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Europe to Asia & back – Karaköy/Kadıköy Ferries

Sight in Istanbul


Ferries are the most popular form of public transport in Istanbul for one simple reason – if you’re a local, you’re always in a hurry except when you’re on a ferry travelling from one side of the city to the other. You have around 20 minutes to enjoy amazing views of the Bosphorus over a cup of Turkish tea.

If you really can’t think of any reasons why you’d want to head on over to the Asian side of the city, the Eminönü to Kadıköy ferry is more than a decent excuse. We’re leaving European shores for a blog post or two now and exploring a bit more of Anatolian Istanbul – but, first of all, we need to get there. We’re taking the Istanbul ferry from Eminönü to Kadıköy and we’re sure you’ll see why we love this little journey so much…

It’s the perfect way to travel around a city that is famous for being overcrowded. A short wait in the waiting room (we’d got there early, hence the lack of people in the photo) that slowly fills to almost bursting-at-the-seams levels, and then the Eminönü to Kadıköy ferry pulls in and docks. The doors open and we stream onto our Istanbul ferry. No need for scrambling around and pushing and shoving. The IDO Şehir Hatları ferries have oodles of room for us all.

Straight up to the top deck for the best views – obviously it helps if the weather is behaving! We’ve got Yeni Camii (the New Mosque) on our shoreline and Beyoğlu opposite; Galata Tower standing proud and tall amongst the more recent developments of the building world. Up there, around the tower, daily life in Galata is taking place…but we’re on the water. We’re watching all from afar.