Spanning the Golden Horn, Istanbul’s Galata Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in Turkey. The bridge has been a symbolic link between the old city center, with its imperial palaces and religious structures, and the more commercial neighborhoods that were populated by foreign merchants and diplomats. It also appears frequently in Turkish literature, poetry and theater.

While a bridge has stood in the same location since 1845, the current structure dates back only to 1994. The previous bridge (the fourth), was damaged in a fire in 1992 and moved further up the Golden Horn. Stretching from Karakoy to Eminonu, the present-day bridge is actually the fifth Galata Bridge to stand on those shores. At 42 meters wide, it has 3 lanes for traffic and one walkway in each direction.

The lower level of the bridge is now lined with lively cafes and restaurants offering a magnificent view of the Golden Horn and the old city.

Practical Information

No matter where you are staying in Istanbul, the Galata Bridge is easy to reach. Indeed, if you take a city tour, you are almost guaranteed to cross it at some point. Visiting on your own, the Karakoy tram station sits on one end of the bridge, while the Eminonu station is just a bit further inland on the other end. A downhill walk from Istiklal Street will also lead you to the bridge, as will the Tunel funicular. Dozens of ferries dock at either Karakoy or Eminonu and are the best way to get to the bridge from the Asian side of Istanbul.  

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Evening Walk and Light Food Tasting Tour, Istanbul, null
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Evening Walk and Light Food Tasting Tour

Enjoy an evening tour tasting the best local food in Istanbul. Rather than spending your time searching around, join this walking tour and taste 4 different ...  Read more

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

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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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A Taste of Istanbul: Street Food Tour

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See Istanbul in the most delicious way: through your taste buds. Traverse the stunning, hilly city on this 5-hour guided tour, eating your way through street ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour of Istanbul, Istanbul, Cultural Tours
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Dan Brown 'Inferno' Tour of Istanbul

Loved 'Inferno'? Follow in the footsteps of Dan Brown's hero Robert Langdon in this half-day walking tour of Istanbul's Old City. See the Hippodrome, the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Flexible

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Golden Horn of Istanbul Tour, Istanbul, City Tours
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Golden Horn of Istanbul Tour

Explore the Golden Horn The Golden Horn, also known by its Turkish name as Haliç, separates the historic center of Istanbul from the rest of the city, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $17.37

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