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Istanbul – Getting Around with Public Transportation

The majority of the tourist sights and attractions in Istanbul are located in Sultanahmet-Old City.  These include the Spice Market, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cisterns, and the Grand Bazaar.  Here’s our step-by-step guide to help you get from the Taksim area to Istanbul’s Old City:

Step 1: Make your way to the funicular station escalators in Taksim Square.

 Funicular Kabatas sign Istanbul Turkey

Step 2: Follow the signs for Kabataş.

Public transportation token kiosk Istanbul Turkey

Public transportation tokens Istanbul Turkey

Step 3: Purchase tokens for the funicular/tram/metro at the kiosk (4 tokens per person, round trip). Regardless of destination 1 token is required for each transfer.  Your journey from Taksim to Sultanahmet will involve 1 funicular ride + 1 tram ride.

 Turnstile Funicular Istanbul Turkey

Step 4: Use 1 token to get through the turnstile for access to the funicular.

 Funicular Istanbul Turkey

Step 5: Take the funicular to Kabataş (Tram Line: T1).

Exit Funicular Istanbul Turkey

Step 6: At Kabataş, exit the funicular and the station.

Sign to T1 Tram Istanbul Turkey

Step 7: Follow the signs to the tram platforms.

Step 8: Use 1 token to get through the turnstile for access to the tram platforms.

 Tram Istanbul Turkey

Step 9: Board the tram for your designated stop; main tram stops for Line T1 include:  Eminönü (Spice Market), Sultanahmet (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cisterns, Topkapi Palace), Beyazit-Kapaliçarşi (Grand Bazaar).

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