How to Get an Istanbul Kart, and is it Worth It

Picture of the Istanbul Kart transportation card.

by Erlend Geerts

in Transportation

Istanbul Kart (Istanbul Card) is in essence an all-round public transportation boarding pass. To immediately answer the question raised in the title: yes it is worth getting one if you plan to use (the advantages of) public transportation multiple times during your stay in Istanbul. So, unless you prefer to do everything on foot or take a taxi to get around, please do continue reading to find out where to get it, how to use it, and the advantages it has.

What is Istanbul Kart?

The card was introduced in 2009. It’s a contact less or RFID (Radio-frequency identification) card for public transportation fare payment. It has the exact same size as a regular credit card, so it fits perfectly in your wallet. The card is pre-paid and easily rechargeable.

The Advantages of Istanbul Kart

There are quite a few advantages to getting an Istanbul Kart as opposed to buying tokens or ticket every time you’re going to use public transportation.

    1. Multi-Purpose — This single card enables you to pay for multiple types of transportation: buses, metros, ferries, funiculars, and tramways (yes, even the nostalgic one running on Istiklal Caddesi). Moreover, most of these transportation types no longer accept cash payments, so you’ll have to buy some kind of token or ticket before boarding anyway.
    2. Pre-Paid — Istanbul Kart is a prepaid and rechargeable card. This means that you don’t have to stand in line (and maybe miss the bus or tram) to get a valid boarding pass every time you plan to make use of public transportation. And uploading more credits can be done at designated machines, most of the times without a queue in front of you.
Waving the Istanbul Kart before the reader on a bus in Istanbul, Turkey.

Waving the Istanbul Kart before the reader on a bus.

  1. Ease of Use — It is not necessary to bring the Istanbul Kart in contact with the reader. You can pay for your fare by ‘waving’ the smart card within 8 cm (3.1 in) of the reader. In most cases you don’t even have to take it out of your wallet, purse or light hand bag. Upon making a successful payment, the reader will make a sound and the screen will light up showing the amount left on the card. In case of insufficient funds, the screen will read Kontör Yetersiz.
  2. Multiple Travelers — There is no need to buy multiple cards since one Istanbul Kart can be used for up to 5 passengers. After paying the fare for the first passenger, let him or her hop on or pass through the turnpike, wait a few seconds, and again wave the card in front of the reader.
  3. Discounts — By using the card, you already benefit from a 10% discount over the normal fare. Instead of paying 2 TL per ride, you pay 1.95. And there is more. You can make up until five transfers/connections within a two hour period, and you’ll pay less for every transfer, already only 1.25 TL for the first transfer.

Where to Get an Istanbul Kart

The easiest way to get the Istanbul Kart is at major transit stops such as the airport, Sultanahmet, and Eminönü. To buy an Istanbul Kart, you need to pay a non-refundable 10 TL fee (for the actual card and the service), and of course an amount of your choice to load onto the card.

How to Reload the Istanbul Kart

To reload the card, you can either go to newsstands and small shops (look for the phrase Akbil Dolum Noktası) which offer this service, use self-service special purpose machines at major transit stations. The machines accept notes of 5, 10, 20, and 50 TL and have instructions in multiple languages.

What's Next

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David October 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hello, a quick question, last year I brought a Istanbulkart on my visit. I plan to return again to Istanbul in December 2012, could I use my Istanbulkart and reload it ?

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Erlend Geerts October 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Hi David,

I obviously never waited a year to recharge it. Having said that, since the one you bought is probably not a personal or discounted one, I see no reason why it shouldn’t work after recharging, which actually works like reactivating it.

So yeah, bring it along, and reload it as soon as you can. Try the lowest possible amount (five Turkish liras I guess) and take it for a test drive. If it doesn’t work, you can buy a new one for only $4.

Erlend

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Amrita November 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Hi,

I’d like to know if there is any minimum charge which goes towards buying this card?

Thanks,
Amrita

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Erlend Geerts November 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Hi Amrita,

I think the minimum deposit/refill is 5 TL. Which makes sense, since a single ride is almost 2 TL.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Franci December 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm

On december 2012 it was possible to buy Istanbul card on airport, because i have buy it. One of machines directly from metro station sold them. So, you can use it from airport to town.

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Erlend Geerts December 25, 2012 at 12:31 am

Franci,

Thanks a lot for sharing this information. Glad to hear they finally made it possible for tourist arriving at the airport to get an Istanbul Kart. Which is only logical if you ask me.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Afiq Karim February 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I don’t understand the part when it can be used with multiple traveller! i hope u can explain a bit for me

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Erlend Geerts February 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Hi Afiq,

Let’s say you’re a party of three, you can do with only one card as long as you always travel together. For every person (one by one) the fare price will be deducted from the credits you put on the card.

Erlend

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Ivana February 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi,
I wonder if the discount you get for using the card within the 120 min still apply if two people use the same card?

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Ivana,

If you travel with multiple passengers on one card, only one passenger will get the discount rate. That’s the downside of using it with multiple passengers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Irtiza February 17, 2013 at 1:44 am

It says here something about “within a 2 hour period”.
I’ll be staying in turkey for 2 days, would i need to purchase a new card after 2 hr?

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi Irtiza,

The two hour time span is for transfers at a discounted rate. Your card has no expiration date. Of course you need to refill it from time to time, as mentioned in the article.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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A. Khan February 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Interesting. I was in Istanbul in 2012 but never heard of this facility. Not selling them at the airport does not make sense specially when Ataturk Airport is connected to the city by metro.

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Erlend Geerts February 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Hi Khan,

That’s strange. They have been around for over a year. And I’m told they sell them at the airport too now.

Erlend

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Karmajauppa February 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm

What about the leftover value? Is it possible to gain it back?

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Erlend Geerts February 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I think you can, but you will have to go to a sales booth for that.

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Nade March 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Hi,
Is this card available at Sabiha Gokcen Airport and can it be used in Havatas busses?

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Erlend Geerts March 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

Hi Nade,

You can not use this card on the Havataş service. So be prepared to have some small notes. I have no knowledge of Istanbul Kart being available at Sabiha Gökçen, but the open new sales points all the time.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Marianne May 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

We’ve been in Istanbul in May 2013 an it was possible to buy an istanbul card at sabiha Airport (small booth behind Havatas and public bus departure Point)
It is possible to pay havatas busses with ist; i¨ve asked the driver!

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Hi Marianne,

Thanks a lot for sharing this with our readers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rezaul K March 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi,
You wrote that the 10 TL to buy the Istanbulkart is refundable. Would you happen to know how I can get the money back? If that’s the case, I am planning to buy separate cards to get the transfer discount as well. Thanks in advance!

Best,
Rezaul

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Erlend Geerts March 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Hi Rezaul,

You can get the refund at the same booth where you buy the card. Ask the attendant when you buy the card, to make sure.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sandra April 3, 2013 at 2:07 am

Thanks for all this information, it is extremely helpful especially since I will be travelling with kids. Do I need to pay for kids ? They are both under 10.
And can I also ask you, what is the best way to get to Sultanahmet area from Sabiha Airport? Thanks

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2013 at 11:54 am

Hi Sandra,

I suggest you take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim, and from there a taxi to Sultanahmet. As for public transportation, since your kids already take up a seat, I’m afraid they’ll need to pay too.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Amir April 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Really helpful website.

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Dalia April 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I’ll be travelling to Istanbul with my husband next week for 3 days only. We’ll be arriving 6 am. What is the best and cheapest way to go to Sultanahmet? What are the must see places?

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Erlend Geerts April 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hi Daila,

Did you check out these post on transportation from the airport and getting around in the city?

Erlend

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Steven Panzek April 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

This is a very helpful site. I did have a question concerning the 10 TL refund. Do you have to go the same vendor where you purchased the card? Or can any vendor refund the 10TL? Many thanks.
Best regards,
Steve

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Erlend Geerts April 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

Hi Steven,

Any authorized vendor will do.

Erlend

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Mona April 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

This card can be used on havas bus also?

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Erlend Geerts April 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hi Mona,

No, I’m afraid not.

Erlend

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Shaymaa Amir April 16, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hi Erlend,
What about Akbil Transit Pass? how to use it and what about the fares?
Another question please is it easy to use a baby stroller in Istanbul like in metro and trams and buses? And can i use it in sightseeing like the mosque or it’s forbbiden?
Thank you so much

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Erlend Geerts April 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hi Shaymaa,

The Akbil transit pass has been replaced by the Istanbul Kart, but you can still use it if you have one (for now).

Use of a baby stroller in Istanbul is challenging, because of the small historical streets and even smaller pavements. Also, Istanbul is very crowded.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Stiliana April 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Is there on Ataturk Airport vendors who bring us back the amount of 10 TL when we departure from Istanbul?

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Erlend Geerts April 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi Stiliana,

I don’t know for sure, but I doubt it.

Erlend

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Shaymaa Amir April 23, 2013 at 2:23 am

Dear Erlend thank you so much for your help:)

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Marly Rocha April 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Hi,

I just want to thank you for all the tips on Istanbul. A really very useful and pratical site. With your help, I’m sure I’ll enjoy my stay in Istanbul and now I can avoid some tourist traps.

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Erlend Geerts April 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi Marly,

Thanks a lot, glad I could help.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sardaigne April 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hi,

Can we use the istanbulkart (student card) for 5 passengers ?

I mean can we pay with one card a road in a bus for 5 people ?

If it is not convenient, do you have another system more cheaper to travel with 5 people ?

Thanks !

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Erlend Geerts April 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Hi,

As it says in the article, up to 5 people can travel with one Istanbul Kart. However, for your own convenience, I suggest to get two cards and split the group.

Unless you can fit in 5 people in one cab (and the driver allows you!), public transportation is the cheapest and the quickest way to travel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Wiktor April 28, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hi,
Can not find whether non-Turkish citizen can apply for Social Istanbul Kart? We are over 60 thus we are eligible as per info. Once purchased – what is the validity of the Card?
Thanks in advance for you reply,
Wiktor

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2013 at 8:01 am

Hi Wiktor,

Since I haven’t reached that age yet, I have had no opportunity to try this out. If I were you, I would just give it a try. If they accept, all the better. There is no validity date on the card. As long as you have credits on it, you can use it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Karolina May 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hello Erlend,

Just wanted to say thank you for your effort, great website !

Best regards,

Karo

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Erlend Geerts May 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Thanks a lot Karolina, really appreciate it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anette May 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for your useful information. I’d like to ask a question. Istanbul Kart can be used for up to 5 passengers. We are 6 people travle together, is it means we need to buy 2 Istanbul Karts ? Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts May 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi Anette,

Yes, you should. I always recommend to buy two anyway if the group is over three people.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Franz May 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm

To clarify, there are no volume discounts on public transportation only discounts on transfers? I presume I can return the card for the deposit at the same places where it is sold.

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Erlend Geerts May 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Correct on both accounts.

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Mirna May 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Thanks for the really useful information – now, since no one has asked, it might be my lack of common knowledge, but do you need to pay in cash for the IstanbulKart and to load it, or is there an option to pay with a credit card?

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hi Mirna,

Cash it is, always your safest bet in Turkey.

Erlend

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Hala May 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm

hi
i bought istabulkart with 6TL
and the saller siad that it will not come back

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 7:52 am

Where did you buy it?

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René June 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Hi,

I just got back from a weekend trip to Istanbul. I liked the city a lot, although I’m a little sad I didn’t get to ride the Funicular to Taksim. When I went to Kabatas, the station was closed, as was the Tünel at Karaköy.

Anyway, regarding the Istanbulkart: I got mine at the airport (IST), there are vending machines right at the turn gates. I asked several people (booth an Eminönü, booth at the airport, Hotel reception at Doubletree in Moda), all of then said you can’t get a refund of the remaining credit.

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Erlend Geerts June 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for sharing René,

I’ll update the post accordingly.

Erlend

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Paul December 22, 2014 at 4:37 am

Of the 10TL paid, 6 is for a refundable deposit and the remaining four is for travel credit. I have been to Istanbul several times and have always got a refund of the DEPOSIT portion (not any remaining travel credit). It is typically 6 TL. TIP: when you get back to the airport, stand next to the Istanbulkart machine and offer your card to someone needing one (at a small discount if needed). You can show them at the bilet machine how much it has on it. You should keep the original purchase receipt to prove how much the deposit was.

Sadly, if the ONLY (why?!?) machine that dispenses Istanbulkarts at the Ataturk airport is broken, you will need to pay 4tl x 2 to get to Sultanamet vs 3.60tl with the Istanbulkart (as of today 12/20/14 from what I read). We had to run over to the min-mart and get 20 TL coins for to Istanbulkarts because the bill slot was jammed!

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Cristian June 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Hi

I am not clear for the following: the unused credit (previously loaded on Istanbulkart) could be returned to the user, together with the deposit of 10 TL ?

I’ve never visited Istanbul, but I’m preparing a future trip.

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Erlend Geerts June 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Christian,

Apparently, you can no longer have the 10TL refunded. Think of it as money for the card and the service.

Erlend

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Karol June 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi,

Is there any discount for foreign students?

regards,
Karol

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Erlend Geerts June 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hi Karol,

I’m afraid not. But by using the card over the normal tokens, you already get a discount.

Erlend

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Daffyd July 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Thanks so much for this helpful site, it really helped me a lot with so many useful tips. I am in Turkey now and I can confirm that as Hala posted above, the fee was 6TL, non-refundable, rather than 10TL refundable. I paid 30TL and got an Istanbulkart which has 24TL of credit on it.

Also, I couldn’t find anywhere at Sultanahmet or Beyazit to buy the card – the stations are all unmanned apart from security personnel. I had to go to Eminou where there is a kiosk at the base of the bridge ( to the left as you are facing the water) which is dedicated to selling the cards. I’d recommend people buy the card at the airport, it would have been easier that way for me.

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Hi Daffyd,

Thanks a lot for sharing this. You’re right, Eminönü together with Taksim are the main hubs. I didn’t know the recent status of the others (can’t check them all every week), so I’ll update the page accordingly.

What you suggest is spot on: if you plan to use public transportation, spare the extra 10 minutes at the airport, go one floor down and buy the Istanbul Kart at the metro station, and get it out of the way. Even if you plan to use a taxi or Havataş to reach your hotel. Once you have it, reloading is quick and easy all over the city.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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suzanne July 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

hallo, found this website really useful. my question is about currency I know we have to have TL but so we need euro’s as well, if so what establishments would take them? thanking you in advance for your advice.

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Erlend Geerts July 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hi Suzanne,

Did you read the post on Istanbul money strategies?

Erlend

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Hasan July 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Great website. I have no question. I just want to thank you Erlend. Grettings from Bangladesh :)

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Erlend Geerts July 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Hasan,

Thanks a lot for your nice remarks!

Erlend

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tal July 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Merhaba Erlend,
From the airport i am going to Sultanahmet and then after a few hours spending in that area i’d like to continue to Taksim before i head back to the airport.Should i buy jetons or buy the instanbulkart?
and what about if i decide to stop by Beyazit on the way to Taksim?
What do you suggest?
PS.Your website is great!

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Erlend Geerts July 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

Hi Tal,

I would buy the Istanbul Kart, simply because of its convenience. This way you also don’t have to worry in case you’re at a stop where they don’t sell tokens.

Erlend

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tal July 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm

thanks Erlend

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Bilal July 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

Hello Erlend,

Are there any charges for children under 3 on public transportation in Istanbul.

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts July 26, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Bilal,

I always wonder about that myself when I take my boy along, and never found an official answer to that. I guess as a rule of thumb, as long as you can lift the child and it can sit on your lap for the duration of the trip, the child can ride for free. Again, that’s how do it, this is not an official statement.

Erlend

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Margreet July 25, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I am going 17th. of September for 5 days to Istanbul. I think the Istanbul Kart is for me best way to stroll around the city and see all the highlights. For how much amount do I have to load up the kart to see all the highlights during this visit?
Can you also tell me where I can buy tickets for the Bosphorus Cruises and can I do this online?

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Erlend Geerts July 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hi Margreet,

How much you upload depends on the frequency you use it. You can always upload more if needed during your stay. You can’t buy tickets for the Bosphorus cruise online, you need to buy them from their dock in Eminönü.

Erlend

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John August 12, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Hi Erlend,

I will be visiting Istanbul in September after a three month gap. Will I still be able to use the Istanbulkart that I took home with me in June?

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts August 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hi John,

Yes, in theory you should be able to reuse it. You may want to add some extra funds on it, to make sure it’s still/again active.

Cheers,
Erlend

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John August 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Many thanks Erlend.

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riddhi September 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thank you for all the information! this site is very helpful!

I have one question –
to buy the card we have to pay a 6TL as a non refeundable fee + a 10 TL non refundable deposit, right?

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Erlend Geerts September 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hi Riddhi,

You need to pay a non-refundable fee of 6 TL to obtain the card. All the extra money you put onto it you can use to travel.

Erlend

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TASSANEE September 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Though I ve already read all of the post above, if there is the rest of money in the card,
May I refund the rest at Ataturk airport ? Where is the exact point?
Thank for your answer.
TASSANEE.

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Erlend Geerts September 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Hi Tassanee,

As already mentioned before, you can not have the remaining money refunded.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jamal October 4, 2013 at 3:43 am

Best Erlend

We ( Me, Wife, 9, 1) are spending time in Istanbul between 1 – 16 Jan 2014
we have a babywagon with us, is it a problem when traveling with public transportation

is it enough with 1 kart?

Best day

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Erlend Geerts October 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Jamal,

No, a stroller is not a problem for public transportation. I would go for 2 karts to make things go smoother and in case you (accidentally) split up. But you could stick to one card too.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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paul October 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Is the Istanbulkart available for purchase at the otogat?

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Erlend Geerts October 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

Hi Paul,

I didn’t check this out personally yet, but given it’s a huge transportation hub, I think it’s safe to assume you can get the Istanbul Kart there.

Erlend

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paul October 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Thanks!

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Stefan October 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

Hi Erlend,

this page contains great info!

Do you know where one can buy Istanbul Card near Sultanahmet or Gülhane tram stop?
We are staying at Cheers Hostel close by these tram stops.

Kind regards,
Stefan

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Erlend Geerts October 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Hi Stefan,

The last time I checked, your best bet is around the Eminönü stop. But then again, sales points change every day.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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getilicio094 November 18, 2013 at 3:15 am

Just wondering if you get a discount being a student (France, with a student card) by buying the istanbulkart and/or by the tickes fare while you get in a public transportation.

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Erlend Geerts November 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Hi,

Local students get discounts, but I doubt you can get one as a foreigner. And even if you could, you would have to fill in an application form and wait for approval, which can take (many) days.

In short, not worth bothering with.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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john November 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

Is the Istanbulkart sale at atartuk international airport?

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Erlend Geerts November 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Yes it is.

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Iban December 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

It is possible to buy Istanbulkart at GOKCEN airport?

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Erlend Geerts December 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Hi Iban,

To be honest, I don’t know.

I would expect it to be so, since they sell it at Atatürk Airport. Ask the information desk on how to get one.

And leave a message here if you can.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Brian December 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hi Erlend,

Great informative site.

My wife and I have been in Istanbul since Dec 8 visiting and on conference. We tried to get the Istanbulkart at Taksim (metro) but the machines were not dispensing it. So we’ve been using the tokens instead.

If one is looking to buy the card, one should try at Atatürk airport before coming into the city. (I haven’t checked at Eminönü yet.)

Brian

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Erlend Geerts December 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your nice words and sharing your experience.

I hope you had a great time in Istanbul,
Erlend

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J January 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Thanks for all the information on this website – it’s been very useful in my trip to Istanbul.

I stayed at the Doubletree Old Town, which is located next to the Laleli-Üniversite tram stop, and following the concierge’s recommendation I bought my Istanbulkart from the newsstand between the hotel and the tram stop. They charged 7 TL for the card itself (with a clear plastic sleeve), so they may be selling it at a 1 TL premium, but on the other hand I was able to return my Istanbulkart to them at the end of my trip for a 6 TL refund (5 TL if you return it without the clear plastic sleeve). You don’t have to buy your card from them to get this refund. As others have pointed out, there’s no way to get a refund of the remaining credit on the card.

If other places do not issue refunds, this might mean that the newsstand is reselling the cards they take back – which I don’t mind, considering that I save 5 TL.

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Erlend Geerts January 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Hi J,

Glad to hear our site was a great help for your Istanbul trip.

Thanks for sharing this tip.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mrinal February 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Does one get refund for unused balance of AKBIL card ?What currency?

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2014 at 8:37 pm

You can, but it’s often such a big trouble not worth the effort. Just make sure you don’t upload too much every time. Uploading can be done in a lot of places.

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Jerry Jarombek February 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thank you for offering this wonderful website. My wife and I just returned from a week in Istanbul and we found your advise to be accurate and helpful. I’d like to contribute a few comments.
We recommend a February visit as we just did. The weather was mild for winter, ranging from 45-60 degrees F. We did not face any lines when visiting attractions in spite of the 18 million residents of Istanbul.
We stayed in Taksim Square so the Havatas bus shuttle was convenient and an excellent bargain (1oTL), running every half hour for the 30 minute ride.
Mass transit took us everywhere. The Istanbul Kart made it easy and inexpensive. One note: we shared a card so when we took a transfer, only one of us received the discounted transfer price (1.25 vs 1.95). I guess we would each have had to purchase a card for the full discount (but we are really just talking pennies here).
We highly recommend taking the ferry (we went from Kabatas) to the Prince’s Island of Buyukada and rent bicycles there. Bike the long outer loop which will get you away from the heavy horse & buggy traffic. You’ll have the road largely to yourself and the views are fantastic. Horses apparently run free on their days off so you will encounter them strolling all over the place. Make the steep walk up the hill (you can park your bike at the base for 1TL) to the Yucetepe Monastery, have a wine at the cafe there overlooking the island and reflect on your good fortune.
We found Istanbul to be a young, vibrant, safe and friendly city that we had no problem negotiating once we became oriented; your website helped us quickly accclimate.
Thanks again,
Jerry

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Hi Jerry,

Thank you so much for sharing all this, it makes all the work worthwhile.

I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay and the info I provided.

Just for the record: this year the weather has been extremely mild, with little or no rain. Please don’t take these temperatures as a guideline for next year, since we all know the weather is beyond our control.

Hope to welcome you back some day,
Erlend

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Kamilė :) February 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Hey!

I just want to ask: I have a student Istanbul card because I was Erasmus student in 2011-2012 and as far as I remember we were paying monthly (dont remember the exact amount but maybe 75 lira:?) and got around 200 passes. Well, Im not a student anymore but I still have that card so can I recharge it with any amount of lira? Or I should buy a new one?

Also maybe there is a possibility to pay like exact amount (for example 50 lira) and get the exact amount of passes?

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Erlend Geerts February 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Hey,

That’s a good question. I doubt you’ll still get the discount rate. My best advice is, upload 5 or 10 Liras and see what happens. If the (discount) card is rejected, you’ll need to buy a new one. If it still works, fine. If you get the discount rate, great.

Erlend

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Grace March 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I plan to stay four days in Istanbul with my husband, and will use public transportation services a total of 6 times round trip, is it worth buying this kard?

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Erlend Geerts March 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Yes.

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Pit March 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Hi Erlend,
thanks for all the information on this website, it’s really fantastic!
I ‘d like to know if it’s possibile to buy an Istanbul Kart directly at the Ataturk Airport using a credit card, because we’ve only euros.
Thank you very much!

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Erlend Geerts March 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hi Pit,

Not to my knowledge. I suggest to have some Turkish liras, either brought along or exchange some Euros at the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sharon April 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

Is it possible to buy an Istanbulkart near the Gülhane tram stop? If there’s no machine/vendor in that area, then I will buy it at the airport (even though the hotel will be sending a transfer). Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi Sharon,

I’m not sure, sales points come and go all the time.

Erlend

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John Purchase April 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Good afternoon Erlend,

First of all my wife and I would like to thank you for all the information that you have provided for us during our 4 day stay in Istanbul, due to all this info we had a great time and have been able to see so much during such a short period. I recommend your site/magazine to all my friends. I have travelled to many countries in my 62 years and found the public transport in Instanbul one the best and cleanest.
Thank you again, and we are sure to return to this fantastic city.

