A private boat owners’ cooperative named TurYol operates a system of ferryboats in Istanbul similar to that of Dentur Avrasya ferries, connecting the busiest docks on both sides of the Bosphorus
Though the Şehir Hatları ferries have the more prominent “official” ferry docks, the TurYol docks are usually nearby. Here’s a map of the Eminönü docks.
For example, at the Eminönü ferry docks on the Golden Horn, the Şehir Hatları ferries depart from docks on the east side of Galata Bridge, (toward the Bosphorus) and TurYol ferries depart from the west side (toward the Golden Horn), heading for Üsküdar, Kadıköy, the Bosphorus and the Princes Islands.
Here’s info on the 1-1/2-hour TurYol Bosphorus cruise, a viable alternative to the 6-hour traditional ferry cruise.
To take a TurYol ferry, go to Eminönü, make your way to the west (inland) side of the Galata Bridge on the south shore of the Golden Horn, and look for the cluster of TurYol boats, as well as for the terminal and ticket booth. More…
You can also depart from Kadıköy on a TurYol Bosphorus cruise. More…
Here’s the TurYol website—not very easy to use.
—by Tom Brosnahan
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Traditional Ferry Bosphorus Cruise