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Travel in Istanbul by Ferry

Ferries in Istanbul: Traditional ferryboats do cover most of the sea traffic in Istanbul. They cover the most of the transportation between two sides of Istanbul. They travel up, down and across the Bosporus connecting such districts as Karaköy, Eminonu and Besiktas on the European shore with Üsküdar, Kadiköy and Haydarpasa on the Asian side.

Tourists do use mainly the ferry port at Eminonu, which is also called as Sirkeci port. Ferries to Asian side, ferries to prince's islands and ferries for the Bosporus tours are leaving from this port.

Ferry operation in Istanbul is being held by the IDO organization, which were recently operated by maritime organization before. Ferry tokens cost 1,75 TL for one way ( around 0,8 Euro)

Ferries to prince's Islands : In the 19th century the islands became a summer resort for wealthy Istanbulians. prince islands or as locals call "Adalar" is the quietest part of Istanbul as no vehicles allowed in the islands. The biggest and most attractive island is the Buyukada. Where others are Heybeliada, Burgazada and Kinaliada. Summer weekends the islands are getting over crowded so its not advised to choose a visit on weekend on summer days. Ferries from Kabatas port to prince's islands leave several times daily. Ferries do visit all four islands and returns on a ring. The ferry departs from Kabatas port travels to Kadikoy first, takes more passengers from there and leads to Kinaliada. Travel time from Sirkeci port to Kinaliada is around 50 minutes. The ferry later visits Burgazada, Heybeliada and arrives to Big island (Buyuk ada) latest, which will take around 1,5 hrs. Ferry tokens can be purchased at the nearest ferry port and cost is 3,5 TL, roughly 1,5 Euro

Ferries to Bosphorus tour: Special daily touristy Bosphorus ferries run from Eminonu's Dock 2, on a half-day cruise up the Bosphorus, going almost to the mouth of the Black Sea, stopping at several Bosphorus villages along the way. The entire cruise, from Eminönü to Anadolu Kavagi on the Black Sea and back to Eminönü, takes almost six hours, including a wait of several hours at Anadolu Kavagi, where you can have a lunch and a visit to the old castle. A round-trip ticket by ferry costs 15,- TL( 7,5 Euro) for one way and 25,00 TL for Return

Ferry Timetable for the bosphorus tour is as follows ;

Eminonu Besiktas Kanlıca Yenikoy Sarıyer R. Kavagı Anadolu Kavagı
10:35 10:55 11:15 11:30 11:45 11:55 12:05
12:00* 12:15 12:40 12:55 13:10 13:35 13:25
13:35 13:50 14:15 14:30 14:45 14:55 15:05
19:00** 19:15 19:40 19:55 20:10 20:20 20:30
Anadolu Kavagı R. Kavagı Sarıyer Yenikoy Kanlıca Besiktas Eminonu
15:00 15:10 15:20 15:35 15:50 16:15 16:30
16:15* - 16:25 16:40 16:50 17:15 17:30
17:00 17:10 17:20 17:35 17:50 18:15 18:30
22:00** 22:10 22:20 22:25 22:50 23:15 23:30

* Summer Season
** Only in Summer schedule till 1st September.













Ferries to Asian side: The main ports on the Asian side are Kadikoy, Haydarpasa and Uskudar. The port of Haydarpasa shall only be used if you are having a train travel. Haydarpasa port is just to the front of Haydarpasa train station, the main train station on the Asian side. Kadikoy is the main district of the Asian side and the residential area of Istanbul. Istanbul Balloon and second nostalgic tram operates at Kadikoy. So a trip to Kadikoy by ferry would be very nice and enjoyable. Uskudar is a traditional district. You can reach the Maiden tower after a short walk from the Uskudar port. Ferries from Eminonu operate in every 15 to 20 minutes till 20:00 and afterwards Karakoy port can be used.

Sea Buses : Catamarans are also operating along the Bosporus and two sides of Istanbul. They are fast and comfortable. Because of their speed, catamarans run the longer routes in Istanbul's sea transport system, where traditional ferries do the shorter routes.


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