Istanbul Transportation

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    Istanbul buses

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    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.
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    Istanbulkart, Transportation, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    "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" ... :

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    Enjoy your time and trips in "Istanbul" ... :)

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    Beylerbeyi Port, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jul 22, 2013

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    "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 ... :)

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    Istanbul Kart

    by Dabs Updated Jul 21, 2013

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    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.

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    Ferries

    by Dabs Written Jul 14, 2013

    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.

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    Tram

    by Dabs Written Jul 14, 2013

    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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    From Atatürk Airport to Yenikapi Sea Port

    by Avieira67 Updated Jul 2, 2013

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    Istanbul Metro Plan
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    There are many possibilities to travel from Atatürk airport to Yenikapi sea port:
    METRO:
    Until Aksaray station [35 min.] + 15 min. walk [1.5 km].
    SHUTTLE BUS:
    1. To Taksim - Get off in aksaray + 15 min. walk [1.5 km].
    2. To Bakirköy + TRAIN until Yenikapi.
    TAXI:
    1. It costs around 10-15 YTL.
    2. To train station Yesilyrt [10 min.] + train.

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    Sutluce Port, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 25, 2013
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    "Sutluce Port" is located on Halic, the so called "Golden Horn" ...

    As its mostly used by locals for transportation basis from Uskudar to Karakoy and to Eyup, meaning from Asian side to European side and vice versa, on summer time especiallly the main attraction is that tourists fill in the boat for a Golden Horn boat ride ... :)

    The last station "Eyup" is where the "Piere Loti Hill" and the "Eyup Sultan Mosque" locates, so, as you take the boat from Karakoy or from Sutluce ports, you can have a nice sea breeze and reach Eyup in a convenient way ...

    Here you can read my "Pierre Loti Hill" and "Eyup Sultan Mosque" Reviews accordingly ... :
    Pierre Loti Hill

    Eyup Sultan Mosque

    You can buy your ticket just at the pier at the kiosk ... Enjoy ... :)

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    Pierre Loti, Cable Car, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 20, 2013

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    If you wonder where the best place to see the pearl of Istanbul is, the Golden Horn, and the first place coming to mind would be the Pierre Loti Hill. You can reach the hill by walking right next to the Eyup Sultan Mosque. During your walk, on the one hand you can enjoy the beautiful Bosphorus view of the Golden Horn and on the other you can breathe the mystical air of the buildings, by which you are surrounded.

    Here you can read my "Pierre Loti Hill" Review ... :
    Pierre Loti Hill

    Besides climbing w feet, now u have another choice as like Aerial Cable Car to reach Pierre Loti ... Climbing up to Pierre Loti with a cable car will give you an interesting time. On the cable car you will cheer up with the feeling as if the Golden Horn was within your arm’s reach.

    The Pierre Loti Hill & Cable Car Golden Horn is a historic inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul. Loti in Istanbul in 1876 and during his stay, he frequently used a tittle coffee house, located on this hill-top. He had warm relationship with Turkish people. The little coffee house still stands there today, It has thus become a very spiritual and romantic place with magnificent view of the city.

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    Kabatas Seabus Port, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 10, 2013

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    "Kabatas" is one of the main transportation / interchange points of Istanbul, which combines Europe side to Asian side ..

    From Taksim you can take the Finucular System to reach Kabatas just in minutes and than transfer to fast ferry to go to Bostanci - Asian side.

    On April 16, 1987 the Municipality of Istanbul established a company to provide fast sea transport with catamaran-type seabuses. With the first ten vessels purchased from Norway, modernization of sea transportation was achieved. Today, the company İDO serves 29 terminals with a fleet of 28 catamarans, including six fast car ferries.

    İDO, Istanbul’s Fast Ferry and Sea Bus Company, is the market leader and offers visitors and locals alike probably the most relaxing and quickest way of transportation available in Istanbul. Whether you want to go up and/or down the Bosphorus, travel between the European and Asian shores, or make a short trip to the Princes’ Islands, they have a suitable and cheap solution for all of this.

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    Port of Haydarpasa, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Written Jun 5, 2013
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    "The Port of Haydarpasa" is a general cargo seaport, ro-ro and container terminal, situated in Haydarpasa at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus.

    The port is operated by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) and serves a hinterland which includes the country's most industrialized areas.

    It is the biggest container port in the Marmara Region and with an annual cargo volume exceeding six million metric tons (MT), is Turkey's third biggest port after Mersin, Ambarli and Izmir.

