Since Istanbul is a huge city and densely populated, sometimes traffic can become unbearable. By using the public transportation, you don’t only contribute to the reduction of the traffic but you also reach your destination sooner…
The Public Transportation in Istanbul is very extensive! Trams, buses, metro, metro buses, ferries… which connects all the main areas of the city
Tramway T1 Line
This is one of the lines you will use most during your stay in the city. Covers the main touristic areas, mostly in the old part of the city: Kabatas (last station, Dolmabache Palace, ferry docks), Findikli, Tophane (Istanbul Modern Museum), Karakoy (Galata bridge, Istanbul Tünel, ferry docks), Eminonu (Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, New Mosque, ferry docks), Sirkeci (Railway terminal Station), Gülhane (Gülhane Park, Basilica Cistern), Sultanahmet (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque), Cemberlitas, Beyazit (Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque). The tram goes one until Bagcilar.
First route starts at 06:00 in the morning and stops at 00:00 at night. Frequency: every 5 minutes.
In Istanbul the metro extends more and more every year. Connects the city center to many residential areas. Metro doesn’t cover the old part of the city and most parts of the Asian side, although works for extension have already begun. The line you will use mostly during your stay in the city, is the M2 green line, which covers Taksim, Sisli, Levent, Sishane, Golden Horn, Yenikapi, Airport and Otogar (main bus station).
First route starts at 06:00 in the morning and stops at 00:00 at night. Frequency: every 4 minutes during rush hours.
There is also the Marmaray line, an underwater metro which connects the European to the Asian side of the city.
There are ferry routes all day long, covering the distance between the European and the Asian side of the city! Using a ferry you won’t be stuck in traffic and you can admire at the same time all the great views of the city. Ferries operate from both sides of cities and connect Kadikoy and Uskudar (Asian side), with Kabatas, Karakoy and Eminonu (European side).
For detailed information: http://en.sehirhatlari.com.tr/en
There are hundred of buses in Istanbul covering all parts of the city, both at European and Asian side. Some of the main bus stations are at Grand Bazaar, Eminonu, Taksim, Besiktas etc. Buses come with different colors, depending their use. For example: green buses means they are environment friendly, yellow means they serve disabled people with special equipment, turquoise means they run by private companies.
For detailed information: http://www.iett.gov.tr/en
There are two underground cliff railways in the city. One of them is located at the city center, Taksim, covering the area between the square and Kabatas. There are no stops between these two points and the ride lasts 2 minutes. The other one is located at Karakoy area and its the second oldest funicular in the world. It covers the area between Karakoy and Istiklal street. There are no stations between these two points and the ride lasts 1 minute
You can take two different cable cars in the city. One is located at Pierre Loti hill (Eyup area) at the Golden Horn. The other one is at the Besiktas area inside the Macka Park