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Bosphorus Bridges

 There are two highway bridges connecting the two sides of Istanbul. The first one is Bosphorus Bridge between Beylerbeyi and Ortaköy the other one is Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge between Kanlıca and Rumeli Hisarı. (As you know Fatih Sultan Mehmet had lasted the sovereignty of the East Rome-Byzantine- Empire by conquering Istanbul and he is the first Ottoman Sultan who had his portrait painted by Bellini, one of the Italian Renaissance artists.)

The tolls are only paid when passing from Europe to Asia therefore don't get confused when you see the toll collectors on the Anatolian side at the Bosphorus Bridge and on the European side at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.  You can either  use OGS (Automatic Crossing System), and KGS (Card Crossing System) which are 20% discounted. When you get closer to the toll collection area you'll see that the OGS's are designed differently from KGS toll collection boxes and the sensors at you car automatically communicate by OGS and let the barriers open. Therefore you easily get rid of the problems such as waiting queues (except rush hours) and/or changing money. You can get  the OGS sensors from all Ziraat Bankası branches.

Please also note that the cash toll booths were removed from the Bosphorus (Boğaziçi) Bridge in 2006 and from Fatih  Sultan Mehmet Bridge as of April 26, 2008. Only vehicles with OGS and KGS tickets would be able to cross the Bridgees. 

The documents needed for OGS sensors are:
For individual persons:
- OGS forms to be filled
- Copy of the car's license
- Copy of your passport
- If you don't go to the bank personally, a notarized power of attorney issued to the name of the person who acting on behalf of you.
- 50 $ or equivalent Turkish Liras for the sensor
- Revenue stamp of 2 YTL
- At least 15 YTL for charging the electronic ticket
Note: Its better to take a copy of the form for your own files.

For companies:
- Circular of signature (in case another person getting the electronic ticket a letter of authorization together with the circular)
- The license of the car (it will be compared with the circular and returned) or the copy of it.
- 50$ or equivalent Turkish Liras for the sensor
- Revenue stamp of 1.3 YTL
- At least 20 YTL for charging the electronic ticket

KGS is a system, which allows vehicles to pay for bridge tolls using a contactless smart card. The size is of a credit card and there are two kinds of KGS cards offered to motorists. KKGS is a credit card integrated with toll payment capability and the NKGS is a stand-alone toll payment card. With KKGS, toll transactions appear in monthly statements of the cardholders, while with NKGS the toll payments are prepaid.

The vehicles use tollbooths with “KGS” signs and 20% discount is applied for each passage. Free KGS cards can be obtained from Ziraat and Iş Bank branches by submitting the original or copy of the vehicle's license.

The passage of intercity buses, trucks and TIR's from the Bosphorus Bridge is forbidden. The passage of trucks and TIR's from Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is forbidden between 17:00 to 20:00. The truck and TIR traffic is quite dense other than the hours mentioned.


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 By bruce  4.4.2006

thanks for the info but where does one obtain the pre-paid NKGS cards for those of us who rent cars occasionally ?

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