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Istanbul - Solent Richard's Guide To Transport

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With the exception of the Galata Tower and the Dolmabache Palace Istanbul's Cruise Terminal is a fair distance away from the main tourist sights.

This purpose of this thread is to enable cruise passengers to consider the option of taking the excellent modern tram system which actually passes outside of the terminal.

On exiting the terminal the most convenient tram stop is Tophane...





In order to board the platform passengers will need to purchase 3 tokens per person. Purchasing the tokens is from a machine at the entrance to the platform...





......and there are clear instructions available near the dispensing machine...




The main tourist sites in Istanbul mostly lie on the opposite side of the Galata Bridge,   passengers must therefore board in the direction of Bağcılar ...












A little footnote here. Taking the tram all the way across the Galata Bridge does deprive oneself of some magnificent views of Istanbul as well as the chance to savour life on and below the Bridge. There is another tram stop on the opposite side of the bridge, just in front of the Yeni and Hidayet Mosques and a stones throw from the Spice Market.(more about these places when I do my 'One way to do Istanbul)

For the Topkapi Palace and Haghia Sophia Mosques the most convenient stop is Gulhane. For The Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern I would recommend the Sultanahmet stop and, for the Cemberlitas Turkish Baths, The Grand Bazaar and the Sultan Mahmut II Tomb, then the Cemberlitas stop.

Returning to the Cruise Terminal is just the reverse process, taking the tram in the direction of Kabataş.


The system is wheelchair friendly with ramps onto platforms...





There is another amazing tram system operating in Istanbul. Called the 'Nostalgic Tram' it operates almost the full length of Istiklal Caddesi.


Istiklal Caddesi, is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. It is located in the historic district of Beyoqlu.




At the top end of  Istiklal Caddesi is Taksin Square, with its Monument to the Republic...






In the event your visit to Istanbul is for one day only why not check out exactly what can be achieved with a little bit of planning...





The Cistern really is a must...



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The super tram is brilliant, quick and efficient way to get into the old town. Most ships (apart from NCL) do put on a shuttle bus also. I have to agree it's quite a walk from the port. For the Dolmabache simply turn right at the gate, it's about half a mile.

The Grand Bazaar closes early on a Saturday and is closed on Sundays, it's a lovely city to walk around though.

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Hi  Most cruise lines do put on Shuttle buses from the cruise terminal to the old town, but thanks for putting this information on the forum it's nice to have a few alternative methods of transportation.   The Cistern complex is interesting but isn't among the top attractions unless you have already seen the Topaki Palace, Blue Mosque, Agra Sofya (spelling?), Grand Bazaar and a trip across the Bosphorus just say to you visited a different Continent (Asia).  Talking about the Cistern there were some pretty large fish (Carp perphaps) swimming around.

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