Istanbul Public Transportation
Istanbul Public Transportation with Metro
Istanbul is an expanding city. There are currently two airports, one of them is located in the Asian Side of Istanbul and the other one is on the European Side. The metro to the New Istanbul Airport under construction. There is another metro line is being constructed for the Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is located on the Asian Side. Both airports will have direct metro access in the near future.
There are three bridges in Istanbul which connects the Asia and Europe. 1st one is always busy. 2nd one is also very busy during the rush hours. There is a third one which has been constructed recently. Yet it’s very far from the city and it serve to transit vehicles (busses and trucks). Provided that the bridges are either too busy or too far, using public transportation in Istanbul is important.
It’s recommended to any visitor of Istanbul to check the Istanbul public transport map very carefully. So that you may find your way around the busy traffic and roads. I give you some practical tips about getting around in Istanbul in this blog post.
Istanbul Public Transportation With Metro
Growing Population And Public Transport Necessities
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality working hard to keep up with the local people’s needs. However they are still not ahead of problems and necessities. The population of the city is 15 million according to the last census but it is now estimated nearly 20 million.
It’s not easy to provide busses, metros, trams, ferries and funiculars to this demand. As people of Istanbul we are sure that the Istanbul public transportation lines are growing and the standarts getting better.
On the other hand we are also sure that the traffic is getting worser everyday. Imagine just %10 of the city would have their own cars. That would be 2 million cars. Excluding the business cars, trucks, public transportation busses and official government vehicles.
Driving In Istanbul
The Istanbul has a long way to improve better public transportation but it’s on its way now. The only thing that we are worried is the car traffic. I personally avoid getting out with my car in rush hours and weekends. Hiring a car during your Istanbul visit may not be a wise decision. Perhaps you can use it when you travel to Troy, Ephesus, Bodrum, Antalya and Cappadocia.
To Get Around Touristic Places
People who visit Istanbul for several days, usually interested in the Beyoglu, Sultanahmet, Besiktas, Sisli, Levent, Kadikoy and Uskudar. Istanbul metro and tram nets provide you advantages to reach to these touristic districts without getting stuck in the heavily used roads of Istanbul.
Because once you get stuck, there is no way to get rid of it! You spend 1 hour for 10 minutes distance. So you have to plan nicely to get to your restaurant or appointment on time. This is something that millions of Istanbulites do everyday! Checking on traffic applications and making planning about arriving to a place at the time. It’s not very easy to be punctual in Istanbul city and the traffic is a good excuse to come up with.
Streets Of Istanbul
Istanbul Public Transportation
Here are the best public transportation options to get around Istanbul just like locals.
Marmaray Undersea Pass Of The Bosphorus
Marmaray which is introduced to people of Istanbul only two years before, extremely fast and easy way to get to the Asia side or the other way around. To be able to use this kind of faster vehicle in a megacity like Istanbul, helps the city folk a lot.
Istanbul’s practical metro system can carry you between the Taksim, Levent, Maslak business districts. Besides Tram helps you get from the Historical Peninsula Sultanahmet to the more modern area Beyoğlu.
Obtain An Istanbul Card For A Budget Journey
IstanbulKart is a boarding pass in the shape of a credit card. The machines charge from your IstanbulKart 2.60 Turkish Lira per ride per direction. There’s a further discount if you take another ride within two hours.
Istanbul Kadıköy Asia Side
Kabataş – Bağcılar – Light Tram Directions
This T1 tramline covers most of the famous sightseeing places. Visitors heavily use this line to get to Taksim area from Sultanahmet Old City. However to get to Taksim, you need to change the tram and go underground funicular vehicle, which is a one-stop metro up to Taksim square from the seaside Kabataş. You will be very familier with this tram if you ever visit Istanbul.
Istanbul’s Downtown Metro Lines > M1 and M2
M1 is not that popular among the tourists. Because it’s useful only for getting from the Ataturk Airport to the downtown. This is basically airport metro line.
Update by 2019: M1 is still in use. However it’s not very popular among the tourists any more. As the Ataturk Airport is closed and moved to new Istanbul Airport, it’s still useful for those who stay in Bakirkoy, Atakoy districts. Former Airport Hotels.
M2 is much more popular comparing to the M1, for the fact that it’s covering major part of modern Istanbul, such as Taksim, Besiktas, Levent, Sisli, Mecidiyekoy and Sariyer. People who are on a business trip, would benefit from this line most.
The best shopping malls of the city placed around the M2 metro stations, such as Levent’s Metrocity, Cevahir, Kanyon and Sariyer’s Istinye Park. The long and wide boulevard of Istanbul Barbaros Bulvari is also parallel with this metro line. Many of the business places, offices, plazas, hotels and banks located along this busy boulevard.
Istanbul Tram Stop
Link For An Istanbul Metro Map
To benefit from Istanbul metro, you need to study the Istanbul Metro Map very well. It’s sometimes not easy to make necessary hop on and hop offs. As the metro stations are packed with the people between 07:00 and 09:00 in the morning as well as the 17:00 and 20:00 in the evening.
You will have to know exactly where you should change from metro to tram, or tram to funicular etc. I wish a great trip for you in Istanbul.