May 30

IDO Public Bosphorus Tour & Traditional Ferry Service, Istanbul

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Public Ferry and Tours

Istanbul Şehir Hatları Co. Inc. operates on 14 lines with 34 conventional ferries and serves 45 points in Istanbul. It’s a public ferry service and is part of IDO (Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri AŞ).

Map of Ferry Routes

There are 4 different Ferry Lines services which operate from Instanbul, and as you’ll see from the map below, some of the routes overlap:

Ferry map Overview

Ferry map Overview 2

1. Merkez & Halic Lines: Inner Istanbul (Europe Asia Connection)

This is the heart of of the Commuter service which runs a frequent service between the Asia and European sides of Istanbul (Merkez Line) and the Golden Horn Line (Halic).

Inner Istanbul Timetables:

Ferry Inner Istanbul Public Ferry Turkey

CLICK ON these lines to view the Summer Timetable:

Kadikoy Kabatas Logo Istanbul Turkey

2. Bogaz Line: Bosphorus Line (BLUE)

Ferry Map for Bogaz Line Istanbul Turkey

There are two different services which run along the Bosphorus Line, the Commuter Line and the Tour Line. This Tour Line is a cheaper alternative to the more costly private Bosphorus Tour Lines. Although there is no guide on-board providing a narrative of the journey, you can rent audio guides for both the long and short tour.

Bosphorus Commuter Line Timetable:

Click on these links to view the Timetable

Bosphorus Tour Line Timetable:

City Lines Istanbul Short Long Bosphorus Cruise Map Turkey

Click on these links to view the Timetable

Electronic Guides Bosphorus Tour Istanbul Turkey

3. Adalar Line: Princes’ Island Line (ORANGE)

IDO travel to 4 of the Princes’ Islands, the biggest of which is Buyukada (Big Island), all located in the Sea of Marmara.

Ferry Map for Adalar Line Istanbul Turkey

Princes’ Island Timetable:

Click on these links to view the Timetable

Princes Island Ferry Istanbul Turkey

Travelers Tips

TRADITIONAL FERRIES.  The Older, slender white ferries on the Şehir Hatları (City Routes) depart from the East (Bosphorus) side of the Galata Bridge.

  • Here’s a route map from Turkey Travel Planner. They’re operated by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. 

An alternative to these IDO ferries are the Turyol Line ferries, which run the same routes.



All photos and images sourced from the IDO website


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  1. Francois Filmalter

    Is there a ferry service between Haydarpasa and Eminonu on Sundays in June ? If so please give all relavant info . Thank you

  2. https://www.rovingjay.com

    Hi Francois – check out this Ferry page on Turkey Travel Planner for more details. Looks like you have to go from Kadikoy rather than Eminounu.


    Here’s a exerpt from Tom’s site below:

    TurYol Eminönü İskelesi
    TurYol boats for Bosphorus cruise, Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa & Kadıköy. TurYol ferryboat signs are clear and straightforward.

    Kadıköy (Evliya Çelebi) İskelesiŞehir Hatları ferries to Kadıköy every 15 or 20 minutes, some stopping at Haydarpaşa Train Station, the terminus for trains to and from Anatolia (ie, most of Turkey). If you’re going to the station, be sure to ask if the ferry stops there. Otherwise, you’ll have to alk around the cove or take a short taxi ride from Kadıköy to get there. Ferries from Karaköy/Galata, at the northern end of the Galata Bridge, go to Haydarpaşa (more reliably) and Kadıköy.
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  3. Alfonso

    Best way to travel in Istanbul. Thanks for sharing this info
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