The Prince Islands

The Prince Islands are an archipelago of nine small islands in the Sea of Marmara. The islands form the Aldar district in Istanbul and they were used as an exile during the Byzantine era.

The Prince-Islands Istanbul

The Prince Islands are ideal to escape from the city and enjoy a peaceful and calm atmosphere.

All motorized vehicles are not allowed to circulate in the islands. The only means of transport are bikes and the horse-drawn carriages.

Walk between the narrow streets, shop from the town market, admire the forests or drink a cup of tea in a garden.

The largest and most popular island is Büyükada. There, you will find the Greek Monastery of St George, the Luna Park, wooden cottages and villas and charming restaurants.  

How to go to the Prince Islands?

You have to go to Kabataş then take the ferry: From Taksim take the funicular F1 to Kabataş-Taksim station and from the old Istanbul take the tram T1 to Kabataş-Bağcılar station.

At Kabataş, there are two types of ferries:

  • The sea bus: The fastest option. It takes less than one hour to reach Büyükada. The round trip costs around 20 TL.
  • Regular ferry: The cheapest option. It costs around 10 TL for round trip but it takes 90 – 120 minutes to reach the biggest island.

The timetable of the ferries change according to seasons. You should check the times before your trip. Try to go as early as possible in the morning to avoid the crowds and have a seat in the ferry and when coming back don’t miss the last ferries. There are hotels on the islands, but they are usually full and the majority of them close during winter.