The T1 Tram line in Istanbul provides a very easy transportation between touristic places. Thanks to the tram, you can easily go from Sultanahmet to Taksim. In this article, you can find the Istanbul tram map and the most important stations of Tram T1.
The tram that comes from Bağcılar, reaches to final destination (Kabataş) while passing through the heart of Istanbul Old City. It’s possible to get to Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower and Taksim Square with the help of Tram T1.
In this article, i would like to describe you how to use the Tram T1 correctly and efficiently. Therefore you may use the public transportation in Istanbul which is very budget-friendly and efficient. Especially considering the awful traffic of Istanbul.
Istanbul Tram T1 Map
You can follow the dark blue line on the Istanbul Tram Map above. This line stretches between “Bağcılar”, one of the suburbs of Istanbul, and “Kabataş”, one of the transportation hubs of the Bosphorus shores.
From Kabatas Tram Station, you can transfer to the F1 Funicular to get to Taksim Square. Thus, you can reach the important tourist centers of Beyoglu (Istanbul New City), such as Istiklal Street and Galata Tower.
On the other hand, you can take a ferry from Kabatas to touristic centers such as Kadikoy or Uskudar on the Asian side. In addition, Dentur boats that make Bosphorus cruise tours also depart from here.
Finally, you can reach Dolmabahce Palace by walking from Kabatas Tram Station. In addition, Vodafone Park Stadium of Besiktas, one of the most important football clubs in Istanbul, is also within walking distance from Kabatas.
Istanbul Tram T1 Line Stations
Istanbul T1 tram stations are actually much more than the 12 stops we have included in this article. The stops in the list only cover the touristic spots of Istanbul. For this reason, these are the stations that foreign visitors should know especially. Each of these stops are within walking distance of important museums, shopping centers and historical monuments in Istanbul.
Tram T1 will be most useful for those who want to visit the Old City of Istanbul. Tram T1, which allows you to reach places such as the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Spice Bazaar, will also enable you to reach the other side of the Golden Horn (Beyoglu district).
1. Zeytinburnu Tram Station
Zeytinburnu Tram Station used to be the transit stop most frequently used by tourists on their way to the airport. Transferring from Zeytinburnu to Metro M1 was the most logical way to go to Ataturk Airport, the old airport.
With the opening of the new Istanbul Airport, Zeytinburnu Tram Station lost its former importance. However, as there are very few shopping centers in Old Istanbul, the best way to come to Marmara Forum Shopping Center is still to take the T1 from Sultanahmet to Zeytinburnu Tram Stop.
The Marmara Forum and the Historia, which is the subject of the next title, are two shopping centers close to Sultanahmet, the most touristic place of Istanbul. However, it should be noted that Marmara Forum offers more shops and activities than Historia.
2. Haseki Tram Station
Haseki Tram Station is within walking distance of Historia, one of Istanbul’s medium-sized shopping centers. Historia Shopping Mall stands out as the closest shopping center to the most important accommodation places of the Old City such as Sirkeci, Sultanahmet, Beyazit and Laleli.
There are much bigger and popular shopping malls in Istanbul like Istinye Park, Kanyon, Cevahir, Mall of Istanbul, Akasya and Zorlu Center. However Historia is still the easiest one to get, for the people who stay in the hotels of Istanbul Old City.
3. Aksaray Tram Station
Aksaray Tram Station is considered as one of the public transportation hubs of Istanbul. Because it connects you with Marmaray and Yenikapı Ferryboat Station. Once you leave the tram at Aksaray, you can walk to Marmaray Station in a few minutes and get to Asian Side of Istanbul.
If you take the Marmaray from Aksaray, you can reach Sirkeci (heart of Old City) in just 4 minutes, Uskudar (Asian Side) in 8 minutes, and Ayrilik Cesmesi (Kadikoy district on the Asian Side) in 12 minutes.
Once you get the Marmaray Under-Sea Metro, you travel to Asia Side from underneath the Bosphorus. This allows you to cross the Bosphorus much faster than any sea vessel.
After using the Marmaray to get to Ayrilik Cesmesi, you can easily reach Kadikoy with the M4 connection. Kadikoy is the best shopping and eating place on the Asian side of Istanbul.
4. Beyazit Tram Station
Beyazit Tram Station is located right next to the Grand Bazaar. The closest gate of the Grand Bazaar to the tram station is Gate 7. This gate, which is one of the main entrances of the Grand Bazaar, leads you to the main street, “Kalpakcilarbasi Caddesi”.
Anyone entering from Gate 7 can exit Gate 1 by walking along the main street and easily reach Sultanahmet via Nuruosmaniye Street. Nuruosmaniye Street (outside the Grand Bazaar) is a beautiful walking path full of luxury shops.
For someone walking between the main gates, Gate 7 and Gate 1, finding a way in the Grand Bazaar may seem easy. However, on the contrary, it is very easy to get lost in the Grand Bazaar, which has 67 streets and 3000 shops.
5. Sultanahmet Tram Station
Sultanahmet Tram Station is the most important stop on Tram T1. Because you can walk to iconic structures such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace from the Sultanahmet Tram Station.
As you can see from the map above, most of the historical monuments in the Old City of Istanbul are located around the Beyazit, Sultanahmet and Gulhane Tram Stations. Exploring these historical buildings and museums in Sultanahmet will take you all day. At the end of the day, you can take the tram to Taksim again to discover the nightlife of Istanbul.
