Buyukada is one of the hidden gems of Istanbul. The Princes’ Islands that are a part of Istanbul draw attention with their unique nature. Buyukada happens to be the most famous of them all. Buyukada is known for its old and cute houses as well as horse carriages. Since motor vehicles are not allowed in Buyukada, the only way of travelling is either by horse carriages or bikes. In any case, we are sure you will love exploring this beautiful island that is surrounded by the Marmara Sea.
How you can get to Buyukada changes depending on your departure location. In this case we will look into how you can go to Buyukada from Eminönü which is a central area in İstanbul and also for the tourists.
There are two different ways how you can go to Buyukada from Eminönü but both of them are by the sea.
THE FIRST WAY: THE FERRY
The Şehir Hatları Ferry functions until midnight every day of the year. You can easily reach Buyukada by getting onto a ferry from the docks in Eminönü. The ferry actually travels through all the Princes’ Islands. So if you wish to visit the other ones, you can always do that as well. The journey takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, in the meantime, you can enjoy the view of the sea. You can pay for the ferry with your Istanbul Kart. It only costs 5,20 TL to go to Buyukada with Istanbul Kart.
THE SECOND WAY: TURYOL
Turyol is a special company that organizes trips to many places including the Princes’ Islands. This one also allows you to visit all the islands if you wish to visit them as well. This particular option costs 10 TL, almost the double of the amount you pay for Şehir Hatları Ferry.
Şehir Hatları Ferry seems to be the best option when the two options are
considered, especially due to the price range. However, in the end, the choice is yours. You can simply go to the docks in Eminönü and see which option you like the best and see if their timetable matches yours. In a city like İstanbul where anything can happen anytime, you can find yourself preferring something much different than what you initially thought due to the circumstances. In any case, we are sure you will enjoy your time in