Istanbul Places


Princes' Islands

Getting Here and Around

Ferries ($2) and faster Seabuses ($4) depart from Katabaş, and take 90 minutes and 45 minutes, respectively. Schedules change with the seasons, so check beforehand for departure times ( In summer the early evening ferries returning to the mainland are often very crowded, particularly on weekends.

Since no cars are allowed on the islands, you'll do most of your exploring on foot. Horse-drawn carriage tours cost $15 to $40. You can rent bicycles ($3 per hour) from one of the shops near the clock tower on Büyükada: definitely a more fun (and more strenuous) way to get around. To get from one of the Princes' Islands to the other, hop aboard any of several daily ferries.


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