Bosphorus Bridge

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Bosphorus Bridge showing cruising, a coastal town and a bridge

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.

Top 10 Hotels Near Bosphorus Bridge

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
5 out of 5
Ciragan Cad 46, Ortakoy, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM470 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ortakoy Mosque and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taksim Square and Dolmabahce Palace. Istiklal Avenue ...
3.8/5 Good! (616 reviews)
"Nice Stuff"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2022

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
5 out of 5
Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM551 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (968 reviews)
"Very Nice Place To Stay! Good Location, should have a smart tv in the rooms"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

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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 RM647 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Dolmabahce Palace and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Taksim Square. Bosphorus Bridge and Galata Tower are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (134 reviews)
"Excellent situation. Excellent staff."

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2021

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Nevv Bosphorus Hotel & Suites
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No7 Mecidiye Muallim Naci Cd Besiktas, Istanbul
The price is RM356 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus
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Cihannuma Mahallesi, Saray Caddesi No:5, Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM551 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
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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 RM470 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
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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 RM647 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
5 out of 5
Ciragan Caddesi 32, Istanbul
The price is RM1,462 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
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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 RM1,292 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
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Feri Suites
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Ortaköy Salhanesi Sk., No 8 Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM378 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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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 RM1,110 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
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