How to Get to Buyukada, Princes’ Islands: Best Options Guide

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Here you can find detailed information and recommendations on how to get to Buyukada Island, the largest and central island of Istanbul’s Princes’ Islands, transportation options, and ticket prices. As you know, Büyükada is accessible by sea, and there are different alternatives available.

One option is the public ferry lines, and the other is passenger boats and motorboats. Additionally, during the summer months, there are shuttle services with special boats for reserved customers of the beach clubs located on the islands from Bostanci and Kartal neighborhoods.

Traveling to Buyukada by ferry and boats takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Eminonu, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Kabatas, 1 hour and 45 minutes from Besiktas, and 25-30 minutes from Bostanci and Kartal.

Motorboats travel slightly faster than city line ferries and reach the islands about 10-15 minutes earlier.


For those who get seasick or find long sea journeys boring, we recommend traveling to Buyukada from Bostanci or Kartal.

How to Get to Buyukada?

Public Ferries

You can directly reach Buyukada from Beşiktaş, Kabataş, Eminönü, Kadıköy, and Bostancı with the following public ferry lines routes:

You can see the current schedules and times for the city line ferries to the islands at sehirhatlari.istanbul

Motorboats

Mavi Marmara Boats

With Mavi Marmara motorboats, you can directly reach Büyükada from Eminönü, Yeşilköy, Beşiktaş, Kabataş, and Bostancı.

You can see the current schedules and times at mavimarmara.net


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Dentur Avrasya Boats

With Dentur Avrasya motorboats, you can directly reach Büyükada from Eminönü, Beşiktaş, Kabataş, Avcılar, and Yalova.

Services from Beşiktaş, Kabataş, Eminönü, and Avcılar run daily.

Services from Yalova run on Saturdays and Sundays.

You can see the current schedules and times at denturavrasya.com

Prenstur Boats

Prenstur motorboats operate daily shuttle services between Kartal-Büyükada-Heybeliada. The journey from Kartal to Büyükada takes approximately 25-30 minutes, and to Heybeliada takes 30-35 minutes.

You can see the current schedules and times at prenstur.net

Transportation from Popular Districts and Neighborhoods

How to Get to Büyükada from Taksim?

Getting to Buyukada from Taksim is quite easy. The most practical way is to first head from Taksim Square to Kabataş. You can reach Kabataş in about 5 minutes using the Taksim-Kabataş Funicular Line (F1). Once you arrive at Kabataş, you can take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries (Kabataş – Adalar Line) or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Kabataş to Büyükada takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by sea.


How to Get to Büyükada from Sultanahmet?

To get to Büyükada from Sultanahmet, you should first take the tram line to reach Kabataş. You can reach Eminönü in about 5 minutes with the T1 Tram Line from Sultanahmet. From Eminönü, you can take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Eminönü to Büyükada takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes by sea.

Alternatively, you can take the T1 Tram Line from Sultanahmet to Kabataş, which takes about 20-25 minutes. From Kabataş, you can take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries (Kabataş – Adalar Line) or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Kabataş to Büyükada takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by sea.

Another alternative is to walk or take the tram to Marmaray Sirkeci Station from Sultanahmet and then take Marmaray to Kadıköy. From Kadıköy, you can take ferries to Büyükada. The journey from Kadıköy to Büyükada takes about 1 hour.

How to Get to Büyükada from Beşiktaş?

To get to Büyükada from Beşiktaş, you can use the Beşiktaş – Adalar Line Line.

Alternatively, you can walk or take a short dolmuş ride from Beşiktaş Pier to Kabataş and take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries (Kabataş – Adalar Line) or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Kabataş to Büyükada takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by sea.

Another option is to take a ferry from Beşiktaş to Kadıköy and then take another ferry from Kadıköy to Büyükada.

How to Get to Büyükada from Şişli?

To get to Büyükada from Şişli, you should first reach Kabataş. You can take the M2 Metro Line from Şişli to Taksim, then take the Taksim-Kabataş Funicular Line (F1) to Kabataş. From Kabataş, you can take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries (Kabataş – Adalar Line) or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Kabataş to Büyükada takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by sea.

How to Get to Büyükada from Maslak and Levent?

To get to Büyükada from Levent, you should first reach Kabataş. Take the M2 Metro Line from Levent to Taksim, then take the Taksim-Kabataş Funicular Line (F1) to Kabataş. From Kabataş, you can take Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries (Kabataş – Adalar Line) or private motorboats to Büyükada. The journey from Kabataş to Büyükada takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by sea.

How to Get to Büyükada from Kadıköy?

Getting to Büyükada from Kadıköy is quite easy. You can directly reach Büyükada from Kadıköy Pier with Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries or private motorboats. The journey from Kadıköy to Büyükada takes about 1 hour. This route is very convenient and comfortable, especially for those living on the Asian side.

How to Get to Büyükada from Ataşehir?

To get to Büyükada from Ataşehir, you first need to reach Kadıköy. You can easily reach Kadıköy by bus or dolmuş from Ataşehir. From Kadıköy Pier, you can directly reach Büyükada with Istanbul Public Ferry Lines ferries or private motorboats. The journey from Kadıköy to Büyükada takes about 1 hour.

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