Haydarpaşa Garı, Istanbul's
Teutonic pseudo-castle railway
shore of the Bosphorus was
the terminus for suburban trains and trains to
and from Anatolia (Asian Turkey) for over a century.
A serious fire on 28 November 2010 destroyed the station's roof and top floor, but the rest of the building was saved.
Haydarpaşa is currently closed. No trains depart, no ferries stop at its dock (Kadıköy is the nearest dock). The station's future is still undetermined.
YHT high-speed trains now connect Istanbul with Ankara and Konya via Eskişehir. The Istanbul terminus is currently at Pendik, 24 km (15 miles) southeast of Haydarpaşa not far from Sabiha Gökçen Airport. More...
The Marmaray rail
tunnel beneath the Bosphorus, opened late in 2013, takes you past Haydarpaşa 1.3 km (8/10 mile) to Ayrılık Çeşmesi, where you can board Metro trains to Asian Istanbul destinations.
Hatları and TurYol ferryboats from Eminönü cross the Bosphorus frequently
only a 10-minute walk
from the station.
A Bit of History
||The grand interior...
The neoclassical Haydarpaşa
Station building, a
gift to the Sultan from Kaiser Wilhelm
II, was built by the Anatolia-Baghdad
Corporation between 1906 and 1908.
Its foundation is 1100 wooden piles,
each 21 meters (69 feet) long, driven
into the mushy shore by steam hammer.
Haydarpaşa was an important link in
the railway chain of the Kaiser's Berlin-to-Baghdad
railway scheme, part of the German
Empire's strategic Drang nach
Osten ("Drive to the East")
during the later 19th century.
If you're a train buff, take a ferry from
Eminönü or Karaköy over
to Kadıköy on the Asian
wander around, then board the next
ferry back to Karaköy