Istanbulkart (Istanbul Travel Card) 2022

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Istanbulkart, also known as Istanbul Travel Pass / Istanbul Transportation Card, is a contactless electronic card that is used in public transportation in Istanbul. It is well worth it even as a tourist if you want to travel within Istanbul a lot. Istanbul travel card, Istanbulkart, will reduce your transportation costs immensely. If you don't want to buy Istanbulkart, you need to use electronic tickets. You cannot use cash in public transportation managed by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. It is suggested if you use Istanbul Transport Card.


As of 2022, Istanbulkart costs 50 TL. You can buy it at both of the airports. Istanbulkart and electronic tickets are also sold at automatic vending machines, ticketmatics, IETT counters, kiosks/private vendors throughout the city at several locations. Just watch Istanbulkart sign, then you can buy and refill your card easily from those point of sales. When you first buy Istanbulkart, there won't be any credits in it. So before starting to use Istanbulkart, you need to load credits into it. You can do so by the using the same machines that you bought your Istanbulkart or via the vendors.
Electronic tickets are less budget-friendly. There are four versions BİRgeç, İKİgeç, ÜÇgeç, BEŞgeç (meaning ONEpass, TWOpass, THREEpass, FIVEpass respectively). You cand find the ticket prices for electronic tickets under the title of "IETT Electronic Ticket Fare 2022" in this post.

Istanbulkart brings more value for your money than electronic tickets. With Istanbulkart, you can transfer to other public transportation vehicles at discounted rates. In order to benefit the reduced transfer fares, you should switch the transport vehicle within 2 hours. You cannot do that with electronic tickets.

How to buy Istanbulkart from Istanbul Airport:
You can purchase your Istanbulkart from ticket machines at transportation floor of Istanbul Airport and also you can load money to your İstanbulkart from the same ticket machines. You can access the transportation floor by going down two floors via elevators which are located before arrival and departure gates.

As of 2022 ticket prices for various public transportation options will be given below:

IETT (Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel) is the establishment that coordinates public transportation in Istanbul and is under the supervision of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

IETT Public Transportation Fare 2022

Initial ride7.67 TL
1st Transfer5.49 TL
2nd Transfer4.17 TL
3rd Transfer2.63 TL
4th Transfer2.63 TL
5th Transfer2.63 TL

IETT Electronic Ticket Fare 2022

Single Ticket15.00 TL
Two-pass Ticket25.00 TL
Three-pass Ticket35.00 TL
Five-pass Ticket45.00 TL
Ten-pass Ticket90.00 TL


IETT Metrobus Fare 2022

1 stop5.49 TL
2 stops6.57 TL
3 stops7.67 TL
4-9 stops8.76 TL
10-15 stops9.63 TL
16-21 stops10.07 TL
22-27 stops10.40 TL
28-33 stops10.63 TL
34-43+ stops11.38 TL


TCDD Marmaray Fare 2022

1-7 stations7.67 TL
8-14 stations9.85 TL
15-21 stations11.38 TL
22-28 stations13.13 TL
29-35 stations15.32 TL
36-43 stations16.96 TL

Some Notes About Metrobus

There is no discount for transfers from other public transportation vehicles to Metrobus. However, you will get discount if you transfer from Metrobus to other public transport vehicles.
Do not forget to validate your Istanbulkart on refund machines at the exit, if you are traveling with Metrobus. If you do not revalidate your card at the exit, you cannot get distance surcharge back.
Distance based fare for Metrobus is not valid between midnight and 6 am. 40+ stops ticket price is valid during that time.

Ferry lines

You can get information about the timetable of the ferry lines from here. Ferry lines are managed by a private company Şehir Hatları. Ticket prices might be different than IETT'S and ticket fares change depending on the route.

