Bosphorus Tour

Price guide: Expensive

Eminönü İskelesi, Istanbul

Price guide: Expensive

Bosphorus Tour
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Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Sightseeing

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Great views abound while cruising the strait that famously divides east and west.

The Eminönü waterfront is packed with touts offering Bosphorus cruises, but the best way to see the famous strait – and the palaces, old mansions, and scenic little neighbourhoods that line much of it – is on another symbol of Istanbul, the historical city-run ferry. The nostalgic boats take about an hour and a half each way to ply the strait, docking alternately on the city’s European and Asian sides before ending up in Anadolu Kavağı, an old fishing village near the Black Sea where travellers can stretch their legs with a hike up to a crumbling hilltop fort or eat fish at one of the many restaurants by the shore.

Price advice: 

A round-trip cruise is 25 lira. If you want to make your way back by bus or taxi from one of the many ports of call, a one-way fare is 15 lira. There’s also a shorter, summer-only Saturday night cruise for 20 lira.

Expert tips: 
Avoid the extremely crowded weekend ferries if you can, and arrive at the dock early any day of the week to get to the front of the pack angling for the best seats on top of the ferry.
Take the early boat in summer to get an extra hour to enjoy Anadolu Kavağı.
After the boat docks in Kanlıca, be sure to buy some local yogurt from one of the vendors who board the ferry at that stop. And don’t forget to ask for some powdered sugar to put on top.

More information on Bosphorus Tour:

Price guide:
Boat trip
Eminönü İskelesi, Istanbul
0212 444 18 51
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tours begin at 10.35am and 1.35pm during the summer months; only the morning boats run the rest of the year.

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Community comments (2)

Also what about the new Zoe Yacht at which does private Bosphorus yacht cruises for those who want to rent a boat to themselves - this is another great way to cruise in Istanbul but at any time, to where you like and in comfort. It's a good alternative for families or small groups of friends that might be looking for something a bit more special and with good service. They also do Black Sea and Islands cruises as well as Bosphorus.

Yes, That is very nice cruise tour. Tours begin at 10.35am and 1.35pm during the summer months; only the morning boats run the rest of the year. There is one more boat cruise that organized by private boat and it goes till Black Sea (Poyrazkoy).
Full Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruises
Discover the wealth of impressive sights all along the shores of Bosphorus, a waterway that divides the two continents, Europe and Asia - stop for certain points, walk around specific areas, visit imperial palaces and climb magnificent fortresses with a certificated guide.