İstanbul is the largest cruiser port of Turkey, and it is on the regular routes of cruises and yachts. The Salıpazarı (Tuesday Market) Cruiser Port of İstanbul is one of the ten most frequented ports in Europe.

International ferries, carrying tourist groups from outside Turkey stop at Karakoy Port. The port is ideally located close to Sultanahmet and Taksim.

Cruise ships often dock close to downtown. Passengers not on tours will find taxis readily available at the port entrance, and modern streetcars a short walk away.