Public Transportation Bus,Metro,Tram,Ferry Fares in Istanbul
Istanbul Card : Standard card is a customized Travel Card which anybody can buy and load credit. It can be used at all modes of transportation. It can be purchased from over 2100 IETT Counters and Private Vendors around Istanbul.Standard card is 8 Turkish Lira.
To use the travel card, it is sufficient to hold the card within 0-8 cm to a card readers located in railway stations, sea transportation docks or on buses.
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Card can be load at both İETT loading points and authorized private loading points.
Electronic cards are good to use as much as two years.
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|Privately Owned Public Transit Buses (POPTB)|
|İDO – İST|
|İDO – İST 2|
|İDO – KRFZ|
|İDO – ADA1|
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|İDO – YLV1|
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M1 Yenikapı – Ataturk Airport / Kirazlı LRT Line Stations
M1A Stations: Yenikapi, Aksaray, Emniyet/Fatih, Ulubatli/Topkapi, Bayrampasa-Maltepe, Sagmalcilar, Kartaltepe/Kocatepe, Coach Station, Terazidere, Davutpasa/Yildiz Technical University, Merter, Zeytinburnu, Bakirkoy-Incirli, Bahcelievler, Atakoy/Sirinevler, Yenibosna, WTC/Istanbul Fair Center, Atatürk Airport.
M1B extention stations: Esenler, Menderes, Üçyüzlü, Bağcılar Square, Kirazlı
M2 Yenikapı – Haciosman Metro Line
Serving between Yenikapi-Haciosman Metro Line construction started in 1992. it has put into service on September 16, 2000 and the M2 line currently carries a daily average of 230,000 passengers. It also has the branch line to Seyrantepe from Sanayi Mahallesi station located on the main line.
Stations: Yenikapı, Vezneciler/İstanbul University, Halic, Sishane, Taksim, Osmanbey, Sisli/Mecidiyekoy, Gayrettepe, Levent, 4.Levent, Sanayi Mahallesi, ITU Ayazaga, Ataturk Oto Sanayi, Darussafaka, Haciosman, Seyrantepe
M3 Kirazli-Basaksehir-Olimpiyatkoy Metro Line
Started construction in 1992 to serve between Basaksehir-Kirazli and Olimpiyatkoy, the M3 line has 11 stations and a total length of 16 km. İt is also includes a depot area and workshop building in the Olimpiyatkoy. Kirazli station is a common station along Couch station- Kirazli Metro line which designed as a continuation of the existing Aksaray-Couch Station-Airport M1 line. With the transfer at this station passanger who riding from Basaksehir will be able to travel from Basaksehir to Yenikapi..
Stations: Metrokent, Basak Konutlari, Siteler, Turgut Ozal, Ikitelli Sanayi, Olimpiyat, Ziya Gokalp Mh., Istoc, Mahmutbey, Yeni Mahalle, Kirazli
M4 Kadikoy-Kaynarca/Tavşantepe Metro Line
With its construction starting in 2008, the Kadikoy-Kartal Metro Line has an approximate length of 26,5 km and a total of 19 stations. The line’s Depot Site and Maintenance Workshop are located between Maltepe and Huzurevi Stations and on the coastal side of the main line. The line is entirely underground including the Maltepe Depot Site and Maintenance Workshop.
M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi University
Levent, Nispetiye, Etiler, Hisarüstü / Boğaziçi University
The line’s first phase between Sirkeci and Aksaray started revenue services in 1992, and was later extended first to Topkapi and Zeytinburnu, and later to Eminonu. Finally, on 29 June 2006, continuous rail transportation became available from 4. Levent to Ataturk Airport thanks to T1 line’s Kabatas extension and Taksim-Kabatas Funicular Line.
On 3 February 2011, continuous transportation from Kabatas to Bagcilar was materialized with the merging of the T1 Line with the T2 line, which had become operational in 2006.
Kabatas, Findikli, Tophane, Karakoy, Eminonu, Sirkeci, Gulhane, Sultanahmet, Cemberlitas, Beyazit, Laleli, Aksaray, Yusufpasa, Haseki, Findikzade, Capa-Sehremini, Pazartekke, Topkapi, Cevizlibag-A.O.Y, Merkez Efendi, Aksemsettin, Mithatpasa, Zeytinburnu, Mehmet Akif, Merter Tekstil Sitesi, Gungoren, Akincilar, Soganli, Yavuz Selim, Gunestepe, Bagcilar
T3 Kadikoy Moda Heritage TramLine
Starting passenger service on 1 November 2003, the Kadikoy-Moda Tram Line has 10 stations within a system of 2.6 km. With 4 tramcars in operation, the line starts from Kadikoy Square, follows the reserved bus lane and Bahariye Street, and finally arrives back to Kadikoy Square via Moda Street.
Stations: IDO- Iskele Camii- Carsi- Altiyol- Bahariye- Kilise- Moda Ilkokulu – Moda Caddesi- Muhurdar- Damga Sokak
T4 Topkapi-Mescidi Selam TramLine
The line is integrated with the Avcilar-Sogutlucesme Metrobus (BRT) line at the Sehitlik station, with the M1 Aksaray-Airport metro line at the Vatan station, and with the T1 Zeytinburnu-Kabatas tram line and again with the Avcilar-Sogutlucesme Metrobus (BRT) line at Topkapi station.
