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In addition to minibuses and buses, sea vehicles, subway, metrobus, tram, finular are frequently used in the city. There are also aircraft and helicopter rentals in Istanbul. There is a highway connection from Istanbul to all parts of the country. The starting point of domestic transportation is the international bus station in Harem on the Anatolian side and Esenler on the European side.

It is possible to travel by rail systems along the major arteries of Istanbul with a total of 137 km of 5 metro, 4 trams and 2 finicular lines. Atatürk Airport, Bayrampaşa Bus Station, Taksim, historical peninsula are important regions that can be reached by rail systems.

Metrobus is a preferred bus system that runs along the E5 state road from Beylikdüzü on the European side to Söğütlüçeşme (Kadıköy) on the Anatolian side. The 24-hour metrobus is the most passenger-carrying line in Istanbul.

Although the rail network is widespread, it is not yet sufficient to reach many residential and business centers in Istanbul. It is not easy to walk the distance to the subway in this pedestrian-friendly city, built on hills, where cars are still a priority. Buses are probably the most common means of transportation that can take you to the nearest point where you want to go.

Bus operating hours and travel times vary. It is possible to enter the line number of the bus you want to use from İETT's home page and find the route and schedules.

Istanbul is a seaside city. Therefore, there are also maritime solutions especially for trips between two continents. Apart from the main lines, there are Bosphorus, Golden Horn, Princes' Islands and Bosphorus Tour lines. City line ferries usually work all day long and stop their flights after business hours.


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