Ferryboats are the absolute most
enjoyable way to travel in Istanbul.
Istanbul has four major ferryboat
These are the big traditional
Istanbul passenger ferryboats beloved
by Istanbullus, serving cross-Bosphorus routes, northern Bosphorus ring
routes, and the traditional Bosphorus
cruise routes. More...
İDO operates fast
catamaran passenger "Seabus" ferries
and fast car ferries both within the
metropolis and to destinations on the
southern shore of the Sea
You may not find the metropolitan routes
so useful, but you will definitely
want to know about the cross-Marmara
TurYol operates the
most frequent 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus
cruises, departing Eminönü on
the hour, with additional voyages
from Üsküdar and Kadıköy.
TurYol commuter ferries connect Galata Bridge with
the Asian suburbs of Üsküdar, Kadıköy and
other destinations. More...
May through September, Dentur
cruises depart from Kabataş, Beşiktaş, Üsküdar and
Avcılar (west of Atatürk
Dentur Avrasya operates
from Beşiktaş in
summer; frequent ferries from Kabataş to
Islands; and continuous
commuter ferry service
from Beşiktaş across the Bosphorus
to Üsküdar and Kadıköy. More...
You can easily take a Bosphorus
Cruise on one of numerous
boats operated by Şehir
Hatları, TurYol and
Dentur Avrasya. More...
sea bus catamarans and regular
ferryboats (Şehir Hatları, TurYol &
Dentur Avrasya) travel to the Princes
Islands near Istanbul in
of Marmara. More...
ships and international
ferries dock at the Yolcu
Hall) in Karaköy or
at the Salıpazar
İDO catamaran ferries glide across
of Marmara from Istanbul's
Fast Ferry Terminal to Yalova and Bandırma on
the Marmara's southern shore. The
fast ferries are the best way to
get across the Marmara, much better
than fighting the traffic on the
clogged highways east and west of
Istanbul, whether in bus or car. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan