Although not as popular as taxis and public buses, Dolmus (shared taxi) still survives as a low price mode of transportation to get around in Istanbul.
Dolmus taxis have pre-determined routes, but operate without set stops, so you can get out where you want. This mode is not so convenient if you’re traveling with luggage.
Shared taxis in Istanbul leave only when 8 passengers have boarded. But that’s the greatest part about Dolmus, because each passenger only pays one eight of the fee a typical Istanbul taxi would charge you for the same route.
There are routes from and to Taksim in pretty much any major area in Istanbul, including Besiktas, Bakirkoy, Yeşilköy, Kadikoy and Uskudar. There are also routes that connect the European to Asian sides from Taksim.
Service hours: 24 hours
Service schedule: Every 10 to 15 minutes
Fares: 3 to 5 TL ($1 to $1.7)