In Istanbul travellers can use individual travel tokens called “jetons” to get through the turnstiles to use the wonderful Tram system, the ferries, the metro, and the funiculars. Each jeton costs 1.5 Turkish Lira and can be bought at most stops usually from a stall but sometimes from a dedicated window in an official booth. There is always a sign to show where the tokens can be bought. Something to bear in mind though is that the jetons that allow access to the tram at its individual stops do not work in any of the other turnstiles, which can be slightly upsetting if you are trying to get the tram at Kabatas having just used the funicular from Taksim Square or you are catching the ferry at Fener to get back to Eminonu.

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