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Eastern Marmara : Yalova
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Yalova is a city in Marmara Region, Turkey. It lies to the south of Istanbul, across the Gulf of Izmit.


By boat

The quickest and easiest way to get to Yalova from Istanbul is to take a fast ferry [1] from one of Istanbul’s many jetties. The major jetties with a connection to Yalova are located in Yenikapı (south of Sultanahmet), Kabataş (near Taksim) and Bostancı (Asian side). The voyage takes 70 minutes.
Below is a table of the prices in Turkish Lira in May 2010

Yenikapi-Yalova ferry prices On line Standard
Foot passengers 13 14
Students 11 12
Each passenger in vehicle 11 12
Bicycle 5 5
Motorcycle 35 36
Car 65 67
Minivan 70 72
4x4 SUV MPV 80 82
Minibus, 1 to 12 persons 75 77
Minibus, 13 to 19 persons 100 102
Pick-up, 0-2000 kg 100 102
Pick-up, 2001-2500 kg 115 117
Pick-up, 2501-3500 kg 125 127
Bus 245 247

There are also fast ferries from Pendik, a suburb of Istanbul in Asian Side.

There is a cheaper ferry line between Eskihisar just east of Istanbul and Topçular, about 30 km to east of Yalova. These ferries take about 45 minutes to cross the Gulf of Izmit and in 2010 it cost 45 TL for a car and 55 TL for a minibus, free for passengers within the car. Passengers without a vehicle pay 2.80 TL per person. You cannot book this service, you just turn up and pay when you get there. In Topçular, it’s possible to find minibuses heading for Yalova running on the highway lying just next to the harbour.

By car

Take the roads numbered: D130 from Izmit (east) and D575/E881 from Bursa (south). There are also car-ferries from various points in or near Istanbul.

Get around



Visit the hot springs. There are many services offered.



There are some tea gardens by the shore where you can also eat balık ekmek (a fish sandwiched inside half a bread).




The telephone code of Yalova is 226 (+90 226 when calling from out of Turkey). It used to be 216 prior to late 1990s, so old guidebooks may say so, which is not useful any more.

Get out

  • Cinarcik nearby is a popular family vacation resort.
  • Termal to the south is one of Turkey’s oldest hot spring resorts (which dates back to Romans, last time it was renovated was 1930s with a design based on that of Carlsbad of Czech Republic). On the way to Termal, you may also check out Karaca Arboretum if it’s weekend.
  • Armutlu on the southern side of the peninsula is also a town known for its hot springs.
  • Bursa lies some hundred kilometers south.

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