Taksim is located on the European side of Istanbul and in recent history has become the city’s beating heart. Taksim is a fantastic place to stay during your trip as it is a major leisure district where some of Istanbul’s best hotels, restaurants and shops are located.

The Taksim district is also a main transport hub for the city. You can easily travel around to Istanbul’s main attractions such as Galata TowerSultan AhmetTopkapı Palace and much more. In addition to the Istanbul Metro there is the Kabataş tramway which takes you straight to Istanbul’s sea bus port and the city’s other major tramway in just minutes. Also in Taksim you will find the office for Turkey’s largest coach service Varan where you can book tickets to travel to almost anywhere in Turkey.

Taksim is instantly recognisable from its nostalgic tram that runs from throughout the entire stretch of Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), which is one of Istanbul’s most popular streets. Taksim is also known for being home to the Monument of the Republic which commemorates the 5th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.


  • From Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport there is a regular coach service that takes you straight to Taksim for 10TL.
  • Near Taksim’s metro station there are many side roads where some of Istanbul’s most popular hotels are located.