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Bosphorus Bridge

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of two bridges that spans the Bosphorus Strait, connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It stretches from Ortakoy on the European side to Beylerbeyi on the Asian side and is sometimes referred to as the First Bosphorus Bridge.

At 1560 meters long, the Bosphorus Bridge was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1973 and was the first bridge to connect Europe and Asia since a bridge spanning the Dardanelles in 480 B.C. Today, it is the 21st longest suspension bridge in the world. In 2007, an LED lighting system was installed to illuminate the bridge at night and the computerized system is now used to create a colorful light show every evening.

While the bridge is typically closed to pedestrians, it opens each October for the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon – the only marathon that crosses from one continent to another.

Practical Information

The Bosphorus Bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic, so unless you are running the marathon or participating in one of the related fun runs, you won’t have a chance to cross it on foot.  For the best views of the structure, book a Bosphorus cruise that will likely pass under it twice. At night, you can take in the light show on the bridge from a cruise or a waterfront restaurant.

If you plan to rent a car while in Istanbul, note that the Bosphorus Bridge is a toll bridge and the toll can only be paid with a smartcard purchased in advance, not in cash. If you cross the bridge by taxi, your driver will add the cost of the toll to your fare.

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Full Day Tour in Sultanahmet and Bosphorus Cruise from Ortakoy dock, Istanbul, null
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Full Day Tour in Sultanahmet and Bosphorus Cruise from Ortakoy dock

Magnificent full day tour in Sultanahmet by making a visit to Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and certainly will inspire you for new adventures after ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.76
Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included

Discover the magic of Istanbul with a one day, 7-hour transcontinental Istanbul city tour. Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul, including the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $122.81
Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Evening Bosphorus Dinner Cruise From Istanbul

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Bosphorus dinner cruise with show programs and the panoramic view of Bosphorus.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour with Lunch from Istanbul, Istanbul, Dinner Cruises
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Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour with Lunch from Istanbul

This fantastic group tour with local guide offers a cruise on the Bosphorus, a drive along the Bosphorus Bridge between two continents, lunch on the Camlica ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.76
Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul

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Cross Istanbul’s stunning Bosphorus Bridge, take in spectacular city views from Çamlıca Hill and explore ornate Dolmabahçe Palace on this 5-hour ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.92
Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Asian Side, and Dolmabahce Palace

Istanbul City Tours; Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill, Golden Horn, Fener Greek Patriarchate, Bosphorus Cruise, Leather Fashion Show, Spice ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $108.34
Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul

Private tour with professional guide on a visit to the famous postcards of Istanbul, including: Dolmabahce Palace, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Spice Bazaar, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.04
Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Half-day Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Half-day Tour From Istanbul

Explore the highlights of Istanbul, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires located before. Visit the fascinating Dolmabahce Palace, stunning Bosphorus ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.17
Small-Group Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour

Tour the spice bazaar before enjoying a cruise along the Bosphorus to see the city from the water. Then see Beylerbeyi Palace and the Bosphorus Bridge before ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.93
Half-Day Istanbul Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch, Istanbul, City Tours
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Half-Day Istanbul Bosphorus and Black Sea Cruise with Lunch

A relaxing escape away from the city. You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch as you see the northern part of the Bosphorus. At Poyrazköy, you’ll have the chance ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.93

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