Istanbul – Bursa Ferryboats, Turkey

Two companiesBUDO (Bursa Deniz Otobüsleri) and İDO(İstanbul Deniz Otobüsleri) operate fast catamaran passenger ferries across the Sea of Marmara between Istanbul‘s Kabataş docks and Bursa (map) in about 2 hours. Both are municipal companies owned by their respective city governments.

Each offers between 4 and 8 voyages daily in each direction, depending on the day of the week (Saturday has fewest) and season of the year.

There are snack bars serving snacks, sandwiches, hot beverages and soft drinks on board the vessels.

Buying Tickets Online

Important! If you buy your ticket online by credit card, you musthave that same credit card and your PNR (ticket reservation code) with you at the dock to print your ferry ticket!

1. BUDOEminönü/Sirkeci – Mudanya

Bursa Deniz Otobüsleri (BUDO) operates at least 7 voyages daily between Istanbul’s Eminönü and Sirkeci docks and Bursa’s Mudanya docks. More…

The BUDO website shows seat availability, so even if you can’t succeed in making a reservation online, you can see if a voyage is already sold out. If it is not, you can try going to the Eminönü and Sirkeci docks, ready to travel, 30 to 60 minutes before departure time. In most cases, you should be able to get on the boat.

2. İDOYenikapı – Güzelyalı

Fast İDO car ferries speed between Istanbul‘s Yenikapı docksand Güzelyalı, just east of Mudanya and 30 km (19 miles) northwest of Bursa on the south shore of the Sea of Marmara. İDO car ferries travel connect the Istanbul docks at Yenikapı and Pendik with Yalova, from which buses take you to Bursa. More…

Unfortunately, buying tickets for İDO boats can be a time-wasting challenge, and you may not be able to buy tickets at all. More…

From Ferry Dock to Central Bursa

After debarking at Güzelyalı or Mudanya, look for yellow city Bus 1-F or 1-GY (TL2.50) which will take you in 20 or 30 minutes to the Emek İstasyonu terminus of the Bursaray (Bursa‘s Metro Line M1; TL2.50), from which it’s another 25- to 35-minute ride to the city center station of ŞehreküstüMore…

From Bursa, you can catch an onward bus to anywhere in the Aegean region (map), and indeed anywhere in Turkey.

Other Sea of Marmara Ferries

There are other ferry services between Istanbul and other ports on the Sea of Marmara‘s southern shore. More…


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