We will be visiting Pierre Loti, a spot famous for its spectacular views over the straits of Golden Horn. It is located in Eyup, about 6 kilometers from Galata Bridge. To get there we took a public bus at the open-air Eminonu bus station close to the Galata Bridge. You’ll need to take a bus and get off at Teleferik bus stop. There are many buses (ask the drivers) that will pass through Teleferik for different destinations, but we rode on bus #99. Teleferik is about the 13th stop (please check) from Eminonu to your right and the stop is clearly sign posted. The journey would take about 20 minutes.
A cable car will take you up Pierre Loti. The station is just across the road from the Teleferik bus stop. The ride is just a couple of minutes as the hill-top is only 53 meters above sea level. If you wish so, you can also walk up to the hill-top amidst through a large old cemetery ground.
If you’re considering going by ferry from Eminonu, you may want to read more here.
We’ve came to Pierre Loti for the views and that’s about all you get here. There is a well-known cafe you would want to enjoy your tea or coffee while admiring the views of the Golden Horn and the Halic bridge across it. There are also a few souvenir shops up the hill-top. If you are on a tight schedule, you may want to skip this point of interest as it takes up a good portion of your time.
Close to the lower cable car station, about a 5 minutes walk away, will take you to Eyup Sultan Camii (mosque). This mosque is one of the holiest mosque in Turkey. It is revered because it is located close to the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, one of the close friends of Prophet Muhammed.
You can take most of the buses (do ask the driver) passing through Teleferik to return to Eminonu. The only difference is in the return route these buses will take for the last leg into Eminonu. Whether its a straight, faster route or otherwise. Some buses may cross over to the Golden Horn to Karakoy before reaching Eminonu.