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Date of opening16 Sep 2000
Network length95.3 km (59.23 mi)
Stations73 (70*)
Lines5        Line history
Stations per line14.60
Avg. station distance1,401 m (0.87 mi)
Avg. line length19.06 km (11.85 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 5 Nov 2016
Wikipedia. Hafif Metro not included (25.8 km, 24 stations, 2 lines)
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)214,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)2,240 (1,390)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.63 EUR (as of 2009); gates, token
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, third rail (Line M2), 750 V
Air-conditioned trainsSome lines
Walk-through trainsSome lines
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doorsSeyrantepe station on line M2
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Latest Openings

29 Oct 2013 – Marmaray line connects the European and Asian part of the city. New line, 3 stations.


Once known as Constantinople, Istanbul has many layers of cultural history below. Four archaeological sites lie in the path of the subway line currently under construction. Tunnels between the stations will be 30 m deep to run below the historical ruins, but shafts for escalators and concourses will penetrate the archaeological layer. A shipwreck has been discovered at Yenikapi, which was a harbor during Byzantine times. The pieces of the boat, which dates to either the 11th or 13th century, are being moved and eventually will be displayed as an exhibit in the station [17].

Exhibits in stations:
  • Yenikapi station (under construction): Display of a Byzantine shipwreck found during construction.

Other Rail Transport in Istanbul


Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.
Istanbul-Caracas family
Members: Caracas, Istanbul,
Characteristics: Using similar trains.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

When the doors close, there is a "ding-dang" noise. Pre-recorded female voice in Turkish announces the next station.

Metro train departing.

Duration: 0:39  HD

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Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
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City information at

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