Ferry LinePrice
Karaköy - Bostancı12.05 TL
Karaköy - Kadıköy8.76 TL
Eminönü - Kadıköy8.76 TL
Beşiktaş - Kadıköy8.76 TL
Kadıköy - Kabataş8.76 TL
Üsküdar - Eminönü7.99 TL
Haliç Line7.67 TL
Bosphorus Line7.67 TL
Ortaköy - Üsküdar*7.67 TL
Ortaköy - Kadıköy*8.76 TL
Üsküdar - Kadıköy*7.67 TL
Beykoz - Sarıyer7.99 TL

Ferry Lines TransferPrice
1st transfer6.13 TL
2nd Transfer5.04 TL
3th, 4th and 5th transfer4.38 TL

* Return validators will be placed at Üsküdar pier. Passengers using Kadıköy and Ortaköy pier will be able to receive refunds at Üsküdar pier.

If you want to budget-travel Istanbul, Istanbulkart (Istanbul Travel Card) is a must-get card.


  1. Hi,

    May I know if I can buy the Istanbulkart as well as topping it up with credit card instead of cash?

    • Hi Nabilah,
      At this time, vending machines do not accept credit cards. Maybe some vendors can accept credit cards with extra commission, but it is best to have cash beforehand.

  2. What about AKBIL ?? Isn’t it used anymore nowadays!? Or is it the the same?

    • Akbil is the older version of Istanbulkart, and it is not sold anymore. You can still see “akbil” signs on the stores, but what they really mean is Istanbulkart. Some people just use the term “akbil” instead of Istanbulkart due to old habits.

      • So, can we charge Istanbulkart from Ikbal stores? If not, from where can we do that?
        Also, is it available to pay Istanbulkart from Ataturk airport?
        Last q, can we use this card as a family (we are 2 adults and 4 y o child)?

  3. Thanks for the post, it’s clear and insightful. My brother and I will be in Istanbul in two weeks-time. We’re interested in using the Istabulkart to get to our hotel, in Besiktas. I see you mentioned “Havabus”. What are their rates, and do we need to book them in advance?

  4. where to buy Istanbul Card in international Airport ? Location?

  5. I have put TL 100 in my Istanbulkart (by mistake), now there is still TL 90 left and I have to leave after tomorrow, is there a way to claim the refund for this balance amount left?

  6. There are 2 of us travelling. Do we need 1 istanbulkart each or we can share it?

    • Of course you can share it, but if you use one card, you will only be able to take advantage of the discounted transfer rates for one card. If you use the card the second time for a transfer, it won’t count as a transfer, the full amount will be deducted from the balance of the card.

  7. Can I buy initial ride and 1st transfer and use it for metro and then change to bus?

  8. Please I need to buy Istanbulcard in the airport ataturk?

  9. Bonjour nous sommes un couple qui veut partager la carte et qui se deplace ensemble. Si nous utiliserons la carte a chaque fois cad qu’on va la passer 2 fois .comment justifier en cas de controle au controleur apres le passage de la 2eme personne??

  10. is there any way to use unlimited transportation instanbul?
    for example unlimited transportaion for one month

  11. We are travelling with kids. From what age are you charged on your card?

  12. Hi guys I’m going to Istanbul in a few days, I already have an Istanbulkart and I would like to know is how much does the fare cost (2018) from Atatürk Airport to Sultanahmet for three persons?

  13. Merhaba!
    4 nap múlva utazom Isztambulba. Átvennék bárkitől Istanbulkart-ot, hogy ne kelljen érkezéskor ezzel bíbelődnöm. Ha van rajta összeg annál jobb. Sürgős!

  14. At Airport, Can I use credit card to purchase Istanbulkart? Thanks!

  15. Hi that was a great post Could you tell me if I could use Euro or INR or USD to buy the Istanbulkart since I am not carrying any Lira? What is the best way to get the card?

  16. if I go from Attaturk international airport to kodikoy how much balance or credit is required in Istanbul card I wait for your response.

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  18. Hello, can two person use one Istanbulkart, or we hace to buy two karts?

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