Taxi divers in Istanbul have developed a reputation for hustling tourists—and locals alike. Hailing a cab in Istanbul will always run the risk of tourist being hustled, overcharged or cheated. Taking the longer route—the oldest trick in the book. Being a clueless tourist, you don’t know the shortest route to get to your destination; and the classic excuse the driver will come with is—there’s a massive traffic jam on the shorter route. So the taxi driver can easily make an extra tour around the block and trump up the bill. This is where BiTaksi comes in: with a tap of button you can get a taxi within minutes—wherever you are in the Istanbul. Consider BiTaksi your lifeboat when you are drowning in ocean of traffic-cocked gridlock and a line of lurking taxi divers waiting at the earliest opportunity to scam you.
Here’s how Bitaksi works:
- Tap the button and watch your taxi comes to you
- Pay by cash, credit card, PayPal or BKM Express
- The meter starts when you get in the taxi
- No extra costs, you just pay the meter fare
- You can rate the driver and submit your feedback
- All BiTaksi drivers working are licensed driver and your trip data is recorded
- Forgot something in the taxi? Fret not, you can connect the driver and pick you what you forgot
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.
Get around the city—fast, easy—with punctuality in mind. TRAFI wasn’t rated the most accurate & advanced public transport phone application for nothing! TRAFI is a smartphone application that provides the most accurate information on public transport in Istanbul including bus, metro, ferry, minibus, Dolmuş (yellow shared taxi) and other schedules. Not only does TRAFI provide up-to-date information about public transport schedules, it also tracks where the bus is in real time—allowing you to choose the most optimal route to your destination.
What TRAFI offers:
- Route search
- Schedules and timetables
- News feed with live information
- Interactive stops map
- Real time information
- Next arrival times in your stop
- Favorites – you can save your frequently used stops, home and work locations for quick access
Yandex Navigation Application
Know the city of Istanbul like the back of your hand. If you are looking for a point of interest in Istanbul, forget Google Maps or Apple Maps. These popular apps– that are known to be accurate and effective in most countries–may not give you the same outcome in Istanbul. Yandex.Navigator is your application of refuge when you are looking up a restaurant’s address or locale in the great city of Istanbul.
Yandex.Navigator helps you plot the shortest and most convenient route to your destination. Taking traffic jams, accident and other road events into account, you can use voice prompts to guide you through your journey—and shows you your route on the screen. Also, you can always track how many minutes and kilometers you have to go. The application also functions through voice commands. For example, “Yandex, I would like to go to Taksim” or “Yandex, take me to Istanbul Atatürk Airport.” You can report road events to Yandex, simply by saying: “Yandex, there’s an accident in the right lane.”
Where to Stay in Istanbul
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