Cruise Port Atlas | Istanbul, Turkey Map | Location

Istanbul, Turkey Port | Map | Locations

Cruies lines that visit Istanbul: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Voyages to Antiquity, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, MSC Cruises, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, Viking River Cruises

Recommended Attractions: Hagia Sophia (Aya Sophia or Church of Divine Wisdom), Topkapi Palace (Sultan's Palace, Harem, Imperial Treasury), Grand Bazaar, The Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Galata Tower, Maiden's Tower, Rumeli Fortress, Taksim, Hamam (Turkish Baths), Whirling Dervishes

Blue Mosque

Istanbul entered the history books as a Greek outpost at the entry-point to the Black Sea, which served as the bread basket to the burgeoning Greek population during the middle of the first millennium BCE. It grew to become the center of Greek culture and the Orthodox religion, became the capital of the Roman Empire, fell to the Ottomans, and remains today the cultural connecting point for European and Asian cultures. This history has created a unique and fascinating city. Most of what cruisers will want to see is in the old city on the European (western) side and south of the Golden Horn. If your ship approaches from the south you will see two dominant buildings. The larger, Hagia Sophia, was built by Justinian in the 6th century AD and was the world largest church for nearly 1000 years. The smaller is commonly known as the Blue Mosque and was built with the older building as an inspiration. At the end of the peninsula is a green area with walls and a few towers that was the Sultan's Palace, Topkapi, until the mid-19th century. In the middle of the teaming older city is the Grand Bazaar, old of the world's largest and oldest shopping malls, still is central to the Turkish economy. While recent politics have shown Turkey turning less secular and more Islamic, Istanbul remains a cosmopolitan center and most of the locals are friendly and helpful. As in any large city, it is important to be alert to theft and to protect your valuables and cash.

Local Currency: Turkish Lira

Primary Language: Turkish

Secondary Languages: Many in Istanbul are multi-lingual: Greek, Armenian, French, English and German are spoken by many in the tourist areas.

Visa requirements: Cruisers who fly into or out of Turkey must obtain a visa, but the process is very simple. Those who visit Turkey as a port, but do not fly into or out of the country do not need a visa.

Photo by Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque by CruisePortAtlas

Geography and Population

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Istanbul's historic and tourist center is located at the southern end of the Bosphorus Strait, the north shore of the Sea of Marmara, and south of the Golden Horn, a natural harbor. The city has a population of almost 9 million and the greater city has over 13 million residents. This population represents nearly one-fifth of all of all Turkish people.

Istanbul has been one of the world's largest cities for more than 2 millennia due to its strategic location at the connecting point of Asia and Europe and the sea-route between the Mediterranean and Black Seas.


How Far?

Taxis are relatively inexpensive, but not all taxi drivers can be trusted (as in any large city nearly anywhere!)  It is best to know where you are going in advance, point it out on a map and show the driver your money to establish the fare. The starting fare for taxis is 2.75 Turkish Lire (YTL) with 1.71 added per additional kilometer ( 11/2013).

The two primary cruise terminals are about 1/2 kilometer apart, the distances below are from a center point between them.  Driving time between the two is not significant.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Istanbul Port Istanbul Airport 20 KM 25 minutes 45 YTL
Istanbul Port Dolmabahce Palace 3 KM 6 minutes 10 YTL
Istanbul Port Topkapi Palace 3 KM 8 minutes 12 YTL
Istanbul Port Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophia 3-4 KM 12 minutes 12 YTL
Istanbul Port Grand Bazaar 3 KM 10 minutes 12 YTL
Istanbul Port Balata Tower 2 KM driving, 1/2 KM walking 5 minutes, 8 minute walk  
Istanbul Port Taksim Square 2.5 KM 8 minutes, 22 minute walk 11 YTL
Istanbul Port Rumeli Fortress 11 KM 20 minutes 30 YTL

Local Services - Addresses

Istanbul Cruise Terminal and Old City at NightHospital

Alman Hastanesi Hospital, Siraselvilev Caddesi 119, Taksim, Istanbul, phone - 90 (0)212 293 21 50, 2 KM, 5 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs
Citibank ATM, Rüstem Paşa Mh., 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, 1.6 KM, 4 minutes
Denizbank ATM, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mh., 34425 Beyoğlu, 0.1 KM, brief walk

Post Office
PTT, Hobyar Mh., 34112 Fatih/Istanbu, 1.7 KM, 4 minutes

Port and Berths

Cruise Ship Berths

Salipaziri Cruise Terminal
Karakoy Cruise Terminal

Port Address - Kemankeş Cd 31-79, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mh
GPS - 41.024544, 28.980307 to 41.023059, 28.978017

Photo of the Istanbul Cruise Port and Blue Mosque at night by CruisePortAtlas