Nostalgic Istiklal Caddesi Tram
Address: İstiklal Caddesi, Taksim Beyoğlu
Web Site: nostaljiktramvay.iett.gov.tr
Working Hours: Every day
In 19th-century Pera (Beyoğlu), a traditional tram trundled along the Grande Rue de Pera (İstiklal Caddesi) for 1.64 kilometers connecting Taksim Square with Galatasaray and Tunel Square. The tram was taken out of service in 1961, replaced by buses.
After Istiklal Caddesi became a pedestrian zone, the tram was restored and revived in 1990.
The historic tram cars are small and cannot hold many passengers, and are often full. The ride is relatively slow (for one thing, the conductor must constantly ring his bell to clear the way of pedestrians), but pleasant, quick tour of Istiklal Caddesi.
Despite their antiquity, the trams carry an average of 6,000 passengers daily!