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 ... :)
"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 ... :)
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 .... :)
The Istanbul Metro has two lines operated by Istanbul Ulaþým (not IETT).
The tow 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.
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.
(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^
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.
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 .... :)
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.
The problem I have with the Istanbul IETT public transportation buses is, that there seems to be no maps showing all the different lines (well with about 600 lines it could prove an impossibility to map them all). On the other hand, there are so many buses available, that you just take the first bus that displays the right direction.
Before boaring a public transportation bus by tokens at a token machine; there is no possibility to buy tokens at the bus.
If you will use the Istanbul public transportation for more than just one ride, better buy the Istanbulkart transit pass.
Besides the IETT buses, Istanbul has many private buses (especial for transportation in the rush hours). Those are called Özel Halk Otobüsü ("Private Peoples' Bus"). These buses run on some of the busier routes, charging the same fares as municipal buses, but may allow you to pay your fare in cash (as well as by token or transit pass) on the bus. Otherwise, there's little difference.
The following IETT bus line numbers are serving Istanbul: 2, 3A. 3B. 3ÜS, 4, 6, 7, 8A, 8E, 8M, 9, 9A, 9Ç, 9ÇN, 9ÜD, 10, 10B, 10E, 10M, 10S, 11A, 11C, 11CT, 11ÇB, 11D, 11E, 11G, 11H, 11K, 11L, 11M, 11P, 11ST, 11T, 11Ü, 11ÜS, 11V, 11Y, 12, 12A, 12C, 12H, 13, 13A, 13AB, 14, 14A, 14B, 14BK, 14C, 14ÇK, 14D, 14DK, 14E, 14ES, 14F, 14K, 14KS, 14M, 14R, 14S, 14ªB, 14Y, 15, 15A, 15B, 15BK, 15C, 15ÇB, 15ÇK, 15D, 15E, 15F, 15H, 15KÇ, 15M, 15N, 15P, 15R, 15S, 15ªN, 15TY, 15U, 15Y, 16, 16A, 16B, 16C, 16D, 16F, 16K, 16M, 16S, 16U, 16Y, 17, 17K, 17K, 17L, 17S, 18K, 18Ü, 19, 19B, 19C, 19D, 19E, 19ES, 19 F, 19K, 19M, 19 S, 19SB, 19T, 19V, 19Y, 19Z, 20D, 20E, 20K, 20Ü, 21A, 21B, 21C. 21G, 21K, 21MK, 21U, 21Y, 22, 22E, 22RE, 25A, 25E, 25H, 25L, 25T, 25Y, 26, 26A, 26B, 27E, 27SE, 27T, 28, 28O, 28T,29, 29A, 29B, 29C, 29D, 29F, 29GM, 29M1, 29M2, 29P, 29Þ, 29T, 30A, 30D, 30M, 31, 31E, 31Y, 32, 32A, 32T, 33, 33B, 33B, 33E, 33ES, 33M, 33Y, 34, 34A, 34G, 34G, 34T, 34Z, 35, 35A, 35C, 35D, 36, 36A, 36AY, 36B, 36BI, 36CE, 36CY, 36E, 36ES, 36HT, 36K, 36KE, 36L, 36M, 36S, 36T, 36V, 37A, 37E, 37, 37M, 37T, 37Y, 38, 38B, 38E, 39, 39B, 39Ç, 39D, 39O, 39Y, 40, 40B, 40T, 41, 41AT, 41E, 41S, 41SF, 41SM, 41ST, 42, 42HM, 42K, 42KM, 42KT, 42M, 42R, 42T, 43, 43R, 44B, 46Ç, 46H, 46KY, 47, 47Ç, 47E, 48, 48A, 48B, 48H, 48N, 48T, 49, 49B, 49G, 49Y, 52, 52Ç, 52E, 52HŞ, 52HT, 54K, 54KT, 54ÓR, 54T, 55, 5EB, 55ET, 55M, 55T, 55Y, 57UL, 58A, 58N, 58S, 58UL, 59A, 59B, 59C, 59H, 59K, 59N, 59R, 59RS, 59S, 59UÇ, 61B, 62, 62G, 63, 64Ç, 65G, 66, 66Z, 69A, 70FE, 70FY, 70KE, 70KY, 71T, 72T, 73, 73F, 73T, 74, 74A, 74M, 75O, 76, 76B, 76C, 76D, 76E, 76M, 76O, 76T, 76Y, 77, 77A, 77Ç, 77MT, 78, 78B, 78E, 78M, 78ZB, 79C, 79G, 79K, 79M, 79Y, 80, 80B, 80T, 81, 82, 82B, 83, 83O, 85, 85C, 85T, 86V, 87, 88, 88A, 89,89A, 89B, 89C, 89G, 89H, 89I, 89M, 89S, 89T, 89YB, 90, 90B, 91E, 91O,92, 92B, 92C, 92K, 92Ş, 92T, 93, 93C, 93M, 93T, 94, 94A, 96T, 97, 97A, 97B, 97g, 97M, 97T, 98, 98A, 98B, 98C, 98D, 98E, 98H, 98I, 98K, 98M, 98S, 98T, 98Y, 99, 99A, 103, 110, 112, 120M, 121A, 121B, 122B, 122C, 122L, 122M, 122S, 125, 129L, 129T, 130, 130A, 130Ş, 130T, 131, 131A, 131B, 131C, 131ÇK, 131T, 131TD, 131V, 131YD, 131YS, 132, 132A, 132C, 132F, 132K, 132P, 132P, 132S, 132V, 133, 133A, 133AK, 133F, 133G, 133GP, 133K, 133P, 133Ş, 133T, 133TK, 134, 134BK, 134CK, 134DK, 134GK, 134K, 134TK, 134UK, 135, 135A, 134G, 134K, 136, 137, 138, 139, 139A, 139D, 139H, 139T, 139U, 142, 142A, 142F, 143, 145, 145A, 145M, 145T, 147, 150, 151, 152, 153, 202, 222, 251, 252, 256, 303, 303B, 304, 319, 320, 320A, 336A, 336B, 336BI, 336D, 336E, 336H, 336IM, 336T, 399B, 339C, 400, 400A, 400B, 400C, 401, 401T, 402, 403, 404, 418, 429, 448, 458, 500A, 500ES, 500T, 522, 522B, 522ST, 559C.
