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Transportation in Istanbul

About the System 

Istanbul is a metropolis where 15 million people live in 5200 square kilometers, and most of its transportation relies on buses, minibusses, ferries, and subways. It is suggested to use public transportation to get around as it is the quickest way. However, to use public transport vehicles, you should download a mobile app named MOBIETT and buy the Istanbul Card, available at the small stores around the bus, metro stations, etc.

Bus and Metrobus

Public buses are the cheapest and most economical ways of transportation but are always so crowded that there is no space. Even for first-time users, it gets difficult to figure out which bus to take. The other option is the private buses 'metro bus' providing fast transport.

Metro and Tram

Istanbul metro and tramway have a wide transportation network providing comfortable and affordable access to the areas in both Asia and Europe.


Ferries are the cheapest and most pleasant way to travel through the Bosphorus from and to Asia and Europe. Ferries operate from 7 am to 11 pm from 10 main ferry docks on the European side such as Kabatas, Eminonu, Karakoy, Besiktas, Uskudar, and Kadikoy from the Asian side.


The yellow taxis in Istanbul are easy to find anywhere on the streets.

How to get to the city center from the airport?

Istanbul has two airports, Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side and Istanbul Airport on the European side. There are many ways to get from the airport to the city center, such as buses, cabs (taxis), and shuttles. But the easiest and cheapest way from both airports is the Havas Airport Bus as it goes directly to the main centers, including Taksim, Besiktas, Kadikoy, Yenikapi, Sultanahmet, etc.

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