Sultanahmet To Taksim By Public Transport
How To Get From Sultanahmet To Taksim By Tram Map And Directions
Traffic is the worst problem in Istanbul city. Roads are always heavily used, and traffic jams are common from 07:00 until 10:00 in the morning, and again starting 17:00 until late in the evening. This makes public transportation the best alternative.
A lot of people still take taxis to commute between the Sultanahmet and Taksim but it’s usually not the best choice. Because taxi drivers have to drive through the coastway and that road is blocked during the rush hours. It might take much longer time than you expect.
In this article, I will try to give you the instructions to use the tram and funicular connection to get to Galata Tower or Taksim Square from Sultanahmet.
Istanbul Tram T1 Line From Sultanahmet To Taksim Square
From Sultanahmet To Taksim By Tram & Funicular
First of all you need to find the tram stop in Sultanahmet. It’s very centrally located. Please check the map below to find the Sultanahmet Tram Stop. You need to take the tram in the direction of KABATAŞ which is the final destination and terminal stop for the Funicular to Taksim Square.
Where Is Sultanahmet Tram Stop?
Make sure that you see KABATAŞ on the electronic signboard of the TRAM as final destination. Do not take BAĞCILAR tram which is the opposite direction.
Where Is Sultanahmet Tram Station? Which Direction To Get Taksim Square?
List Of Tram Stops From Sultanahmet to Kabataş
Here are the list of stops from Grand Bazaar Area to New Town. Sultanahmet is the most commonly used tram stop for the visitors of historic Istanbul.
Beyazıt (Grand Bazaar) > Çemberlitaş > Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) > Gülhane > Sirkeci (Train Station) > Eminönü (Bosphorus Ferry) > Karaköy (Tunnel) > Tophane > Fındıklı (Cruise Pier) > Kabataş (Funicular)
Tram T1 Route In Order To Get Galata Tower, Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square
How To Get To İstiklal Avenue From Sultanahmet?
There are two ways to get to the renowned İstiklâl Avenue (Champ Elysees of Istanbul)
Tram to Karaköy USE Cable Car Connection TO Tunnel Square – South-end of İstiklâl Avenue
Tram to Kabataş USE Funicular Connection TO Taksim Square – North-end Of İstiklâl Avenue
İstiklal Avenue is 1,5 km long pedestrian street with lots of attractions.
Map Of Taksim Square – İstiklal Avenue – Galata Tower
How to Pay for Public Transportation?
There are two options to pay for the tram/funicular/ferry/metro fares in Istanbul.
1) Buy A Token: You can buy a token (jeton) from the vending machines (jetonmatik) If you use a token you will have to pay 4 TL per ride which is more expensive option. Keep in mind that every transfer requires you to buy a new token. (Not practical at all)
2) Use Istanbul Card (Istanbulkart) This is a magnetic stripe boarding pass. The charge of Istanbul Card 2.30 TL per ride. There is a discount if you use it for transfers within 2 hours. Charges 1.65 TL for the second vehicle, 1.25 TL for the third vehicle.
IstanbulKart Or Istanbul Card Puplic Transport Pass
How To Buy Istanbul Card
I strongly suggest you to purchase an Istanbul Card. You can load as much as money you want to this practical boarding pass.
It can be bought from one of the newspaper kiosk located next to trams stops and requires 7 Lira deposit. You can return it when you finish your Istanbul visit.
Places To See By Using Tram From Sultanahmet
Karaköy Cafes & Bars: A few minutes walk from Karaköy or Tophane Tram Stops.
Popular street with full of bars and cafes. You might enjoy with live music and drinks here.
Coffee Shops Of Karakoy Neighborhood
Cihangir & Çukurcuma: 10 minutes walk up the hill from Tophane Tram Stop.
Cihangir is an area popular among intellectuals with its elegant and trendy restaurants and cafes. Çukurcuma street is famous for antique shops.
Istanbul Modern Museum And Tophane-i Amire Exhibition Center
Istanbul Modern: Within 5 minutes walk from Fındıklı Tram Stop.
Museum of modern arts. There are good samples of local art.
Dolmabahçe Palace: Within 5 minutes walk from the Kabataş Tram Stop.
Dolmabahçe Palace is a fitting symbol of the magnificence and elegance of the 19th-century Ottoman Empire.
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