Istanbul Transport Guide

It may not be the Turkish capital, but Istanbul sure has a big city network of public transport with buses, trains, trams and ferries to get you around town. There’s also loads of taxis and places where you can hire a car.

How to get around Istanbul

Getting around Istanbul is a piece of cake. One of the most popular ways to explore the Bosphorus is by ferry. You can take a day trip or travel further south. If there’s one transport option that stands out here, it’s taxis. Istanbul is full of them. Just make sure the meter is on to avoid being scammed. But if you’d prefer to not gamble with taxi drivers, there’s also a very efficient public transport network. City buses have services running from 6:30am to 11:30pm. Trams are another great way to get around with services from 5am to midnight. There’s also 2 suburban train lines servicing the city. One passes the Sea of Marmama shore from Sirkeci Station and the other travels from Haydarpaşa to Gebze. The trains are pretty dirty, but they’re a cheap and somewhat reliable way to get around. If you’d prefer to brave the roads on your own, you can also hire a car or motorcycle. Just look out for those taxi drivers!