Istanbul Transportation

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    Some taxis are thieves

    by FatihaB Written Jul 4, 2014

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    I went this summer to Istanbul and as usual I found it marvelous.
    My trip was spoiled but some taxis drivers.Some of them bargain the prices ferociously .This isn't really the issue they play with the counters,the police there should check on them more often.I ride a taxi from Cevahir mall to Nişantaşı ,I just exchanged 50 $ and that's all I had cash in my wallet ,he not only asked me for 55 TLR but also took my 50 and changed it with 5 TLR and pretended that I was confused between the 5 and the 50 ,so I gave him another 50,When I got out of the taxi I realized that he stole my 50 and that my wallet was empty.My friends went in another taxi and paid 8 TLR ,not only he extra charged me but stole from me 105 TLR in total nearly all the 50$.I can't deny that there is a lot of good and decent taxi drivers but if you get unlucky like I was you'd meet these kind of thieves,even if they show you the counters,they have a way of changing the fare.
    I wish they have a rule who could punish these kind of taxi drivers because they are giving the Turkish people a very very bad reputation .I wish the police could control this issue in a more strict way if they care about their country because Istanbul is one of the most beautiful country ever.So please be careful .

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    Marmaray

    by muratkorman Written Jun 22, 2014

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    Marmaray is the new alternative for passing from Asian side to European side of Istanbul or vice versa. It is a metro line which has a submerged tunnel through Bosphorus. At the moment, there are only 5 stops available : Ayrilik Cesmesi and Uskudar on Asian side, Sirkeci, Yenikapi and Kazlicesme on European side. The whole journey will take 18 minutes which covers a distance of 13.6 km. Marmaray operates from 6 am to midnight everyday.I also share the website for the timetables. The interconnections to metro, tram and metrobus lines help passengers to easily avoid the crazy traffic of Istanbul.

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    Istanbul metro

    by hokomoko Updated Apr 13, 2014
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    There are 5 subway lines with more then 80 kms. in Istanbul . Metro lines are : M!,M2,M3,M4,M5,M6
    In Yenikapi station M1, M2 and M4 lines are connected with Marmaray undersea railway pass.This railway also connecting the two continents by rail.

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    The Istanbul Metro

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 19, 2014

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    The Istanbul Metro has two lines operated by Istanbul Ulaþým (not IETT).

    The two lines are:
    M1: Aksaray—Havalimani, going from Aksaray Square in Old Istanbul via Istanbul's main Otogar (bus terminal) to Atatürk Airport.

    M2: Sishane—Atatürk Oto Sanayi, going from Þiþhane Square, near Tünel Square in Beyoðlu through Taksim Square and north through modern business and residential sections of the city to Atatürk Oto Sanayi.

    The metro rides between 6AM and midnight.

    Istanbul public transportation tickets are also valid for the metro lines. Befor boarding the metro buy some tokens.

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    Budget Travel = Istanbulcard

    by CEMKIRAC Updated Feb 28, 2014

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    I highly recommend you to buy istanbulcard if you prefer public transport. You can buy it from most of central stations like taksim,kadikoy,eminonu, karakoy,besiktas,mecidiyekoy and i guess there was one counter in Sabiha Gokcen Airport too but im not sure about Ataturk Airport. If you see istanbulkart satis-dolum you can buy it from there. Formerly it was called AKBIL and it was like a token shaped metal bu then it became a credit card like board pass.So when you see AKBIL SATIS-DOLUM label written somewhere that means you can buy istanbulcard from there too. Anyway, you can use this card in Havatas (airport transfer) , ferries, all rail transport, most of the sea transport, all bus lines, underground metro,metrobus etc. First you pay 7 TRY ( 3 USD or 2 EUR) for the card, but with 0 credit. So you have to buy credits. You can use 1 card for more than one person, it is legal ,dont worry. So if you are travelling with your family just buy one card and dont pay for extra cards.
    Most of the transportation costs around 2 TRY however when you use different public transports consecutively then you pay %50 for the 2nd , %25 for the 3rd etc. The public bus line is IETT, their website has an english version too. The ferry line is SEHIR HATLARI. Check their website, choose english from top right. The ferry trip (vapur) is really a must do in istanbul, dont miss it. Hope this would help you and If you have further questions on how to travel in Turkey feel free to send message.

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    Ataturk Airport

    by xaver Written Jan 9, 2014

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    Before leaving I had read online many complaints about how cahotic and slow in check in and check out this airport is. I must say I was surprised to see how efficient and fast passport controls were when we arrived and how fast it was the luggage control when we left.
    The only strange thing I noticed is how late they show the boarding gate, when you are lucky, one hour before the boarding time, on our second flight, 10 minutes before the boarding time, this is not a big problem as you are plenty of time to reach your gate, it was just the only strange thing I noticed in this airport.

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    Taxi from airport

    by xaver Written Jan 9, 2014

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    From Ataturk international airport to the city center we took a taxi and the price was 45 TL. On the way back we did the same and the price did not change so that must be the official rate. It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach the airporto depending on the traffic.

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    Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Nov 15, 2013
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    For the time being there are already two "Crosscontinent" Bridges in Istanbul which connect the both parts of the city, from European Side to the Asian Side ...

    The first built bridge is the Bosphorus Bridge and the second one is the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

    As you can see on the recent photos that this 3th bridge, named "Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge" is on building stage which started as of year 2013 and assumed to be in service as of year 2015.

