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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 $147.40
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 Istanbul City Tour from an award winning tour operator. Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul. ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.53
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
Full-Day Istanbul Tour by Land and Sea including Bosphorus Cruise, Istanbul, Dinner Cruises
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Full-Day Istanbul Tour by Land and Sea including Bosphorus Cruise

Experience Asia and Europe by land and sea on this full-day tour of Istanbul, a gem of a city waiting to be discovered. With a tailored itinerary, visit all ...  Read more

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

From USD $52.00
Istanbul Two Continents Half-Day Tour, Istanbul, Full-day Tours
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Istanbul Two Continents Half-Day Tour

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From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour afternoon tour shows you the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour with Lunch from Istanbul, Istanbul, Bus & Minivan Tours
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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 $78.84
Two Continents with Dolmabahce Palace Half-day Tour From Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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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 $57.13
Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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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 $39.99
Half Day Istanbul Sightseeing Tour in Arabic and Russia, Istanbul, Half-day Tours
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Half Day Istanbul Sightseeing Tour in Arabic and Russia

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Explore Istanbul and get a great primer on the city for first-time visitors while seeing all the sites, including Bosphorus Bridge, the Grand Bazar, Golden ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Europe to Asia From The Bosphorus In Istanbul, Istanbul, City Tours
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Europe to Asia From The Bosphorus In Istanbul

Cross the Bosphorus bridge from Europe to Asia and discover a different side of Istanbul.

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

From USD $42.85

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