You can travel between Istanbul's Büyük
Otogar (bus terminal) and Sultanahmet,
the center of historic Istanbul (and
its hotel areas) in about 30
minutes completely by public
transport for about TL6.
Here are maps of Istanbul's
Otogar to Sultanahmet
At the Otogar (bus
terminal), there are two entrances
to the Metro right
in the center of the terminal plaza.
Board a M1 Metro train bound for Aksaray (map),
and take it to the end of the line.
At Aksaray, exit the Metro station and cross beneath Adnan
Menderes Bulvarı (the major boulevard)using the pedestrian underpass. You're going
towards the little mosque. Walk past
the mosque keeping it on your left
and you'll come to Millet Caddesi.
Turn right and you'll see the pedestrian
overpass from which provides
access to the Bağcılar-Kabataş
tram platform on the
median in the middle of Millet Caddesi.
(If you need directions, as Tramvay
nerede? (trahm-vah-yee NEH-reh-deh).
Buy your tram token (jeton) from
a Jetonmatik machine,
then walk down the steps to the platform
and take a train marked Eminönü
Ride eastbound to Sultanahmet (the
recorded station announcement
says sool-TAHN-ah-met BLOO-mosk and get
out. (See TTP's Sultanahmet
Street Guide for street-by-street
If you're bound for the Golden
docks, or for Sirkeci,
stay on the tram to the Sirkeci or Eminönü stop.
Going to Taksim
Square, stay on until
Kabataş, exit there and use the Füniküler to
travel up the steep slope to Taksim.
Sultanahmet to Otogar
In Sultanahmet, board a Bağcılar
the stop on Divan
Yolu at the northeastern end of
the Hippodrome and
ride to the fifth stop, Yusufpaşa.
Get out, climb the steps to the overpass,
turn left, descend the steps, walk
about 20 meters, turn left and walk
north past the little mosque, keeping
it on your right. Cross beneath Adnan
Menderes Bulvarı, enter the Metro terminal
and take a train to the sixth stop, Otogar.
Exit the train, turn right, climb
the steps, turn left, go out the doors,
turn right and you should see bus
ticket office No. 1 (of 168).
Note that the tram and Metro start
running about 06:00 (6 am) and stop
running shortly after midnight (12