There are basically two options when you want to catch one of the Bosphorus tours: Sehir Hatlari Ferry or Turyol Bosphorus Cruise. Both of them leaves from Eminonu Neighborhood where the Spice Bazaar is also located. In this article, you can find information about the timetable and price of Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour.
Nevertheless, I will start with the first option, so that you can get to know the Sehir Hatlari Ferry, which is the option other than Turyol, and make a healthy comparison.
Sehir Hatlari “Şehir Hatları” Ferries
Sehir Hatlari is the official government company with larger boats but less often. The journey of Sehir Hatlari starts in 10:30 in the morning and lasts until 16:30 with 3 hours break (by the Black Sea Village) included.
Eminonu is considered as transportation hub of old city. There are government ferries that leaves to Uskudar and Kadikoy (Neighborhoods on the Asian Side) The difference between the official ferries and private boats is so obvious. (Please compare the 1st and 2nd pictures in the post)
Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour Boats
Turyol Bosphorus Tour Boat is a private but very reasonable company. It’s a perfect alternative to the Sehir Hatlari Ferry. Turyol provides advantage with its flexible timetable as opposed to Sehir Hatlari Ferry’s strict timetable. It’s slightly cheaper than the Sehir Hatlari Ferry too.
Sehir Hatlari ferries rest at one side of the Galata Bridge whereas Turyol Boats on the other side. Turyol Station literally faces with the Spice Bazaar as it’s clearly seen in the photo. There is a big bus station and a very busy road in between the Spice Bazaar and Turyol boats. Therefore you are recommended to use the underground passage which is usually packed with people due to cheap shops inside.
Where is Turyol Pier Located?
Turyol Pier is located Eminonu (Old City) side of the Galata Bridge. It’s accessible from Sultanahmet by 15-20 minutes walking. From Beyoglu (Taksim, Istiklal, Galata) it can be reached by funicular and Istanbul metro connections.
The Turyol Pier is actually 5 minutes walk from the Spice Bazaar. If you want to find it from the Spice Bazaar, you need to go to the opposite side of the road through the street lights or underground passage. You will find the Turyol Ticket Office next to fish sandwich boats.
Flexible Turyol Timetable
It’s easy to catch one of these Turyol boats, because they leave the pier each hour. The first journey starts at 10:00 O’Clock in the morning and operates for each hour until late evening. You can get one of these boats any time in the day. That makes a huge difference.
Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Tour Cost
The price for a standart Bosphorus tour is around 25 Turkish Lira which is equal to 4 US Dollars or Euros. Children under the age of 7 is free of charge.
You can purchase the tickets from the little ticket office located in between the fish sandwich boats and turyol boats. The ticket kiosk is visible from the distance as it’s advertising with led digital board which is highlighted with giant red letters.
Turyol Bosphorus Tour Route
Turyol Bosphorus Cruise Boats is leaving the pier at Eminonu and making a round trip around the Bosphorus. It stops only at Üsküdar (Asia Side) to get more passengers.
The only disadvantage of the Turyol comparing to the Sehir Hatlari Ferry: short tour route. Actually you would have seen most of the Bosphorus already, when the boat turns back from the 2nd Bridge (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge).
The Sehir Hatlari ferry is going as far as to Black Sea coast. Which might be too far in most of circumstances. Because the long tour of Sehir Hatlari Ferry makes 6 hours round trip which means take your entire day.
Turyol Bosphorus Tour Boats’ route is much shorter.
Duration Of The Journey
Once the boat leave the Eminonu Pier, it comes back to the same place 1,5 hours later.
Turyol Bosphorus Tour Boats by Serhat Engul