Istanbul Public Transportation Maps 2017
Istanbul’s metro and tram web is not as complicated as Paris, London, Madrid and many of the other popular European cities. It does not reach to the fringes of the Istanbul city yet. On the other hand, it is very effective for commuting in the city center.
Tourists visiting Istanbul mainly focused on the Sultanahmet Old City, Taksim Square, Bosphorus in the European side; while they prefer Kadıköy and Üsküdar in the Asian Side. Metro, Tram and Marmaray gives you good opportunity to visit these places easily without getting stuck in annoying Istanbul traffic.
Rush Hours In The City
The rush hours for Istanbul, from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the morning and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the evening. This is obviously a general advice, as Istanbul being an extremely expanded city to its fringes, nobody can accurately estimate traffic situation.
Hiring A Car In Istanbul
You can rent a car from Istanbul Atatürk or Sabiha Gökçen Airports. I personally recommend you to hire your car through an international company. The famous rent a car companies like Hertz or Avis operating in Turkey-wide. You can return your car at various points in Istanbul or in many other cities of Turkey.
Beware of Saturday Istanbul traffic!
If you rent a car in Istanbul, beware of Friday evening, Saturday daytime and Monday morning traffic jams. Try not to drive in the popular areas on Saturday. As an insider, I never drive on Saturday except for emergencies. Traffic jam is unbearable around the downtown area without any reason for every single Saturday.
Istanbul Public Transport Metro Hours
The Istanbul Metro & tram systems operate from 06:00 a.m. to the mignight. Taxies had used to charge a night-fare after midnight but not any more. If you go out for fun in Taksim or Bosphorus, taxi is the best way to get back to the hotel. It does not cost more than 50 Turkish Lira for any distance within downtown Istanbul. Presumably there will be no traffic so you can benefit from convenient taxi fares of Istanbul without traffic jams.
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IstanbulKart For Public Transport In Istanbul
Keep in mind that every transfer I mention below lines, requires you to buy a new token (4 TL) from the token machines. It is much cheaper and practical to use Istanbul Card. The charge of Istanbul Card 2.30 TL per person and per line. There is even a discount if you use it in row within 2 hours. Charges 1.65 TL at second time, 1.25 TL at third time. You can benefit the discount only if you have Istanbul Kart. It’s sold in newspaper kiosks next to major tram stops.
Kabataş – Bağcılar > Tram T1
This line covers most of the main tourist attractions. People generally use it to commute between the Taksim and Sultanahmet. This means covering the beaten path from one end to the other.
For a person who limits his Istanbul vacation with 3 days, tram will be the most intimate companion.
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Istanbul Public Transport Map
You may find a high resolution Metro Map Of Istanbul (4583 × 3221) just below. Left click the map and save it to your computer. It may be useful to study the Istanbul Public Transport Map prior to your visit to Istanbul.
Istanbul Metro Lines > M1 and M2
M1 is useful for coming from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. If you are staying in Ataköy, Bakırköy or Topkapı hotels then it might be useful for getting to Taksim but otherwise regular visitors do not use it frequently.
M2 metro line might be useful for you to commute easily between the Taksim, Levent, Maslak business and shopping districts. M2 is the common metro line to travel from Taksim Square to these districts.
The most popular shopping centers of the Istanbul also lined up along the M2 metro line, such as Metrocity, Cevahir, Kanyon, Istinye Park.
You may check the details from this article Istanbul Metro Maps 2017
Marmaray From Europe To Asia
Marmaray is an excellent vehicle to go from European side to Asian side or vise versa. You can get to Marmaray from Sirkeci Train Station (Istanbul Old City) in order to get popular districts in the Asia Side, such as Üsküdar or Kadıköy.
Istanbul Public Ferry Stations
Most enjoyable journey of all. People of Istanbul love ferry journeys because we are in love with the beauty of the Bosphorus. Asian side of Istanbul more residential area, and European side is for work, fun and action. People of Asian side used to commute between two sides with the ferries only, until the Marmaray is built.
Ferry journey gives you opportunity for relaxation, inhaling fresh air and look around. You may take the Marmaray if you are in hurry, otherwise prefer splendid ferry journey. Here are the maps that show the major ferry stations.
Ferry Stations To Get To Asia Side (Üsküdar & Kadıköy)
You can get to Üsküdar from Eminönü station. You can get to Kadıköy from both stations.
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Ferry Stations For Bosphorus Tours (Şehir Hatları & Turyol Boats)
Borphorus Cruise Tour is one of the best activity to do in Istanbul. You can get either Şehir Hatları Public Ferry or Turyol Private Boats.
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Is Public Transportation In Istanbul Safe?
Yes. Metro, tram, and funicular lines in the city center are well protected and continuously supervised by security personnel. The only thing you must watch out for is pickpockets especially in the crowded tram journeys.
Getting From/To Istanbul Airports To City Center
Getting From Ataturk Airpot To Taksim Or Sultanahmet By Metro & Tram
Airport Metro Station (M1) > to Zeytinburnu > Take the Tram (T1) in the direction of Kabataş . You can reach to most of the Istanbul Hotels with tram.
Taking Taxi From Ataturk Airport
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is not so far from the downtown. It’s located approximately 18 kilometres from Sultanahmet, and 22 kilometres from Taksim Square. Taking a taxi from Istanbul Airport to your hotel, will cost you around 45-50 Turkish Lira.It’s the most straightforward way to get to your hotel. Since the Tram & Metro connection is not handy for beginers in Istanbul.
Getting From Sabiha Gökçen Airpot To Taksim Or Sultanahmet
The Sabiha Gökçen Airport is around 40 kilometres from Sultanahmet and Taksim.
To come from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to the downtown, Havataş Airport Shuttle is the best travel mate. It costs 20 Turkish Lira, therefore it’s also best friend of your wallet.
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Taking Taxi From Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Taking a taxi might hurt. It costs not less than 150 Turkish Lira all inclusive. Inclusive means: taxi driver will use the highway and bridge. Therefore he will charge these additional costs.
Booking A Private Airport Transfer In Istanbul
This is something that more advantageous in Turkey than Europe. There are a lot of private transfer companies and they mostly have very luxurious, air-conditined, comfortable minivans with English speaking driver.
Some companies are cheap, some more expensive but majority of them provides good services. Comparing to hire the same service in Europe or US, certainly moderately priced.
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