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If you're in the Asian side, you can take the Kadıköy-Kartal metro to its last stop, the Kartal interchange. The exit of the metro stop is right on the D100 highway, and there's a good place for cars on the direction of Gebze to stop. This spot is much closer to Gebze than Bostancı, so you'll have better chances of getting drivers who are going in that direction.
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From Taksim Square in European side of Istanbul, catch bus #129T (''Taksim-Üst Bostancı''). This is, like all other city busses crossing the Bosphorus Bridge, is a double-ticket line and will cost you 3 TL (~EUR 1.50/~US$ 2). Get off at the leaf-clover interchange named ''Bostancı Köprüsü'', close to its last stop, recognizable by big ''Bostancı'' and ''İçerenköy'' signs there. You are now on D100 highway. Walk past the interchange until you see a safe shoulder down the road a couple hundred metres away. Start hitching there ready with a [[Signs|sign]] saying at least ‘[[Gebze]]’, it’ll make you more visible and look like a total hitchhiker. Drivers around here seem to have some concerns about sharing their car with a stranger and looking like a total hitchhiker seems to somewhat ease their anxiety. However, there are also many minibuses heading for Gebze on this road, so hiding your sign when they are passing by and shaking your head both sides when its headlights flash (to ask whether you’d like a ride … for a fee) may prevent some of the unwanted attention. Expect to wait at least 30 minutes until you are offered a lift. Morning hours (approx. between 6:30-8:30) are best since the road is congested at that time and vehicles move slowly, which lets the drivers to think more about taking you in. Beware of the motorcycles by the way, which sometimes illegally drive inside the shoulder and literally skim you over.
Once you are near Gebze, you are more likely to be dropped off on the highway, out of the city centre. Ask your driver to drop you off as near to Eskihisar as possible. At some part of the road, you’ll notice signs for Eskihisar, complete with a diagram for the ferry. Once on that corner of the road, you are about 30 minutes away from the ferry quay on foot.