Istanbul is three parts land and three
parts water. Its ferryboats connect
the land parts over water in the most
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.
TurYol boats for Bosphorus
cruise, Üsküdar & 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, soon to be moved
east to No. 6. Also here, the Boğaziçi
YolTur dock, another
choice for a 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus
cruise, departing frequently.
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. If you're going to the
station, be sure to ask if the ferry
stops there. Otherwise, you'll have to
alk around the cove or take a short taxi ride
from Kadıköy to get there. Ferries
at the northern end of the Galata
Bridge, go to Kadıköy.
This was supposed to be the permanent dock for Şehir
Cruise ferries, but became a bookstore 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
Once used for larger Turkish ships/ferries on longer
routes, now little used.
TurYol ferries to Üsküdar & Kadıköy,
and in summer, Bosphorus
cruise and Princes
Hatları ferries to Kadıköy on
15 to 20 minutes.
Salonu (Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal)
Closed. Under construction as Galataport, a new cruise ship passenger terminal. During construction, cruise ships moor at the Salıpazar docks:
Salıpazarı Cruise Ship Dock
Continuation of the Karaköy
cruise ship docks, with its own entrance/exit. Walk
to the Tophane stop of the Bağcılar-Kabataş
tram for easy, inexpensive transport
to major sightseeing areas.
Closed until 2018 for construction of a new terminal and reconfiguration of the entire district as a transport transfer station.
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, Beşiktaş and Princes
Islands (Adalar), Havataş
airport buses to Sabiha
Gökçen Airport, and Asian
Metro to Kartal.
Hatları, TurYol & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Eminönü, Karaköy and Beşiktaş.
Hatları & Dentur
Avrasya ferries to Üsküdar.
and other seabus docks, and İDO and
Hatları ferries to the Princes