Getting There -- Ferries depart for the islands from the Kabatas docks adjacent to Dolmabahçe Palace and from Bostanci on the Asian side. Conventional ferries from Kabatas make stops at Kadiköy on the Asian side before puddle-jumping the islands of Kinaliada, Burgazada, Heybeliada, and finally Büyükada. The ride all the way to Büyükada takes about 90 minutes and costs 3TL each way (2.50TL with the Akbil). The faster catamaran shortens the trip from Kabatas to Büyükada to about 50 minutes (one departure in winter and two in spring and summer). The trip costs a mere 7TL (5.50TL with the Akbil) each way, a pittance considering that seats are reserved compared to the body shuffle inevitable on the more crowded slow boat. Be sure to confirm all departure times in advance, as schedules may change (tel. 0212/444-4436; www.ido.com.tr).
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