The Eminönü waterfront,
at the southern end of the Galata
Bridge over the Golden
Horn just north
Train Station (map),
is a major dock for ferryboats that
cross the Bosphorus to
and from the Asian suburbs of Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa,
and for the car ferry to
The Turkish word for dock is iskele(si) (from
the Italian scala). Here's
the rundown on the docks for Bosphorus
cruises and Asian-shore
destinations, and here's
This small wooden dock building,
boarding-point for Şehir
Horn ferries, is a bit difficult
to find. Walk west past all the TurYol
docks to near the prominent T.
C. Istanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi building. Here's more on Golden Horn ferry cruises.
TurYol boats for Bosphorus
cruise, Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa & Kadıköy. TurYol ferryboat
signs are clear and straightforward. To walk from the Şehir
Hatları docks on the east side of Galata
Bridge to the TurYol docks on the west side, use
the pedestrian underpass (yaya
alt geçidi), either under the Galata
Bridge or under the roadway.
İskelesi (Temporary Bosphorus
"throat, strait") means
so this is the dock for those daily Şehir
Cruise ferries, soon to be moved
east to No. 6. Also here, the Boğaziçi
YolTur dock, another
choice for a 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus
cruise, departing frequently.
İskelesi (to Üsküdar)
Hatları ferries cruise across
to Üsküdar on
shore. If you just
want to take a short cruise across the Bosphorus,
hop aboard, and ride it right back if
(Evliya Çelebi) İskelesi
Hatları ferries to Kadıköy every
15 or 20 minutes,
some stopping at Haydarpaşa
Train Station, the terminus
for trains to and from Anatolia (ie,
most of Turkey). If you're going to the
station, be sure to ask if the ferry
stops there. Otherwise, you'll have to
alk around the cove or take a short taxi ride
from Kadıköy to get there. Ferries
at the northern end of the Galata
Bridge, go to Haydarpaşa (more
reliably) and Kadıköy.
This permanent dock for Şehir
Cruise ferries should open in 2012, and
the temporary one (No. 3) will close...but there's no guarantee when anything will happen!
This car ferry also takes passengers
across the Bosphorus to the Harem Otogar,
the intercity bus terminal on the Asian
For larger Turkish ships/ferries on longer
TurYol ferries to Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa & Kadıköy,
and in summer, Bosphorus
cruise and Princes
Hatları ferries to Kadıköy and Haydarpaşa on
15 to 20 minutes.
Salonu (Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal)
Docks, Customs, Immigration and Tourism
Information for international cruise
Salıpazarı Cruise Ship Dock
Continuation of the Karaköy
cruise ship docks, with its own entrance/exit. Walk
to the Tophane stop of the Bağcılar-Kabataş
tram for easy, inexpensive transport
to major sightseeing areas.
Ferries to Üsküdar,
Kadıköy and the Princes
Islands by Şehir
Hatları and Dentur
Avrasya, and fast catamaran
ferries to the Princes
Islands by İDO.
within Istanbul, and fast catamaran car ferries across
of Marmara to Yalova, Bursa and Bandırma.
Car Ferry Dock
Asian dock for car ferries to Eminönü (Dock 7). The Harem
Bus Terminal) is also here.
Hatları, TurYol & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy,
Kabataş, Beşiktaş and Princes
Islands (Adalar), Havataş
airport buses to Sabiha
Gökçen Airport, and Asian
Metro to Kartal.
Hatları, TurYol & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy and Beşiktaş.
Hatları & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Üsküdar.
and other seabus docks, and İDO and
Hatları ferries to the Princes
—by Tom Brosnahan