Transportation in Istanbul

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Transportation in Istanbul

Istanbul stretches over 5,000 km ² therefore moving is not always easy because on one hand it is one of the most congested cities in the world and secondly its topography makes the development of transport complex (Istanbul, like Rome was built on seven hills ). There is currently a major project in the city to develop public transport in Istanbul. This project is mainly in the development of the Istanbul metro and connecting the two continents. The first step of this project was inaugurated on October 29 of 2013, and allowed the connection between the Asian and European side via a rail tunnel under the Bosphorus.

During your stay we recommend that you use public transport and especially the tram to get to the old town. This will allow you to move quickly and cheaply saving time because Istanbul is really congested. During peak hours (between 8 and 9:30 and between 5 and 8pm ) it is very difficult to move.

To use all public transport in Istanbul (boats, subways, buses, trams , funiculars ) You will need the magnetic card (Istanbul Kart) . You find it in the small kiosks near all metro stations, piers, and also bus stations. 

For more information you can visit the website of the Municipality: