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How to Get an Istanbul Kart, and is it Worth It
Posted By Erlend Geerts On September 27, 2012 @ 9:04 pm In Transportation | 221 Comments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 public transportation: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/use-public-transportation-in-istanbul-to-reach-most-places-of-interest/
 on foot: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/istanbul-pedestrian-tips-to-keep-you-safe-on-the-road/
 take a taxi: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/tips-to-prevent-popular-istanbul-taxi-scams/
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