Yenikapi-Bursa lines.

Check www.ido.com.tr for more official information.

Yellow Shared Taxi (Dolmus)

The Dolmus (yellow shared taxi) is a public taxi runs  on a fixed, short, circular route. It is an easy and practical way of  transportation through the city.
Many locals use Dolmus and there is fixed fare, payment is in cash  upon boarding (a little more than the bus). Below are some of the main  Dolmus circular lines in Istanbul.
  • From Kadikoy to Taksim, Nisantasi, Sisli, Uskudar and Bostanci.
  • From Bostanci to Taksim, Sisli and Pendik.
  • From Uskudar to Kadikoy, Acibadem and Beykoz.
  • From Besiktas to Taksim and Harbiye.
  • From Taksim to Besiktas, Aksaray and Bakirkoy.

How to Get to the City Center from each Istanbul Airport?

Istanbul has two major airports: New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). There are many options to travel in between Istanbul Airports  and city center, such as municipal public buses and shuttles  specifically routed, taxis or private shuttles. There are no direct  metro lines for the Istanbul Airports.
New Istanbul Airport (IST) is situated on the north eastern part of Istanbul, on the Arnavutkoy  district, close to the Black Sea coast. Average distance from the New  Istanbul Airport to major Istanbul city center districts is about 45 km.
Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is located the on east of the central Istanbul, on the Asian side, about 30 km. from Kadikoy, 44 km. from Taksim and 48 km. from Sultanahmet.

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