Izmir metro is a light rail system that serves the Izmir metropolitan area and runs northwest to Bornova. The system operates just 1 line with a track length 20.1 km, and serves 17 stations.
Izmir experienced a population boom in the 90’s. By that point the city had to restructure its public transit system. Construction broke ground in 1995 and this led to Izmir Metrosu A.S. system which came in to operation in May of 2000. The project cost a grand total of $600 million, and the contract was awarded to Yapi Merkezi.
The metro currently averages 30 million passengers a year. As of now, the daily ridership is at 173,000, and once planned expansions are undertaken the number of passengers will increase. The LRV light rail trains are custom made for the Izmir metro.
The 17 stations served by the Izmir metro are
The hours of operation are from 6:00am to 12:20am.In the Weekdays, the frequency of service is from 06:00 to 6:30: 10 min. From 06:30 to 20:30: 4.5 min. From 20:30 to 00:20 10 min.
Saturdays, the frequency of service is from 6:00 to 7:00 a.m.: 10 mins.. From 7:00 a.m. to 09:00: 5 mins. From 9:00 to 12:00: 6 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 4.5 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 min.
Sundays, from 06:00 to 12:00: 10 mins. From 12:00 to 20:00: 6 mins. From 20:00 to 00:20: 10 mins.
The fees vary depending on age and discounted groups. In the city center, no matter if you use bus, subway, ferry or suburban, the fare for an adult is 2,40 TL, for a student is 1,35TL and for a teacher is 1,75TL. If youse use Billet 32 is 1 credit. If you use any transportation within the next 90 minutes the ride is free in the urban centre. Maximum fare you could possibily pay if you ride the subway in other zones is 4,80 for an adult, 2,70 for a student and 3,50 for a teacher. If you use Billet 32, would be 2 credits. Also, there are packs of 3 of 5 tickets that riders can buy. The 3 ride electronic ticket cost 8.5TL, and the 5 pack ticket cost 13TL. Last but not least a 10 ride electronic ticket cost 25TL.
Price of Billet 32 tickets is 2 credits 6,00 TL, 3 credits 8,50TL, 5 credits 13,00 TL and 10 credits 25,00 TL. The ticket is valid for 35 days after it's first used.
The metro applies a card based system by which the rider uses a disposable RFID Chip card, or a loadable a RFID chip Kent card. The disposable card lasts up to three rides, while the loadable card can be used multiple times depending on the credit balance of the card. The metro system once had a cash and token system. It was used to pass ticket barriers, but eventually was replaced with current card structure.
One of the most interesting features of the Izmir Metro is card customization. The cards come in different variety from students, teachers, and seniors over 60 years. Also there’s free cards which are available as Police Cards, Postmen Cards, TCI Cards, and cards for seniors 65 and over. All the information about cards can be found here
Student, teacher and seniors card fee is TR 10. TRY 20 fee if you need to have it replaced.
The metro offers parking at most stations.
Passengers must take note of the following rules set by the metro authority:
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