Best regards
John & Nathalie

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Hi John,

Thanks a lot for sharing this, and glad we could be part of making your Istanbul experience an unforgettable one.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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MARCO ANASTACIO April 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Good afternoon,
I wonder if there is a transport pass for 5 or 6 days in Istanbul, where I can buy and see prices.

Greetings.

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Erlend Geerts April 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

Hi Marco,

The only public transportation pass available for tourists is this one. It’s ‘unlimited’ in time, and you reload according to your needs.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Denise Dimmock April 24, 2014 at 6:25 am

Hi Erland,
How wonderful is the internet, that we can read information from locals to make our holiday so much easier! My question is the amount that we should load onto the card. Seeing that we cannot get a refund, and I don’t want to spend time reloading it, or waste left-over money, would you say that 50TL would be a good estimate for 3 days worth of city travel for 2 people? I know it is difficult to guess how much we would use! Also, how do we know the balance? Do we have to keep a running total in our heads? Perhaps a little difficult if we don’t know the exact cost of each trip.
Thanks again for your very helpful posts!
Denise

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Hi Denise,

It’s really hard to predict, as you said. I mentioned in the post, that a ride costs approximately 2 TL per person.

Upon making a successful payment, the reader will make a sound and the screen will light up showing the amount left on the card. In case of insufficient funds, the screen will read Kontör Yetersiz.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Paul December 22, 2014 at 4:48 am

Don’t waste a fare just to determine your remaining balance – simply go to a biletomatic machine (used to add credit) to check balance for free.

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Richard April 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

Just back from Istanbul, I bought the card for 7 TL at the “Mini-Shop”, just up from Sultanahmet on the left hand side, it was just a kiosk selling newspapers, sweets etc. was caught out twice before buying it with having to scramble to buy ferry tickets and paying over the odds for the nostalgic tram. The jeton/token us now 3TL and the fare in the Istanbul Kart is still 1.95TL, so it’s well worth getting if you take a few trams/metros. We have a 3 year old, we did not pay for her

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Thanks a lot Richard for sharing this.

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David August 19, 2014 at 3:04 am

Is the fare still 1.95 TL with Istanbulkart? I just checked the transportation fare. It seems it went up to 4 TL for tram and metro. Please let me know. We are trying to decide how much to load the Istanbulkart. We will be traveling from Antaturk Airport to Sultanahmet by metro and tram and back.
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Hi David,

The fare varies according to the type of transportation and the length of the route. But somewhere between two and three TL is a good average for your calculations. Remember, you can always reload, even for as little as five Liras.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Paul December 22, 2014 at 4:46 am

The non-Istanbulkart fare is now 4 euro and only about half that with the card, and even less each connecting leg!

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SANDRA May 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hi There

Can somebody tell me if Havatas is still running from Atatruk airport???
I read something about being susspended.. Is that true??

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Hi Sandra,

Yes, it is. Only the Turkish version of the site os up though.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Kazeem May 18, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for this lovely blog. I’m excited about my upcoming trip to Istanbul.

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Thanks a lot Kazeem.

I hope you have a nice trip.

Erlend

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Babak June 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

Thank you for the information and your help.

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jaideep June 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

Hi….
i want to visit istanbul in the month of august 2014 and would like to clarify few doubts.
1. Will havatas buses still be running from both the airports to taksim.
2. If i have to go from ataturk airport to sabiha airport on the same day can i catch havatas bus from ataturk to taksim and then again the same bus from taksim to sabiha. if yes how much time one has to wait at taksim waiting for the nest bus to sabiha.
3. Can we use istanbulkart in havatas buses running from both the airports?
4. I will be travelling with my wife and 2 year old son and would be visiting all the places in istanbul using public transportation, do you recommend buying this card to us.
5. I want to convert dollars to Turkish Lira, can u name few shops and location where it is cheapest to convert because in Cape Town it was a nightmare for me to convert dollars to South African rands at a local shop where they took huge commission on conversion.

thanks…..
It’s indeed a great help to know all about Istanbul on this site.

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Erlend Geerts June 13, 2014 at 10:14 am

Hi Jaideep,

1. Yes.
2. Yes, maximum waiting time between buses is 20 minutes.
3. No, not that I’m aware of.
4. Yes. One card for the two of you is enough, your son travels for free.
5. Don’t exchange money in shops. Make sure you exchange your money in exchange offices.

Erlend

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Paul December 22, 2014 at 4:57 am

I found some of the best exchange rates near the Grand Bazaar and the tram line there.

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geert van rymenam June 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

When using the Istanbul-card with 2 persons the 2nd pays more than the first, sometimes more than the Tl 1,95? Why……?

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Erlend Geerts June 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Hi Geert,

That must have been a mistake on the reading. The second pays more indeed, but we’re talking small differences behind the comma.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dr. Shagufa Anwar July 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hi, We are going to Istanbul on 25th July 2014; can we use IstanbulKart for Hop-on-Hop-off bus tours?

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Erlend Geerts July 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I don’t think so. That’s a private company.

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Junaid patel August 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Hi there. I would like to know where i can buy a card in the old city sultanahmet. Pref near the blue mosque.

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi Junaid,

There should be shop across the Sultanahmet tram stop where you can buy some. Look for the sign “Istanbul Kart” or “Akbil”. Alternatively, ask the security personnel at the tram stop, they will point you in the right direction.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Natalia August 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

Hi Erlend,
is there the possibility to get some extra discount for students?
I remember reading something like this somewhere.
Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Hi Natalia,

There are discounts for Turkish students. As a foreigner, the application will be so difficult and bureaucratic, that it’s not worth the trouble really for a short stay.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Kevin August 22, 2014 at 12:36 am

Hi there. I would like to know if the price of using tokens per ride is still 2 TL?

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Erlend Geerts August 23, 2014 at 1:54 am

Hi Kevin,

Yes, if you stay within the city center. I just used my Istanbul Kart today to use the metro line, and paid the discounted fee of 1.55 TL.

Erlend

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James steller August 29, 2014 at 2:22 am

Hi ,

Im going to istanbul soon and wanted to know whether the metro journey charges you for different zones like london uk and whether you have to pay twice if you change lines . I want to go from atatuk airport to sultanahmet .

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Erlend Geerts August 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Hi James,

No, you pay per ride, regardless how long the line is or how many zones it passes.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Farzad September 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for all the information. I have a question to ask. We are six people traveling together and we will use public transport many times. Do you recommend us to buy ,as you said before, only two cards or it would be better to buy a card for each person. We will stay there for 7 days.

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Erlend Geerts September 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Hi Farzad,

Since you’re staying for 7 days, I would buy somewhere between 4 or 7. Certainly since there may be times you will split up.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Wajib al-Qatl September 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

It is fantastically hard to find where to buy an Istanbul Kart. This leaves room for the corn sellers around taksim to charge 10L for them instead of 6. This is all built into the system. The card won’t take more than 20L and doesn’t tell you how much you’ve used. And they won’t take a bill larger than 20L. If it runs out and you don’t have a small bill, the stores in the metro underground area will not give change.

In other words, it’s a metro card with turkish characteristics.

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Erlend Geerts September 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Hi Wajib,

You’re right to point out that Istanbul Kart sales points are not omnipresent, hence giving others the chance to sell them at common commuter points for a premium for them not to make the detour.

However, as mentioned in the comments, there are some specific guidelines on where to buy them, in major touristic spots. Having said that, more access points would be welcomed by tourists and locals alike.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Junaid September 20, 2014 at 9:26 am

Hi there. Will i be able to use my card to get to princes island by passenger ferry and what is the maximum i could top the card for. Thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts September 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Hi Junaid,

As far as I know, no. You’ll need to buy your ticket seperately.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Esma September 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

Hello,

we have a six years old boy, do we have to pay ticket for him?