    Already the "legs" are to be seen on construction site and will be on heavy duty service for the car / truck traffic system as mentioned above from European side to Asian side and vice versa ... :)

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    Marmaray, Underwater Rail System, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Nov 9, 2013
    Marmaray, Underwater Rail System, Istanbul, TR
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    "Marmaray" is the most new underwater rail system started for operation now as of October 2013.

    It connects the both sides of Istanbul directly under the "Marmara Sea", sothat you can cross from one continent "Europe" to other continent "Asia" and vice versa in just several minutes under the sea rail system.

    Here on my Travelogues you can see more recent photos of Marmaray ... :
    Marmaray Trvlg 1
    Marmaray Trvlg 2

    Its fast, convenient and very budgeted, costs just 1,95.- TL (about 1.- USD) one way fare, you can buy coins at the Ticket Machines or you can use your pre-loaded Istanbulkart .

    Has 3 stations on the European side as called Kazlicesme, Yenikapi and Sirkeci, and 2 stations on Asian side as Uskudar and Ayrilikcesme, which those connect other tram and bus lines as
    Interchange Stations .

    Enjoy ... :)

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    Marmaray, Underwater Rail System, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Nov 9, 2013
    Marmaray, Underwater Rail System, Istanbul, TR
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    The Ticket Machines serve for the "Marmaray" at the interchange stations sothat you can use Turkish Lira to get coins for the usage of the railways system.

    Besides, if you own an Istanbulkart you can pre-load and use it, too ..

    Here on m Travelogues you can see more recent photos of the "Marmaray System" ... :
    Marmaray Trvlg 1
    Marmaray Trvlg 2

    Very fast and convenient way to travel from Europe to Asia and vice versa in just several minutes time, costs only 1,95.- TL (about 1.- USD) one way fare .... :)

    Enjoy ...

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    Public Transportation tickets (and tokens)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    Jetonmatik at a tram stop - Istanbul

    For an occasional metro, tram, ferry or bus ride buy some public transportation tokens (Jetons). Token vending machines can be found at most stops or snack/newspaper kiosks.

    The basic public transit fares (age 7 and up) are:
    -City bus, Metro, tram and funicular: TL1.75
    -Ferryboat and suburban train: TL1.75
    -Tünel and Nostalgic tram: TL1.00

    A newer form for more rides is the Istanbulkart, a plastic RFID chip, that can be loaded with a certain credit amount. Before entering any means of public transportation the card has to be swept along a fare point. The basic price for an empty card is TL10. These cards can be bought at the bigger stations or snack/newspaper kiosks.

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    Taxi, Taxi...

    by Martin_S. Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    (sorry I have had to remove the picture at the request of our friend, she is being forced by her government to remove any signs of her visiting Israel or having friends from Israel)
    Okay so you say that taxis are regular things...well they are, but even a taxi can be special here in Istanbul....we had just left the seashore near the new bridge in Ortakoy and were looking for a taxi back to our hotel. We spotted a taxi but it was on the other side of a concrete divider and going the wrong way...I also need to mention that we were 5 people so needed a larger taxi. I figured what do I have to lose, maybe if I signal the taxi he could call a larger one from his base, so I signaled him. He stopped on the spot, backed up on a one way street, made a U-Turn in that street, drove the wrong way on a one way street, crossed the concrete divider and pulled up next to us. I explained to him that we were five (yes 5) people and could not fit in a car designed for 4 passengers...he said "push".....so we all got in (I was lucky that since I was the LARGEST by far, I got to sit in the front seat by myself and the 4 girls got crammed into the back seat ;O)))
    All I could get in the photograph were two of them because they were scrunched up in the middle, mom and sister were falling out the doors.....
    So never think that it is "impossible" for a taxi driver, just ASK ^O^

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    Shuttle bus to/from airport

    by muratkorman Updated Aug 29, 2013

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    There are regular shuttle buses to and from the airport which will cost you less than taking a taxi. These buses operate both in Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports. The available routes are Atatürk Airport - Taksim ; Sabiha Gökçen Airport - Taksim and Sabiha Gökçen Airport - Kadiköy. For tourists who want to travel from one airport to the other, the best way is to take Taksim shuttle bus and then jump onto the other airport's shuttle bus. Just on the exit of the airport, you will look for HAVATAS shuttle buses. There is a board describing the available destinations, bus schedule and fares in English. Check out the website for further details.

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    Bosphorus and Island Tours, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Aug 4, 2013

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    As Istanbul has a population of about 17 million people and the city is consisting on both continents as Europe and Asia, each day millons of locals cross the Bosphorus on sealines to reach their work offices and then back home as vice versa ....

    There are big passenger ships for transportation and also smaller boats for touring the Bosphorus along the sea from Black Sea to Marmara Sea.

    Its a budgeted way to travel as each way the price is about 1.- USD and even cheaper on interchange stations if you own a Istanbulcard.

    Nice option to see the city from seaside .... :)

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  • Not without Istanbul Card

    by plavajabuka Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    The cheapest way to reach all parts of Istanbul is to buy an Istanbul card. It costs 5 liras and then you have to refill it. It is valid permanently and it reduces the cost of the tickets in buses and metro. It gives you a freedom to change means of transportation without thinking of where to buy a ticket, because the drivers cannot charge it. Buses and metro are modern and have voice and written info about next stop. The transport is frequent and regular, with reduced night drives.
    Turks are very kind nation, always willing to help you in any situation, specially strangers.

    Basic Istanbul public transit fares are:
    City bus, Metro, tram, funicular, Tünel, ferry: TL3.00
    (with Akbil or Istanbulkart: TL1.95)
    Children 7 years and older must pay a fare; those six years and younger do not.

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