I heard about this cable car through the Istanbul Tourist Pass. One of the items included in the pass was the Hop On Hop Off bus and one of the bus' stops was the cable car.
Luckily, I had purchased a metro card to use during my trip and was able to pay for admission to the cable car using the funds I had loaded on my Istanbulcard.
When you travel up the hill, you will be surrounded my a very large cemetery built on the side of the hill. I think I found the cemetery just as interesting as the view. It is truly amazing how it is laid out.
The view from the top is amazing. You are looking down the Golden Horn to the Bosphorus. On a clear day, you can see the scope of Istanbul.
the tip up the hill is very short but you can wander around while your up there. Overall, this is a nice little side trip which will take 1 hour from getting on at the bottom of the hill to getting off back at the bottomMore