A private boat owners' cooperative
named TurYol operates
frequent cross-Bosphorus and Bosphorus
cruise routes in
starting from ferry docks at both ends
of the Galata
Bridge, on the west (Golden
Horn) side of the bridge.
depart more frequently than traditional Şehir
cruise ferries. The
TurYol cruise costs
and brings you right back to the Galata
Bridge. (The traditional
ferry makes several dock stops along
its route, takes 6 hours for
the round-trip voyage, and costs twice as much.)
On the TurYol homepage, select the Bosphorus tab, then click List to see the current voyage schedule.
are more modern than the traditional
and TurYol captains say "We stay
close to the shore so you can
see things better."
people prefer the Şehir
of their history. Both types
of boats and cruises are good—it
depends what you want.
take a TurYol cruise,
go to Eminönü,
make your way to the west (inland)
side of the Galata
Bridge on the south shore of
Horn, and look for the cluster
of TurYol boats,
as well as the ticket booth shown
in the photo on the right side of
page (although in winter, when cruise
service depends on good weather,
tickets may be sold in the larger
building to the left.) More...
You can also start your TurYol Bosphorus cruise from Kadıköy on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.
Eminönü İskelesi means
Boğaz ve Adalar means "Bosphorus &
TurYol also operates
very frequent commuter ferries from
both of its Golden Horn/Galata Bridge
docks to the Asian-shore destinations
of Üsküdar, Kadıköy, and in
summer to the Princes Islands (Adalar).
Look also at the Dentur Avrasya Bosphorus cruises. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan