Transportation guide for Istanbul

Getting around Istanbul

By bus

City buses, which are green or red, and private buses, which are blue, run regular routes from central areas as Taksim, Mecidiyekoy, Besiktas, Kadikoy and Bostanci to many different parts of the city. At bus stops, you will find timetables for different bus routes. Buses that cross over the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge require two tickets (a double payment).

By dolmus

Dolmus are large yellow taxis that accommodate up to 8 passengers. The most popular dolmus routes are those from Taksim to Bostanci, Kadikoy, Bakirkoy, Yesilkoy, Atakoy, Topkapi and Findikzade, respectively.

By minibus

On average, minibuses carry between fourteen and fifteen passengers. The destinations on a minibus' route are typically written on the front window and on a billboard on top of the bus. Minibuses run from the central minibus stations.

By taxi

Taxis in Istanbul are yellow. It is safer to board taxis at official taxi stops. You can also stop taxis while they are driving on the streets. The fee for taxi rides is calculated with a taxi meter.

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