Istanbul‘s Yenikapı Feribot Terminalı, 1 km (6/10 mile) southeast of Aksaray Square (map), is an important transport nexus for fast catamaran ferryboats to Yalova (for İznik/Nicaea and Bursa), Bursa (Güzelyalı), and Bandırma (for the Marmara and Aegean coasts, and trains to İzmir).
Fast catamaran “Sea Bus” ferries zoom to and from various points in the Istanbul metropolitan area, including Bostancı, Bakırköy and Kadıköy, and also across the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, Bursa and Bandırma, as well as to Sea of Marmara ports such as Armutlu, Mudanya, Avsa, Marmara island, Çınarcık, Esenköy and Küçük Kumla. Here’s more on Sea of Marmara car and passenger ferries.
You can then ride the Marmaray to Sirkeci (for the T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram, Eminönü ferries, and Sirkeci hotels), to Üsküdar on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, and Ayrılık Çeşmesi (for connection to the M4 Kadıköy-Kartal Metro line to Sabiha Gökçen Airport).
You can ride the M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman Metro lineto connect with the M1 Yenikapı-Aksaray-Atatürk Airport Metro line and T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram); the Golden Horn (Haliç), Şişhane (for Tünel Square and its hotels), Taksim Square (for Taksim, Cihangir, Talimhane and Elmadağ hotels), and north to Hacıosman, almost all the way to Tarabya on the northern Bosphorus.
In November 2005, excavations for the Marmarayrevealed the Theodosian harbor of Constantinople, with artifacts dating back 8500 years. Teams of excavators converted the terminal construction into Istanbul’s largest archeological site, revealing foundations of a church, a city gate, remains of 34 sunken ships, and skeletons from the Stone Age.
İstanbul Deniz Otobüsleri A Ş
Kennedy Caddesi, Yenikapı Hızlı Feribot İskelesi (map)
34480 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Call Center: +90 444 44 36
Tel: +90 (212) 455 6900
Fax: +90 (212) 517 3958
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Map of Aksaray-Yenikapı Transport Stations|