an RFID "electronic
wallet" card to be used
Turkey. (Similar RFID cards
are used in many other cities: Oyster
Navigo in Paris,
Charlie Card in Boston,
The first and obvious use of the Istanbulkart is
as a transit
pass: you place the card
near a fare point (say, at a Metro or ferryboat turnstile,
or when boarding a city
the amount of your fare is deducted
from the card.
Point of Sale"
Istanbulkarts are sold by Istanbulkart vending machines and supposedly by Biletmatikmachines, but the latter sometimes will not sell you an Istanbulkart. You put a TL10 note into the machine to buy the card, then you insert more bills to load credit onto the card to pay fares.
You may also be able to buy an Istanbulkart at commercial kiosks (little stands
that sell newspapers, snacks, cigarettes,
chewing gum, etc.) near major transit
stops such as Eminönü, Sultanahmet,
Çarşı (Grand Bazaar), Taksim
etc. (The easiest place to find one
is probably Eminönü.)
Look for the word Istanbulkart or Akbil or
phrase Dolum Noktası (Refill Point) on
kiosks—they'll probably have Istanbulkarts
to sell and load.
Istanbulkarts are now also (finally!) on sale at the Atatürk Airport (IST) Metro station. More...
pay TL10 for
the card itself, then you can have
any amount of fare credit loaded onto
it. I'd suggest TL10
in credit (about five fares)
for a single traveler, or TL20
for a couple. Here
are the fares.
which is supposed to replace the older Akbil transit
pass, benefits from discounted
The Istanbulkart project
envisions that eventually the Istanbulkart will
be used to pay for parking
fees, taxi fares,
admission to museums, cinemas, theaters
and other cultural venues, and even
for personal identification. As of 2013 it could be used for payment at the public toilets in the Hippodrome at Sultanahmet Square.
RFID fare card, Istanbul.
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