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Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

4.6 / 5

40 reviews

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

Istanbul: City Transport Card for Bus, Metro, Tram & Ferries

Activity provider: Istanbul Welcome Card

From US$ 10.26 per person

Enjoy travel for 5 or 10 rides on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro. Skip the hassle of buying transit tickets at metro stations. Discover Istanbul at your own pace.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Valid 6 months
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  • Move hassle-free around the city, both on the European and the Asian side, by metro, tram, bus, and ferry
  • Avoid the city traffic inside taxis and connect easily across the entirety of Istanbul
  • Receive an e-booklet with a city map, audio guides, and discount codes for attractions and activities across the city
  • Benefit from free hotel delivery of your card
Full description
Experience Istanbul stress-free with a pre-charged travel card for public transport networks throughout the city. Travel on the metro, trams, buses, and ferries to experience the city like a local. Using your ticket is easy: simply swipe it at the entrance machines at each station of tram, metro, or public ferry boat. Your ticket will be validated upon each use and can be used for 5 or 10 rides depending on the option you book. Your card will be delivered before your arrival at your hotel located in the Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. After booking, the local partner will send you a separate email with a city map and an e-booklet with discounts for attractions and activities in Istanbul.
  • 5 or 10 rides on public transport (depending on option chosen)
  • Free hotel delivery in Sultanahmet and Taksim areas
  • Administration and delivery fees
  • Extra rides (you may charge the card with more money as you go)
  • Delivery to airports, Airbnbs or private apartment
  • Delivery outside Sultanahmet or Taksim areas
  • Delivery on the Asian side (Uskudar, Kadikoy, etc.)
  • Refund of value for unused rides (card can be used by anyone within 6 months)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Your card will be sent directly to your hotel before you arrive in Istanbul. Email the activity provider your hotel's address. Delivery is not available to Airbnbs or private apartments.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The card can be used only for the metro, funicular, tram, bus, and ferry; swipe it once you enter each station or stop. It is not valid for airport transfer to the city.
  • The remaining unused value can be used within 6 months by you or anyone else you give the card to. The value cannot be refunded.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 40 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
  • Value for money

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Ideal if you live in an area where you can also have it delivered to the hotel. This card quickly becomes essential because Istanbul is built on 7 hills and even two stations can be enough to spare. Quite complicated bus system (there are a lot of them), the tram is excellent and very practical like the metro. Note that the price differs according to the mode of transport and that in addition you must repay for each connection. Tramway in extension works. The whole system is very clean, very safe, very efficient. Once the credit has been used up, the card can be recharged with tickets at metro or tram stations in particular.

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Product ID: 323073