Istanbul has a wide public transportation network with its highways, railways, funicular systems and maritime transport services.

Travel cards are used in all public transportation vehicles except taxis, minibuses and shared taxis. For more information about tariffs and travel cards, please visit:


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There are ferries that travel across the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn as well as to the Prince islands. There are also touristic Bosphorus ferries that run daily, which can also be hired for private events. For more information and timetables, please visit:

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“Tünel” is the two-station underground train line that connects Karakoy (Galata) to the southwest end of Istiklal Street (Sishane) in Istanbul. It is the first underground funicular system in the world. The average headway is 5 min and travel time is 1.5 min.

The other funicular train line provides transportation between Kabatas-Taksim stations. The journey lasts 2.5 min and trains arrive at a frequency of 3 min.


The railway system, which was established by modernizing existing railways and integrating the newly built railways to the present ones, is approximately 76 km long. It connects Halkali on the European Side to Gebze on the Asian side. The fare one must pay depends on the number of stops travelled. Full price fare is charged prior to the journey. Once the travel card is scanned after the journey, the number of stops travelled can be determined and a refund can be made to the card accordingly. For further details, please seeÜcretlendirme/16


Istanbul Metro is an underground public transport rail network system that currently consists of 7 lines:

• Yenikapı-Atatürk Havalimanı (M1A)
• Yenikapı-Kirazlı (M1B)
• Yenikapı-Hacıosman (M2)
• Kirazlı-Olimpiyat-Başakşehir (M3)
• Kadıköy-Tavşantepe (M4)
• Üsküdar-Çekmeköy (M5)
• Levent-Boğaziçi Üniv/Hisarüstü (M6)

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The metrobus line, connecting Sogutlucesme on the Asian Side to Beylikduzu on the European Side, is a highly preferred means of transportation since a separate track is provided on the highway for buses, keeping them away from the busy traffic. Metrobus fare tariff is determined by the number of stops travelled and fees vary between 1.95-3.85 TL. The full fare for the whole line is charged once the travel card is scanned before the journey. Once the travel card is re-scanned at the refund-machines after the journey, the number of stops travelled can be calculated and a refund can be made to the travel card. For further information, please visit:


Taxis are easy to spot as they are all bright yellow in colour. All have a taxi meter, and one should ensure that this is switched on at the beginning of the journey.


There are 4 tram lines in Istanbul:

• Kabataş-Bağcılar (T1)
• Taksim-Tünel (T2) – Nostalgic Tram
• Kadıköy-Moda (T3)
• Topkapı-Mescid-i Selam (T4)

Taksim, the cultural and entertainment centre of the city, can be reached from Kabatas with a short funicular ride (F1).

Sultanahmet Square, another popular tourist attraction in Istanbul, can be reached using the Kabatas-Bagcilar tram line.



There are two airports in Istanbul:
• Istanbul Airport:
• Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport:


The main bus terminals in Istanbul are Esenler Terminal (Bayrampasa) on the Eurpean Side and Harem Terminal (Uskudar) on the Asian Side. It is possible to reach Esenler Terminal using M1A and M1B metro lines.


There are trains departing from Ankara and Konya that arrive at Istanbul Pendik train station. For further information: