Istanbul’s public transport system has been growing rapidly in recent years. Between 2010 and 2020, many new metro lines were put into use. For this reason, it is important to follow the current metro map of Istanbul for those who will visit Istanbul.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality is sharing the updated metro maps with us every year. In this article, we will be examining the latest metro lines of the city through the newly published metro map of Istanbul.
Istanbul Public Transport Maps 2020
The most commonly used public transportation vehicles in Istanbul are the metro, tram and ferry. Especially the Tram T1 is the most convenient public transportation between the Old City (Sultanahmet) and the modern districts of istanbul.
Istanbul Tram T1 Maps
Sultanahmet and Taksim are the most preferred accommodation areas for those staying in istanbul. Most of the historical monuments are in Sultanahmet and shopping and entertainment places are in Beyoglu (commonly known as Taksim). Therefore, let’s first examine the tram that provides the best transportation between these two areas.
Tram T1 Stations in the Old City
Tram passes through Beyazit (Grand Bazaar), Cemberlitas (Forum of Constantine), Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque), Gulhane (Istanbul Archaeology Museums), Sirkeci (Marmaray Metro Station), Eminonu (Spice Bazaar) and then reaches to Beyoglu (Galata Tower, Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square) by passing through the Galata Bridge which ties these two sides.
Tram T1 Stations nearby Sultanahmet
How to Get from Sultanahmet to Taksim by Tram?
To reach places such as Karakoy, Galata, Istiklal Street and Taksim Square by tram, you need to use the tram from Sultanahmet to KABATAS direction. You can also go back to the old city by tram to BAGCILAR.
When you reach Kabatas, the last station of the tram line, you can take the F1 coded funicular which is only walking distance and you can reach Taksim Square in 5 minutes. The F1 Kabatas-Taksim line is a one-stop subway station and provides easy access to Taksim Square, which is quite high above sea level.
Taksim Square is also the beginning of Istiklal Street, which is the most pleasant walking street of Istanbul. If you walk across this street, you can also reach Galata Tower, Karakoy or Galata Bridge respectively.
Tram T1 Stations nearby Taksim Square
Istanbul Tram Map 2020
You can click on the links below the images to view the full resolution of the Istanbul metro and tram maps. You can also use the links at the bottom of the page to print the metro map of Istanbul in pdf format.
Istanbul Metro Map 2020
Istanbul Metro grew so quickly for the recent years. The Asian side of Istanbul is also introduced with an efficient metro system (Metro M4). The Metro in the Asia side commute between the Kadikoy and Tavsantepe yet. It will be connected to Sabiha Gokcen Airport soon.
Istanbul Metro Map 2019/2020
Metro M1: From Bakirkoy to Old City and Taksim
Until recently, the M1 Metro Line was the busiest route used by foreign visitors. M1, which provides a connection between Ataturk Airport (now closed) and Sultanahmet, has lost its importance with the opening of the New Istanbul Airport.
However, there are still many 5-star business hotels in the old airport area. For this reason, M1 line is still necessary for those who stay in areas like Yesilkoy, Bakirkoy, Atakoy to reach Sultanahmet and Taksim.
Yenikapı to Sultanahmet
Yenikapi is a connection point between Marmaray from the Asian side, Metro M1 from the old airport and Metro M2 from Taksim Square. If you come to Yenikapi with one of these subways, you can walk up Ataturk Boulevard and find Aksaray tram station and take the tram in the direction of KABATAS and go to Sultanahmet (Center of the Istanbul Old City).
Yenikapı to Taksim Square
If you come to Yenikapi by Marmaray or M1 metro and you want to go to Taksim Square, you can transfer to Metro M2 which goes to Taksim Square without leaving the terminal.
Yenikapı to Asia Side
You may just go upper floor to get to the entrance of the Marmaray underwater metro. This vehicle runs between the Istanbul Historic Peninsula and Asia Side (Üsküdar & Kadikoy). Once you get to Asian Side of Istanbul you may transfer to M4 Kadikoy-Tavsantepe Metro to reach out to inland of Asia Side.
Metro M2: To Get Business and Shopping Areas
Istanbul M2 metro line is very efficient to get around in the Modern Istanbul. M2 runs from Yenikapi to Haciosman, a vertical line that cut through major districts of European side. The M2 passes through the Taksim, Mecidiyekoy, Levent, Maslak business districts as well as the Sisli and Etiler shopping districts.
Some of the most popular shopping malls of Istanbul are accesible by the M2 metro line, such as Metrocity (Levent), Cevahir (Sisli), Kanyon (Sisli) , Istinye Park (Sariyer).
M2 can help you to reach northern parts of Istanbul city from southernmost Istanbul: Historic Peninsula. Yenikapi (the 1st stop) can be considered as the Transportation Hub of the Istanbul Old City so it’s accesible from every side of Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula.
Connections of Istanbul Old City and Taksim
The Golden Horn is located between the historical peninsula of Istanbul and the modern city. Golden Horn, a small waterway separate from the Bosphorus, was named after the ancient Greek period. M2 metro, starting from Yenikapi, proceeds to the north with the metro bridge passing over the golden horn and is connected to Taksim Square.
Marmaray is a train line that connects south of istanbul from one end to the other. It starts from Halkali, which is the outer quarter of the city on the European side, and continues until Gebze on the Asian side.
The most important feature of Marmaray for those traveling in the city center is that it provides travel to the Asian side by European Side (or vise versa) in just a few minutes.
If you have enough time during your visit to Istanbul, you can go by ferry to Uskudar and Kadikoy, the tourist centers on the Asian side. However, if you prefer a quick pass, Marmaray can help you.
You can get to Marmaray from Yenikapi or Sirkeci stations depending on the location of your hotel. Yenikapi Marmaray Station is close to the Grand Bazaar and Sirkeci Marmaray Station station is very close to Sultanahmet.
Istanbul Public Transport Map 2020
Metrobus is actually nothing more than a regular bus with its own traffic lane. It’s a new option for locals.
Roads that lead to Bosphorus Bridge always heavily used. The people travelling from Asia Side to European Side having trouble when passing through the Bosphorus Bridge with regular bus. Therefore Istanbul Municipality installed some private lanes for the Metrobus and hundreds of Mercedes busses are put into operation.
Metrobus lines reach out to Istanbul’s outskirts. It provides swift journey on the busy Istanbul roads. It comes with one major disadvantage: It is extremely crowded in rush hours.
Istanbul Public Transport Map
About Istanbul Metro Card (Istanbulkart)
Istanbulkart is a budget friendly metro card. It is valid for all the most used public transportation vehicles in Istanbul. If you buy one Istanbulkart, you can use this card for metro, marmaray, metrobus and ferry. Also a single Istanbul card can be used for multiple people. You can travel with the same card for the whole family if you have enough money loaded inside.
Where You can Buy an Istanbulkart?
Istanbul Metro Card is sold in newspaper kiosks near tram stations. the card itself is worth 10 Turkish Lira. When receiving the card, you can ask the seller to fill the card. If the credit on your card runs out, you can load money from the yellow and black top up stations next to the tram stations.
When your trip to Istanbul is over, if you do not need a card, you can give it back to the place of purchase and refund the 10 TL deposit. In the picture below you can see where you can buy istanbulkart in Sultanahmet.
Istanbulkart also provides some discount if it’s used several times within 2 hours. The Istanbulkart is charged normally 3,50 TL per ride. If you would use it 4 times within 2 hours, the following prices will be charged. 2nd time: 2,50 TL 3rd time: 1.90 TL 4th time: 1,20 TL