public transit fares
City bus, Metro, tram, funicular, Tünel, ferry: TL4.00
(with Istanbulkart: TL2.30); transfer to another vehicle: TL1.65.
Children 6 years and older must pay
a fare; those younger than six years who do not occupy a seat may travel without a ticket. For discounted student fares, you must have a Turkish student identification document.
The way you pay the fare affects the fare you pay. If you travel between Atatürk Airport and Sultanahmet or Sirkeci by Metro and tram using tokens, your total fare will be TL8; using an Istanbulkart, TL3.95 (not counting the initial cost of the card.)
These are the fares for most short rides on most means of transport (Metro, bus, tram, funicular, ferryboat). Longer or special journeys may require higher fares.
A plastic RFID chip card that you purchase, load
money onto it, then use it to pay transit fares, the Istanbulkart is the cheapest and most convenient way to travel
on public transit in Istanbul. More...
Biletmatik Fare Cards (Elektronikkart)
Disposable paper electronic fare cards for a pre-determined number of trips:
You can buy disposable fare cards from Biletmatik machines:
|| A different sort of Jetonmatik token
machine...out of order (Arızalıdır)
You buy single-fare tokens at Jetonmatik
snack/newspaper kiosks in or near busy
Metro stations, bus stops
and ferry docks. Eminönü is
a good place to look.
like the one pictured on the right,
the Jetonmatik has a sign
reading Arızalıdır, or Hizmet
out of order.)
The Akbil is a stored-value electronic-button
transit pass, being phased out in favor
of the Istanbulkart,
but still in use. More...
This unwieldy name designates
a disposable, paper 5-fare RFID transit
card that costs five times the normal
fare and saves you from the trouble of
buying five tokens at a time.
It is being phased out. More...
Where to Buy Them
Fare machines and
Jetonmatik token machines
located at major bus stops, Metro and tram stations, ferry docks,
etc. allow you to buy jetons
and fare cards,
and to reload credit onto your Istanbulkart or
lira notes, or credit
in Turkish, English and German.
Remember, if the machine bears a sign saying Arızalıdır or Hizmet
it's out of order. if they're in working order.
(The ones in Metro stations usually work,
the ones outdoors sometimes don't work.)
—by Tom Brosnahan