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Istanbul Metro .. A comprehensive guide with pictures

Istanbul Metro is one of the most important means of transportation in Istanbul, as it provides fast transportation service at an affordable price to many different places in the city.

The Istanbul metro connects the European side with the Asian side through the Marmaray metro line, in addition to that, the country is working on expanding and establishing many additional lines in the future.

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About Istanbul Metro

Istanbul metro is divided into 7 basic lines in addition to the Marmaray metro line, so far the metro has 104 stations in service, with 64 other stations under construction.

Istanbul Metro began operating on September 3, 1989 and has expanded enormously since that time until now. The number of passengers per day is about one and a half million people, and the number of passengers annually is about half a billion people.

Istanbul metro map

We offer you the latest Istanbul Metro map for 2021, which shows all metro lines under construction and in service.

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Istanbul metro lines

The number of metro lines in Istanbul is seven, in addition to 6 other lines under construction.

LineWayOpenedLengthStationsNotes 
M1Yenikapi ↔ Ataturk Airport1989 26.1 km 23 The 0.7 km stretch to Yenikapi opened on November 9, 2014. It operates from 06:00 AM to 00:00 AM
M2Yeni Kabi Haji Othman2000 23.5 km 16 The southern extension (3.5 km long to Yenikapı, with 3 stations) was completed in February 2014. It runs from 06:15 AM to 00:00
M3Basaksehir ↔ Olympics201315.9 km 11 A southern extension (9.0 km to Bakirkoy, with 7 stations) is under construction. It works from 06:00 AM to 00:00 AM
M4Qadi Coy ↔ Tafshan Tepe2012 26.5 km 19 A 7.4 km extension to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport with 4 other terminals under construction. It works from 06:00 AM to 00:00 AM
M5Uskudar ↔ Chikma Koy2017 20 km 16 It was opened on December 15, 2017. It is open from 06:00 AM until 00:00 AM. The time from Üsküdar to Çekmeköy is 27 minutes.
M6Levent ↔ Bosphorus University20153.3 km A short metro line to the Bosphorus University
M7Majidiyeh Koy ↔ Mahmudbai2020 18 km 15th Partially opened on October 28, 2020. The Mecidiyekoy-Kabatash section is still under construction.
sum:133 km

M1 metro line in Istanbul

Line length: 26.8 km.
Number of stations: 23 stations.
Number of subway cars: 105 vehicles
Journey time: 35 minutes
Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
Daily passenger numbers: 400,000 passengers

M1A

It is the first metro line in Istanbul that connects between Yenikapi station, and passes through the Bayrampasa district, to the Otogar station “Istanbul Bus Station”.

There are 18 stations where the M1A operates, there are a total of 61 escalators and 45 elevators in all terminals with closed seating areas.

The stations of the M1A line are as follows:

Atatürk havalimanı/ Dtm-İstanbul fuar merkezi /Yenibosna /Ataköy/Şirinevler/Bahçelievler/Bakırköy/İncirli Zeytinburnu/Merter/Davutpaşa YTÜ /Terazidere/Otogar/Kocatepe/Sağmalcılar/Bayrampaşa-Maltepe/Topkapı-Ulubatlı/Emniyet-Fatih/Aksaray/Yenikapı

The M1A line intersects with the M2 and Marmaray metro line at Yenikapi station, with the T1 tram line in Aksaray, and with the metrobus in Ataköy, Bahçeevler, Zeytinburnu and Şirinevler.

M1 Istanbul metro line

M1B

The M1B metro meets the M1A line at the Otogar and Yenikapı stations, and then passes through Esanler and Bağcilar Square to connect with the M3 metro line.

All stations have indoor seating areas and there are a total of 96 escalators and 41 elevators.

There are 13 stations on the M1B line divided into the classifications, namely:

Kirazlı-Bağcılar/Bağcılar Meydan/Üçyüzlü/Menderes/Esenler/Otogar/Kocatepe/Sağmalcılar/Bayrampaşa-Maltepe/Topkapı-Ulubatlı/Emniyet-Fatih Aksaray/Yenikapı

The M1B metro line intersects with the Yenikapi station, with the Marmaray metro line, the M2 and the M1A and with the T1 tram line in Aksaray, and with the Bayrampaşa M3 metro line at the Kerazli station.

M2 metro line in Istanbul

The first stage of the line, which began in 1992 to provide service between Yenikapi and Haji Othman, was commissioned on September 16, 2000.

The M2 line currently handles around half a million passengers per month.

Line length: 23,49 km.
• Number of stations: 16
• Number of vehicles: 180
• Journey time: 32 minutes one way
• Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
• Number of daily trips: 219 / one way
• Total number of trips: 694

The M2 Metro runs at the following stations:

Yenikapı/Veznecilerİstanbul Ü./Haliç/Şişhane/Taksim/Osmanbey/Şişli-Mecidiyeköy/Gayrettepe/Levent4./Levent/Sanayi Mahallesi/Seyrantepe/İTÜ-Ayazağa Atatürk Oto Sanayi/Darüşşafaka/Hacıosman

The M2 metro line intersects with the Marmaray metro at Yenikapi station, with the M6 ​​metro at the Levent station, and with the T1 tram at the Istanbul University station.

M3 metro line in Istanbul

Construction of the line began in 2006, and operates between Kirazli and Olimpiyat Station, and Basaksehir. The line extends up to 16 km and contains 11 stations.

