The Kabataş ferry docks closed its doors on August 11, 2016 and will remain closed until the second half of 2018. The reason for this closure is the construction of a new seagull-shaped ferry dock and implementation of new piers. Ferries that used the Kabataş docks are spread over the Beşiktaş and Eminönü docks. Read on to find out which ferry leaves from what dock.
Sea Buses or Fast Ferries Operated by IDO
The fast ferry lines Kabataş – Princes’ Islands and Kabataş – Kadıköy now depart from Beşiktaş instead of Kabataş ferry docks.
Regular Ferries Operated by Şehir Hatları
To reach the islands with the regular ferries you have two options: use one of two ferry lines departing from the Beşiktaş docks heading for two islands each, or use the ferry line from Eminönü visiting all islands after a short stop in Kadıköy.
- Eminönü – Kadıköy – Kınalıada – Burgazada – Heybeliada – Büyükada
- Beşiktaş – Kınalıada – Burgazada
- Beşiktaş – Heybeliada – Büyükada
You can reach Kadıköy also from the Beşiktaş docks.
How to Get to the Eminönü and Beşiktaş Docks?
To minimize the inconvenience the construction causes, the trams to Bağcılar and the funicular to Taksim Square will continue to operate for the time being. There are also shuttles from Kabataş to Taksim, Eminönü and Beşiktaş. They also increased the number of public buses operating along the route.
What Will the New Kabataş Dock Be Like?
As part of a rearrangement plan, Kabataş will become a new transportation hub shaped like a seagull with open wings and a 10.000 square meter pedestrian area.
The transportation hub will integrate sea and road traffic with the city’s rail system. It will also include a tunnel under the Bosphorus allowing pedestrians to cross the waterway on foot.
Traffic between Dolmabahçe and Fındıklı will also be taken underground and the above ground area will have waiting areas for transit passengers as well as food courts. The underground section will have a parking lot and connect to metro stations.