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"Ferries" Bosphorus Ferries Tip by maykal

Bosphorus Ferries, Istanbul: 33 reviews and 55 photos

  A local ferry in Istanbul
by maykal

One of the nicest ways to get around Istanbul is by ferry. The old style ferries, much loved by Istanbullus, are soon to be removed in favour of speedier modern ones, which will undoubtedly cut down on journey time but maybe some of the magic will be lost. For tourists, the most useful routes are from Eminonu to Kadikoy (pausing at Haydarpasha on the way, terminus of the railway), Uskudar, and Harem (the main bus station). More expensive ferries travel up the Bosphorus (look for the Bogaz Hatti pier) and to the Princes' Islands (Adalar). You can also find similar services leaving from Karakoy across the Galata bridge, Besiktas and Kabatas (close to Dolmabahce Sarayi) to Uskudar and Kadikoy on the Asian side. Ferries leave roughly every 20 minutes, tea and snacks available on board. It is almost a tradition to throw chunks of simit to the seagulls which follow the boat the entire journey.

As well as the Bosphorus ferry service, there are also local services between some of the Bosphorus villages, for example the circular route between Bebek, Rumeli Hisari and Anadolu Hisari. They are less frequent than the commuter ferries, and less useful to the tourist.

The Golden Horn (Halic) also has small ferries running between Karakoy and Eyup, stopping at a few places en route...useful if you want to visit Eyup, Balat, Fener or the Rahmi Koc Museum in Haskoy.

Tickets for ferries can be bought at the counters by the piers. An alternative is to use Akbil...see my tip underneath. Ferries cost anything between 1 and 4 YTL depending on the route.

Type: Ship/Boat

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 21, 2006
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