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Bosphorus 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.


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Lodging Near Bosphorus Bridge

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Ortakoy Princess Hotel

Ortakoy Princess Hotel

Dereboyu Street. No:10, Istanbul
2.1
of 5, from 43 reviews
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Located in Besiktas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yildiz Park and Bosphorus Bridge. Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$111
Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul

Ciragan Cad 46, Ortakoy, Istanbul
4.1
of 5, from 220 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel is located in Ortaköy, a 30-minute drive from Ataturk International Airport. It’s a 15-minute waterside stroll to leafy Yildiz Park, and 30 minutes to the impressive Dolmabahçe Palace. There are many restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel.

$133
The House Hotel Bosphorus

The House Hotel Bosphorus

Salhane Sokak No.1, Istanbul
4.4
of 5, from 103 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Besiktas, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yildiz Park and Bosphorus Bridge. Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$73
Symbola Bosphorus Istanbul

Symbola Bosphorus Istanbul

Portakal Yokusu Cad. No:17, Istanbul
4.0
of 5, from 29 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Besiktas, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bosphorus Bridge, Dolmabahce Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre and Taksim Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$44
Deep Hotel Istanbul

Deep Hotel Istanbul

Orange Hill No:21, Istanbul
4.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
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Located in Besiktas, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Yildiz Park, Bosphorus Bridge, and Dolmabahce Palace. Beylerbeyi Palace is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

$54
Lale Inn Ortakoy

Lale Inn Ortakoy

Mecidiye Mahallesi Aktar Sokak No:5, Istanbul
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Besiktas, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yildiz Park and Bosphorus Bridge. Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$34
The House Next To

The House Next To

Muallim Naci Caddesi No 21, Istanbul
4.5
of 5, from 4 reviews
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Located in Besiktas, this hotel is steps from Ortakoy Pier, Ortakoy Square, and Istanbul Jazz Center. Bosphorus Bridge and Yildiz Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$27
Belle Vues Hotel

Belle Vues Hotel

Çarsiagasi Sk No 21 Ortakoy Besiktas, Istanbul
1.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Located in Besiktas, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yildiz Park and Bosphorus Bridge. Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km).