Istanbul Metro Maps Updated For 2017
As a person who was born and raised in Istanbul, I should admit that the Istanbul’s metro web is not as efficient as some popular European cities. Maybe not like the ones in London, Paris, Madrid. On the other hand, existing metro lines are really effective for traveling in city center, especially to get around the touristic areas. Many new lines on the way too.
Travellers of Istanbul mainly focused on the Historic Peninsula (Sultanahmet), Beyoğlu (Taksim) and perhaps Asian Side of Istanbul: Kadıköy and Üsküdar.
Tram, Metro and Marmaray connections provide smooth ride between these places without getting stuck in annoying Istanbul traffic.
Introducing The Main Vehicles To Get Around Istanbul
These are the most efficient and useful vehicles for getting around Istanbul’s most popular areas. First of all, I would like to introduce you with the updated Istanbul Metro Map with latest extensions.
Istanbul Metro Map 2017
A light metro that goes on the ground. Covering the majority of touristic Istanbul. Easy to get on, handy to commute between Istanbul’s Old City and New City.
Istanbul’s metro system can help you travel easily between the Taksim, Levent, Maslak business districts.
Marmaray can be considered as a very new tool, comparing to Metro and Tram. This new under-sea passenger vehicle, most helpful companion of locals and foreign visitors. An excellent vehicle to cross the Bosphorus. In other words to get from European side to Asian side or vise versa.
This one provides a limited journey from terminal tram stop (Kabataş) to Taksim Square. Kabataş tram stop is located at the sea-level. The funicular saves you from climbing up steep hills of Beyoğlu District, up to Taksim Square and adjacent Istiklal Avenue.
And the Oscar goes to… Ferry
Istanbul’s historic boats promise a great journey. Can be used to cross the Bosphorus in order to get from European Side to Asia Side. Another version of it provides Bosphorus Tours. The official government company which is named: Şehir Hatları. Romantic moments guaranteed.
What Is Istanbulkart? Is It Worth To Buy?
Definitely YES! Istanbulkart helps you save a lot of Money. Moreover it keeps you away from the awkward token (jeton) machines. Istanbul Card is basically a magnetic striped boarding pass. It provides you some discount if it used multiple times within 2 hours.
The Istanbul Card charges regularly 2.30 TL per ride. It you use it 4 times within 2 hours, the following prices to be charged.
2nd time: 1.65 TL 3rd time: 1.25 TL 4th time: 0,85 TL
Kabataş – Bağcılar > Tram T1
The T1 tram line covers majority of the touristic places. People mostly use it to get from Grand Bazaar to Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque), or Sultanahmet to Spice Bazaar.
It also connects the old city with new town, meaning that you can get to Galata Tower, Istiklal Avenue or Taksim Square as well.
Istanbul Tram Map 2017
Istanbul Metro Lines > M1 and M2
M1 provides a budget-friendly journey to come from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. If you will be staying in Ataköy, Bakırköy or Topkapı hotels you might use this line as a connection to M2 line. In order to reach out to Taksim Square (hub of the city) or business & shopping districts: Levent, Şişli, Maslak, Sarıyer.
M2 metro line may be useful for you for travelling easily through the Modern districts of Istanbul. This line is connected to Taksim Square, Levent, Şişli, Maslak, Sarıyer.
M2 provides connection with the Istanbul Historical Peninsula through Haliç Metro Bridge or Tram T1 links.
The most popular and large shopping malls of the Istanbul also lined up along the M2 metro line. For instance: Metrocity (Levent), Cevahir (Şişli), Kanyon (Şişli) , Istinye Park (Sarıyer).
Latest Metro Map With Metrobus Lines
Metrobus is introduced to people of Istanbul several years before. It’s a regular bus with its own traffic lane.
Roads that lead to Bosphorus Bridge has always been busy. The folk travelling from Asian Side to Europe had hard times passing through the bridge with regular bus. Therefore Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality built some special lanes for the Metrobus and released hundreds of comfortable busses.
Metrobus lines travel accross all around Istanbul’s fringes. Provides fast journey that saves you from awful traffic jams of Istanbul roads. It’s only disadvantage: Metrobus being heavily used by locals, therefore it’s might be so crowded in rush hours.
Simple Map Of Istanbul’s Most Popular Touristic Areas
All the districts and areas that I mentioned in the article, can be seen on the map below. It may be more explanatory to view it alongside with the metro map.
Istanbul Metro Maps As Printable PDF Files
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By Serhat Engul