Most important highways of Istanbul
In recent years Turkey went through an economic boom which Istanbul got a big share of it. With an increase of tourists, residents, and investors the city continued to grow. This influx of new commers has increased the population of the city and resulting in Istanbul becoming the most densely populated Municipality of Turkey. Therefor it is only normal for it to have the most important highways and roads in the country.
Of all the roads and highways four are the most famous and important.
♦ D-100 Highway (E5 Highway):
The D-100 highway or as it is known among people as the E5 highway. It is considered the most well-known road in Istanbul as it links the two sides of the city from the European side to the Asian one through the Metrobus line that runs from Büyükçekmece to Söğütlüçeşme on a total length of 52 km and crossing the 15 July Martyrs bridge. It plays a main role in reducing the traffic congestion.
This highway starts at the Bulgarian gate “Kapikule” and crosses Turkey from west to east to the Iranian border gate “Gurbulak” with a total length of 1824 km.
♦ E-80 Highway (TEM Highway):
Opened in 1977 and considered one of the longest highways in the word with a total length of 6960 km (inside Turkey). This highway crosses 10 countries starting in the Portuguese capital Lisbon passing through Istanbul in Turkey and ends in Iran in Bazargan.
It links the Asian and European sides of Istanbul through the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge.
♦ Bassin Express Highway:
This is considered the most important highway in Istanbul; it intersects in two points with the other two main highways of Istanbul the E5 and the TEM highway. It is the main road that connects the Istanbul International Airport to the rest of the city. But other than that, its importance is in its location. It is located in the Bassin Express district the commercial heart of Istanbul according to the strategic plan of the municipality.
♦ Kuzey Marmara Highway (The North Marmara Motorway):
The 400 kilometres long highway starts in the west of Istanbul in Kinali and crosses the city until reaching the eastern province of Sakarya and passing through the Yavuz Sultan Selim bridge. The North Marmara Motorway is the most important road for Istanbul Airport, one of the world's largest airports as it provides direct access to it. This highway represents an alternative transit route that bypasses the metropolis’ traffic-filled streets, as it will reduce the traffic burden in the country’s largest city and its surroundings.
Why live near a highway or main road in Istanbul?
It is very beneficial to buy properties that are close to main roads and highways. There are always new projects coming up that can present a valuable investment opportunity. Furthermore, closeness to highways and main roads will always guarantee you easy renting and re-selling as these kinds of properties are always in high demand. Another huge advantage is easy access to everything you mind need such as universities, hospitals, shopping centers and many other necessities.