In 19th-century Pera (Beyoğlu),
a traditional tram trundled along the Grande Rue
de Pera (İstiklal
Caddesi) for 1.64 km (1 mile) connecting Taksim
Square with Galatasaray and Tünel
The tram was taken out of service
in 1961, replaced by buses.
Caddesi became a pedestrian
tram was restored and revived in
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).
a restored car.
here for a map of Istanbul's
The termini are Taksim
Square. At Galatasaray
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 historic tram cars are 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
Despite their antiquity, the trams
carry an average of 6000 passengers daily!
You can take the tram in one direction,
then walk back along İstiklal
Caddesi for a closer look, or a
stop at its boutiques, restaurants,
bars or cafes.
Square you can board the Tünel
underground train to
get to Karaköy/Galata and
Square you can board the
or the Kabataş-Taksim
Füniküler. Taksim is
also a major city bus terminus.