The Eminönü waterfront,
at the southern end of the Galata
Bridge over the Golden
Horn just north
Train Station (map),
is a major dock for ferryboats that
cross the Bosphorus to
and from the Asian suburbs of Üsküdar, Haydarpaşa,
and for the car ferry to
The Turkish word for dock is iskele(si) (from
the Italian scala). Here's
the rundown on the docks for Bosphorus
cruises and Asian-shore
destinations, and here's
This small wooden dock building,
boarding-point for Şehir
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 on Golden Horn ferry cruises.
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.
"throat, strait") means
so this is the dock for those daily Şehir
Cruise ferries. Also here, the Boğaziçi
YolTur dock, another
choice for a 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus
cruise, departing frequently.
Officially the Hezarfen
İskelesi, it handles requent Şehir
Hatları ferries cruise across
to Üsküdar on
shore. If you just
want to take a short cruise across the Bosphorus,
hop aboard, and ride it right back if
Hatları ferries to Kadıköy every
15 or 20 minutes from this dock, named for Evliya Çelebi.
at the northern end of the Galata
Bridge also go to Kadıköy.
This was supposed to be the permanent dock for Şehir
Cruise ferries, but became a bookstore and gift shop instead. Meanwhile, the ferries are still served by an inadequate, uncomfortable, "temporary" dock. Go figure.
This car ferry also takes passengers
across the Bosphorus to the Harem Otogar,
the intercity bus terminal on the Asian
Sometimes used to moor larger ships.
TurYol ferries to Üsküdar & Kadıköy,
and in summer, Bosphorus
cruise and Princes
Hatları ferries to Kadıköy on
15 to 20 minutes.
Currently under construction to become new cruise ship docks, Customs, Immigration and Tourism
Information Office for international cruise
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.
within Istanbul, and fast catamaran car ferries across
of Marmara to Yalova, Bursa and Bandırma.
Car Ferry Dock
Asian dock for car ferries to Eminönü (Dock 7). The Harem
Bus Terminal) is also here.
Hatları, TurYol & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy,
Kabataş, Beşiktaş and Princes
Islands (Adalar), Havataş
and E10 & E11 city airport buses to Sabiha
Metro to Kartal.
Hatları, TurYol & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy and Beşiktaş, Marmaray to Sirkeci and Yenikapı Feribot Terminali.
Hatları & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Üsküdar.
and other seabus docks, and İDO and
Hatları ferries to the Princes
—by Tom Brosnahan