by Tom Brosnahan
Travel Info Exchange
Feribot Terminalı, 1 km (6/10 mile) southeast of Aksaray Square (map), is an important
transport nexus for fast catamaran ferryboats to
İznik/Nicaea and Bursa),
Bursa (Güzelyalı), and Bandırma (for
the Marmara and Aegean
coasts, and trains to İzmir).
Fast catamaran "Sea
zoom to and from various points
area, including Bostancı, Bakırköy and
and also across the Sea
of Marmara to Yalova, Bursa and Bandırma,
as well as to Sea
of Marmara ports
such as Armutlu, Mudanya, Avsa, Marmara
island, Çınarcık, Esenköy
and Küçük Kumla. Here's
more on Sea of Marmara car
and passenger ferries.
The station for Marmaray trains and the M1 and M2 Metro lines is a 1-km (6/10-mile) walk northwest of the ferry terminal, but it is not a pleasant or safe walk. Crossing the shore highway as a pedestrian is perilous. Look for the Y1 Yenikapı-Aksaray Ring Route bus which connects the ferry terminal with the Yenikapı Marmaray & Metro station. The bus runs about every 30 minutes and costs only 10 kuruş.
You can then ride the Marmaray to Sirkeci (for the T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram, Eminönü ferries, and Sirkeci hotels), to Üsküdar on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, and Ayrılık Çeşmesi (for connection to the M4 Kadıköy-Kartal Metro line to Sabiha Gökçen Airport).
You can ride the M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman Metro line to connect with the M1 Yenikapı-Aksaray-Atatürk Airport Metro line and T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram); the Golden Horn (Haliç), Şişhane (for Tünel Square and its hotels), Taksim Square (for Taksim, Cihangir, Talimhane and Elmadağ hotels), and north to Hacıosman, almost all the way to Tarabya on the northern Bosphorus.
Here's a map of Istanbul's
Metro, suburban train, tram and funicular
airport buses await
every ferry arrival at Yenikapı to
shuttle travelers to Atatürk
Airport and to Taksim
Square, whence they can
board an airport bus for Sabiha
Gökçen Airport. More...
In November 2005, excavations for
the Marmaray revealed the Theodosian
of Constantinople, with artifacts dating
back 8500 years. Teams of excavators
converted the terminal construction
into Istanbul's largest archeological
site, revealing foundations of a church,
a city gate, remains of 34 sunken ships, and skeletons from the Stone Age.
Deniz Otobüsleri A Ş
Kennedy Caddesi, Yenikapı
Hızlı Feribot İskelesi (map)
34480 Fatih, Istanbul,
+90 444 44 36
Tel: +90 (212) 455 6900
Fax: +90 (212) 517 3958
—by Tom Brosnahan
Yenikapı ferry terminal.
Below, the ferry
the air, showing the Yenikapı