Haydarpaşa Garı, Istanbul's
Teutonic pseudo-castle railway
shore of the Bosphorus was
the terminus for trains to
and from Anatolia (Asian Turkey).
With the opening of the upgraded high-speed train line between Istanbul and Eskişehir in 2014, Haydarpaşa will be retired from passenger service and put to other uses. The Marmaray rail
tunnel beneath the Bosphorus, opened late in 2013, takes you to Söğütlüçeşme, 1 km farther east (map), where you'll board high-speed trains to Eskişehir, Ankara, Konya and other destinations. More...
trains (banliyö treni) will also depart from Söğütlüçeşme. More...
When it was the bustling Istanbul terminus for all Anatolian trains, Haydarpaşa Station had ticket sales
offices, a rather dull waiting room,
shops selling drinks and snacks, Left
Luggage/Baggage lockers, and a
classic railroad restaurant, the Gar
Lokantası, offering decent
cuisine and drinks
at reasonable rates. A three-course
dinner with one drink need cost no
more than TL25.
A light meal could be had for TL20.
Clientele in the
Gar Lokantası was a coterie of local
regulars rather than travelers, 95%
male, chatting over meze and
glasses of rakı— a mellow scene, with women
completely welcome. I hope it survives the change.
Hatları and TurYol ferryboats from Karaköy (Galata),
at the northern end of the Galata
Bridge, and TurYol ferries from
cross the Bosphorus frequently
to Haydarpaşa and Kadıköy.
Many ferries stop at both docks. Any
right at the station's own ferry dock.
If you end up in Kadıköy by
mistake, it's only a 10-minute walk
north to the station.
To take a ferry from Haydarpaşa Station
to the center of Istanbul on the European
shore of the Bosphorus, exit the station
and bear right to the Ottoman-era Şehir
Hatlarıdock, or left to
dock. Here's how
you pay the fare.
The neoclassical Haydarpaşa
Station building, a
gift to the Sultan from Kaiser Wilhelm
II, was built by the Anatolia-Baghdad
Corporation between 1906 and 1908.
Its foundation is 1100 wooden piles,
each 21 meters (69 feet) long, driven
into the mushy shore by steam hammer.
Haydarpaşa was an important link in
the railway chain of the Kaiser's Berlin-to-Baghdad
railway scheme, part of the German
Empire's strategic Drang nach
Osten ("Drive to the East")
during the later 19th century.
If you're a train buff, take a ferry from
Eminönü or Karaköy over
to the station on the Asian
wander around, then board the next
ferry back to Karaköy
Garı, a little
the sultan and people of Istanbul from Kaiser
Wilhelm II, who really
knew how to do a guy a favor.
Below, the station