Essential advice for the world’s most interesting city

How to use Istanbul’s ferries

Istanbul is crossed by both the Bosphoros and the Golden Horn. These waterways are plied by many different ferries.

Istanbul’s ferry network does far more than connect the European and Asian halves of the metropolis.

The ferries also offer spectacular panoramic views of the Istanbul skyline – surely one of the world’s most impressive – where you can see top tourist sites such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Haydarpasa Railway Station and the Bosphorus Bridge.

The main piers on the European side are at Eminonu, Besiktas and Kabatas and on the Asian side at Uskudar and Kadikoy.