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Passenger Underground

Istanbul's Tunnel is a passenger underground from Karaköy to Tünel Square in the Beyoglu district... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cologne, Germany
1 day visit to Istanbul

Stayed near the Taksim square and wanted to return from the old city. What a pleasure to travel by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Inagurated on 17th of January 1875,it is an underground funicular with 2 stations,connecting the quarters of Karaköy and Beyoğlu.It is about 573 meters long.A trip between 2 stations takes about 90 seconds.Worth to have a ride by this train if you are around Karaköy or...More

3  Thank junior1907
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 August 2013

The Tunnel links the Galata Bridge to the Galata Tower area. It is a quaint locomotive with a short journey between the two stops. If you don't like to climb hilly roads, take the Tunnel.

2  Thank Stevenjenkins7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Istanbul's Tunnel is a passenger underground from Karaköy to Tünel Square in the Beyoglu district. It is the fastest way to move and can be highly recommended to use.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed near the Taksim square and wanted to return from the old city. What a pleasure to travel by small train via the tunnel. Easy to use and very practical.

1  Thank Schnapsie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the oldest underground transportation means in the world, but has been renovated/restored recently... so it seems pretty modern. When the New York Subway - or Paris Metropolitan - were hardly even an ideas, this little Tünel was fully functional (steam powered...More

Thank Eric C
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We used this bueutyful tunnel for the first time it is nice wide and well lighted with two lanes in each direction as well as train tunnel

Thank turkkm0a
Reviewed 19 July 2018

This is impressive and well built and connects the bottom portion of Karakoy to the higher portion past Galata. Its just as easy to walk up the hill but some prefer the tunnel especially in hot weather

Thank Brix510
Reviewed 18 July 2018

If you walk from Taxim thru all Istiklal street for shopping you dont have to go back to Taxim to have a ride to old city if your hotel is there. By the end of Istiklal street you can find this tunnel with this fancy...More

Thank samihzaim
Reviewed 11 July 2018

very good Istanbul Tunnel in every respect very good transportation comfortable trains easy in every step

1  Thank Ghanim A
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This is one of the first subways in the world. Fun ride up the hill to rest your legs. Only two stops.

Thank mikel12323
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Great way to get from Karakoy up to the end of Istiklal Caddesi. The security guard helped us with tickets but think you can also use an Istanbulkart which would probably be cheaper. Irrespective its a comfortable way to travel the Tunel and you can...More

Thank QualityTime4us
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Worth saving your legs if you're going to have a long day. This transportation is very easy to take and well worth it. Get an Istanbulkart and load it with lira to use on the trams/etc.

Thank celticmoon
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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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