DT1, DT2, E-2, E-3, E-7, E-8, E-9, E-10, E-57, E-58, E-58, E-59, E-60, EL2, EM1, EM2, ER1, ER2, FB1, FB2, GZ1, GZ2, HT1, HT2. HT5, HT11, HT12, HT15, HT18, HT20, HT28, HT29, HT48, HT58, HY59, ID01, ID02, ID03, ID04, ID05, ID06, TAH1, TBT1, TEP1, TKB1, TKM1, TMT1, TTK1, TTL1, TZB1, TZK1, U1, YAYA1.
"Istanbulkart" is a contactless smart card for fare payment at public transport in Istanbul, Turkey. Its very useful if u make several trips a day, even interchanging from public bus to ship, or to light train or to finucular system as the same card, Istanbulkart, is valid on all of them. Its more cheaper than regular tokens and as u interchange to another vehicle in less than 2 hours period, that specific fare will be less as on 25 %.
"The Istanbulkart" is valid for boarding buses, funiculars, LRT, subway, commuter trains, ferryboats and trams operated by the "Metropolian Municipality". Cash payment at those transport systems is not possible. The smart card allows up to five times passenger transfer service on the transportation network within two hours.
Fare payment is done when the smart card is brought into close proximity up to 8 cm (3.1 in) to the contactless reader during boarding the transportation vehicle. It is not necessary the card to touch the reader, cards inside a wallet or handbag that are neared can be also read for a rapid payment purpose. The reader signals the confirmation of the fare payment in audible and visible ways after a few seconds.
In case of insufficient deposit on the smart card, the card reader shows the warning message "Kontor Yetersiz" "(Insuffient deposit)" on its display.
The smart cards may be acquired from office at major transport interchanges against a refundable deposit of 10.- TL (about 5.- USD) and loaded with credits there up to 150.- TL (about 80.- USD). Alternatively, loading credits may be done at special purpose machines or at newsstands or small shops, which offer this service.
Here are two more links for more info on "Istanbulkart" ... :
Enjoy your time and trips in "Istanbul" ... :)
"Beylerbeyi" is on the Bosphorus and a very well known district in the city, more a laid back life rather than the rush of the other parts of Istanbul.
Many parks, cafes, pedestrian areas, seafood restaurants, local craft shops, ateliers of artists, painters and so are located in this neighbourhood.
You can easily reach Beylerbeyi by the ship / boat lines and / or come to here and disembark n this port to enjoy the panorama view.
You van buy a ticket at the port or you can use your IstanbulKart if you own one ... :)
I wasn't sure how much we'd be using public transportation so I didn't give the Istanbul Kart a lot of thought until I found out how far away the swim was from our hotel. The Istanbul Kart is a credit card sized transit card that saves money over the cash fares. I had read some incorrect things about the card so at first it didn't make a lot of sense but after using one it does.
Things to know about the Istanbul Kart:
the card is currently 6tl to purchase, non refundable (used to be 10tl refundable). Our hotel clerk loaned us his but I read this on a recent post
the card can be used by multiple people, the first person puts it on the card reader, goes through the turnstyle and hands it back to the next person.
for the first ride, the card is charged 1.95tl per person using the card. If you buy individual tokens, it's 3tl per ride with no tranfers
for a transfer, the card is charged 1.25tl for the 1st person, 1.95tl for all others. Not 100% certain but I think I was charged 1.40tk to transfer to a ferry from another ferry. If you are transferring a lot, you may want to get everyone a card. At 6tl per card, you'd have to transfer 9 different times to make it worthwhile to get more than one card.
you can transfer from bus, metro, tram, funicular, or ferry
tram stops and ferry ports all seemed to have recharge stations called Jetonmatiks, bus stops did not so make sure you have enough on the card.
If you think you are going to get one, buy it at the airport. We ran into someone who said they had a hard time buying one once they reached the city, they finally found one at a kiosk selling newspapers and snacks.
We decided to hop on a ferry, we thought we were going from Eminou to Karakoy, which doesn't really make a lot of sense since they are right across from one another and connected by bridge, but we actually went to Kadikoy on the Asian side. Fortunately, I had some restaurant ideas for Kadikoy so we turned our mistake into a nice lunch. The next day we decided to do it again, it was cool out on the water and you are away from all the people trying to sell you food, trinkets and Bosphorus cruises. On the way back we took it from Kadikoy to Kabatas and then took the tram back.
Ferries are 1.95tl with the Istanbulkart and then if you need to continue your journey, it's 1.25tl for a transfer for the 1st person, 1.95tl for everyone else.
We ended up taking the tram quite a bit since my husband's swim race was far away from our hotel, we would take the T1 tram from Sultanahmet station to Kabatas where we then had to get a bus. With the Istanbulkart, it was 1.95tl (3tl without the card) and then 1.25tl to transfer to the bus, you can share a card but only the 1st person gets the transfer rate, the rest of the people are charged 1.95tl.
The tram is a good way to travel, it doesn't wait in traffic. It's clean and runs frequently
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