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Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir will offer free public transport

Public transport services will be free of charge in Turkey during the first four days of the Feast of Sacrifice.

Turkey‘s major cities, including Istanbul, Ankara and İzmir, will offer free public transport for several days on the occasion of the celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice (Kurban Bayramı in Turkish, Eid Al-Adha in Arabic), one of the most important holidays of the Muslim calendar.

Likewise, and according to a decree published this Friday by the Official Gazette of the Republic, the highways and bridges operated by the General Directorate of State Highways will be toll-free from Saturday, July 9 to Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 a.m. For example, the 15th of July Martyrs Bridge (first Bosphorus bridge) and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, both in Istanbul, will not charge tolls; however, payment will be required at Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (Third Bosphorus Bridge), operated by a private consortium.

Also in Istanbul, the public transport company İETT – which operates the city’s tram, bus and metrobus services – announced that all public transport services will be free for the first four days of the Feast of Sacrifice: that is, from Saturday, July 9 through Tuesday, July 12. The payment exemption will also apply to metro services; in addition, on July 15, a national holiday in Turkey, public transport services in the city will also be free.

In the capital, Ankara, the public transport agency EGO will also offer free bus, metro, cable car and light metro (Ankaray) transport services between July 9 and 12, while in İzmir, Turkey’s third most populous city, commuter train company İZBAN also confirmed that passengers will not have to pay for tickets during the first four days of the Feast of Sacrifice. In addition, other services operated by the Ministry of Transport such as Başkentray in Ankara or Marmaray in Istanbul will also be free.