The tram was taken out of service in 1961, replaced by buses.
After İstiklal Caddesi became a pedestrian zone, the tram was restored and revived in 1990.
Although it’s as much a curiosity as a means of transport, you’ll find it useful if your feet are tired while walking Beyoğlu‘s main shopping and dining avenue. You can use your Istanbulkart to ride (here’s more on fares).
|Interior of a restored car.|
The termini are Taksim Square and Tünel Square. At Galatasaray Square, half-way along İstiklal Caddesi, the trams from opposite directions meet and cross paths, also stopping to take on or set down passengers. There are only two other stops along the route.
The historic tram carsare small and cannot hold many passengers, and are often full. The ride is relatively slow (for one thing, the conductor must constantly ring his bell to clear the way of pedestrians), but pleasant—a good quick tour of İstiklal Caddesi.
Despite their antiquity, the trams carry an average of 6000 passengers daily!
|T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş Tram|