Istanbul Funicular

Istanbul Funicular

The istanbul funiculars connect the lower part of the city with Taksim Square and its surroundings.



In Istanbul there are two funicular lines:

Karaköy-Beyoğlu Tünel

The Tünel funicular is the second oldest underground transport after the London metro.

The construction of the funicular was instigated by the French engineer Eugene Henri Gavand, who saw the necessity to connect the two business districts at the time. The Sultan Abdülaziz gave permission for construction to begin in 1869 and the funicular was inaugurated on the 17th of January 1875.

Kabataş-Taksim Funicular

This funicular, much more modern than the other one, connects the T1 tram line with Taksim square.

The Kabataş stop is close to the Dolmabahçe Palace.


The schedule of the funiculars in Istanbul is from 6 am to 12 midnight. The frequency is between every 5 and 10 minutes, depending on the time and day of the week.


The price of the Tünel funicular is 1 lira. The Kabataş-Taksim is one Jeton.