The launch of a 24-hour weekend ferry linking European and Asian sides of the city means Istanbulites need not be stranded on the wrong continent after a night out
Captain Faruk, steering from the dark of his cabin, says he prefers the Bosphorus at night, that he likes to navigate by the twinkling of the lights on shore. A captain for 23 years, and on Istanbul’s ferries for the last four, he admits he was unusually excited for the start of this shift.
For up until now, it has been a particularly Istanbul feeling to realise – with a sense of dread– that it’s past midnight and you are stuck not just on the wrong side of the city but on the wrong continent. After the last 1am ferries across the Bosphorus, late nights often end in a long, crowded bus ride over the bridge or an expensive taxi through the Eurasia tunnel.