Istanbul Metro

Istanbul Metro Information

For the unique geographical position of Istanbul, the metro system has two different sets of lines. One set called the European Lines and the other set called the Asian Lines. Out of the 7 European Lines, only 4 are under operation as of now, with 3 more under construction. The Asian Line comprises of 3 lines, 1 line under operation and 2 under construction. This 90 km long network, serves 75 stations presently with 70 more stations under construction. An important means of public transportation since the year 1989, the metro system has an annual ridership of nearly 3.5 million (2015). Although it is operated by Istanbul Ulasim, it is actually under the control of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.


Istanbul Metro Map

Map of Istanbul Metro System showing various lines and stations. Click on the Map to enlarge it.

Istanbul Metro Lines, Timings and Frequency

Sl no. Name of the line Frequency Trip Duration Timings
1. M1 Yenikapı – Ataturk Airport / Kirazlı LRT Line 3 minutes during peak hours. Aksaray-Airport: 30 min.Aksaray-Kirazlı : 22 min. 06:00-00:00
2. M2 Yenikapı – Haciosman Metro Line 2 minutes and 45 seconds, during peak hours. 33 minutes 06:00-00:00
3. M3 Kirazli-Basaksehir-Olimpiyatkoy Metro Line



5 minutes during peak hours. 20 minutes 06:00-00:00
4. M4 Kadikoy-Kartal Metro Line




4 minutes and 23 seconds during peak hours. 32 minutes 06:00-00:00
5. M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi University 5 minutes during peak hours 06:00-00:00


M1 route: Yenikapı ↔ Atatürk Airport / Kirazlı. It was opened in 1989 and covered 23 stoppages. Presently, this route is extended further to 0.7 km at Yenikapi end. You can find this route displayed as ‘red line’ in Istanbul Metro map.

M2 route: Yenikapi to Haciosman. This route was started in 2000. At present, the route is stretched further to additional 3.5 km at Yenikapi end.

M3 route: Kirazlı ↔ Metrokent–Olimpiyat. This 15.9 km long route covering 11 stoppages was opened in 2013. The route is now being stretched further according to the latest plan.

M4 route: Kadıköy ↔ Kartal. This route covers 16 stations. It is opened since 2012 and is being extended further to 5.2 km on the south-eastern end.

M6 route: Levent ↔ Boğaziçi Üniversitesi/Hisarüstü. Levent (connecting point to M2 line), Nispetiye, Etiler, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi (Hisarüstü) are the stops covered in this line.

New routes M5, M7 and M8 are being constructed. M5 and M7 lines will open in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

M5 route and M7 Route are proposed to be built on the Asian and European proximity of Istanbul, respectively.

Istanbul Metro Fares, Tickets & Cards

You can pay the fare for Istanbul Metro with tokens or cards. One ticket for all kinds of transports, known as Akbil ticket, is also available. The cost of a Token for metro is  4TL.

Whereas, the cost of one full fare on the electronic ticket (Akbil ticket) is 2.30 TL. The student fare for the electronic ticket (Akbil ticket) is 1.15 TL and the discounted fare is equivalent to 1.65 TL.

Disabled people get to travel for free.

For information with regard to travel cards, you can visit the official website at:

Istanbul Metro Parking

The park and ride facilities are available for metro riders at each metro station. Parking gates may be closed at some parking area between 9am to 4 pm. You can make a free call and request the gate to be opened.

Istanbul Metro Rules and Tips

Bicycles can be taken on board, although they are subject to certain conditions. One cannot take a large non-foldable bicycle during peak hours, during non peak hours there is free access for these non-foldable bicycles. Small, not so dangerous pets can be taken on the metro train provided it’s not poisonous. The disabled and visually impaired are also allowed an exception with guide dogs. Photography and videography without prior permission is prohibited.

In addition to this, the metro management ensures a perfect blend of human, technical and physical security to ensure everyone’s safety. For more information on this, you can visit the official website at:

Important Stations:

  • Istanbul Metro Station near Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul Metro Station near Topkapi Palace
  • Istanbul Metro Station near Galata Tower
  • Istanbul Metro Station near Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul Metro Station near Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Istanbul Metro Station Near Basilica Cistern

Pictures of Istanbul Metro

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