Istanbul is one of the most crowded metropolises not only in Turkey but in the world with its population of over 15 million. It would be useful to have practical information of in-town and out-town transportation in İstanbul. Here are some suggestions for economic, comfortable and fast transportation
Two million of the 6,5 million registered cars in Turkey are on the road in İstanbul. There is very dense traffic and it is very important to consider such points as the density of traffic and distance before you set off, and to use lines of sea, land and railway. Don't go out without glancing at the information we prepared for you!
• The rush hour in İstanbul is between 07.00 - 10.00 in the morning and between 17.30 - 20.00 in the evening. We suggest you travel around the city outside these hours.
• It would be useful to use some of the mass transportation in order to be comfortable in your journeys within the city.
• If you are going to stay long in İstanbul, we advise that you buy smart tickets called "Akbil" to travel cheaper in the city. Akbil is a ticket system valid on all means of transportation like bus, train, tram and subway, and it is easy to carry. It is enough to pay the price of Akbil equal to
one ticket, for all your transitions in metro, tram, or bus.
You can buy akbil from the centres like Taksim, Mecidiyeköy and Kadıköy, where main bus stops are. You can recharge your akbil in Akbil automats and ticket offices in the main stops. Before you leave İstanbul, you can return your Akbil to ticket offices and get your deposit back.
If you are going to visit İstanbul for a short period, we suggest you to use tickets instead of Akbil, which has more advantages when mass transportation is used often for a long period stay.