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Old 5th November 2014, 08:46   #1 (permalink)
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İstanbul Metro

Having spent six days in the city İ can now pass on my valuable observations on how to use the metro system.

1. Do not read any of the signs or instructions especially those on the card and jeton machines. Wait until it doesn't work then ask the nearest simitici how to operate it.

2. İgnore the direction signs until you are at the barrier then stand firmly in front of the barrier and discuss the direction you want with all and sundry. Do not obtain or use a map of the Metro this is for idiots and yabancis only.

3. When boarding and alighting. Boarding do not wait for those leaving the train. This is stupid and will only mark you out as a yabanci. Push forward as soon as the train doors open, after all you want to get on the train and those leaving it are of no concern to you. When alighting ensure you have you ciggie ready in mouth this leaves your hand free for the lighter, put lighter to ciggie as soon as your feet hit the platform then stop dead and inhale, this has two purposes you get your fix extra quick and cause maximum pile up to those trying to alight,

4. Now you are on the train ensure you stand as close to the doors as possible regardless of how far you are travelling, those ensuring maximum problems for those who wish to join or leave the train and do not move from this spot. Also hold at least two of the hangers, you paid your fare, and this also has the extra advantage of stopping others from being able to hold on.

5. İf you are a woman over the age of 35 and want a seat choose the nearest man and glare at him - he may get up but anyway even if he doesn't you have made him very uncomfortable, occasionally tutting and saying Oufyar loudly helps.

Thanks to my younger brother-in-law for helping me cope with yet another cultural barrier.
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A well observed post, been there seen that
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If you have the time and are here for just a visit ,I wouldn't join the sican (rat) race on the Istanbul treadmill " the Metro ". Which I find is maybe fast , but dimly lit and unexciting, the same as most of the metro's the world over . The same weary ,ill mannered commuters doing the daily slog.

So if you can and have the time go by ferry (not in the closed IDO ferries just as boring as metro ) but the older ferries , much more civilised fresh air wonderful views of the city of Istanbul , nice cuppa cay or salep on a cold day a simit in hand , eat half and feed the seagulls the rest . The routes are quite extensive around Istanbul , exciting stops to visit along the way , on nice days just like a mini cruise . As an aside there are Tourist mini cruises available but not really needed in my view when you can use this inexpensive commuter Gem , and the people seem to be more smiley and friendly .

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Re: İstanbul Metro

Very funny and very true.

I'd much prefer to use the ferry to travel but as I live on the metro line, it's the logical choice!
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Our last time in Stamboul we landed in Sabiah, coach to the ferries, ferry across and tram up to Sultanamet, a great start for our city break.
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Our last time in Stamboul we landed in Sabiah, coach to the ferries, ferry across and tram up to Sultanamet, a great start for our city break.

If you ever fancy a change on your city break don't cross the ferry and stay on the Kadikoy side , plenty of resonable hotels and a great base for sightseeing being a hub to nearly everywhere, a little more Turkish than Sultanhamet ,with a hint of European . Good nightlife .

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The tram is good, although they get busy and packed you can see things as you pass and get out where you want. We enjoyed using ferries as well. The metro is a nightmare we had to ask for directions and the guards did not always seem happy to help.
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