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"Akbil" Akbil Transit Pass - Now Replaced by Istanbulkart Tip by maykal

Akbil is short for "akilli bilet" or 'clever ticket'. It is a small plastic thing with a metal round bit that slots into machines on public transport, acting a bit like a swipe card. the plastic bit conveniently attaches to a keyring, so you can keep it handy.

Akbil can be bought at certain I.E.T.T booths around the city (where you can but bus tickets too). There are different types of which you buy and top up when necessary; one which gives you free travel for a week; one which gives unlimited travel for one day, two days, etc... If you plan on staying a while in istanbul, it makes sense to buy a standard Akbil, as it gives you discounts on all public transport. For example, a ticket on my bus cost me 1.4 YTL, but using Akbil only 1YTL. Once you have used up all the money on your Akbil, you can top it up at any I.E.T.T office with an amount of your choice.

You can use Akbil on buses, trams, the metro and on ferries. As well as saving you money, it saves you time don't have to queue for tickets, just click your Akbil in the machine and away you go!

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  • Written Feb 21, 2006
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