The most pleasant way to see the sights
along the Golden
Horn (map) is
on a short ferry
Sleek modern Şehir
ferries depart Üsküdar hourly
on the half-hour (or shortly thereafter)
from 07:30 am to 19:45 (7:45 pm), cross
glide beneath Galata
Bridge to dock at Karaköy, then Eminönü (map) at
45 minutes past the hour, then cruise
up the Golden
Horn (Haliç) stopping
at Kasımpaşa, Hasköy, Ayvansaray and
Sütlüce before terminating at Eyüp.
Here's the full schedule on the Şehir Hatları website.
A Golden Horn cruise is
great for photographing the city, takes
just over a half-hour from Eminönü,
and the fare is only TL3 single/one-way!
Along the way you pass the cast-iron Church
of St Stephen of the Bulgars,
the Fener neighborhood
with its Ecumenical Orthodox
Patriarchate, the formerly Jewish neighborhood
of Balat, the Ottoman Tersane (shipyard),
the Feshane, a former
fez factory converted to an art and
exhibition hall, and finally, Eyüp,
the favorite burial-place of Ottoman nobility, well worth a visit. More...
The return voyage departs Eyüp at
08:30 am, then hourly on the half-hour
or shortly thereafter, then on the
half hour until 19:45 (7:45 pm).
A final voyage departs both Üsküdar and Eyüp at
20:45 (8:45 pm) daily except Sunday
To board the ferry at Eminönü,
from the southern (Eminönü)
end of Galata Bridge, walk west along
the Golden Horn shore past all the
TurYol boats, toward the prominent T.
C. Istanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi building, to
the small, somewhat hidden Eminönü
Haliç İskelesi (Eminönü
Golden Horn Dock), a small wooden building.
This is where you board the ferry.
View Golden Horn (Haliç), Istanbul, Turkey in a larger map
ferryboat docks at
on a Golden Horn cruise.