Istanbul Cable Car
Istanbul Cable Car
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About
The Istanbul Cable Car is a mode of everyday commuter transport that takes you to a hilltop overlooking splendid views of the Golden Horn and the Bosporus River. You can purchase tokens with coins or small notes for either a one- or two-way ride, or use your Istanbulkart to get a discount on the fare. Lines for the cable car are known to be rather long—visit in the early morning for fewer crowds. The cable car is also one of the stops of the hop-on-hop-off bus, and can be combined with a jaunt around Eyup’s main shopping district. – Tripadvisor
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The area
Neighbourhood: Sisli
For much of Istanbul’s history, Sisli and the area just north of Taksim Square were open countryside used mostly as hunting grounds. These days, Sisli and its chic streets are considered the very heart of contemporary Istanbuli life, where an epicenter of fashion and a thriving business district meet to create an expressly “downtown” feel. Though largely a residential neighborhood, luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, and upscale shops abound with many of them situated inside or nearby Cevahir Istanbul, the biggest shopping mall in Europe and second biggest urban shopping mall in the world. Shopaholics and fashionistas travel from near and far to browse the area's mix of major global brand items and creations by popular Turkish designers.
How to get there
  • Taksim • 8 min walk

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Ray W
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This trip was even better than expected. The sites, food and most importantly the Turkish people made this a great trip. We can’t wait to go back and spend more time in this wonderful country.
Written 16 December 2023
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TravellingTwos
London, UK1,072 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Just something to do to pass the time in Istanbul. Don't think this is intended as a tourist attraction - the ride is approximately 2-3 mins. However, not a bad little thing to do if you want to couple it with Ayub Sultan mosque.

The cable cars pass over graves; think the entire hillside is a graveyard.

There is a cafe at the top (Pierre Lottie?) and you can rest up after the grueling ride up. I don't think there is anything else to comment on tbh.

Your Istanbul card will work here and there are top up machines at both the base and top. You can also select a wide variety of languages at the machine so you know what you're doing when using it.
Written 20 October 2023
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Moaz H
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Around a 40 minute wait to get on, for a two minute journey to go to Pierre Loti hill. Went disrespectfully close over graves, if I was aware of this, I wouldn't have used the cable cars.
Written 22 June 2023
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Suzanne R
Bremerton, WA233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Nice little ride with a nice view. Not high, so not likely a problem for people who don't like heights.
Written 6 May 2023
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Sitnam
Darlington, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We had a walking tour with Paulina, GuruWalk for Balat and Fenner and this was the starting point.

Paulina took us on the cable car and explained some history regarding the location. View was brilliant.

You use the istanbulkart for payment. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Istanbul. We also used a taxi from SULTANAHMET and the price was 150 lira by meter.

Also check out Paulina from GuruWalk for a walking tour of Balat and Fenner. Brilliant guide and great tour if you want some Instagram photos of the coloured houses and steps.
Written 23 February 2023
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shaffiq mohamed
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The only country in this world with the best city, best country side, best mountains and best people. Simply mesmerizing.
Written 9 February 2023
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Richard P
Barcelona, Spain37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
Buy the Istanbul travel top up card for everything in Istanbul. Can use here too. From Eminou Bus station (On road near Spice Market and big mosque) catch Bus 99 to Eyup Sultan opposite an astro turf for football. It follows the coast. You can go wrong. At top there is great cafe serving tea coffee and snacks with wonderful views.
Written 15 January 2023
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tubbies74
Pontypool, UK3,749 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This cable car was booked in as part of a sightseeing tour whilst we were visiting Istanbul..
It's NOT such a thing for tourists..
This particular cable car is infact an everyday comuter mode of transport for people who live up ontop of the high hill area..
Ques for the two cars can be easily over an hr each way..
And literally blink and the journey is over..
Seriously NOT worth paying for as part of any tour..
It costs PENNIES to use this transport..all 33p...
Yet when used in connection with a tour which costs quite alot of money, this simply put IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME..& MONEY..
At the top of the hill is a viewing area with telescope that you'll find on many UK beachfront areas that you pay too use..
And obviously there are cafés and tourist type shops( well shacks really), selling usual tourist wares..
You've been warned ⚠️
Written 7 June 2022
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h3x eats
Tallinn, Estonia181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
People will try to this this to you as a tour, but it's actually public transportation.

Just go to one of the stations and and ask for a ticket to your destination.

Really great fun if you're not scare of heights.
Written 17 October 2020
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TommyGee25
London34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Your Istanbul card equivalent to the oyster card in London can be used on the cable car. As luck would have it we ended up taking the back streets and roads to the summit via the main shopping district in Eyup. Initially we had wanted to take the cable car to the top luckily we didn't as we found out later the queues to get to the top were horrendously long. So as stated we walked to the top a very pleasant slightly challenging ascent and then took cable car down. Lovely views, ride lasts about 3-4 mins but worth doing.
Written 25 August 2020
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