How Much is Public Transport in Istanbul?


To travel about the city, ravelers have a number of excellent alternatives. Because the Bosphorus separates the city, ferries and sea-buses have become a viable mode of everyday transit in Istanbul. The three main tourist districts, Sultanahmet, Galata, and Taksim, are simple to navigate on foot. 

Transportation in Istanbul

Ferries are the finest mode of transportation for traveling from the European side to the Asian side. The metro line that goes from Taksim Square is the best method to get to the retail and commercial areas of Nisantasi, Etilier, and Levent. And the whole public transit system is readily accessible through Istanbulkart, a single transportation card. 

It should be noted that traffic in Istanbul is a significant issue that often causes congestion, especially on bridges. Also, save for trams and tour buses, Sultanahmet Square and most of the adjacent roads are blocked to automobile traffic. It is not advisable to go to Sultanahmet by private vehicle. You’ll need to park your vehicle somewhere far away. 

Ferry and Sea Travel in Istanbul

Ferries (Sehir Hatlari) are the most convenient, cost-effective, and enjoyable method to travel up, down, and across the Bosphorus. Ferries allow you to travel from Europe to Asia and back. On the European side, there are eleven major ferry docks, including Karakoy, Kabatas, Besiktas, and five in Eminonu; on the Asian side, there are Uskudar and Kadikoy. Ferries run every 15-20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Single-ride tickets cost 7 Turkish Lira each visit. 

Bus and Metrobus in Istanbul

Buses are unquestionably the cheapest and most cost-effective mode of transportation, but they are often packed, making it difficult to choose which one to take. Metrobus, a private lined fast bus service, is also available. It serves hundreds of thousands of people every day and offers quick transit between the two ends of the Asian and European sides. The bus and metrobus fares range from 3.50 TL to 1.50 TL, depending on your age and whether or not you are a student. 

Metro Prices in Istanbul

Istanbul’s metro and tram systems have a large network and offer easy access to many important sites on both the European and Asian sides. On the European side, the Istanbul metro system runs from Aksaray – Atatürk Airport to Kirazli (M1 line), Haciosman to Yenikapi (M2 line), and Kirazli to Olimpiyat, Basaksehir (M3 line). On the Asian side, it runs from Kadikoy to Tavsantepe (M4) and Uskudar to Yamanevler (M5). 

Trams are also a quick and simple method to go through Istanbul’s most popular neighborhoods. The trams travel from Bagcilar to Kabatas (through Eminonu and Sultanahmet), Topkapi to Mescid-i Selam (via Istiklal Street), and two nostalgic trams run between Taksim and Tunel (by Istiklal Street on the European side) and Kadikoy to Moda (via Bahariye Street on the Asian side). To travel by metro, you must first purchase an Istanbulkart. With the card, each trip costs 3.50 TL.