Your Turkey trip begins in Istanbul. That said, it is a huge metropolis and you may be wondering how to get around in Istanbul? If you don’t like to walk and taxis are too expensive for you, Istanbul offers you a wide choice of public transportation. You can choose whichever is more convenient for you.


There are two types of buses in Istanbul. Blue-green buses are private, and all the others are city-owned. Buses in Istanbul are easy if you know your way around. If you don’t know your way around, try looking for the information at the bus stops or check with the driver upon boarding. You need to make sure that the bus goes in the right direction. Most buses operate from 6 am till midnight, with reduced amount of buses on the route after 10 pm. Some routes are overnight, but the ticket at night costs twice as much as it would during the day.

You can purchase a ticket at major hubs or on board. However, it is better to have an Istanbul Kart, because it offers a 10% discount on each ride. You can load or recharge it at vending machines in the metro stations, at major bus and tram hubs and ferry docks. These machines accept both cash and credit cards.


These are the yellow minivans, which are essentially shared taxis. However, they each have their set routes. Dolmus’ are one of the most widely used means of transportation. Plus, they can carry up to 8 passengers. They are cheaper than taxis but more expensive than buses. Furthermore, they run from early morning until early evening. The dolmus leaves its terminal only when it is full. It then drops and picks up passengers along the way. When you board, you should tell the driver your destination and ask about the price. It is usually 3-5 Turkish Liras for a short distance.


Istanbul’s underground system is still under construction, but it already covers a big part of the city. It is open from 6.30 am until midnight, and you need a jeton (plastic token) to enter. You can buy jetons at the ticket window, outside the turnstile. If you have an Istanbul Kart, just plug it into the turnstile receptacle, and the necessary amount will be charged automatically.


The over-ground tramway of Istanbul is an ideal way to get around between Gülhane Park by Topkapı Palace, the Grand Bazaar at Beyazit-Kapalıçarşı and Sultanahmet for Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque. There are also two funiculars, which connect Beyoğlu with Fatih, across the Golden Horn. Plus, at Zeytinburnu you can switch to the metro and get to Atatürk Airport.


The ferry is water transport that will get you to the specified destination within the city. Whereas, the sea bus is an intercity kind of transportation. The most popular inner-city ferries run between Kadiköy and Eminönü, Kadiköy and Haydarpasa, Kadiköy and Besiktas, Kadiköy and Kabatas. Prices range from 1.50 Turkish Liras for a short distance to 3 Turkish Liras for a longer one. You can pay with tokens or an Istanbul Kart.

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