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Bosphorus Bridge Tours

The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul is one of three continent-spanning bridges over the Bosphorus Strait, connecting Europe and Asia. When it opened in 1973, the 5,118-foot (1,560-meter) bridge was the fourth-longest suspension bridge in the world. And though it has since slid down the rankings, it is still an impressive sight to behold. 

The Basics
The Bosphorus Bridge, officially known as 15 July Martyrs’ Bridge, is only open to vehicles. The bridge can be seen from Ortaköy Mosque on Istanbul’s European side and from Beylerbeyi Palace, an imperial Ottoman summer retreat, on its Asian side. 

The best way for visitors to view the bridge is to take a Bosphorus cruise. Many cruises begin at the Golden Horn, from which you can see the minarets of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia before venturing into the Bosphorus Strait, cruising past Dolmabahçe Palace and under the bridge. Some cruises include lunch or dinner on board. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Bosphorus Bridge is an emblem of Istanbul and one of the Turkish city’s most photo-worthy sights. 
  • While you can admire the bridge from land, be aware you can’t cross it on foot. 
  • Note that it is a toll bridge and tolls can’t be paid with cash or card. If you are driving in a rental car, make sure it is equipped with a toll transponder. 

How to Get There
To reach the Ortaköy side of the bridge from Sultanahmet, take the T1 tram to Kabatas, where you can connect to Ortaköy using local buses or taxi. Alternatively, take the ferry from Eminönü to Ortaköy; note that ferries don’t run on Sundays. To get to Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asian side, take the ferry from Eminönü to Üsküdar, then connect to local Beylerbeyi Palace–bound buses.

When to Get There 
One of the best times to view the bridge is at night, when the structure is lit by colorful LED lights. If you want to cross the bridge on foot, sign up for the Istanbul Marathon—Turkey’s biggest marathon—which usually takes place in November. The marathon route crosses over the bridge, and this is the only time pedestrians are allowed.

The Best Views of the Bridge
For excellent views of the bridge, head to Ortaköy, a former fishing village turned chic Istanbul suburb on the European side of the Bosphorus. Explore the area around Ortaköy Pier, which offers particularly good views of the baroque-style Ortaköy Mosque with the modern bridge in the background, showing off Istanbul’s old-meets-modern cityscape.

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Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included, Istanbul, null
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Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included

Discover the magic of Istanbul with a one day, 7-hour transcontinental Istanbul city tour. Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul, including the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $127.14
Full Day Tour in Sultanahmet and Bosphorus Cruise from Ortakoy dock, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Full Day Tour in Sultanahmet and Bosphorus Cruise from Ortakoy dock

Magnificent full day tour in Sultanahmet by making a visit to Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and certainly will inspire you for new adventures after ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.29
Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul, Istanbul, City Tours
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Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul

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Bosphorus dinner cruise with show programs and the panoramic view of Bosphorus.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Dinner Cruises
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Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

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Cross Istanbul’s stunning Bosphorus Bridge, take in spectacular city views from Çamlıca Hill and explore ornate Dolmabahçe Palace on this 5-hour ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $41.59
Half-Day Istanbul Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Half-Day Istanbul Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch

A relaxing escape away from the city. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch as you see the northern part of the Bosphorus. At Poyrazköy, you’ll have the chance ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.19
Ortakoy Bosphorus Cruise at Noon From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Ortakoy Bosphorus Cruise at Noon From Istanbul

A great afternoon tour is a bus ride tour till the First Bosphorus Bridge from ashore by our guide, join the cruise ferry leaves from Ortakoy dock then ...  Read more

Location: İstanbul, Turkey
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $51.10
Half-Day Istanbul Asia Tour With Beylerbeyi Palace, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Istanbul Asia Tour With Beylerbeyi Palace

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This 4 hour tour begins with a drive across the magnificent Bosphorus Suspension Bridge. Then, continue to Camlica Hill. A short drive from here to Beylerbeyi ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.00
Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul City Tours; Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill, Golden Horn, Fener Greek Patriarchate, Bosphorus Cruise, Leather Fashion Show, Spice ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $168.74
Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul

Private tour with professional guide on a visit to the famous postcards of Istanbul, including: Dolmabahce Palace, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Spice Bazaar, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.89
Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Half-day Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Half-day Tour From Istanbul

Explore the highlights of Istanbul, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires located before. Visit the fascinating Dolmabahce Palace, stunning Bosphorus ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.42

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