How to get Istanbulkart | Istanbul Public Transportation Card

Istanbulkart is a smart card for public transportation in Istanbul. You can travel on an economical budget with this card. The price of the card depends on the duration of validity of this card. Please read our blog to get every detail regarding Istanbulkart.

Updated Date : 09.11.2022

How to Get Istanbulkart?

Istanbulkart or Istanbul transport card is a ticket for an economical tour traveling in Istanbul. To cut short, it is like a boarding pass for public transportation. Through Istanbulkart, you can access the whole chain of public transportation in Istanbul.

Since it is important, you can continue reading to know where to get it and how. Unlike 1-ride, 5-ride, Istanbulkart can be credited as many times as you want and can be used for more than one person provided that it has enough credits. It looks like a regular credit card and can therefore easily be adjusted in your pocket or wallet.

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The Perks of Istanbulkart

Why should you get it? If you plan for a long tour of Istanbul, you won´t cover everything on foot, and taking a taxi would cost a lot. Therefore getting an Istanbulkart can be a wise option.

Valid for multiple types of transportation: Most of the transportation services in Istanbul do not accept cash, and you will need an electronic card or ticket. Istanbul transportation card is valid for various transportation types, which is why you will not have to buy a separate ticket for each.

Pre-paid credits: The card is pre-paid. You can load any amount of credit depending upon your rides and distance. This relieves you of the hassle of standing in lines before boarding a bus for tickets or balance.

Valid for multiple users: On regular days, If you are traveling in a group or are on a family tour, you don't have to buy tickets for everyone. A single Istanbul transport card can be used for up to 5 passengers (however, we recommend using 1 for 3). After paying for the first passenger, wait a bit and then bring the card closer to the reader and repeat that for others.

Claim discounts: The card offers you a 40% discount on the fare of every type of transport. There is more than that. In case of interchanges, you get additional discounts.

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Where to Buy an Istanbulkart in Istanbul Airport?

For tourists reaching Istanbul through IST or locals residing near the Istanbul Airport, the yellow/blue machines located on the -2nd arrival floors and the airport's shuttle counters are the best options. You can find these counters near the exits. Various authorized exchanges also provide these transport cards at reasonable prices.

Where to Buy an Istanbulkart at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport?

Across the road from the exit of the arrival terminal of Sabiha Gokcen International Airport are various kiosks that sell Istanbul transport cards. But if you don't find any kiosk (that is unlikely), you can also get it from the Istanbul electric tramway and tunnel establishments booth located at the public station once you get out of the terminal.

You can also buy the card from inside the city

Do not worry if you could not buy the card at the airport because there are many places in the central city where you can get it. Almost every station of the subway, trams, Metrobus, and funiculars has these yellow vending machines where you can purchase the card. Most kiosks located near public stops also provide these cards.

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Types of Istanbulkart

There are a total of 4 cards. Out of the four, one is specifically for Turkish citizens, known as the monthly card. One is for students (for foreigners or locals studying in Turkish Universities), commonly referred to as the student card or discounted. And the last of the three is for senior citizens. (Turkish citizens above 65)
The fourth card is designed for travelers and tourists that is anonymous Istanbulkart or Anonim. This is the one you should be getting.

Price of the Card in 2022

The price of the card is 50 Turkish Liras. It does not come with credit. So you have to pay 50 Liras or more when you buy from the machine. You can load more credits to the card through the same machine (or any other). Place the card back in the machine and wait while the machine scans your card.
You can also load the card from the card´s website.
https://www.istanbulkart.istanbul/
It is always recommended to load a calculated amount because the yellow machines do not offer any change and the refund process is hectic. However, the blue machines provide change, but only 20 TRY banknotes and up 3x 20 TRY. The yellow machines accept 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 TRY banknotes and the blue machines accept an additional 200 TRY banknotes. For at least 20 rides, you should up to 200 TRY and load more if needed.

Fares with the card

The typical fares with the card are as under

  • Buses: 7.67 TRY
  • Tram: 7.67 TRY
  • Metro: 7.67 TRY
  • Cable Car: 7.67 TRY
  • Funicular: 7.67 TRY
  • Boats: 7.67-10.00 TRY

But you get additional discounts if you interchange.

The Final Word

Istanbulkart is extremely easy to use as it operates on Radio-Frequency Identification. You can get the card with about 2000 points. It is your best choice for traveling long while going light in your pocket.

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