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Istanbul public transport guide

You just arrived Istanbul. And you would like to see city using public transport, avoiding taxis and traffic jam if possible.

Transportation in this crowded, rapid and unplanned grown city is not easy. Nevertheless, the biggest portion of city budget is being spent for transportation, and you can reach to many points by public transport.

Here below Rail Turkey presents the Istanbul Public Transport Guide:

Section Page
Rail Systems 1
Metrobus 2
Bus 3
Ferry (Vapur) 4
Seabus 5
Boat 6
Minibus and Dolmus 7
Payment 8
Mobile Applications 9
Ridership 10
Rail Systems

It’s possible to travel along main transport corridors of city by rail using 137-km-long 5 metro, 4 tram and 2 funicular lines.

Ataturk Airport, Bayrampasa Main Bus Station, Taksim, old peninsula is important regions of Istanbul which are rail connected.

Istanbul rail network (October 2016)
Istanbul rail network (October 2016)

Rail services are generally available between 6:00-24:00. To learn timetable of specific line/station, click Istanbul Ulasim Website, chose Sefer Tarifesi, and enter departure and arrival stations.

The only way to travel between two sides of Istanbul by rail is Marmaray. Marmaray crosses under Bosphorus connecting Ayrilikcesmesi (Kadikoy) and Uskudar in Asian side with Sirkeci, Yenikapi and Kazlicesme in European side.  Click for timetable of Marmaray.

Fare 2.15 TL (Istanbul Card) – 4 TL (Token) *
Payment Token, Istanbul Card, Blue Card, Electronic Ticket
Transfer No free transfer between lines. Discounted transfers within 2 hours for Istanbul Card holders.
Accessibility All new lines and some old lines have ease of access for disabled people.
Bike During rush hour (07.00-09.00/ 16.00-20.00) only foldable bikes in bags allowed. During other times, bikes are free. No charge.
Website http://www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr
Pet Only guide dogs and pets in cages allowed.
Photoshooting Permisson must be requested for commercial and educative photoshoots.

Written by Onur Uysal

Railway consultant. Owner of RT Media & Consultancy. Founder and editor of Rail Turkey.

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