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Transportation in Istanbul

Public transportation in Istanbul varies greatly. Municipality busses, public busses, metrobus, inner city and general ships, car ferries, the tunnel, metro and suburban train systems all vary in price and have either tokens or ticket fares to pay. If your decision lies with living in Istanbul, it is essential that you obtain an "İstanbulkart", a smart ticket card.

Bus Lines 

​There are two types of bus lines in Istanbul.

One is run by the municipality, Belediye Otobüsü, these busses are red, green or covered with colorful advertisements. 

The second type of bus is privately run, Halk Otobüsü, orange or blue and again.

On some of the more lengthy destinations the double-decker buses can pleasantly surprise you. These buses require 3 tickets if passing over the Bosphorus bridge and 2 for other regular destinations. 


Taxis are numerous in all Turkish cities and are recognizable by their yellow color and word "taksi" on top of the car. All taxis have the letter T in their license plates. The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance traveled. Please note that the passenger pay the crossing fee of the Bosphorus bridges whether destining to European or Asian side.


Dolmus is a special service found only in Turkey. This is a collective taxi, which follows specific routes. It may be a car or a minibus. Each passenger pays according to distance traveled and can get off at specific or requested stops. In order to get off, the passenger need only say, "inecek var" meaning "someone to get off here" and the dolmus stops. This is a very practical means of transportation and much cheaper than a taxi. You pay the fee to the driver. Prices differ depending on distance traveled. They usually have a sign in the lower or upper right-hand corner of their windshield that specifies the direction to which they will be traveling. The relatively cheap prices are set by the municipality and displayed somewhere visible within the vehicle.

Metro - Funicular - Tramway - Lift 

There are 6 metro lines:

  • M1a Yenikapı - Atatürk Airport Metro Line
  • M1b Yenikapı - Kirazlı Metro Line
  • M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman Metro Line
  • M3 Kirazlı - Olimpiyat - Başakşehir Metro Line
  • M4 Kadıköy - Kartal Metro Line
  • M6 Levent - Boğaziçi Ü. / Hisarüstü Metro Line

There are 2 funicular lines:

  • F1 Taksim - Kabataş Funicular Line
  • F2 Karaköy - Beyoğlu Historical Tunnel Line

There are 4 tramway lines:

  • T1 Bağcılar - Kabataş Tramway Line
  • T2 Taksim - Tunnel Nostalgic Tramway Line
  • T3 Kadıköy - Moda Tramway Line
  • T4 Topkapı - Mescid-i Selam Tramway Line

There are 2 lift lines:

  • TF1 Maçka - Taşkışla Lift Line
  • TF2 Eyüp - Piyer Loti Lift Line


There is an underwater railway line which is called Marmaray. It has 5 station, they are Kazlıçeşme - Yenikapı - Sirkeci - Üsküdar - Ayrılık Çeşmesi 

Ship Lines 

There are 7 intracity ship lines:

  • Kadıköy - Eminönü
  • Karaköy - Kadıköy
  • Üsküdar - Eminönü
  • Üsküdar - Beşiktaş
  • Kadıköy - Beşiktaş
  • Kadıköy - Kabataş
  • Haliç

Motorboat Lines 

There are 4 motorboat lines:

  • Üsküdar - Beşiktaş
  • Üsküdar - Kabataş
  • Eminönü - Bebek
  • Bostancı - Kabataş

Sea Bus & Ferry Car (İDO) 

The fastest way to travel in the city. It is ideal if you need to bridge distant destinations such as Bostancı-Bakırköy, or Kadıköy-Kabataş. There are, again, many that go to other city ports and to the Islands. 

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