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Istanbul Card

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Istanbul Card

Is it still the case that Istanbul card is not accepted everywhere and some transportation vehicles such as E10bus does not accept the card??

Which one should we buy Istanbul card or Akbil??

Where can we buy the card?? Is it easily obtainable or one has to search for it all over the city??

Lastly the 10 TL deposit for the card is it returnable or not??

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1. Re: Istanbul Card

Father-Copenhagen, Have a look at my response (post No. 31) at the following thread: "tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293974-i368-k4682…".

You should be getting an Istanbul Card with a 6 TL deposit. Akbil is very difficult to find as it is being phased out. The 6 TL is refundable once you turn the card in with a zero balance. It is sold everywhere now at newspaper stands, kiosks, and at certain tram and ferry stops.

good luck,


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2. Re: Istanbul Card

I had troubles with IC this june on the E10 and quite confident it had enough credit loaded.

Go figure if it was IC not accepted (it was ok 5 minutes before, I paid for the ferry from Eminonu), the apparel on that specific E10 bus or not enough credit: an akbil with an equilavent amount of credit went flawlessly, I had both.

The IC cost 10TL, don't know if deposit or cost, virtually everywhere, on the other hand the akbil, I only found it at IETT kiosk in Taksim

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