Best Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul, Schedule-Price-Map

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Best Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul

Best Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul, Schedule-Price-Map-Timetable

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours, considered as one of the most entertaining activities in Istanbul. Ottoman Sultans moved from the traditional Topkapı Palace to modern Dolmabahce Palace  in 1856. Bosphorus has been the most popular settlement area in Istanbul since then.

Bosphorus has a countless number of historical houses called “Yalı”, palaces, mansions, citadels and mosques. Ortakoy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress are the most popular spots to see during the Bosphorus Cruise journey.

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Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Schedule, Price, Map

Sehir Hatlari Vapuru (Official Government Ferry) and Turyol Daily Bosphorus Tours (Private Company) will provide you the cheapest and most efficient tour options.

  • Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Ferry

Sehir Hatlari has long (6 hours) and short (2 hours) tour options. Sehir Hatlari offers large ferries with comfortable decks to take photos and look around. However they have a strict timetable. That could cause you seek some other options.

  • Turyol Bosphorus Tour Boats

When you need an alternative to Sehir Hatlari Ferry. There is a private company that is called Turyol. This company has nice boats. They are considerably smaller than the Official Sehir Hatlari Ferries but they are very often. You may catch one of Turyol Boats without worrying about timing. Because the boats set out for a journey on the Bosphorus each hour. Duration of the tour is 1,5 hours.

Sehir Hatlari and Turyol Stations next to Galata Bridge

1st Option: Full Day Bosphorus Tour from Eminonu to Black Sea “6 Hours”

Sehir Hatlari “Long” Bosphorus Cruise Tour Schedule

An official transportation company, Sehir Hatlari ferry begins the tour at the small pier just next to Galata Bridge. (Check the map above) Boats leaving from this pier provide you three different cruise options:

Sehir Hatlari Long Bosphorus Tour Route to Black Sea 2019

10:30 Leaving from Eminönü Pier > 12:00 arriving to Anadolu Kavagi < 3 hours break > 15:00 departing from Anadolu Kavagi > 16:30 Back to Eminönü Pier

Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Ferry
Istanbul Sehir Hatlari

Sehir Hatlari Ferry

3 Hours Break At Anadolu Kavagi

The nostalgic boat begins the tour at 10:35 at all seasons and takes you to the Black Sea shore weaving through both European and Asian side of Bosphorus. After a ride for 1.5 hours, you will have three hours of free time at Anadolu Kavagi stop.

During this time, you may take a walk in the cute town, have a lunch and walk up to Yoros Castle to take pictures of the Black Sea and Bosphorus. The boat leaves at 15:00 to take you back by going through the same stops. When your tour ends at 16:30, you will have had a great full day Bosphorus tour at a great deal.

Sehir Hatlari Long Bosphorus Cruise Tour Price (Cost) 2019

Sehir Hatlari Long Bosphorus Tour ticket price is 25 Turkish Lira for a single person.


Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Tour Route On A Map
Sehir Hatlari Long & Short Bosphorus Tour Route Map

Black line is Long (Full Day) – Red Line is Short Bosphorus Tour


2nd Option: Short Bosphorus Cruise Tour “2 Hours”

Sehir Hatlari “Short” Bosphorus Cruise Tour Schedule

14:30 Eminonu Pier > Non-stop Bosphorus Tour > 16:30 Eminonu

You will see the most important attractions in Bosphorus with this two hours tour. The settlement in Bosphorus area extends only to a certain area on the north. Therefore the Short Bosphorus Cruise should be enough for you to see the important palaces, mansions and citadels.

Sehir Hatlari Short Bosphorus Cruise Tour Price (Cost) 2019

Short Bosphorus Cruise journey costs 12 Turkish Lira for a single person.


3rd Option: Turyol Company Bosphorus Cruise Boats “1,5 Hours”

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats – Tour Schedule 2019

10:00 Eminonu Turyol Pier> Non-stop Bosphorus Tour > 11:30 Eminonu Pier

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boat
Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour Boats

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats

Turyol’s cute and small boats are good alternatives for an enjoyable Bosphorus cruise.

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats Timetable 2019

The biggest advantage of Turyol over Şehir Hatları is that Turyol Bosphorus tours start at 10:00 a.m. in the morning. Do the same tour each hour. Tours last from 10:00 O’clock in the morning till late evening.

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats Route 2019

Boats start the journey from Eminönü pier. The boat will simply take you up to the second bridge of Bosphorus, named Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and they take you back to the begginning point (Eminönü).

This route is a bit shorter than that of Şehir Hatları Line’s though. Except for the nice seaside mansions of Yeniköy which is ahead of the second bridge, you will see all the beauties of Bosphorus with this tour. If you have limited time or don’t want to be restricted by Şehir Hatları Line’s fewer number of daily departures, Turyol would be a great choice for Bosphorus cruise tour.

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats Tour Price (Cost) 2019

The cost of Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour 20 Turkish Lira for a single ticket.


2,5 Hours Private Yacht Tour

If you are looking for a more personalized experience on the Bosphorus, you can check Private Yacht Tour from here for a reasonable price. This journey might be convenient for a small family or a couple.

Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance fully refunded by GetYourGuide


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Written by Serhat Engul

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Schedule, Price, Map, Timetable 2019

2 Comments
  • Ryan

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    Thanks for all your posts! They have been very useful in planning my trip. Very big help in deciding a lot of things. Complemented very well my Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet research.

    • Serhat Engül

      Hello Ryan, thank you very much for your kind words. This is a good motivation for us. I Hope you will have great time in Istanbul.

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