Ferryboats in Istanbul, Turkey

Last Updated on June 7, 2022

Ferryboats are the absolute most enjoyable way to travel in Istanbul.

Istanbul has four major ferryboat companies:

Şehir Hatları Traditional Ferries

These are the big traditional Istanbul passenger ferryboats beloved by Istanbullus, serving cross-Bosphorus routes, northern Bosphorus ring routes, and the traditional Bosphorus cruise routes. More...

İstanbul Deniz Otobüsleri A Ş (İDO)

İDO operates fast catamaran passenger "Seabus" ferries and fast car ferries both within the metropolis and to destinations on the southern shore of the Sea of Marmara. You may not find the metropolitan routes so useful, but you will definitely want to know about the cross-Marmara servicesMore...


TurYol operates the most frequent 1-1/2-hour Bosphorus cruises, departing Eminönüon the hour, with additional voyages from Üsküdar and Kadıköy.

TurYol commuter ferries connect Galata Bridge with the Asian suburbs of ÜsküdarKadıköy and other destinations. More...

Dentur Avrasya

May through SeptemberDentur AvrasyaBosphorus cruises depart from KabataşBeşiktaşÜsküdar and Avcılar (west of Atatürk Airport).

Dentur Avrasya operates frequent Bosphorus cruises departing from Beşiktaş in summer; frequent ferries from Kabataş to the Princes Islands; and continuous commuter ferry service from Beşiktaş across the Bosphorus to Üsküdarand KadıköyMore...

Bosphorus Cruises

You can easily take a Bosphorus Cruise on one of numerous boats operated by Şehir HatlarıTurYol and Dentur AvrasyaMore...

Princes Islands Ferries

Both İDO sea bus catamarans and regular ferryboats (Şehir Hatları, TurYol & Dentur Avrasya) travel to the Princes Islands near Istanbul in the Sea of MarmaraMore...

International Cruise Ships

Cruise ships and international ferries dock at the Yolcu Salonu (Passenger Hall) in Karaköy or at the Salıpazar docksMore...

Sea of Marmara Ferries

Fast İDO catamaran ferries glide across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul's Yenikapı Fast Ferry Terminal to Yalova and Bandırma on the Marmara's southern shore. The fast ferries are the best way to get across the Marmara, much better than fighting the traffic on the clogged highways east and west of Istanbul, whether in bus or car. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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