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:
|Minibus and Dolmus||7|
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.
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.|
|Pet||Only guide dogs and pets in cages allowed.|
|Photoshooting||Permisson must be requested for commercial and educative photoshoots.|