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Getting Around Istanbul: Transport Tips and Advice

Ferries on the Bosphorus

The Havas airport bus provides a good, cheap option for getting from the Ataturk International Airport into town. Running to Taksim Square via Aksaray, it leaves every 30 minutes and can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to reach its final destination.

Istanbul is enormous and you’ll need to take advantage of public transport in order to navigate the vast city during your stay. City buses, while often crowded, are a convenient way of getting around. Destinations and stops are specified on the front of the bus and tickets are bought as you board.

The tram system, with its three lines, is also relatively quick and efficient. The cheapest way to travel any distance in Istanbul, however, is often by ferry. The docks are located at the mouth of the Golden Horn and Kabatas.

Trains leaving approximately every 20 minutes from Sirkeci station run along the southern walls of Old Istanbul and west along the Marmara shore to Yesilyurt near the airport. Services to Sultanahmet depart from Cankurtaran station.

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