Getting Around in Istanbul
One card to rule them all
The IstanbulKart is the only card you need to get around the city! This card can be purchased at most metro stations and at kiosks throughout the city, and you simply top it off and swipe it at the entry point to most public transport, like buses, metro, and ferry. You buy the reusable card for a small fee then just top it off throughout your stay in Istanbul!
Avoid traffic on Metro and Metrobus
The metro system in Istanbul is easy to use and full of useful signs and maps so that you don’t get lost between your transfers. Metro stations are clearly marked with the unique “M” logo, so they’re easy to spot when you’re above-ground. Also, for long-distance travel through the city, the Metrobus operates along the highway as a sort of above-ground metro. The bus comes every couple of minutes, bypasses traffic, and stops at every stop, just like a metro. These are the best options for avoiding that infamous traffic, and for efficient Istanbul travel.
Public Buses: Everywhere, all the time
Public buses are all over the streets, and they’re a really popular way to travel in Istanbul, especially through places that aren’t connected by metro. Buses generally run on time. For up-to-the-minute bus info, you can download the MobIETT or Trafi apps on your smartphone and see exactly which bus to take, to which stop, and at what time in order to get to your destination. Ask your local friend which app is best; everyone seems to have a favorite!