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Erlend Geerts September 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

Hi Esma,

Normally children up to six years old don’t have to pay, but once six years old the should.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Melinda September 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Hello, I will be travelling my metro from Taksim to Sirceki, changing at Kabatas. Does this mean that I will have to purchase two separate fares or do I just change lines. Thanks for all the helpful info you post :)

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Erlend Geerts September 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Melinda,

No, you must pay for every line. With the Istanbul Kart you will get a (small) connection discount.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ponting September 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm

We are visiting Istanbul in first week of November for 4 days. We are a family of 4, two kids, 4 years and 10 months. We are planning to use public transport. I have few questions
1. Is it good to buy Istanbul Kart, if yes, do we need to buy for each adult.
2. How flexible is to roam around in city and stations with baby buggy(pram)
3. Where to exchange euros.
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts September 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Hi Ponting,

1. This has been explained in detail in the post and comments. Please check it there.
2. Not all areas are convenient to use a pram. Keep in mind that you will encounter non-moving stairs and small (cobble-stoned) streets.
3. Please read here for Istanbul money strategy details.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aaida October 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

Hi Erlend,

Amazing work you have here!

I have a question on the Istanbul Kart. I noticed on the web there are a number of Istanbul Kart types. Confused on which one is suitable for me. My friends and I are traveling to Istanbul for a 10 days vacation,soon. 😉

Regards.

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Erlend Geerts October 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Aaida,

As a foreigner / tourist you can only obtain the regular, non-discounted one.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Pettrina October 4, 2014 at 3:54 am

Merhaba! I’m currently in Istanbul and wanted to let you know that because of the specifics of your website that my trip here has been amazingly easy and enjoyable. I also wanted to comment that if you purchase an Istanbulkart from the Ataturk Airport Metro station, the new fee for the card is 10 TL (about $5). Thanks again!

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Erlend Geerts October 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Hi Pettrina,

Thanks a lot for the compliments and sharing this.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Vidula October 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Hi, you are really wonderful in your updated comments. I tried to buy this card at SEVERAL locations, being newsagents, at Osmanye and Taksim stations. It was completely impossible. In the end, we took the ferry across to Kadikoy, and there it was possible to buy the card at the Information office. But nobody could give us any answers in English as to how to get a refund etc. Wonderfully Turkish! FYI there we got the card for 7 lire. And BTW the single metro fare is now 4 TL, whereas the discounted ferry fare with the card is 2.15 TL so that’s almost half, quite a big savings!

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Augustus December 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Great information! Thank you !!!!

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yalda December 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thanks a bunch for all the useful info you have provided. I live in Istanbul now, and I heard something from my friend visiting from Holland last week about Istanbulkart being used to pay the entrance fee at some amusement parks as well as to pay for your purchase at some chain stores. Of course she wasn’t sure. Any ideas?

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Erlend Geerts December 29, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Hi Yalda,

Are you sure your friend is talking about the Istanbul Kart and not the Museum Pass or Müzekart?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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yalda December 31, 2014 at 12:32 am

That’s what I wasn’t sure about. And she wasn’t either. So I guess it basically has nothing to do with istanbulkart.
Many thanks for the reply anyways.

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Renata January 4, 2015 at 9:56 pm

I m so happy, this site exists. Thank you all for that ! Many many useful information I have found. 2 friends and me going to Istanbul in this Friday. Will you answer me , please ? Would we buy 1 Istanbulkard for three persons or 1 card = 1 person ? And I want to ask you, where is the house of flats, Feriha was living ? I know in Etiler, but I don’t know exactly . We want check it. Thank you very much for your answer and many greetings to you :)

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Erlend Geerts January 5, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Hi Renata,

I would buy minimum two Istanbul Karts, so you can make use of the connection discounts and for the ease of use.

Feriha was living in Etiler, indeed. Find the Basın Site bus stop, and then ask for the Aksoy Apartment.

Enjoy your stay,
Erlend

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Renata January 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

hi, my dear friends. Will you answer me to my question please ? We want to see Bospor from Karakoy Hotel Istanbul to Etiler. Is there any ships to Etiler ?

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Erlend Geerts January 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Hi Renata,

There is no harbor in Levent, so no is the answer to your question.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ayshe January 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Please how can i make my istanbul student kart to work as student kart again. I am a student and my kart is indirim kart for students, the was working normal but since after we enter 2015 it stopped working as indirim but full charges. I want to make it indirim kart again. Did i have to make a new one or there is a way to make my own continue working as indirim kart?

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Erlend Geerts January 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Hi Aysche,

Ask your school to complete the needed paperwork or ask them at what official department to apply in your neighborhood.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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May January 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for running this website! It was really informative and I had a good idea of what to avoid and expect when I arrive in Istanbul!

However, may I ask whether if it is worth it to get an Istanbulkart each for two people travelling there for about a week? Do different places charge different rates for buying an Istanbulkart (6/7/10 liras) and does ataturk airport sell it for 10? Where do you recommend buying it given the price difference?

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Erlend Geerts January 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Hi May,

I would get one for each. The 6 TL is the official price. But official sale points are scarce, so people who sell them at common, crowded places add a few extra liras to cover for the convenience.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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kelly January 13, 2015 at 10:06 am

Very helpful website! I am so glad I found this site.

2 questions: if I buy the card to use for 2 person, how much does it cost for the first and 2nd person after we tag in e.g from Ataturk airport to city centre? Must we tag out when we arrive in our destination?

Visiting 2 days and will be staying in Fatih and won’t be travelling much

Kelly

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Erlend Geerts January 13, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Hi Kelly,

You only tag in. The fares are for the line, not the distance. The first person gets the transfer discount, the second person pays the regular fare.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Wissem January 20, 2015 at 1:30 am

Hi Erland,

Thank you for the awesome job you’re doing here, all is really smooth and very helpful.
If you don’t mind, I’m asking here for advice. I’ll be travelling through Istanbul on Jan 31 at 5 pm (may be a little earlier) till Feb 1st at 8:00 am where I’ll have to catch my next flight.
Here’s my question, could you, kindly, suggest how can I get the most of this short stay by night in Istanbul at a reasonable cost.
-Where should I go? (from Ataturk Airport) must see places, the correspondent metro/bus station?
-Wich amount should I put on my future Istanbul Kart to move comfortably to the places you’ll suggest and back to the airport late at night ?
(I think I could get the card at the airport as seen on this blog)

I don’t want to overload my card eventhough I’ll be doing the same trip on my way back to Canada to avoid losing unused credit. However, I would not ask for a refund for the card itself for the simple reason that I consider it as a small tip to be donated to this great city, because it’s really not much, it’s like 2$. I’ll take it as a souvenir.
Thank you for the great and valuable information.
Best regards

Wissem

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Erlend Geerts January 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Hi Wissem,

Well, you don’t have much time. The regular sightseeing spots are closed by the time you’re at the city center. So, I would just take the Havataş bus to Taksim, and enjoy a nice dinner with a view. Since you have an international flight, you should be at the airport at 6 am. So, maybe stay at a hotel close to the airport?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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saruul January 20, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Great website,
it has answered all my questions, thank you for sharing your knowledge

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Maxim February 4, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Many thanks for your article!
Could you please also advice about Akbil – I heard it is being phased out now. I still have Akbil with some balance and plan to visit Istanbul in February – is it possible to use it? If no, can I exchange it for Istanbulcart somewhere around Ataturk airport?

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Erlend Geerts February 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Hi Maxim,

You can still use it on some lines. So I suggest to use it until you finished your credit, and in the meanwhile buy an Istanbul Kart for the times that Akbil is no longer available.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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ct February 9, 2015 at 3:09 am

Hi Erlend,
Im going to istanbul very soon. From Ataturk airport, i need to go to otogar, then from there to Sultanahmet. What kind of transportation should i take and which stations
Really appreciate if u can help

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Hi CT,

The M!A metro from the airport to Otogar (that’s the name of the stop, too). Then, from there the M1A to Aksaray, where you transfer to the T1 tramway in the direction of Eminönü or Kabataş. Get off in Sultanahmet.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Tedi March 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Hello, Erlend!

Awesome website! It is great that you run it :)
I will be happy to hear your opinion and advice about something. Me and my extended family will be traveling to Istanbul in April. We are 9 people, 4 of which elders. Do we have to buy Istanbul Kart each, or we can buy fewer? We will travel only one round trip with a ferry (Eminonu-Uskudar).

