The ferries themselves are ridiculously impressive, with their white bows looking just as ready for a transatlantic crossing as a trip between two docks. The funnels spew black smoke under raw power, and the maneuvering skills of the captains are on full display during evening rush hour near the Galata Bridge.
Vapur sizes vary, with maximum occupancy ranging from 600 to as high as 2100. Ferries like this have sailed the Bosphorus since 1837; they may have changed from steam power to fuel, but they remain an integral part of the population's daily commute. And frankly we wouldn't want it any other way.
A ferry docked for the night nearby the Bosphorus Bridge between Europe and Asia
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]