Bosphorus Cruises, Bosphorus Boat Cruises

Istanbul cruise boats from Galata bridge

There are many Bosphorus cruises with different durations, itinerary and boat type:

- Scheduled Istanbul municipality ferries that depart Eminonu around 10.30 and 12.00
- Joining regular boat tours doing an hour or an hour and a half tour
- Joining a group tour on a private boat
- Renting a small fishing boat transformed into cruise boat or a bigger boat for parties and groups.

Bosphorus at night: There are also night time cruises which run from May till October and are especially nice when the moon shines over the Bosphorus and the Prince's Islands afar.

Boshorus cruises and Tours that include Bosphorus cruises

If you would like to do a guided tour of Bosphorus, you can also join group tours or consider private boat rental if you you are a group of people traveling together. Guided tours will help you get he most out of your Bosphorus cruise with background info on palaces, mansions and places throughout your cruise.


Istanbul Bosphorus cruise info

Istanbul's most important natural highlight is the Bosphorus, the sea which separates Asia and Europe. It is a unique geography which seems like a sea river, with a special beauty in the blue of the waters as well as the coastal scenery with the woods in the hills and the mansions along its shores.

The choice of cruise will mostly depend on your schedule. If you are tight on schedule you can do a two hour cruise joining a guaranteed departure group cruise just to get a taste of the scenery. The cost is around 5-8 euros per person. The down side some of them may have a loud music whatever the captain's favorite is, though increasingly the trips are without music. There is no commentary in many small boat cruises you get on in Eminonu. So you should check before boarding. You should sit by the left windows facing the front of the boat, to get a better view in winter.

You can catch a ferry in the morning (around 1030 AM), a regular ferry run by the municipality and go all the way to Anadolu Kavagi in Black sea in about two hours and two hours to come back. You can get off sooner than Anadolu Kavagi as well. Tickets are a few euros and there is no music and if you can get a seat outside it would be a very nice trip all the way down the Bosphorus.

We also suggest you to read through our Istanbul Guide written by locals and updated regularly, as well as check our Istanbul Events page listing festivals, art shows and concerts.

See also Istanbul Boat Tours for more information.

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