Many thanks in advance!

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Erlend Geerts March 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Hi Tedi,

If you’re only going to use it once, just buy three. Or none at all and purchase tokens.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hani March 12, 2015 at 5:09 am

Hello
thank you for your valuable information you provided on your website , could you please answer to my question too.
hear is my address :
Monarch Hotel, Yavuzselim Mah Atlamatasi Cad, Atlamatasi Cami Sok No 21 A Blok.
To get there from sabiha airport I’ve learnt that I need to take Havatash bus to taksim square (which is the nearest Havatash stop to my hotel I think) my question is how to get to my address directly from that point directly by using public transportation.

Thank you for your kind help

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

Hi Hani,

Public transportation to your hotel from Taksim will be difficult with luggage. so I suggest to take the Havataş bus to Taksim, and a taxi from there t your hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Alex March 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for the usefull and fast informations!

I come to Istanbul next week and i have (for now) a few questions:

1. Can i buy the Istanbulkart from Ataturk airport? (i saw different oppinions)

2. What do you mean by “regular fare” for the second person, if i use only one Istanbulkart? He pays the price of a jeton? I am asking because we are going to stay 8 days and i want to know if it’s better to buy 1 or 2 Istanbulkarts.

3. We have accomodation at Best Town Hotel. Can you please recommend me a route from Ataturk airport?

4. We have luggage for 8-9 days. Is it ok to travel with public transportation or it’s better to use a taxi? (btw, how much it’s the taxi?)

Thank you for your patience and have a nice day!

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

Hi Alex,

1. Yes, at the metro station.
2. Regular fare is the regular Istanbul Kart fare (not the jeton fare) instead of the discounted transfer rate.
3 and 4. Since you have so much luggage, I suggest to take a taxi or private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jen March 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Hi

Great site. Thanks.

Two questions, where at Ataturk airport can you buy an istanbul card…at the metro station or somewhere else? Second question, as someone who lives and legally works in Turkey, can I get a discount istanbul card?

Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2015 at 7:45 am

Hi Jen,

You can indeed buy it at the metro station. Living in Turkey is a good start to get a discount, but on top of that you’ll have to prove the you’re either a student, of age, or handicapped.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Einar March 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

Hi Erlend,
tks for a great information site.
We are arriving at Taksim from Domestic Airport and going to Grand Bazaar Hotel, you happen to know the hotel?
I read that it was difficult to access the hotel by i.e taxi so i was looking at public transport. I got a bit confused, do i need to take F1 from Taksim to Kabatas, and there jump onto T1 to Beyazit, or is there another “easier” way
Tks in advance
Einar

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Erlend Geerts March 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Hi Einar,

Well, you can just take the M1A metro from the airport to Aksaray. From there it’s a 250 meter walk to the hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Einar March 16, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Hi, Erlend
sorry i didn’t put in that we are arriving at Sabira Gøcken airport, not Ataturk, although leaving from the later.

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Erlend Geerts March 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hi Einar,

In that case it’s F1 to Kabataş first, followed by T1 to Aksaray.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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gandrian March 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Hi,
I arrive in Istanbul (it’s my 1st time) next Thursday and I’ll take the Havatas bus from the Ataturk airport to Taksim.
Could anyone tell me where exactly (not very far from Havatas bus stop) I could exchange euros in TRY in Taksim square ?

Best regards!
George

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Erlend Geerts March 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Hi Gandrian,

Cross Taksim Square and enter Istiklal Caddesi. On the corner of the first side street on your left is an exchange office.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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gandrian March 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

Dear Erlend,
thank you very much.
I’d like to ask you also, if an exchange office exist also at the Ataturk airport ?
(because I need some TL to pay the Havatas bus). Except if they accept also euros in the bus and what is the cost Airport-Taksim in euros ?

Best regards !!
George

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Erlend Geerts March 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

Hi Gandrian,

I’m sure this post will provide answers most of your Istanbul money questions.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ghaffar Mirza March 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Leaving for Istanbul on 21st for a week, I found this article most helpful and feel more confident to travel in Istanbul. Many thanks.

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Mary March 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Dear Erlend, is it possible to take the metro all the way from Ataturk airport to Sisane metro station now that the line has been extended?
If it is, then how many times will I need to swipe the Istanbulkart as I will need to use more than one metro line?

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Erlend Geerts March 18, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Hi Mary,

Yes, but you need to transfer in Yenikapi.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Saberi March 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

Hi there,
Its wonderful to see how helpful this site is, i wanted to know is the istanbulkcart still 10tl , nonrefundable, or the price have gone up and also since im gonna be staying in istanbul for about 5 days u think its advisable to buy the istanbulkart

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Erlend Geerts March 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Hi Saberi,

The deposit is refundable, the money you have left on it is not. I suggest you get one if you stay 5 days, yes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Faye March 28, 2015 at 9:49 am

Hi Erlend, thanks for your awesome information.

I got linked to this page from “Use Public Transportation in Istanbul to Reach Most Places of Interest” as I will be in IST in May.

I had been using something similar when living in Asia, and is surprised that there is no refund of the non-used credit. Any way, I do have some questions and hope you or other experienced traveler can answer for me:

Background information:
I working in a travel agency and got great deal from suppliers to travel to Turkey; hence, I have some tours and airport transportation arranged. However, I do have some “free time” which I would like to explore Istanbul in a different way.
Free time:
Day 1 – after 3PM upon arrival at hotel
Day 2 – afternoon upon finishing full day city tour
Day 7 – around noon time upon return from Izmir
Day 8 – full day

Things I am interested to do during my “free time”:
1. Cooking class – a must when I travel – do you have recommendation? best would be including a visit of local food/fresh market. (although my operator already will bring me to the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market) not sure if it will take up half day or full day?!

2. My tour will include visit of the Bosphorus, but not cruise … is it possible to enjoy the river using public ferry as I don’t need any guide to tell me the story again? or you would still recommend taking the Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines tour?

3. my friends love Hello Kitty (I myself is fine with it), so I am hoping to make a trip to the Hello Kitty Cafe, but I can’t find any way to get there by public transit through Google Map. Do you have any suggestion?

4. I might make a visit to the Grand Brazaar again as it is too big that the city tour won’t give me enough time to really work around it.

Finally, I am wondering, with the amount of “free time” is it worth getting the Istanbul Kart, and how much minimum you would suggest I add as credit with the above plan? Can I pay the Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines tour using the kart?

Thank you for you and all other traveler’s reply in advance.
Faye

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Erlend Geerts March 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Hi Faye,

1. There are many cooking classes in Istanbul. Here is one I took. If this one doesn’t appeal to you, a simple search should provide many others.
2. Yes, Şehir Hatları is a public ferry company and will do just fine.
3. The Hello Kitty store is on Bağdat Caddesi on the Asia part of Istanbul. I suggest taking a ferry to Kadıköy, and a dolmuş, bus or taxi from there to the famous shopping street.
4. yes, an Istanbul Kart seems a good idea. Start with 10 or 15 TL.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Faye March 30, 2015 at 3:29 am

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for your reply.
Just wonder if you can give me more information regarding Sehir Hatlari. I understand that I can pay the regular ferry with the Kart, but what if I decided at the end to take those cruise tour operate by SH? Can that be pay by the Kart too?
The SH website doesn’t seem to give that information.

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Erlend Geerts March 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Hi Faye,

Does SH stand for Şehir Hatları?

Erlend

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sara April 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

I wonder we are 3 people do you since we will stay 4 days do u recommend buying 3 karts or only one ?
and what is the price for 1 kart ?

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Erlend Geerts April 2, 2015 at 5:11 pm

I would say 2 or 3 cards.

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KHALID April 2, 2015 at 12:17 am

Hi;
My 5 year old daughter has to pay public transports in Istanbul?
Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts April 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Hi Khalid,

Public transportation is free of charge until the age of 6.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Faye April 3, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Hi Erlend,

Yes, SH stand for Şehir Hatları.
I know the public ferry works with the kart but just not sure about their tour.

Also, Erlend can advise me is there 2 hello kitty cafe? I saw one in PALLADIUM AVM KARŞISI on their website, but not the one you mention. I found the one you mention on another web site though.

