M6 (Istanbul Metro)

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M6 Levent–Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
Istanbul M6 Line Symbol.png
İstanbul Metro, M6 1.JPG
TypeRapid Transit
SystemIstanbul Metro
LocaleIstanbul, Turkey
TerminiLevent station, Beşiktaş
Boğaziçi Üni. station, Beşiktaş
Opened19 April 2015; 3 years ago (2015-04-19)[1]
OwnerIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
Operator(s)Metro Istanbul A.Ş.
Rolling stock12 Alstom (Sometimes Hyundai Rotem)
4 carriages per trainset
Line length3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Operating speed70 km/h (43 mph)
Route numberM6
Route map
Line M6
Line M2
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Line M6, officially referred to as the M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi line, is a 3.3-kilometre (2.1 mi)[1] light metro line of the Istanbul Metro. The line opened for public service on 19 April 2015.[2] Except for the very small Tünel, this line is the shortest of the Istanbul Metro system with only four stations.[1]


The project was a cooperation between Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communication. The metro tunnel is a single tube, which is constructed 25 metres (82 ft) underground by New Austrian Tunnelling method (NATM).[3] The 3.3-kilometre-long (2.1 mi) line with four stations[1] connects to the M2 Yenikapı - Hacıosman metro line at Levent station. In terms of passenger capacity, 8,100 passengers per hour per direction can be transported,[2] which makes this a light metro line rather than a fully rapid transit line. M6 operates two 4-car trains (which can be increased to three trains),[citation needed] running with a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) speed with at least 5–minute headways during peak hours. The travel time between the termini stations is 6–7 minutes.[3][4][5][1]

It was initially planned to go into public service on 29 October 2014, on the Republic Day, but the metro line ultimately opened on 19 April 2015.[2]

The construction of a funicular line is under consideration to connect the Hisarüstü-end station with the shoreline of the Bosphorus in the Aşiyan neighborhood.[6]


The M6 has a total of four stations, the least on any metro line in the city. The only connection to another metro line is at Levent, where connection to the M2 is available.

M6 Levent-Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
Station District Opened Connections
Levent Handicapped/disabled access Beşiktaş 19 April 2015 Metro interchange Istanbul Metro: Line M2
Bus interchange İETT Bus: 15, 15B, 15C, 15E, 15H, 15K, 15KÇ, 15M, 15N, 15P, 15R, 15S, 15T, 15Y, 15ŞN, 15Z
Nispetiye Handicapped/disabled access 19 April 2015 Bus interchange İETT Bus: DT1
Etiler Handicapped/disabled access 19 April 2015 Bus interchange İETT Bus: 43R, 59K, 59R, 59RS, 59UÇ, 559U
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Handicapped/disabled access 19 April 2015 Bus interchange İETT Bus: 43R, 59R, 59RS, 559C

Rolling Stock[edit]

The line often uses 2 Alstom trains which are also used on M2, but sometimes 1 of the trains used is a Hyundai Rotem, again also used on M2.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi". istanbululasim.com.tr (in Turkish). İstanbul Ulaşim A.Ş. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  2. ^ a b c "Istanbul opens Line M6". Railway Gazette International. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  3. ^ a b Tekten, Erhan (2014-01-24). "Mini metro Taksim'e bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  4. ^ "Mini metro, metroya bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2014-01-24. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  5. ^ Aksu, Fatma (2015-04-17). "Topbaş: Mini metro Pazar günü açılıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  6. ^ "Tünel açma çalışmaları başlayan metro hattı 3250 metre olacak. Tek tünelli metro hattı, yüzeyden 25 metre derinlikte oluşturulacak" (in Turkish). Akatlar. Retrieved 2014-02-10.

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