Sehir Hatlari Cruise
Sehir Hatlari Cruise
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Buy a ticket at the kiosk to Eminonu waterfront was the plan. Different websites quote different timetables, some say it will stop twice, others 5 times, to pick and drop passengers, others no tops just a round sightseeing trip of 90 minutes which was what we wanted. Itineraries differ at times of day. A long six hour cruise with a 1.5 hour stop in the middle is only 25tl and runs in the morning. What we wanted runs at 2.30pm, which was just as well when we had arrived at 2.10pm. Perhaps itineraries change, it seemed the easiest way was to find the ticket booth and ask.
Be careful, there are several ticket booths. A large one selling normal commuter boat tickets and several other companies as well as touts offering trips. One tout outside the Şehir Hatları ( public ferries) office was offering what sounded the same trip, 90 minutes no stops, depart and return for 8euro. Starting with ‘our car will take you to our boat’. No, Sehir Hatlari , the boats start from where we were standing and the ticket is 25tl, about 3euro. A similar tourist boat will charge 10-15euro or more only adding commentary on points or interest during your journey. And so off we went. A comfortable open air wooden seat with great views to one side. Stay there and view one shore out, the other on return, or there was sufficient room to move around the boat. A vendor came around regularly offering coffee, soft drinks and snacks. All major sites were covered in an enjoyable 90 minutes at 50tl for two people.
Written October 15, 2020
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itravel71
Singapore, Singapore242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Took the short cruise that lasted about 1.5hrs from Eminönü and got off at Ortaköy station to sample the much talked about kumpir (jacket potatoes) plus a walkaround the small waterfront area. Sat at the top of the ferry in the open deck braving the chilly air but enjoying every bit of the coastal scenery. Bring a map to locate the famous sites along the coast as there are no guided audio points. It’s run by the same company that has other public ferry connections to centres like Kadikoy and Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul which is worth the ferry trip from Eminonu. They are cheap and you can use the Istanbulkart to pay for the ferry tickets. We enjoyed these ferry trips as they are a cheap and efficient way to explore the coastal towns along the Bosphorus. Definitely a must do for first time travellers!
Written January 11, 2020
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Pambolina
Isle of Man, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
A very relaxing day out
This cruise provides a different perspective of the city and was not as commercial as the short Bosporus tours.
The price is exceptional at 65 lira per person.
The tour stop at various points to collect passengers which provides great photo opportunities
There is a 2 hour 30/45 min stop off at Anadolu Kavagi.
The walk to the Castle is a bit steep in places but worth it for the views towards Black Sea and back towards Istanbul
Written October 26, 2022
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Arthur Jackson
New Braunfels, TX110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is basically a ferry which goes all the way up the Bosporus from Eminonu in the old town to Anadolu Kavagi on the Asian side just south of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (also known as the Third Bosphorus Bridge). The ferry leaves Eminonu at 10.35 daily from the second terminal building on the seaward side of the Galata Bridge. The ticket office on the side of the building facing the bridge opens at 10am and the round trip costs 120 TRY. The trip itself takes 1hr and 40mins and calls at 5 stops along the way.

It’s very cold on the top deck in winter even if it’s sunny, so take warm clothes. Obviously you get amazing views of the Bosporus and the places along the way but there’s no audio guide if you want that. The ferry stops at Anadolu Kavagi for 1hr 45mins and departs at 3pm: don’t lose your receipt for re boarding.

At Anadolu Kavagi there’s time to climb the steep hill up to the fort where you get great views of the Black Sea and the Bosporus. Then descend for fish & chips from one of the kiosks around the square or take a proper lunch at one of the many restaurants.

We had a great day and would definitely recommend.
Written February 4, 2024
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Heather B
Windsor, UK189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Best value trip ever! Really great way to spend a day.

Noboby tells you about this wonderful trip!
Şehir Hatları is Istanbul’s official ferry company. It offers three great Bosphorus tours: Short Circle Bosphorus Cruise, Full Bosphorus Cruise, and the Full Bosphorus Cruise by Night.
The Şehir Hatları Bosphorus lines sales offices are located on the left docks of Eminönü when coming off the Galata Bridge.

