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Feb 5, 2023

The most famous highways in Istanbul

Istanbul is characterized by containing the most important road hubs and the main vital highways in Turkey, as it includes three main roads, which serve as the central nerve of the region and an important link point with other European countries. In this article, we will tell you some details about the highways in Istanbul.

First: the E5 motorway

It is the most important express line in Istanbul, starting from Buyukcekmece, passing through Beylikdüzü area to the Fatih area, until it reaches the Asian section of Istanbul.

Metro Bus Line:

It is a line with a length of 52 km, and the number of its passengers exceeds 800,000 passengers per day continuously. The Metro Bus has contributed to alleviating traffic congestion in the city of Istanbul by reducing the emission of harmful and toxic gases, making it an environmentally friendly means of transportation that facilitates access to all areas of the city in a safe, fast and comfortable manner. It is distinguished from other transportation and means of transportation by a dedicated lane that does not share the road of ordinary cars, although it passes through a main highway. One of its most important features: It works 24 hours a day without stopping, connecting night to day and east to west.

Second: Highway E 80

This line is characterized by being of great length, and this road was built with great potential. The path of this road starts from Lisbon in the Portuguese capital, through Turkey, specifically it passes from Istanbul and reaches the Iranian city of Bazargan at the end of the road. The length of this highway in Turkey alone is about six thousand nine hundred and sixty kilometers (6,960 km). It was established in 1977 as one of the regional cooperation projects with technical and administrative support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE/UN).

Third: The Basin Express highway

This road is considered the main center of Istanbul, as this road intersects at two different points with each of the main roads E5 and E-80 in addition to being the main road that connects Istanbul International Airport (the largest airport in the world) with the rest of the city and in addition to being the new center of Istanbul and the commercial heart of it, as it embraces more than 25 private universities and the best international schools, two of the largest malls in Istanbul and a selection of leading real estate projects, as well as many huge commercial centers. It is a meeting place for pioneers and big businessmen and a central business area according to the plan followed by the Greater Istanbul Municipality.

These highways played an important role in social and economic development in Turkey in general and in Istanbul in particular, through the establishment of major secondary highways affiliated to highways. They also contributed to enhancing accessibility and working to connect the various Turkish cities and neighborhoods, which led to alleviating traffic congestion and shortening time and distances. This was one of the most important reasons that encourage real estate investment in Istanbul now.

Are these methods paid?

Yes .. as all cars and trucks can cross from those roads, but vehicle owners who wish to cross most of those main roads must have their vehicles subject to the Highway Traffic System or the so-called (“HGS”).

What is HGS System?

It is a fast payment system that works by radio frequencies. The function of this system is to deduct a certain amount every time cars are registered passing through one of the highways restricted by this system. This system is used in various parts of the Republic of Turkey and is applied to all vehicles that pass through small gates carrying a digital plate called (OGS & HGS) and this system is a very useful system, because it provides a quick solution to traffic instead of waiting at the manual ticket windows that were used prepaid.

What are the fees for these roads?

The fare within those points varies from place to place; Depending on the type of car or truck passing by, but despite that, it is considered a symbolic fare for regular cars, as it ranges between (3.5 to 8.75) Turkish liras only, and a fare more than this fare for commercial cars or trucks of category (3, 4 and 5).

How are these fees paid?

The (HGS) card, or what is called the fast-traffic card, can be obtained through the nearest branch of the (PTT) to you, or by showing the car papers and the necessary licenses to the banks contracting with the (HGS) department in Turkey. This card is a sticker card that is placed on the windshield of the car to be visible every time the car passes through the payment gates.

Finally, we can say that the Turkish government has actually contributed to the development of the country's infrastructure, especially the issue of transportation and highways, which provides citizens and tourists with ease of movement within Istanbul, and this was also a major factor that prompted foreign and Arab investors to buy real estate in Istanbul for the purpose of Real estate investment in Turkey, where it is considered a successful project with high profit returns and includes all the neighboring services such as transportation routes, commercial centers and universities...


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