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M6 (Istanbul Metro)

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M6 Levent–Boğaziçi Üniversitesi/Hisarüstü
OwnerIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
LocaleIstanbul, Turkey
TypeRapid Transit
SystemIstanbul Metro
Route numberM6
Operator(s)Metro Istanbul A.Ş.
Rolling stock12 Alstom
4 carriages per trainset
Daily ridership20,000
Opened19 April 2015; 9 years ago (2015-04-19)[1]
Line length3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Number of tracks2 (1 between stations)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC Third rail
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map

Line M2
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi
Line F4

Line M6, officially referred to as the M6 Levent – Boğaziçi Üniversitesi/Hisarüstü line, is a 3.3-kilometre (2.1 mi)[1] light metro line of the Istanbul Metro. It is colored tan on the maps and route signs. 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]

Connection to the F4 funicular line is available from the Boğaziçi University station to go Aşiyan on the Bosphorus.


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 Disabled access Beşiktaş 19 April 2015 Metro interchange Istanbul Metro:
Bus interchange İETT Bus: 25G, 27E, 27SE, 27T, 29, 29A, 29C, 29D, 29E, 29İ, 29P, 29Ş, 36L, 40B, 41AT, 41E, 42, 42M, 42Z, 49Z, 50Z, 62, 62G, 63, 64Ç, 65G, 121A, 121B, 121BS, 122B, 122C, 122D, 122Y, 522B, 522ST, 622
Nispetiye Disabled access Bus interchange İETT Bus: DT1, DT2 U1, U2
Etiler Disabled access Bus interchange İETT Bus: 43R, 59K, 59R, 59RS, 59UÇ, 559U
Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Hisarüstü Disabled access Bus interchange İETT Bus: 43R, 59R, 59RS, 559C
Funicular Istanbul Funicular:

Rolling stock[edit]

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

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "M6 Levent – Hisarüstü/Boğaziçi Üniversitesi". istanbululasim.com.tr (in Turkish). İstanbul Ulaşim A.Ş. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Istanbul opens Line M6". Railway Gazette International. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tekten, Erhan (24 January 2014). "Mini metro Taksim'e bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Mini metro, metroya bağlanıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 24 January 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  5. ^ Aksu, Fatma (17 April 2015). "Topbaş: Mini metro Pazar günü açılıyor". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 17 August 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.

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