This is basically a ferry which goes all the way up the Bosporus from Eminonu in the old town to Anadolu Kavagi on the Asian side just south of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (also known as the Third Bosphorus Bridge). Basically two hours each way with about a 2.5 hour top at the village where you can walk up a hill to an old castle and or stay in the village and eat at one of the many cafes and restuarants.
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The ferry leaves Eminonu at 10.35 daily from the second terminal building on the seaward side of the Galata Bridge. The ticket office on the side of the building facing the bridge opens at 10am and the round trip costs 120 TRY. Get there before 10 am and queue for a ticket then queue again to get on the boat. Chilly on the top deck so wear warm clothes but worth it. Toilet and small cafe on board.
Written May 1, 2024
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indianamaggie
Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The Sehir Hatlari boat trip in Istanbul is definitely the best value for money I ever experienced. For just 65 Turkish Lira per person (as in early April 2024), you can go for a 2 hour cruise on the Bosphorus river in a very relaxed boat trip. Highly recommended as a great way to spend a few hours cruising in Istanbul.
Written April 9, 2024
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John S
320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
For 65 tl you can spend a whole day on the water. A new site around every bend of the straight. You can't beat the value. The cafe on board serves excellent coffee. Bring sun screen.
Written June 6, 2022
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Miss Daniels
London, UK1,041 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I love this company, I used them several times during my stay in Istanbul. The boat was so clean and had a beautiful clean smell of lemon hand sanitiser, you could see it was cleaned well.

They have a few decks and I never found any too busy.

They have an on board snack shop which comes in really handy for snacks and drinks and more.

Really good value for money.
Written November 9, 2020
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MrsH675
Buckinghamshire, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Read a lot of contradicting information about this beforehand, so I'm going to try to be as clear as possible.
If you stand at Eminou pier facing the Galata bridge, the booth for this cruise is the second on your right. The kiosk itself is a ferry station, and the ticket window is on the left-hand side next to the window for the Big Bus tour. The widow opens for ticket sales around an hour - half an hour before the cruise is due to depart, and the attendant lets you on to the boat from the same location. People do try and barge on to the cruise to get the best seats possible, so come early and be prepared to wait around in the sun if you want your choice of seats.
We went on the first day of Eid-al-fitr and were warned it would be packed, but it was actually surprisingly quiet. There were locals and tourists alike on board. We didn't see anyone with audio guides, but you can figure out what most of the sights along the banks are if you have a good knowledge of the city (such as Dolmabache Palace). The journey takes under two hours, and the ferry stops for three hours at Andalou Kavagi. Definitely recommend walking up to Yoros Castle. You cant go in but the views are amazing, althogh the walk is on a 10% incline. The restaurants in andalou Kavagi all cater to tourists so the food is a bit pricey but still good. It's a fishing town so the fish and fried mussels come highly recommended. The three hours is just enough time, if a bit on the long side.
Well worth the 25TL ticket cost, and far better value than a private cruise.
Written June 16, 2018
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Indian2009
Dubai, United Arab Emirates185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
We took the short Borphorus Cruise - 2:30 pm dep and back in 2 hours ( I think). It was a great cruise. We paid 9 TL which was a 25% discount on the listed price of 12 TL (because we had the museum card). This was a real steal considering what was being peddled by the tourist agencies.

Suggest to take the audio guide or at least a printout of the attractions on the Bosphorus so that you can relate to the buildings on banks.

Take a seat on the left hand side. It has a better view.

Found the cafe on board and the tea coffee being served to be of very reasonably priced.

Would recommend this cruise on the first day of your trip to Istanbul so that you get a nice orientation.

Toilets (women) were very dirty (as per my wife). Didnt visit the men's though.

Overall, an excellent value for money trip. Dont go for private cruise, opt for this one.!
Written November 3, 2014
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