Though you'll probably use the tram, Metro, Marmaray suburban trains and ferryboats more, Istanbul's İETT
city buses are useful for
a some major sights and longer trips
in and out of the city.
They tend to be slow and crowded,
especially during the city's morning
and evening commuter rushes.
Buy your jetons (tokens) or have your Istanbulkart transit pass ready before
boarding the bus. (You
can't pay fares on the bus.) More...
Better yet, use the Istanbulkart
Besides the İETT buses operated by
the city government, Istanbul has private
buses owned and operated by private
individuals and companies in accordance
with city regulations.
Halk Otobüsü ("Private
Peoples' Bus"), these buses run
on some of the busier routes, charging
the same fares as
city buses, but may allow
you to pay your fare in cash (as
well as by token or transit
on the bus. Otherwise, there's little
If you're packed into the mid-section
of the bus when your stop comes, say İnecek
var! (een-eh-JEHK vahr, "Someone
wants to get out!") so the driver
will stop and wait for you to make
your way out.
The İETT website has various maps and mechanisms for getting information on the system, most of which are in Turkish only, or do not work very well (if at all), or both. More...
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Presidency
Şahkulu Mah. Erkan-ı Harp Sok. No:2, Tünel
34420 Beyoğlu, Istanbul
İETT Tel: +90 (212) 444 1871
Directorate-General Tel: +90 (212) 372 2222 (pbx)
Fax: +90 (212) 243 0883
—by Tom Brosnahan