Stations: (Mescid-i Selam, Cebeci, Sultanciftligi, Yeni Mahalle, Haci Sukru, 50. Yil/Bastabya, Cumhuriyet Mah, Metris, Karadeniz, Taskopru, Ali Fuat Basgil, Bosna/Cukurcesme, Sagmalcilar, Uluyol/Berec, Rami, Topcular, Demirkapi, Sehitlik, Edirnekapi, Vatan, Fetihkapi, Topkapi)
F1 Taksim – Kabatas Funiculer Line
Railway projects and construction have recently been accelerated to integrate and modernize Istanbul’s urban public transport network. As part of these efforts, the Metropolitan Municipality has focused on Taksim-Kabatas Funicular Line to integrate maritime and rail-based transport, and succeeded in launching the system on 29 June 2006.
Stations : Kabatas – Taksim
Eyüp-Piyerloti Aerial Cable Car Line
As one of the projects launched to rejuvenate the Golden Horn as part of the IMM’s Urban Design Project for the entire metropolitan area, the Eyup-Pierre Loti Aerial Cable Car was designed to conserve the district’s historical-touristic fabric, to provide easy access for local and foreign tourists as well as to eliminate transportation and parking problems.
Pierre Loti district constitutes the most important observation deck of the Golden Horn. There is also a binocular viewer on the observation terrace up on the Pierre Loti side of the line, which was opened in 2005.
Stations : Eyup-Pierre Loti
There is an extensive network of inexpensive and reliable public and private bus (otobüs) services throughout Istanbul. Regular buses charge a standard fixed rate, while express buses to longer destinations may cost double. The Istanbul Card works on all public and private buses, and short-term passes can be purchased in most transportation hubs (metro and ferry stations) and at many kiosks around the city.
Ferries are one of the most convenient and enjoyable modes of transportation in Istanbul. The city offers municipal and private boats to ferry you to various points on either side of the Bosphorus and also to the Princes’ Islands. On municipal boats, you may use your Istanbul Card or tokens are available inside the stations. Private boats run more frequently and the more popular locations now accept Istanbul Cards. If they are not equipped for Istanbul Card, then you can easily pay the fare at the kiosk before boarding.
The metro is connected to Istanbul’s light rail system via the tunnel funicular trains at Taksim and Tünel located at either end of Istiklal Boulevard. The tram and light rail systems cover a significant part of Istanbul, both the European and Asian sides. Routes and timetables can be found on the Istanbul Ulaşım website .
There is a modest but continually expanding subway system servicing many parts of the city. Tokens are available inside the stations or you may use your Istanbul Card. Routes and timetables can be found on the Istanbul Ulaşım website .
Metrobüs is the name of Istanbul’s rapid transit bus (BRT) system implemented and operated in Istanbul, Turkey. The name Metrobüs was coined by the transit agency to suggest that this system is a hybrid between a metro train and a bus. The system operates through its own fully separated right-of-way lane between Avcılar and Zincirlikuyu, the western end of the Bosphorus Bridge, and also between Söğütlüçeşme and the eastern end of the Bosphorus Bridge. The buses travel on the Bridge in mixed traffic.
Dolmuş and Mini-buses
Some main routes are also served by private mini-buses (‘dolmuş’), which are a cross between a bus and taxi. They follow specific, fixed routes, but passengers can get off anywhere along the route. Destinations are listed on a placard on the outside of the dolmuş. The cost is determined by distance travelled: when getting on, tell the driver your destination and he will tell you how much it will cost. Often he will make change while he is driving, so hold on! To indicate you want to disembark, you will say, “inecek var” (IN-eh-JEK var). These minibuses do NOT accept Istanbul Card.
Another type of private mini-bus is used for longer express trips (for example, between Kadiköy and Taksim square). These mini-buses have a fixed price listed when you get in, and generally only stop at a couple of drop-off points close to the final destination. These mini-buses depart once they are full.
Except during rush-hour and heavy rain, private, metered taxis are easy to find, and their fares are less than in most European and American cities. Know, too, that traffic in Istanbul can be very heavy, and that it can take a long time to travel even a short distance. Very few taxi drivers speak English or other foreign languages. They all have meters and receipts can be given if asked (a receipt is called fiş, pronounced “fish”). Very few if any taxis have credit card machines, so always make sure you are carrying enough cash. If you travel via the TEM highway (toll road) or across the Bosphorus bridges (in either direction), the toll fees are extra and you will be expected to pay this. Tipping is not necessary; it is sufficient to round up your fare to the nearest Lira (e.g., 7.68 TL = 7 TL). Fares start with a fixed base rate and then increase with a rate per kilometer. Until you have your choice Turkish phrases memorized, it’s a good idea to write down where you’re going to (or have someone else do it) and show the name/address to the driver to avoid any potential confusion. Make sure the taxi driver you take knows the location of your desired destination before you get in. Occasionally drivers will try to scam customers by going a long way. Knowing the taxi number, and having the driver know that you know it is a good deterrent to taxi fraud. The taxi number is located on the side/roof/license plate of all taxis (e.g., 34 TEB 29).
The intercity bus service is cheap, comfortable, and extremely efficient. The onboard service is similar to that of airplanes in that stewards frequently offer drinks and snacks. The more reliable companies are Varan, Pamukkale, Nilüfer, Metro and Ulusoy. Most of these intercity buses have prohibited smoking on the buses. The buses stop at their own company-owned restaurants and pit-stops which are generally clean and comfortable.
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