Lastly, is it easy to exchange Canadian dollars in Turkey?

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Hi Faye,

Yes it should work on SH, since it’s the public ferry company. Hello Kitty not my thing. Looked it up for you, and came up with what I wrote. You shouldn’t have any problems exchanging Canadian dollars.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mina April 4, 2015 at 3:38 am

Hi!I already have the Istanbul Kart from my previous trip to Istanbul in May of 2014 and I would like to ask you if I can still use it(I’m arriving the day after tomorrow)and where can I recharge it at the Ataturk airport.
Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts April 5, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hi Mina,

Yes, you should be able to use it again. You can reload it at the metro station at the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Frank April 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Hi,

I am planning to go from Istanbul to Adirne. I have been told to get Bus #83 from Taksim to otogar. I have no idea how to pay for the bus fare, as I understand they do not accept cash, and I see no reason to buy an IstanbulKart for one trip.

Can any one help?

Thanks…….

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Erlend Geerts April 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Hi Frank,

The bus number is correct. Unfortunately, you can’t pay in cash. So, you either have to get an Istanbul Card, or you ask someone with a card who’s taking the bus too to use it for you and give him or her the amount in cash.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dani April 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Hi Erlend,
a group of fellow students and I will be arriving in Istanbul next week. We’re planning on using the Istanbul Card to get around town. But I was wondering if you could pay for the card with creditcard or if you need cash. And are these cards only sold by machines or can we also get them at a booth/register. The latter will be more convenient because we’re a rather large group. Thank you for you help!
Kind regards,
Dani

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2015 at 9:23 am

Hi Dani,

It’s better if you have cash. Sometimes you can use a credit card, but I’ve encountered numerous occasions where it didn’t work. Machines are easier to find. Sometimes you may find people selling them in bulk on places such as the Taksim square metro entrance. The downside is that you pay about 2 TL extra for the card.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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ImAd April 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

Hi Erland,
Thank you for the information. I have several questions.
Is it possible to use biletmatik disposable card (not istanbulkart) for more than one person?
Can I get a receipt when buying the card or top-up the card?

Best regards,
ImAd

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2015 at 10:09 am

Hi ImAd,

Stick to the Istanbul Kart. You should be able to get a receipt both from the machines as from official sellers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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SEmS April 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks in advance for the precious help you are providing here. Its much appreciated.
I have several questions.
1- We are a group of 5 persons, Would it be wise to use one card for all of us during our stay ?!
2- Whats is the best transportation to Sabiha Airport from Taksim Square ?!
3- Does the Istanbul Card have an expiry date ?! As I have one but the last time I used it was from a year ago !!

Thanks in advance,
Best regards,

SEmS

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Erlend Geerts April 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Hi Sems,

1. No, I would buy minimum 2, preferably 3 to speed things up.
2. Havataş shuttle or private shuttle if you’re a party of 5.
3. No, it doesn’t, as long as it’s intact. But you’ll have to reload.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Roy van Broekhuizen April 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

Thank you for such amazing information and very much appreciated for experienced travelers and new travelers…

My wife and I will be visiting Istanbul for the 1st time and will be arriving around 5:30 pm August 21, 2015, and as you suggested and what I read so far, most likely will take the airport transfer instead of taxi.
My question is: If we buy 3 day Hop On Hop Off bus tickets, should we also buy the Istanbul Kart? Please advise.
Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts April 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Hi Roy,

Personally, I would skip the hop on hop off bus, and buy an Istanbul Kart. For 40 USD you can do an awful lot of trips with public transportation, at much more regular intervals and not be stuck in traffic.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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hanin April 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

Dear Erlend,

In another post you suggested that i buy Istanbul card because i will be using public transportation a lot. i just want to make sure what this card cover, or where it can be used. i will be using the funicular from Taksim to Kabatas, the metor, the fast ferry (IDO) to visit princes’ island, şehir hatları for bosphorus cruise, Havats shuttle from and to the airport.
Can all the above paid by the card? and do we need to book the IDO fast ferry in advance?

thank you in advance

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Hi Hanin,

All you mentioned, except the Havataş shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Maham April 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

Hello!
I’m visiting Istanbul with my mother this summer for 3 days. We have our hotel near the Hagia Sophia so can we walk around that area to all the nearby sites if the distance isn’t too much? (my mother is very active) Also we’ll be using public transport on 2 of these 3 days. Is it worth buying the card?
Regards
Maham

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Erlend Geerts April 26, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Hi Maham,

The answer is two times yes.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Yusuf April 27, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Hi Erlend,

I’ll be in Istanbul with my family (x5) in May (4th to 8th). We’ll be staying in Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center in Sisli.

1) What is the best way to get to Topkapi Palace using public transport?
2) How many times do we have to use the Istanbul Kart while changing between Light Railway, Funiculars and Underground?

Great website. Thanks for all the useful information.

Regards
Yusuf

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2015 at 10:59 am

Hi Yusuf,

1) Walk to the Osmanbey metro stop, take the M2 in the direction of Yenikapı. Get off at Vezneciler and transfer to the T1 in the direction of Kabataş or Eminönü and get off in Sultanahmet.
2) Every time you transfer.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Yusuf May 12, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for your advice.

Londoners – it is worth mentioning that in London Tube, you must “touch your Oyster Card at each end, i.e. at the entrance and exit stations”. Whereas, in Istanbul, at the Metro, Tram and Funicular (Cable Car) stations you only “touch your card at the entry station” of each service (Metro, Tram, Funicular), and at the exits stations you just walk out. That is, you pay for each service you use, not the number of stations you travel.

For 5 people, I only purchased “1 Istanbul Travel Card” and I topped it up as we went along, which was adequate and caused no delays in our travels. During our final journey, I had only 0.80TL left on the card, which I kept as a souvenir. The card is worth 6TL, around £1.40.

Regards
Yusuf

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Hi Yusuf,

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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koka May 1, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Hi Erlend,

does the machine gives a cheque or ticket when paying with istanbulcard?

and as I guess, I can switch transport during 2 hours, Do i need still put card on machine?

regards

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Erlend Geerts May 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Hi Koka,

You can request a receipt when you refill the card, not for every separate ride. You need to use your card every time you change lines. You do get a discount if you transfer within the mentioned time frame.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Susan May 8, 2015 at 10:50 am

Hi Erlend,
My friends and I are going to be in Istanbul for about 8 days. There are 4 of us travelling. We are hoping to get 1 Istanbulkart but not sure how much to put in. Can you advice? We will be staying in the Sultanahmet area.

regards,
Susan

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Erlend Geerts May 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

Hi Susan,

May I suggest to buy two cards if you’re a party of four? Just put in 20 on each card to start. You can refill at almost every stop.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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sherry May 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Hey
is there any discount or free passes for normal istanbul card holders after paying 75TL or more ?

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Not that I’m aware of.

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Julien May 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Hello
I will go back to the airport tomorow and i got only 8.40TL on my istanbulkart for me and my girlfriend. We will have one transfer from T1 tout M1A.

By my calculation it should be fine if there are on minimum deposit that must remain on the card.

Is there any minimum deposit that must always remain on the card or leaving it at 0.20 TL is OK ?

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Erlend Geerts May 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm

Hi Julien,

You should be OK. If not, ask a local to use their card and give them cash a few liras.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Alex June 4, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Hi Erlend,

We’ll be staying at Marriott Hotel in Sisli for 3 days. Please advise where we can purchase the Istanbulkart. We have party of 3. Thanks for all your help.

Best Regards,
Alex

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Erlend Geerts June 5, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Hi Alex,

You could try the vending machines at the Şişli / Mecediyeköy metro station. If not, ask the people on duty fir the nearest spot. These points of sale always change, it’s hard to keep track.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nabil June 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Hi,
I’m going to Istanbul next Thursday for a week, mostly sight seeing to cover as much as I can of Istanbul. I’ll be staying in Taksim & flight through Sabiha Airport. Where is the closest place I can get Istanbulkart, can I use it from/to the airport, finally what’s the minimum amount you suggest to charge it with?
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts June 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Hi,

Yes, you should be able to get the card at the airport. I would start with 20 TL.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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em June 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm

hi
what is the age limit for paying in the transportation? do children (8 and 14 yrs) have to pay ? and if yes, is it the same fee?

thanks so much

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Erlend Geerts June 13, 2015 at 12:39 am

Hi Em,

Children below the age of six years are exempt of transportation fees.

