A private boat owners' cooperative named TurYoloperates frequent cross-Bosphorus and Bosphorus cruise routes in Istanbul, starting from ferry docks at both ends of the Galata Bridge, on the west (Golden Horn) side of the bridge.
TurYol boats depart more frequently than traditionalŞehir Hatları Bosphorus cruise ferries. The 1.5-hourTurYol cruise costs TL12, and brings you right back to the Galata Bridge. (The traditional ferry makes several dock stops along its route, takes 6 hours for the round-trip voyage, and costs twice as much.)
On the TurYol homepage, select the Bosphorus tab, then click List to see the current voyage schedule.
TurYol's boats are more modern than the traditional ferries, and TurYol captains say "We stay close to the shore so you can see things better."
Some people prefer the Şehir Hatları ferries because of their history. Both types of boats and cruises are good—it depends what you want.
To take a TurYol cruise, 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 the ticket booth shown in the photo on the right side of this page (although in winter, when cruise service depends on good weather, tickets may be sold in the larger building to the left.) More...
TurYol also operates very frequent commuter ferries from both of its Golden Horn/Galata Bridge docks to the Asian-shore destinations of Üsküdar, Kadıköy, and in summer to the Princes Islands (Adalar).
—by Tom Brosnahan