Istanbul Public Transpotation

Istanbul Public Transpotation

Istanbul is an expanding city. There are currently two airports, the third one is under construction. There used to be two bridges to cross over the Bosphorus but nowadays a new one has been just completed and opened to service. Many new metro lines, undersea passenger metros (Marmaray) are under construction or just finished.

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Nostalgic Tram Of Istanbul

Growing Population And Public Transport Necessities

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality working hard to keep up with the local people’s needs. However they are still not ahead of problems and necessities. The population of the city is 15 million according to the last census but it is now estimated nearly 20 million.

It’s not easy to provide busses, metros, trams, ferries and funiculars to this demand. As people of Istanbul we are sure that the İstanbul public transportation systems are growing and the standarts getting better. On the other hand we are also sure that the traffic is getting worser everyday. Imagine just %10 of the city would have their own cars. That would be 2 million cars. Excluding the business cars, trucks, public transportation busses and official government vehicles.

Driving In Istanbul

The Istanbul has a long way to improve better public transportation but it’s on its way now. The only thing that we are worried is the car traffic. I personally avoid getting out with my car in rush hours and weekends.

To Get Around Touristic Places

People who visit Istanbul for several days, usually interested in the Beyoğlu, Sultanahmet, Beşiktaş, Şişli, Levent, Nişantaşı, Kadıköy, Üsküdar. Metro and tram nets provide you advantages to reach to these touristic districts without getting stuck in the heavily used roads of Istanbul. Because once you get stuck, there is no way to get rid of it! You spend 1 hour for 10 minutes distance. So you have to calculate well to get to your restaurant or appointment on time. It’s not very easy to be punctual in Istanbul city and the traffic is a good excuse to come up with.

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Istanbul Public Transport Information

Istanbul Public Transport Options

Here are the best public transportation options to get around Istanbul just like locals.

Marmaray Undersea Pass Of The Bosphorus

Marmaray which is introduced to people of Istanbul only two years before, extremely fast and easy way to get to the Asia side or the other way around. To be able to use this kind of faster vehicle in a megacity like Istanbul, helps the city folk a lot.

Istanbul’s practical metro system can carry you between the Taksim, Levent, Maslak business districts. Besides Tram helps you get from the Historical Peninsula Sultanahmet to the more modern area Beyoğlu.

Obtain An Istanbul Card For A Budget Journey

IstanbulKart is a boarding pass in the shape of a credit card. The machines charge from your IstanbulKart 2.30 Turkish Lira per ride per direction. There’s a further discount if you take another ride within two hours. It charge 1.65 Turkish Lira for the second time, 1.25 Turkish Lira for the third time.

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Istanbul nostalgic ferry journeys are recommended.

Kabataş – Bağcılar – Light Tram Directions

This T1 tramline covers most of the famous sightseeing places. Visitors heavily use this line to get to Taksim area from Sultanahmet Old City. However to get to Taksim, you need to change the tram and go underground funicular vehicle, which is a one-stop metro up to Taksim square from the seaside Kabataş. You will be very familier with this tram if you ever visit Istanbul.

Istanbul’s Downtown Metro Lines > M1 and M2

M1 is not that popular among the tourists. Because it’s useful only for getting from the Ataturk Airport to the downtown. This is basically airport metro line.

M2 is much more popular comparing to the M1, for the fact that it’s covering major part of modern Istanbul, such as Taksim, Beşiktaş, Levent, Şişli, Mecidiyeköy and Sarıyer. People who are on a business trip, would benefit from this line most.

The largest shopping malls of the city placed around the M2 metro stations, such as Levent’s Metrocity, Cevahir, Kanyon, Sarıyer’s Istinye Park. The long and wide boulevard of Istanbul Barbaros Bulvarı also parallel with this metro line. Many business places, offices, plazas, hotels, newspapers, banks and holding companies located on this busy boulevard.

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Istanbul Tram Stations And Istanbulkart & Token Machines

Link For An Istanbul Metro Map

To benefit from Istanbul metro, you need to study the Istanbul Metro Map very well. It’s sometimes not easy to make necessary hop on and hop offs. You need to know exactly where you should change from metro to tram, or tram to funicular etc.

Serhat Engül

Istanbul Private Tour Specialist

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