The journey takes 8 hours in total and is train /ferry.The train goes to Bandırma where the train times are coordinated with the fast ferry to and from Istanbul.Thus the last section of 2 hours is by ferry which arrives at Istanbul Yeni Kapı.
You can go from there to Taksim by metro rail.
This site is good for train info. and explains all about the way this route works.Yes,it is a long day but it is a nice relaxing way to see some of the countryside too.
Thank you. I will check out that website now. I suppose I'll have to inform our hotel at Taksim of a late arrival then.
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