public transit fares
City bus, Metro, tram, funicular, Tünel, ferry: TL3.00
(with Istanbulkart: TL1.95)
Children 7 years and older must pay
a fare; those six years and younger
These are the fares for most short rides on most means of transport (Metro, bus, tram, funicular, ferryboat). Longer or special journeys may require higher fares.
The way you pay the fare can affect how much you pay:
Biletmatik Fare Cards (Elektronikkart)
Electronic fare cards for a pre-determined number of trips:
You can buy disposable fare cards from Biletmatik machines:
A plastic RFID chip card that you purchase, load
money onto it, then use it to pay transit fares.
It's the cheapest and most convenient way to travel
on public transit in Istanbul. More...
|| A different sort of Jetonmatik token
machine...out of order (Arızalıdır)
You buy single-fare tokens at Jetonmatik
snack/newspaper kiosks in or near busy
Metro stations, bus stops
and ferry docks. Eminönü is
a good place to look.
like the one pictured on the right,
the Jetonmatik has a sign
reading Arızalıdır, or Hizmet
out of order.)
The Akbil is a stored-value electronic-button
transit pass, being phased out in favor
of the Istanbulkart,
but still in use. More...
This unwieldy name designates
a disposable, paper 5-fare RFID transit
card that costs five times the normal
fare and saves you from the trouble of
buying five tokens at a time.
It is being phased out. More...
Fare machines and
Jetonmatik token machines
located at major bus stops, Metro and tram stations, ferry docks,
etc. allow you to buy jetons
and fare cards,
and to reload credit onto your Istanbulkart or
lira notes, or credit
in Turkish, English and German.
If the machine bears a sign saying Arızalıdır or Hizmet
it's out of order. if they're in working order.
(The ones in Metro stations usually work,
the ones outdoors sometimes don't work.)
—by Tom Brosnahan