A First-Timer's Guide to Visiting Istanbul: How to get around Istanbul

Tips on getting around Istanbul

Istanbul is a huge city, and getting around can be daunting if you're unfamiliar with the layout. Here is a quick guide on how to get around Istanbul like a pro!


If you're planning on doing a lot of sightseeing, it's best to buy an Istanbul Card (Istanbulkart). This card allows you to ride all sorts of public transportation. You can find the card at the ticket machine near any metro or tram station or at small kiosks all over Istanbul.


The best way to get around the city is by using the subway system. The subway is fast, efficient, and covers most of the major areas in Istanbul, There are also buses and trams that can be used, but they can be a bit more crowded and slower than the subway.


If you're traveling by car, you'll need to know that many city areas have restricted drive-in access due to heavy traffic. Areas such as the Bosphorus and Istiklal Avenue may be closed off completely. Driving isn't advised during rush hour, as it's bound to cause delays. If you do drive, you'll find that the city is notorious for its heavy traffic.


Buses are an option for some travelers but not others, depending on where you want to go. Some areas are challenging to get to by bus, or the routes are too confusing for tourists.


You can also take the ferries that run along the Bosphorus, stopping at areas such as Besiktas and Kadikoy.


Taxis are pretty cheap, but you should note that they are metered and don't have taxi drivers who speak English as a first language. You may also be challenged to find a taxi in the evenings, on weekends, and in winter, Uber working in Istanbul with all kind of taxis, also there is application called BiTaksi.