Line length: 15.9 km
Number of stations: 11 stations
Number of vehicles: 80 (20 units of 4 car chains)
Journey time: 20 minutes.
Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
Passenger capacity: 70,000 passengers / hour
Designed flight frequency: 120 seconds.
Flight frequency: 6, 5 minutes. (During peak hours)

The M3 Metro runs at the following stations:

Başakşehir-Metrokent/Başak Konutları/ Siteler/ Turgut Özal / İkitelli Sanayi/ İSTOÇ/ Mahmutbey/ Yenimahalle/ Kirazlı-Bağcılar/ Ziya Gökalp Mahallesi/ Olimpiyat

The M3 metro line intersects with the M1B line at Kirazli Station.

Istanbul metro line M4

The construction of the first phase of the M4 Istanbul metro line was completed in 2012 and 16 stations have been put into operation between Kadikoy and Kartal. The second stage of the line has also been completed and extends the length of the line to 26.5 km, bringing the number of stations to 19.

Line length: 26.5 km.
Number of stations: 19 stations
Number of wagons: 144 vehicles
Journey time: 84 minutes.
Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
Passenger capacity: 70,000 passengers / hour
Flight frequency: 4 minutes. (During peak hours)

The M4 metro passes through the following stations:

Kadıköy/ Ayrılık Çeşmesi/ Acıbadem/ Ünalan/ Göztepe/ Yenisahra/ Kozyatağı/ Bostancı/ Küçükyalı/ Maltepe/ Huzurevi/ Gülsuyu/ Esenkent/ Hastane-Adliye/ Soğanlı/ Kartal/ Yakacık-Adnan Kahveci/ Pendik/ Tavşantepe

You can change the Moda T3 tram line at Kadikoy Station as well as access to the marine lines.
You can change to Marmaray Line at Ayrilik Cesmesi Station.
You can change the Metrobus Line (BRT) at Unalan Station.

M4 Istanbul metro line

Istanbul metro line M5

The M5 is the second metro line on the Anatolia side, and it is the first driverless metro line in Turkey. The line starts at Uskudar Square, then passes through the center of Umraniye district and ends at Cekmekoy.

Line length: 20 km.
• Number of stations: 16
• Number of vehicles: 126 vehicles
• Duration of the journey: 32 minutes. One way
• Working hours: 06.00-24.00
• Daily ride rate: 220,000 (average)
• Number of daily rides: 365

The M5 metro passes through the following stations:

Üsküdar/ Fıstıkağacı/ Bağlarbaşı/ Altunizade/ Kısıklı/ Bulgurlu/ Ümraniye/ Çarşı/ Yamanevler/ Çakmak/ Ihlamurkuyu/ Altınşehir/ İmam Hatip Lisesi/ Dudullu/ Necip Fazıl/ Çekmeköy

You can change to Marmaray metro line at Uskudar Station.
• You can change to the Boss metro line at Altunizade station.

Istanbul metro line M6

The M6 ​​metro line connects the M2 metro line to the Bosphorus University and the Hisarustu area. The M6 ​​metro line is built using the new Austrian tunneling method (NATM) as a single tube, and it differs from other metro lines in this respect.

Line length: 3.3 km.
Number of stations: 4 stations
Number of vehicles: 12 vehicles
Journey time: 7 minutes one way
Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
Daily ride rate: 20,000 (average)
Number of daily trips: 156 trips / one way
Trip frequency: 5 minutes. (During peak hours between 07: 00-10: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00)

The M6 ​​metro passes through the following stations:

Levent/ Nispetiye/ Etiler/ Boğaziçi Ü.-Hisarüstü

The M6 ​​metro line intersects with the M2 metro line at Levant Station.

M6 Istanbul metro line

M7 metro line

The M7 Mecidiyekoy-Mahmutbey metro line has been in operation as the first fully automatic driverless metro line in the European side of Istanbul.

• Length of the line: 18 km
• Number of stations: 15 stations
• Number of vehicles: 80 vehicles
• One-way travel time: 32 minutes
• Working hours: 06.00 – 00.00
• Travel frequency (at opening): 6 minutes (at rush hour)
• Passenger capacity Car: 2,160 (one group)
• Hourly passenger capacity: 70,000
• Number of daily trips: 176 one way

The M7 metro passes through the following stations:

Mecidiyeköy/ Çağlayan/ Kağıthane/ Nurtepe/ Alibeyköy/ Çırçır/ Veysel Karani-Akşemsettin/ Yeşilpınar/ Kazım Karabekir/ Yenimahalle/ Karadeniz Mahallesi/ Tekstilkent-Giyimkent/ Oruç Reis/ Göztepe Mahallesi/ Mahmutbey

The M7 line of Istanbul metro intersects with the M2 line at Mecidiyekoy station, and it also intersects with the T4 tram at the Karadins Mahlas station, and with the M3 metro at the Mahmutbey station.

Marmaray Metro

Marmaray Metro is one of the most important infrastructure projects that connect the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.

The Marmaray metro line starts from Gebze on the Asian side and ends at Halkali on the European side, passing through Uskudar, Sirkeci and Yenikapı.

How many metro lines are operating in Istanbul?

7 metro lines operate in Istanbul, in addition to the Marmaray metro.

How many people travel by Istanbul metro?

The number of Istanbul metro passengers daily reaches about one and a half million passengers, while the number reaches about half a billion people annually.

Is there a new Istanbul Airport metro station?

Yes, but the station is currently under construction, to be completed soon and connected to the metro network.

What is Istanbul metro working hours?

Istanbul metro works between 06:00 AM and 00:00 With slight time difference depending on the station