6. Gulhane Tram Station
Gulhane Tram Station offers you the opportunity to reach Istanbul Archeological Museum and Gulhane Park on foot. Although these two important touristic places remain within the walls of Topkapi Palace, they can be easily reached from the Gulhane Tram Stop.
In order to reach these structures, you need to pass through the “Gulhane Gate”, the secondary gate of Topkapı Palace. When you enter through this door, the most obvious thing in front of you will be the magnificent Gulhane Park. If you follow the path in front of you to the right and go up a slight slope, the Istanbul Archeology Museum will be on your left.
It should also be noted that the Islamic Science and Technology Museum is located inside the Gulhane Park. This little-known museum has some very interesting artifacts.
7. Sirkeci Tram Station
Sirkeci Tram Station is located in the heart of Istanbul Old City. Bustling with people throughout the day, this busy neighborhood has been one of the city’s most important trading and eating spots since the Ottoman period.
Sirkeci Tram Station is located in the middle of a historical square. In one corner of this square, you will see Sirkeci Railway Station (picture above), the last stop of the Orient Express train, which carried passengers between Paris and Istanbul in the past.
Sirkeci is one of the places where you can find the best street food in Istanbul. Here you can find delicious Turkish dessert shops and the best local Turkish restaurants. Especially the restaurants on Hocapasha Street are very good. Kasap Osman, one of the best doner places in Istanbul, is also located here.
One of the most important features of Sirkeci is that Istanbul’s best whirling dervish show is here. You can watch this performance at the Hodjapasha Cultural Center on Hocapasha Street, which is famous for its restaurants.
8. Eminonu Tram Station
Eminonu Tram Station is adjacent to the famous Spice Bazaar. You can buy Turkish delight, tea leaves, saffron, local nuts and, of course, various spices at Spice Bazaar. Although this 300-year-old bazaar is like a small version of the Grand Bazaar, it has a more cozy atmosphere.
Hamdi, one of the best kebab restaurants in Istanbul, is located right next to the Spice Bazaar. In addition, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, where you can see the most beautiful examples of Iznik Tiles, is also here.
Most of the street food tours that have been very popular in Istanbul in recent years start from Spice Bazaar. Because around this bazaar, there are famous delicacies of the district such as doner, kokorec and fish sandwich.
9. Karakoy Tram Station
Karakoy Tram Station is located in the middle of a historical square. Karakoy district was the port of the city during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. For this reason, Karakoy still carries the legacy of its cosmopolitan structure from the past.
Since Karakoy was rebuilt in the 19th century, it has buildings with baroque and neo-classical architecture. For this reason, unlike the Old City, it has European features. In this sense, it also represents the Westernization in the last period of the Ottoman Empire.
You can find wonderful sweet shops and local restaurants in the side streets of Karakoy. It is also possible to walk to Galata Tower and Istiklal Street from Karakoy. Karakoy is also home to Galataport, the Istanbul Cruise Port.
10. Tophane Tram Station
Tophane Tram Station is adjacent to Kilic Ali Pasha Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman mosque. When you arrive in Tophane, Istanbul Cruise Port and Istanbul Modern Art Museum are within walking distance.
Tophane is one of the most central places of Beyoglu. From here, you can walk to Cihangir, one of the coolest neighborhoods of Istanbul. Cihangir is famous for its shops selling antiques. In addition, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence is also in Cihangir.
One of the best breakfast places in Istanbul, Naif is only a 5-minute walk from Tophane Tram Station. Also, Kilic Ali Pasha Hamami, one of the best Turkish baths in Istanbul, is right next to the stop.
11. Findikli Tram Station
Findikli Tram Station is very close to Istanbul Cruise Port and Istanbul Modern Art Museum. In addition, Nusretiye Mosque, an Ottoman structure with baroque architecture, is very close to the tram stop.
Mimar Sinan University, one of the fine arts faculties of Istanbul, is located right next to the Findikli Tram Station. This university is dedicated to Mimar Sinan, the most prolific architect in Ottoman history.
12. Kabatas Tram Station
Kabatas Tram Station gives you the opportunity to walk to Dolmabahce Palace, one of the most important historical monuments of Istanbul. You can take the ferry from Kabatas to the Asian Side, or join the Bosphorus cruise tours or go to the Prince Islands.
Kabatas Tram Station is located at the intersection of Beyoglu and Besiktas districts and is very close to the city’s most luxurious hotels. Hotels such as the Ritz Carlton Istanbul, Swissotel the Bosphorus and Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus are within walking distance.
It is also within walking distance from Kabatas Tram Station to Vodafone Park stadium of Besiktas, one of the city’s most popular football clubs. From here, you can take a bus to Besiktas and enjoy a walk along the Bosphorus shores.
How To Buy A Ticket For Tram?
If you want to buy a one-time ticket for the tram, you can use the token machines called Jetonmatik next to the tram stations. However, this is the more expensive option.
If you buy Istanbulkart, using the tram will be cheaper and you will get a discount when you transfer to another public transportation vehicle. Istanbulkart is a credit card sized pass card and can be loaded and used very easily.
For more information about Istanbulkart, which can be used in all public transportation vehicles in Istanbul, you can read my article named Istanbul Travel Card. In this article, there is information about where to get the card and how to put money in it.
In summary, Tram T1 is the most used means of transportation by tourists in Istanbul. You can reach most of the historical artifacts and museums you will see on the Istanbul Tourist Map by tram.
If you need maps prepared as PDF for tram and metro, you can review the article named Istanbul Metro Map. In this article, there are metro, tram, ferry and metrobus maps of Istanbul.
Istanbul Tram Map and Stations By Serhat Engul