    Container loading and unloading, and custom clearance are made in the terminal at the port.

    The ro-ro terminal can accommodate 360 vessels per year, and handle 410,000 tons of cargo, 65,000 trucks and 60,000 cars a year. There is a bi-weekly ro-pax cargo and passenger ferry service between the ports Haydarpasa and Illichivsk, Ukraine.

    The rail ferry terminal and ferries are operated between Sirkeci and Haydarpasa, the two sides of Bosphorus. Each of the three rail ferries with 480 tons capacity can transfer 14 rail carriages.

    A "tourism project" is envisaged to evaluate land and achieve urban transformation, foresees that Haydarpasa will contribute to economic, cultural and social life through the station, port and hinterland. Haydarpasa will be left inactive after the completion of the "Marmaray Project" and removal of the port to the "Port of Ambarlı", the second biggest port of Istanbul.

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    Haydarpasa Harbour, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated Jun 4, 2013

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    Haydarpaa is a neighborhood within the Kadıköy district on the Asian part of Istanbul.

    The place, on the coast of Sea of Marmara, borders to Harem in the northwest and Kadıköy in the southeast. It is a historical area with almost solely public buildings.

    Internationally known structures around the area are the Haydarpaşa Terminal, Port of Haydarpaşa and the Selimiye Barracks in adjacent Harem.

    Ships and boats connect daily locals and tourist each day from Asian side to the European side for a ride of ca 20 - 25 mins ...

    Its a very budget ride, one way is 2,- TL, apprx. 1.- USD ...

    I recommend u to take one of this ship / boat rides as u r in Istanbul, to be able to see both parts of Istanbul and be able to shoot amazing photos ...

    Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this amazing Architecture ... :
    Travelogue

    Just dont forget to feed the birds w "simit" (a famous Turkish bakery), which fly all ride long next to the ship and waiting u to feed them ... :)

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    Besiktas Harbour, Istanbul, TR

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 23, 2013

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    Besiktas Harbour is one of the major ports for combining the Asian and European parts of Istanbul by sea. The ships are building a connection to both sides of the continents as a ring departing for every 30 mins from early hours of the day till midnight in order to carry the citizens and also tourists to each side.

    There are 2 depart points at Besiktas, as one to Kadıköy (one way journey about 25 mins) and one to Üsküdar (one way journey about 15 mins).

    Here ou can watch my HD Video of "Boat from Besiktas to Uskudar" for Full Ride ... :
    Video

    Either u can buy and use tokens with Turkish Lira or use your Istanbulkart at the gates if u own one. The fee is about 1.- USD / one way.

    Nice journey to see the beautiful Bosphorus from seaside in the ship as sipping your Turkish Tea or a cold soft drink.

    Enjoy ... :)

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    Tunnel (Tunel), Istanbul, TR ...

    by TrendsetterME Updated May 21, 2013

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    The Tünel is a short underground railway line in Istanbul. It is an underground funicular with two stations, connecting the quarters of Karakoy and Beyoglu.

    Located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, the underground railway tunnel goes uphill from close to sea level and is about 555 meters long. Inaugurated on January 17, 1875, the Tünel is the second-oldest subterranean urban rail line in the world after the London Underground (1863) and the first subterranean urban rail line in continental Europe; though the first full subway line with multiple underground stations in continental Europe was Line 1 of the Budapest Metro (1896).

    The wooden carriages were replaced in 1971 with two electrified steel cars running on pneumatic tires. Their cruising speed is roughly 25 km/h. A trip between the two stations takes about 1.5 minutes, with an extra two minutes of waiting between operations to allow passengers to board the train.

    U can by tickets from the machines and at ticket offices or use the "Istanbul Smart Card" for all public transports ....

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    Getting to and from Ataturk international airport.

    by cachaseiro Written May 8, 2013

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    Going to and  from Ataturk Airport.

    If you fly in to Istanbul and arrive at Ataturk international airport and want to get in to the center of town in a cheap and fast manner then the best thing is to take the metro from the airport and then make one on the way to the tram.
    You border the metro at the airport and then get off the the station called Zeytunburnu and from there you take the tram that goes direction Kabatas.
    That tram stops both in Sultanahmet which is the old part of Istanbul and where many of the hotels are located and it also stops in the Taksim are which is the other big hotel district, so that line should suit most foreign visitors coming there and staying in a hotel or a hostel.

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