Old trams of Istanbul
Before you get in, make sure the taxi-driver will put on his meter! All have one that work, but some drivers will try to make you believe their’s doesn’t … Be persistent or stop one of the many other taxi-drivers around. Be aware that the rates offered during daytime are slightly cheaper than those in the evening and that the prices increase by 50% from midnight to 6 am; but by that time you probably care less…When entering, check if the driver is using the correct rate: one red light on the meter for day rate or two for evening. If you cross one of the Bospherus bridges the toll will be added to your bill. Having said this… as with any taxidriver in this world, if you really want to make sure you’re taken by the fastest route to your destination it’s still always best to make a fixed price, one that you’ve checked with a local. In general taxi’s are a cheap way to get around, but during rush hours Istanbul’s roads are highly congested and the subway (funicular) or tram are a better bet.
Trams in Istanbul are cheap, air conditioned and oblivious of the city traffic! The tram opreates daily from 6 am till midnight and runs from the airport through the old city, across the Galata Bridge and along the Bosphorus to Dolmabahçe Palace.
Funicular, Tünel and metro
Istanbul’s underground system dates back to 1874, when the French built the subway “Tünel”, a funicular subway. The 573-m (1,880-ft) Tünel still runs up the steep slope from the Galata Bridge to Beyoğlu. Istanbul’s metro network is a fast way to commute and is simple to negotiate. In addition to the Tünel two modern Metro lines run under the city. The northern line connects Taksim to Maslak. There is also a funicular system connecting Taksim to Kabataş where you can get on ferries and cross to the Anatolian side, as well as transfer to trams bound for old city. The southern line comes in handy for visitors, connecting Aksaray (with its connections to the tram line) to Atatürk Airport via the main coach station (Otogar). There is also a funicular system connecting Taksim to Kabataş where you can get on ferries and cross to the Anatolian (Asian) side, or tranfer to trams heading for the old city.
Buying tickets (Jetons)
Jetons (tokens) can be bought from Jetonmatic machines that you’ll find at snack/newspaper kiosks in or near busy Istanbul Metro stations, bus stops and ferry docks. You’ll need one token each time you use the tram or metro, irrespective of how far you go.
(Marijn, handig als je een plaatje van een Jetonmatic Machine erbij zoekt)
Bus, metro, tram, funicular: TL 1.50
Ferryboat: TL 1.50
Children of six and younger can travel for free.
Click here to download a map of the network of tram, metro and funiculars (http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/AssetsTurkey/Istanbul/Transport/IstanbulRayliSistem.pdf)