Istanbul is a large city; and with a population of more than 13 million folks, traffic can be a nightmare. Fortunately there are many options to get from Point A to Point B while visiting Istanbul.
For starters, the bus system in Istanbul is inexpensive and goes everywhere — from the Black Sea beach towns to the heart of Taksim. Then, there is the tram. With stops along the major hot spots of the city, simply head to a kiosk, buy a token and then wait for the tram to scoop you up to your destination. The tram is ideal for those heading to spots like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and both the Spice Market and Grand Bazaars.
The funicular tram is a key mode of transportation for visitors and locals, linking up the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram and the Kabatas ferry to the Metro and Taksim Square. It’s a quick ride and lands people in the heart of the city and many of the popular dining and drinking spots.
Ferries are another mode of transportation in town. These boats cruise down the Bosphorus and take people to destinations along the water and other smaller towns leading to the Black Sea.
When in doubt, walking is always a great option in Istanbul. Sulthanamet Square is packed with walkable places to explore, from cafes to the major tourist attractions.