24-07-2020 - Tips & Guides

Transportation In Istanbul

Istanbul's public transportation system has advanced considerably in the past 10 years, and this has had a major impact on the quality of service and transit comfort in the city. Istanbul, like any advanced European city, has a network of multiple mass transportation modes, ranging from regular buses to metro and tram networks that cover 95 percent of Istanbul, as well as minibuses known as Minibüs or Dolmush (Dolmuş), in addition to a large number of taxis, some of which are owned by the Istanbul municipality and some of which are operated by private companies. While using a cab is undoubtedly the most comfortable choice, the cost may be rather expensive when compared to the cost of public transportation. Today's subject is how Istanbul's public system works, and in this post, we'll give you a quick overview of the pros and advantages of using public transportation in Istanbul. 

Istanbul's Public Transportation Benefits 

Many people wonder and often ask, "How much does public transportation cost in Istanbul?" If you use public transportation often, you will notice that the cost of a single ticket for most modes of transportation varies from 2 to 5 TL, depending on the mode of transportation and the distance traveled, as well as when using the Istanbulkart public transit payment card. It will provide you with many benefits and savings when it comes to public transportation. (To understand more about Istanbulkart, see our article.) 

Certainly, the time it takes to travel between any two points in any crowded city in the world will be stressful and inconvenient, but in Istanbul, road engineering committees are constantly working to find the best solutions for reducing travel time, so you can have more free time in your day to do things that are beneficial to you. In Istanbul, public transit buses have their own lanes, allowing them to travel swiftly and avoid being stuck in interminable traffic jams. Furthermore, using the metro and trams guarantees a very high speed of travel in the city and covers all of the city's major transit hubs. 

Is Taking Public Transportation in Istanbul Safe? 

Certainly, it is safe; all public transportation in Istanbul is equipped with live surveillance cameras linked to the Ministry of Homeland Security and the relevant branches, which provide continuous monitoring of movement and vehicle speed, as well as quick assistance and protection for passengers in the event of accidents or problems. In Istanbul, all metro stations are well-lit and feature rigorous security and sophisticated checks that guarantee everyone's safety while not impeding circulation. In the case of a difficulty, you will discover that the police are very helpful and would gladly assist you in resolving your issue without delay. 

If you are planning a trip to Istanbul soon, we suggest looking at the map of Istanbul's metro system, which connects the city's most renowned historical sites and museums, including Taksim, Sultanahmet, Topkapi, and the Grand Bazaar.

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