M2 (Istanbul Metro)

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M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman
Istanbul M2 Line Symbol.png
M2 at Levent station.JPG
A northbound train at Levent station
OwnerIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
LocaleIstanbul, Turkey
TypeRapid transit
SystemIstanbul Metro
Services1 (Branch to Seyrantepe)
Route numberM2, Shuttle
Operator(s)Metro Istanbul A.Ş.
Rolling stock160 Hyundai Rotem[1]
20 Alstom[1]
8 carriages per trainset (weekdays)
4 carriages per trainset (weekend)
Daily ridership500,000[1]
Opened16 September 2000; 20 years ago (2000-09-16)
Line length23.5 km (14.6 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Route map
19.3 km
12 mi
17.8 km
11.1 mi
16.7 km
10.4 mi
Atatürk Oto Sanayi
15.3 km
9.5 mi
15.1 km
9.4 mi
Line F3
13.6 km
8.5 mi
12.2 km
7.6 mi
4. Levent
11.2 km
7 mi
Line M6
9.9 km
6.2 mi
Zincirlikuyu (Metrobus)
8.2 km
5.1 mi
Line M7 Mecidiyeköy (Metrobus)
6.9 km
4.3 mi
5.2 km
3.2 mi
Kabataş–Taksim funicular Line T2
3.7 km
2.3 mi
Beyoğlu (Tünel) Line T2
2.3 km
1.4 mi
Line T1
0 km Yenikapı
Line M1 Line M1 Marmaray Yenikapı Ferry Terminal

The M2, officially referred to as the M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman metro line (Turkish: M2 Yenikapı–Hacıosman metro hattı), is a rapid transit line of the Istanbul Metro. It is colored light green on the maps and route signs. The M2 operates between Hacıosman in southern Sarıyer to Yenikapı in south-central Fatih on the historic peninsula of Istanbul. Shuttle trains run from Sanayi to Seyrantepe to Türk Telekom Arena. The M2 line has 16 stations, all but one underground, and a total length of 23.5 kilometers (14.6 mi).[1] A daily ridership of about 500,000 makes it the busiest line of the Istanbul Metro system.[1][3]


Construction for a north-south metro line started on 19 August 1992 when the groundbreaking of the M2 took place. The original route was a wholly underground 7 km (4.3 mi) line between Taksim and 4. Levent. Construction of the tunnels took place in three separate areas; Taksim, Şişli and 4. Levent. These tunnels were connected to each other on 8 July 1994 and were completed on 30 April 1995. The line was completed in early 11 January 1999 and the first rolling stock were lowered into the tunnels. On 25 March 1999 the first test runs began and the line entered service on 16 September 2000 between Taksim and Levent. 4. Levent was opened one month later on 24 October 2000.


The following are events in the timeline of the M2 service:[1]

  • 19 August 1992: Construction of the M2 begins.
  • 12 June 1994: Taksim - Şişli part is completed.
  • 8 July 1994: Şişli - 4.Levent part is completed.
  • 30 April 1995: The two tunnels are connected.
  • 11 January 1999: The first trainsets are used for test runs.
  • 16 September 2000: Taksim - 4.Levent portion is opened.
  • 31 January 2009: Taksim - Şişhane and 4.Levent - Atatürk Oto Sanayi extensions are opened.
  • 2 September 2010: A northern extension to Darüşşafaka is opened.
  • 11 November 2010: The branch to Seyrantepe is opened.
  • 29 April 2011: The northern extension to Hacıosman is opened.
  • 15 February 2014: With the completion of the Golden Horn Metro Bridge, M2 line is fully in service from Yenikapı to Hacıosman.[4]


M2 route map

The M2 starts at Hacıosman in southwestern Sarıyer. From there it travels under Büyükdere Avenue, a major north-south road in the city, through İstanbul's two major financial districts; Maslak and Levent. The line then heads slightly west just south of Levent through Şişli to historical Taksim Square. From there M2 heads through western Beyoğlu to Şişhane. It crosses the Golden Horn towards the Old City and terminates in Yenikapı, a transport hub connecting with M1 line and Marmaray.[4] (The Şehzadebaşı station on the map above was actually named Vezneciler when the extension south of Şişhane opened on 15 February 2014).


Istanbul Metro line M2 train crossing the Golden Horn Metro Bridge.
Levent station.

At Sanayi Mahallesi station the route splits to form a short one-station spur line to the following station:

Rolling stock[edit]

The M2 line in İstanbul uses both Hyundai Rotem and Alstom trains which operate with headways of 5 minutes on the line.

Future extension[edit]

A future extension southwest of Yenikapı is planned, with five new stations at Kocamustafapaşa, Silivrikapı, Veliefendi, Zeytinburnu and Bakırköy.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman Metro Hattı" [M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman Metro Line]. www.metro.istanbul (in Turkish). Metro Istanbul. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  2. ^ "İstanbul Metrosu (Taksim-4. Levent-Ayazağa (Hacı Osman) Hattı)" (in Turkish). İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi. Archived from the original on 2008-11-08.
  3. ^ "Yıllara Göre Hat Bazlı Aylık Yolcu Sayıları" [Number of Monthly Passengers by Line and by Years] (PDF) (in Turkish). Metro İstanbul A.Ş. p. 2. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  4. ^ a b "Haliç, Yenikapıyı, Hacıosman'a bağladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 15 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-15.

External links[edit]

Media related to Istanbul Metro line M2 at Wikimedia Commons