Metro Lines in Istanbul

Metro Lines in Istanbul

Metro Lines in Istanbul

Metro Lines in Istanbul

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality owns and operates the Istanbul Metro, Turkey's rapid transit subway system. The Istanbul Metro, a fast-paced line, is also known as the M2. The whole metro system is located underground and is shaped like a curve. In this article, we have listed the metro lines in Istanbul for you.

Atatürk Airport – Aksaray (M1)

To access the city center from Istanbul's former European side airport, Atatürk Airport, travelers could use the M1 metro line, which connected them to the M2 metro line at Yenikapı station. Atatürk Airport will no longer allow commercial passenger flights; only cargo and VIP passenger flights will be accepted.

Yenikapi-Hacıosman (M2)

It's Istanbul's longest metro line, and you'll use it a lot. This is the one you'll be most in need of during your stay. It's been extended since the beginning of the year, so you can now, for example, travel to the ancient city from Taksim Square and elsewhere. This is especially helpful for people who live in the Levent neighborhood or stay in more Turkish and less touristic regions like Nisantasi. Eminönü neighborhood, home to Istanbul's spice market, is only two subway stops from Taksim Square. We have listed the popular M2 stops.

Golden Horn

Tourists who want to go to or from the old town can use Haliç, located in a convenient location near the ancient city. The spice market and the Eminönü tram stop are both nearby (T1).


It is easy to walk from areas like Cihangir, Beyoglu, or Cukurcuma to Taksim Square, where the station is located. The funicular (F1) will take you to Kabataş, from whence you may take the ferry to Asia or the Princes' Islands, or you can take the tram (T1) to the old town.

M1B: Esenler Otogar - Kirazlı

This route runs from Istanbul's central intercity bus terminal to the Kirazl suburb, meeting the M3 Metro line.

M4: Kadıköy – Tavşantepe

This route, which runs from Kadköy on the Asian side of the Bosphorus southeast to Kartal, Pendik, and Kaynarca via Kozyata and Bostanc, is handy for traveling Sabiha Gökçen Airport (by ETT city bus) and the quick ferry ports for Yalova and Bursa at Pendik.

M5: Üsküdar – Çekmeköy

This line runs eastward from the Asian-side Bosphorusferry piers at Üsküdar to the Cekmeköy neighborhood. It will be extended to Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the future.

M3: Kirazlı - Başakşehir – Metrokent

Metro Line M1B continues to the northwest.