Public transport system in Istanbul is very efficient, reliable and timely. Public transportation in Istanbul varies greatly. Municipality buses, (İETT), public buses, car ferries, metro and suburban railway and Metrobüs all vary in price and have either token or ticket fares to pay. If you decide to stay a few days in Istanbul after your medical treatment, it might be a good idea to buy an Istanbulkart for all public transport. It costs only 10 TL. The Istanbulkart is sold at İETT counters near major transportation hubs like Eminonu, Taksim and Besiktas.
How to use Istanbulkart
To charge the card, you can again use İETT counters and private vendors where there’s a “Istanbulkart (or Akbil) Dolum Noktası” sign on them. All you should is to give the shopkeeper the amount of money you would like to charge the card with and the actual card. You can also use Automatic Vending Machines (OSM) in or around transport points. All Automatic Vending Machines offer English and other languages options in them. In order to use your Istanbulkard on the metro or bus, you place the card on the electronic readers machines. For most transit modes, you will find electronic readers machines before you board the vehicle. Only if you are using a bus, the reader is usually next to the driver’s seat. The fare costs around TL 2.15 with Istanbulkart for city buses, Metro, tram, funicular, Tünel and ferryboats.
Note that you can still use your Istanbulkart for more than one person, but the second time costs you twice more.