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Galatasaray Tram

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Address: Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

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A Nostalgic Trip up (or down) Istiklal Caddesi

A Short by fun ride up or down Istiklal Caddesi. Yes it gets crowded and its far from just a tourist ride, its cheap if you walked down Istiklal, it sure beats walking back.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Neale O
Kempsey, Australia
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Kempsey, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Short by fun ride up or down Istiklal Caddesi. Yes it gets crowded and its far from just a tourist ride, its cheap if you walked down Istiklal, it sure beats walking back.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I used to ride the same kind of tram in the 60's so riding the same tram now was a special experience.The ride itself is short as distance and longer as time as it rides from Taxim to Galata(almost) You buy tickets from the stations at both ends of the tram.We received a ticket for three rides at 10 TL.Of... More 

1 Thank Kertesz
Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

i took that only once because i was tired and its a funny experience and u can take a look to the isteklal shops

1 Thank kiavash16
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The tram is the only nostalgic heritage left from 1870's back when the Ottoman Empire was in its late stages, quite weak but still in power. It was the time where Sultan's ruled the country. Hence, both the tram and the location has a very high historical importance and value.

1 Thank Ahmet S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Excellent way of window shopping that if you can get a seat, small tram with not more then 15-20 seats, get crowded as people will stand up and sometime hang outside, if you got the seat then enjoy all the shops on Istiklal Street very cheap use your istanbulkart card to pay for ticket

2 Thank EAhmad73
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you are on the Istiklal Street and if you are tired of walking you can take this tram from Tunel to Taksim or from Taksim Square to the tunel. Tourist like to get photos in front of the tram. May be you can also try it.

1 Thank eumsrenan
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

it supposed to be touristic ride maybe kind of transportation if you dont want to walk istiklal street up or down but it should be only people with chair number ,not standing up or hanging outside .

1 Thank huda6905
Washington, DC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

My teenage son wanted to ride it...nice...but short...not exactly the San Francisco cable car experience...but worth doing...barely.

1 Thank SixpackDC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

we love it, our children really enjoy this tram trip in taksim square, pay buy Istanbul card, very cheap rate

1 Thank snkcycles
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The tram is an old style public transport that travels the length of Istiklal Caddesi from Taksim Square to Karaköy. As its only a single carriage it can get crowded but good to experience while in Istanbul. Not so crowded during the winter months.

1 Thank Colin G

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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