Erlend

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Clifton Jimrevees June 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

Dear Erlend Geerts,

One of my Colleagues visited Istanbul last week (June 2nd week). Upon his return he gave me his istanbulkart. I am traveling in august first week. Will this card work then?

Is there any way to see how much is balance on it?

My hotel is a minute walk from KaraKoy, Will i be able to recharge it from somewhere there?

Thanks again
clifton

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Erlend Geerts June 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

Hi Clifton,

The card will work for sure and you can reload it anywhere you take a metro, tram or ferry. There is no way to see how much is on there in your home country though.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Maham June 29, 2015 at 9:39 am

Hi!
I just wanted to know how much cheaper it’ll be if I use the istanbulkart to go from sultanahmet to taksim and back.
Also what is the schedule of the f1 funicular because I can’t find it online?
Thanking you in advance!

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Erlend Geerts June 29, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Hi Maham,

If you’re only going to do one trip, don’t bother getting an Istanbul Card. If you plan to use public transportation quite a bit during a multi-day stay, then yes, get one.
You never have to wait longer than about 2 minutes to catch a funicular. I think it starts at 6:30 and stops just before midnight.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Bahador July 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

Hi,

My flight will arrive at the Ataturk airport at 11:50 PM. Will the metro still be working at that time?
Also what is the closest Metro station to the “Ottoman Class” hotel? Is it Eminodu or Halic (I could not find the latter on Google Maps).
How else can I get from Ataturk to Ottoman Class at the time of the night?

Thanks in advance for your time!
Bahador

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Erlend Geerts July 3, 2015 at 5:43 pm

Hi Bahador,

I’m afraid the metro doesn’t operate that late. You should take a taxi or arrange for a private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jeff Brattan-Wilson July 16, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Hello, I am planning to use havata shuttle to Taksim in the morning. Is it possible for me to buy Istanbul Kart in Taksim or would I need to go to major metro area. Unless it is recommended for me to go to Metro at Ataturk to obtain Istanbul Kart before getting the shuttle?

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Erlend Geerts July 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Hi Jeff,

You should be able to buy it in Taksim, but to be sure, just descend at the airport to the metro platform and buy it there, then take the Havataş shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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sid July 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

Hello
You wrote that we can make up until five transfers/connections within a two hour period, so I guess I can combine tram and metro or bus within two hours, but paying only one time?
If I am changing the mean of transport within two hours, do I need to wave the card in frond of the reader only once, or every time I change the mean of transport.

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Erlend Geerts July 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Sid,

No, you need to pay every time, but you get a reduction. So yes, you need to wave it every time.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nikos July 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Hello Erlend,
So nice site, many useful information… Congratulations!!!

I have read almost all the posts about Istanbulkart.
Next week I will visit Istanbul for 6 days and I need the advise from an expert:

1. Can I buy the card from Ataturk airport?
2. The IstanbulKart, costs 10 TL but can I use it immediately without loading it at the machine? (2 persons are travelling).
3. I suppose it is no feasible any more to return the card to the selling points, right?
3. My destination is Taksim square, so I have to get the METRO M1A (Ataturk-Yenikapi) and M2 (Yenikapi-Haciosman). Will I be charged for 1 ticket or for 2?
4. On departure I will fly from Sabiha Airport. Is the bus stop (Havatas) still infront of “The Point Hotel” in Taksim Square? My flight is 7.45 am, what time shall I leave from Istanbul?5. Is there any map available for all public transportation?

Thanks in advance
And keep helping….

Nikos…

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Erlend Geerts July 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Hi Nikos,

1. Normally yes, but last week when I was there I couldn’t. If so, buy a ticket until you can buy a card somewhere.
2. No, you need to preload money before you can use it, the 10 TL is for the card.
3. Yes it is if you want the 10 TL back.
4. Yes, 5 am should be ok for domestic flights.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hassan August 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Hello Erlend,

I would like to thank you for the fantastic job you do here and helping us.\

I have been through lots of comments and read that you said “childern under 6 years old are exempt from using public transportation fare” is that right? and if yes, how can the pass the boundary?

I look forward to getting the best answer.

Thank you so much

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Erlend Geerts August 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Hi Hassan,

Just lift it over the turnstiles. I’m not kidding!

Cheers,
Erlend

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Roxy August 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Merhaba :) Today me and my Family arrived to Istanbul and got the Istanbul Card at the Atatürk Airport. When I asked the Assistant standing at the Automats where can I get my deposit back once i leave Istanbul, she said that option is not available anymore, and that my deposit od 6 TL will not be returned. Has something really changed, or the lady did not have enough information? Would really appreciate your answer

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Erlend Geerts August 2, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Hi Roxy,

It is problem. You should be able to get it back, but not from automatic sale points. You should try to find sale points like newsagents, etc. to get a refund.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Roxy August 3, 2015 at 10:41 am

Dear Erlend,
Thank you very much! I will try and hope it will work :)

Have a nice day!

Roxy

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Seneen August 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Hello
Me and my family (5 all together) are travelling to Istanbul for 6 days. We plan on spending most of our time in the Europe side, where all the tourist attractions are eg. Sultanahmet. However we are staying in the Asian side at Hilton kozyatagi. How do you advise us to travel? And how many istanbulkart cards do you suggest we buy?
Thank you in advance! Any advise really would be appreciated

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

Hi Seneem,

From your hotel, take the M4 metro to Kadiköy. There you take a ferry to Eminönü followed by a short tram ride to reach Sultanahmet or to Kabataş followed by funicular to reach Taksim.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Betty August 12, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Hello Erlend,

Thank you a lot for your advices. Im travelling next couple weeks to istanbul for the 2nd time. We are 3 adults and 2 kids (one is 2 years old and the other one is completing 7 years old at the middle of our vacation. So my question is :
1. Is my 6-7 years old kid should pay? And how can the controllers know how old is he ?
2. I already have an istabulkart. And i can see you advised many people to buy another card So you can benefit from its advantageous. What are their advantages ? I didnt quite understand them. Could you give an example.

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Erlend Geerts August 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Hi Betty,

Technically, your six year old has to pay. On public transportation you may get away with it, but at sightseeing spots they’re very likely to ask for the child’s ID card or passport.

The advantages of the Istanbul Kart are its discounted price and ease of use.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ghazi August 13, 2015 at 1:35 am

Good afternoon,

I enjoy your posts and comments and read most the questions and answers and this help me a lot.
I have questions in my own and your help will be greatly appreciated.
My family will be 5 people and I have rented an apt. in the Asian side at Bagdat Street across from the Goztepe Park as far as I know from the owner of the apt.
From Ataturk airport I did make a reservation with the TAV to the apt. and return from the apt. to Ataturk Airport. I’m arriving Oct. 7, 2015, and leaving Oct. 14, 2015. But I have to make another trip to the airport on Oct. 13, 2015 to take my mom for her flight back to Lebanon. Is it possible to use the public transportation for my mom trip back to the airport and how do I go there?. her flight is 11:00 AM if I leave at 7:30 AM to Ataturk airport using the public transportation is this enough time? My mom is a senior citizen si there a discount for older people?. When I get to the airport do I have to buy 5 IstanbulKart?. I’m planning to use Public Transport all the time I’m there 7 days total. What is the route I should take from Bagdat Cd traveling to the tourist area in the European side and until what time they operate daily?. Also, if some time I want to use a taxi is there a taxi can take 5 adults?. My nephew students but in Anadolu Eskeshir does he need an IstanbulKart?. Your help would be very helpful. Thank you

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Hi Ghazi,

You can use public transportation. From Kadiköy, the easiest is to hop on the Havatas shuttle to Taksim, and from there another Havatas shuttle to the airport. A bit cheaper alternative is to take the Marmaray train to Yenikapi, and there transfer to the M1a metro to the airport. For the latter leaving at 7:30 should be ok.

For 5 people, 3 cards should be enough.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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