1. BOSPHORUS CRUISE
What Bosphorus Cruise Tour to Take in Istanbul?
A cruise on the Bosphorus is probably the most overlooked Istanbul tourist attraction. Understandable, with such an abundance of historical sightseeing spots in Istanbul and too little time to squeeze them all into your short holiday. But take my advice and set a few hours aside to take an unforgettable Bosphorus tour. Certainly if you’re in town between May and September. You won’t regret it — at least if you follow these simple guidelines. Stay Clear of Private Bosphorus Tours!!
I see this scene unfold almost every day: poorly informed tourists willing to take a Bosphorus tour, walking on the docks of Eminönü in search for a Bosphorus cruise. Private companies can spot this kind of behavior from a mile away and offer them a seat on their Bosphorus cruise boat. But please, don’t get tempted by the offer these ‘hustlers’ make. Their tours are overpriced (double and more), shorter and on boats that can barely be called seaworthy.
IDO/Şehir Hatları Offers the Best Bosphorus Tour Experience
One of the many palaces on the Bosphorus shores.
Istanbul Deniz Otobüsleri (IDO) / Şehir Hatları are Istanbul’s official sea bus, fast ferry and regular ferry companies.
They offer three great Bosphorus tours:
Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise,
Full Bosphorus Cruise and the
Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night. (Unfortunately, the availability of these tours change according to the season)
So do keep on reading and check out the respective links for the most up-to-date departure times. The IDO/Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines sales offices are located on the right docks of Eminönüwhen coming off the Galata Bridge.
Bosphorus Tours| |
FULL BOSPHORUS CRUISE (Double Way)| 25,00|
FULL BOSPHORUS CRUISE (One Way)| 15,00|
SHORT CIRCLE CRUISE| 10,00|
MOONLIGHT TOUR| 20,00|
Prices are in Turkish Lira.
Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise/Tour (Kısa Boğaz Turu)
SHORT BOSPHORUS TOUR| |
Sailing time is approx. 2 hours.|
Between 17 September - 2 December 2012 : EVERYDAYBetween 3 December 2012 - March 31 2013 : SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLDIDAYSBetween 31 March 2013 - 2 June 2013 : EVERYDAY.|
First up is the brand new non-stop Short Circle Bosphorus tour.
This one is great for people who are pressed for time but don’t want to miss a genuine Bosphorus experience.
This tour is available every day in summer time (April 1st until October 31st).
The cruise takes you fromEminönü to Istinye (well past the second bridge that is), and back.
The ferry leaves the Eminönü docks at 14:30, arrives at Ortaköy around 14:50 to pick up more people, and then continues its two hour non-stop tour.
The price per person is 10 TL.
For the latest updates, check the official timetable.
Full Bosphorus Cruise (Uzun Boğaz Turu)
EMİNÖNÜ| BEŞİKTAŞ| KANLICA| SARIYER| R.KAVAĞI| A.KAVAĞI| Departure| Arrival|
10:35| 10:50| 11:20| 11:50| 12:00| 12:10|
13:35*| 13:50| 14:20| 14:50| 15:00| 15:10|
A.KAVAĞI| R.KAVAĞI| SARIYER| KANLICA| BEŞİKTAŞ| EMİNÖNÜ| Departure| Arrival|
15:00| 15:10| 15:20| 15:40| 16:10| 16:25|
17:00*| 17:10| 17:20| 17:40| 18:10| 18:25|
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* Not applicable between 30 October 2012 - 31 March 2013|
The Full Bosphorus Tour offers a great Bosphorus experience and will take several hours in total.
For a mere 25 TL this cruise will take you from Eminönü all the way to the Black Sea, and back.
Each way takes about 90 minutes since the ferry makes 5 short stops to let people on and off.
You must get off the ferry in Anadolu Kavağı, the last harbor before the Black Sea.
This gives you the opportunity to grab a (late) lunch in...