The Eminönü waterfront, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn just north of Sirkeci Train Station (map), is a major dock for ferryboats that cross the Bosphorus to and from the Asian suburbs of Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa, and Kadıköy, and for the car ferry to Harem on the Asian shore.
Eminönü Haliç İskelesi
This small wooden dock building, boarding-point for Şehir Hatları Golden Horn ferries, is a bit difficult to find. Walk west past all the TurYol docks to near the prominent T. C. Istanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi building. Here’s more onGolden Horn ferry cruises.
TurYol Eminönü İskelesi
TurYol boats for Bosphorus cruise, Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa & Kadıköy. TurYol ferryboat signs are clear and straightforward. To walk from the Şehir Hatları docks on the east side of Galata Bridge to the TurYol docks on the west side, use the pedestrian underpass (yaya alt geçidi), either under the Galata Bridge or under the roadway.
(Bosphorus Cruise Dock)
Boğaz (boh-AHZ, “throat, strait”) means the Bosphorus, so this is the dock for those daily Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Cruise ferries. Also here, the Boğaziçi YolTur dock, another choice for a 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus cruise, departing frequently.
Officially the Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi İskelesi, it handles requent Şehir Hatları ferries cruise across to Üsküdar on the Asian shore. If you just want to take a short cruise across the Bosphorus, hop aboard, and ride it right back if you like.
Katib Çelebi İskelesi
This was supposed to be the permanent dock for Şehir Hatları Bosphorus Cruise ferries, but became a bookstore and gift shop instead. Meanwhile, the ferries are still served by an inadequate, uncomfortable, “temporary” dock. Go figure.
Harem Araba İskelesi
Sometimes used to moor larger ships.
TurYol Karaköy İskelesi
Currently under construction to become new cruise ship docks, Customs, Immigration and Tourism Information Office for international cruise ship passengers.
Salıpazarı Cruise Ship Dock
Cruise ship docks while Galataport is being constructed. Walk to the Tophane stop of the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram for easy, inexpensive transport to major sightseeing areas.
Closed until 2018 (at least) while the entire area is under construction.
Yenikapı Feribot Terminali
Harem Car Ferry Dock
—by Tom Brosnahan