Public Transportation Discount Card
The public transportation in Istanbul is an integrated system administrated by the local government. The system can only be accessed by using electronic cards. Having these card will give you access to all public transport means in Istanbul except private ones.
You can purchase 1-ride, 5-ride cards or the Istanbulkart. The advantage of the Istanbulkart is that it can be credited as many times as you wish and can be used by any number of people as long as there is enough credit for the ride per passenger.
Unfortunately in Istanbul, unlike in many cities in Europe, there are no daily or weekly unlimited public transportation options and the service is charged per ride. For that reason, we provide 24-hour access to the Hop-on & Hop-off Bus Tour and 1-loop/1-day free access to the Hop-on & Hop-off Boat Tour.
Prices of Rides
If you were to buy 1-ride cards for each ride, you would be looking at a cost of approximately 5TRY (€0.90 / $1.05 USD) per ride per person. Instead of that, you can purchase the Istanbulkart from the yellow machines located in all stations of the public transportation system except the bus station. With the Istanbulkart your per person per ride cost will be as follows:
- Bus: 2.60 TRY
- Tram: 2.60 TRY
- Metro: 2.60 TRY
- Cable Car: 2.60 TRY
- Funiculaire: 2.60 TRY
- Ships: 2.60-4.00 TRY
How do I use the card?You first need to credit money to the card in order to be able to use it for your rides. Crediting the card is simple. Nearly at all public transport stations, there are ATM-like machines where you simply scan your card and deposit cash to load your Istanbulkart.
Once the card is loaded, you will be able to ride with discounts. At stations or within the busses where the Istanbulkart is accepted, there will be card readers; just bring your card close once for each passenger you want to pay for.
The card is not personal and can be used my multiple individuals. You do not have to scan (pay) for kids that are under the age of 6.
Included in the Pass
The transportation card (İstanbulkart) is NOT included with the Istanbul Tourist Pass
When to use?
This card does not have a validity in terms of days or hours. The card will come without any balance, so you need to put money in it at any public transport station. As long as it has enough balance, it can be used at any time.
Where to use?
The card is valid almost at all public transport vehicles such as busses, tram, metro, funiculaire, cable car, ferries, ships etc. Instead of buying a token, just scan the card once for each passanger.
You can purchase the İstanbulkart from the yellow machines located in every station of the subway, trams, metrobus, funiculars and some kiosks located near most stops of the public buses. As of 2018, the cost of the card is only 6 Turkish Liras (from the machines) or 7 Turkish Liras (from most kiosks) and you need to credit it only with as low as you need for your ride.
1 card can be used by multiple people.