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Bosphorus Bridge
Holiday Travel Guide

Travel from Europe to Asia on the first bridge to connect the two continents, admire the bridge from below during a cruise and visit centuries-old buildings.

The Bosphorus Bridge is a 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) long suspension bridge that crosses the Bosphorus Strait. It stretches between Istanbul’s Ortaköy and Beylerbeyi districts. Opened in 1973, it was the first bridge to connect the continents of Europe and Asia.

Jump on a public bus or a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to travel across the bridge and between the two continents. If possible, sit on the upper deck of a bus and take in the views of the Bosphorus Strait and the Prince’s Islands. At night the bridge is lit up spectacularly, presenting a good photo opportunity.

Each October there is a chance to cross the bridge on foot so you can claim to have sprinted from Asia to Europe. Sign up for the “fun run," which is part of the Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon, and join thousands of participants. Visit the marathon’s official website for further details.

An alternative and enjoyable way to see the bridge is on a cruise of the Bosphorus Strait. Passenger ferries and private tours depart from various docks around the city, including Eminönü, Kadiköy and Üsküdar. Ferries pass beneath the bridge, allowing you to appreciate its size. The cruises also offer views of historical mosques and palaces. Some cruises will even go as far as the Black Sea.

Don’t miss the attractions situated on each end of the bridge. Dominating the European side is the Baroque-style Ortaköy Mosque, built in 1853 and decorated with white marble and intricate mosaics. Take your time wandering the cobblestone streets of the Ortaköy district, which are lined with bars and cafés, galleries and handicraft stalls. Go to the Asian side of the bridge to visit Beylerbeyi Palace, a former summer residence of Ottoman sultans. You can enjoy uninterrupted views of the bridge from the palace’s gardens.

The Bosphorus Bridge is a 15-minute drive from Istanbul’s historic center. Public buses provide easy access; otherwise it is a 1-hour walk.

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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of City's Nişantaşı Shopping Center, Dolmabahce Palace and Taksim ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (941 reviews)

"The staff of breakfast eara were professional n kind ,we got a good service n hospitality every single day also the restaurant up stairs had a good service n nice view of ocean which we enjoy it a lot In general everything was great n they were professional We had our COVID test in hotel that was ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2021

Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM477 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Besiktas Pier and Vodafone Arena. Dolmabahce Palace and Zorlu Performing Arts Center are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (970 reviews)

"Everything about this hotel is excellent.. Very clean and friendly helpful staff.. Location is great, view is beautiful.."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Ciragan Cad. No. 28, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM1,313 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Yildiz Park, Dolmabahce Palace and Ortakoy Mosque. Taksim Square and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (305 reviews)
Grwat place but staff were not helpful at all

"Great stay but the service was not helping as gol member i had free room upgrade but they asked for 600 euros for the upgrade !!!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM767 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM477 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Ciragan Cad. No. 28, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM1,313 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
5 out of 5
Ciragan Caddesi 32, Istanbul
The price is RM1,318 per night from 9 Mar to 10 Mar
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The Stay Bosphorus
The Stay Bosphorus
4.5 out of 5
Salhane Sokak No.1, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM582 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar
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Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
5 out of 5
Ciragan Cad 46, Ortakoy, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM439 per night from 20 Mar to 21 Mar
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The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
5 out of 5
Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi, No:6, Elmadag/Sisli, Istanbul
The price is RM798 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Park Beylerbeyi Boutique Hotel
Park Beylerbeyi Boutique Hotel
Beylerbeyi Mah. Abdullah Aga Hamami Sok., No: 15, Istanbul, Uskudar
The price is RM152 per night from 5 Apr to 6 Apr
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Orta Drei
Yelkovan Sk. 12, Istanbul, Istanbul
Orta Drei
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