Taksim Tram

We have searched for you the tram located in Beyoğlu, the heart of Istanbul and a frequent destination for many local and foreign tourists.

The first of the trams connects Beyoğlu and Galata. Tünel, which hosts the tramway, which is considered to be the shortest and oldest in our country, is known as the second oldest subway after London when we look at its worldwide ranking.

As with every invention, this historical transportation vehicle was born out of a need. An engineer named Henri Gavan, a French tourist, takes the first step to have the tunnel and the tram built in it, and gets permission by meeting with the sultan of that period, Sultan Abdulaziz Han.

The tunnel was started on 30 June 1871 by a British company. After three years of construction, it first served for the purpose of animal transportation in 1874, and then turned into a transportation vehicle that carries people and has a very common use. While the tunnel was powered by two steam engines with 150 horsepower in the early days of its voyages, the open wagons were also illuminated with gas lamps since there was no electricity.

The tunnel was acquired by the Ottoman Empire in 1911 with the introduction of electric trams. Since 1971, it has gained an electric power of 350 horsepower. In this way, it can pass the 573-meter tunnel line that it has to traverse in just 90 seconds. This small metro, formerly known as Galata-Pera, carries nearly 15000 passengers per day. During this very enjoyable short trip, you can feel the texture of history and experience nostalgia by looking at this living symbol of Beyoğlu.


When we say Beyoğlu, another symbol that comes to mind and becomes integrated with it is the “Nostalgic Tram”. The tram, which was interrupted by renovation works a short time ago, was put into service again. We strongly recommend that you try this nostalgic tram, which makes a great contribution to public transportation with its red and white wagons.



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