Best Bosphorus Cruise Tour in Istanbul

Those who visit Istanbul for the first time, primarily visit the historical monuments around Sultanahmet. However, it is not enough to see why Istanbul is such an important place in history. It is essential to take a Bosphorus cruise tour in Istanbul in order to comprehend how large the city is.

Thus, you can observe how the life of the city, which had been confined to the Old City and Galata district for centuries, has spread to the shores of the Bosphorus since the 19th century.

When the Ottoman sultans left the traditional Topkapi Palace and settled in the Dolmabahce Palace, the development on the shores of the Bosphorus accelerated.

Best Bosphorus Cruise Tour in Istanbul
Cruise Tours on Istanbul’s Bosphorus

Best Bosphorus Cruise Tour in Istanbul

In order to join the best Bosphorus cruise tour in Istanbul, you have 3 basic options. Two of these are located in Eminonu and one in Kabatas.

For this reason, it is easy for a visitor staying in the Old City (Sultanahmet) to reach the Sehir Hatlari and Turyol piers, while a person staying in Beyoglu (Taksim) can easily go to the Dentur pier.

1. Sehir Hatlari

Sehir Hatlari Ferry is the state-owned enterprise serving all of Istanbul’s maritime routes. It offers two options on the Bosphorus tour in Istanbul.

Long Bosphorus Tour by Sehir Hatlari

The first is the ship that departs from the pier at Eminonu at 10:35 am and makes a Long Bosphorus Tour. From 10:35 to 12:00, it runs north along the Bosphorus and stops at Anadolu Kavagi, one of the closest points to the Black Sea.

During a 3-hour break in the Anadolu Kavagi, you can go to the Yoros Castle built by the Genoese and eat fish by the sea. The ship departs at 15:00 and returns to Eminonu at 16:30.

Short Bosphorus Tour by Sehir Hatlari

The second option offered by the Sehir Hatlari, the Short Bosphorus Tour, operates only in summer. The trip starts at 14:35 from Eminonu. The ferry departing from the Historic Peninsula (Istanbul Old City) passes the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (second bridge in the Bosphorus) and turns back. The journey takes 2 hours and returns to Eminonu at 16:35.

Sehir Hatlari Bosphorus Cruise Price

The price of the long Bosphorus Cruise Tour is 25 Turkish Lira whereas short ride would cost you 12 Turkish Lira per person.

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tours
Sehir Hatlari Ferry

2. Turyol

Turyol Bosphorus Tour is the most practical option. Turyol‘s pier is located very close to the Spice Bazaar, the popular tourist center of Istanbul. If you pass the underpass across the Spice Bazaar, you can easily find Turyol Pier on the sea side. The ticket office box is right next to the boats selling fish sandwiches.

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise starts from Eminonu and stops at Uskudar to pick up passengers on the Asian side. Afterwards, it follows the coast of the European side and continues until Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. It returns to the Asian side just below the bridge and stops by Uskudar and returns to Eminonu.

The journey lasts one and a half hours and ends at Eminonu, where it started. The best thing about Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour Boats is that they depart from Eminonu every hour. So you don’t have to adjust your daily schedule for the Bosphorus cruise. You can catch one of the boats that depart every hour.

Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Price

Turyol charge 25 Turkish Lira per person for one 1,5 hour tour.

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise by Boats
Turyol Bosphorus Boat

3. Dentur

Bosphorus Tours organized by Dentur is the third option. The most beautiful part of Dentur is that it is very close to Kabatas. For visitors staying in Taksim Square, transportation is very easy. From Taksim Square you can come to Kabatas via Funicular F1 line and easily reach Dentur boats.

Dentur pier is very close to Dolmabahce Palace, so you can visit the palace first. Dentur‘s biggest difference from Turyol is that it departs a little further. Since the tour starts from Kabatas and not from Eminonu, it goes further than Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and returns from Emirgan (beautiful neighborhood up the Bosphorus nearby Sabanci Museum)  The journey time is almost the same with Turyol.

Another feature of Dentur boats is that it stops in the Ottoman palaces on the shores of the Bosphorus. The boat stops at Emirgan on the European side and Kucuksu Pavillion (hunting palace of the Sultans) and Beylerbeyi Palace on the Anatolian side. If you want to visit these places, you can get off the boat and catch the next boat and return to the starting point of Kabatas.

Dentur Bosphorus Cruise Price 2020

Dentur charge 25 Turkish Lira per person for 1 hour 15 mins tour.

Dentur Bosphorus Boat

4. Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

Foreign visitors to Istanbul wonder about folk dances and belly dancers. You can combine these dances with the view of the Bosphorus and have hours of fun. If you want to take a Bosphorus tour with dinner and belly dancers in Bosphorus, you can make a reservation from this link.

Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance fully refunded by GetYourGuide

Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

5. Bosphorus Cruise on a Private Yacht

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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