This card is, little by little replacing the Akbil, a kind of electronic button which was used until 2009.
Advantages of the Istanbulkart
The main advantages of the Istanbulkart are as follows:
- Discounted prices: with this card, instead of paying 4 TL (US$ 0.50) per journey, each one costs only 2.15 TL (US$ 0.30).
- Cheaper Transfers: with the Istanbulkart you can make up to 5 transfers in the different means of transport with a discount.
- Easier: you simply don't have to buy a Jeton for each and every journey!
Where can I buy the Istanbulkart?
You can get the card in the metro stations, at the docks, and in the main bus stations. To top it up you'll find machines in these same places. You can top up using bills and coins.