Istanbul Airport Transfer: The Ultimate Guide 2017




istanbul sabiha gokcen international airport at night

Transferring from Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport to city center or other prominent locations (Taksim, Kadikoy, Sultanahmet) includes several ways. You will learn how to transfer from Istanbul Airport (Ataturk Airport) to city center, Sultanahmet, Sabiha Gokcen Airport and many more in this article. There are two airports in Istanbul:

  1. Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) (mostly known as Istanbul Airport)
  2. Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Although they are both international airports, Istanbul Ataturk Airport provides more international flights and connections. There are multiple ways to transfer from/to these airports. In this article, cheap and more expensive ways will be discussed. Istanbulkart is the pass card used in public transportation of Istanbul. You can have an extensive information about Istanbul travel card here. The travel costs calculated for public transportation methods below depends on the usage of Istanbulkart.

Taxi is the most expensive and fastest way to city center if you are lucky to not get stuck in Istanbul traffic. If you are traveling with a group of friends or family and have a lot of luggage, actually this might be a very good idea and even budget-friendly. As of 2017, taxi opening price is 3.45 ₺/TL (Turkish Liras) and 2.10 TL for every kilometer ahead. Here are popular transfer points:

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Transfer from Istanbul Airport to city center Taksim

Taxi:

It is around 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Istanbul Airport to city center Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani). You should expect to pay 50-60 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

The airport shuttle Havabus TH-1 first takes the passengers of the international lines at the departure time below, and then approximately five minutes later takes the passengers of the domestic lines.
Havabus TH-1 Route: Atatürk Airport-Coast Road-Bakırköy-Yenikapı-Aksaray(Marmaray)-Taksim
Fare: 12 TL

Istanbul Airport -> Taksim Timetable

04:0008:0012:0016:0020:0000:00
04:3008:3012:3016:3020:3000:30
05:0009:0013:0017:0021:0001:00
05:3009:3013:3017:3021:30
06:0010:0014:0018:0022:00
06:3010:3014:3018:3022:30
07:0011:0015:0019:0023:00
07:3011:3015:3019:3023:30

Metro/Subway:

Folllow the Metro sign in the airport. Take M1A (red line on the map) from Atatürk Havalimanı (Airport).
Get off at Yenikapı (last stop).
Transfer to M2 (green line on the map).
Get off at Taksim. (Yenikapı->Vezneciler->Haliç->Şişhane->Taksim)
Total fare: 3.95 TL (2.30 TL + 1.65 TL (2nd transfer fee))

Transfer from Taksim to Istanbul Airport

Taxi:

It is around 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani) to Istanbul Airport. You should expect to pay 50-60 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

Havabus in Taksim Square is across Divan Hotel and in front of Point Hotel.
Click here for the map of the location of HAVABUS in Taksim Square. The Havabus TH-1 directly takes you from Taksim to Istanbul airport.
Fare: 12 TL

Taksim -> Istanbul Airport Timetable

04:0008:0012:0016:0020:0000:00
04:3008:3012:3016:3020:3000:30
05:0009:0013:0017:0021:0001:00
05:3009:3013:3017:3021:30
06:0010:0014:0018:0022:00
06:3010:3014:3018:3022:30
07:0011:0015:0019:0023:00
07:3011:3015:3019:3023:30



Metro/Subway:

Take M2 from Taksim Square to Yenikapi. Transfer to M1A from Yenikapi. The last stop of M1A is Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Total fare: 3.95 TL [2.30 TL (M2) + 1.65 TL (M1A)]

Transfer from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Taxi:

It is around 40-45 km (25-28 miles) from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You should expect to pay 87-98 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

There is a direct airport shuttle from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can take Havabus SG-2 from here.
Fare: 15 TL

Taksim - Sabiha Gokcen Timetable

03:3007:3011:3015:3019:3023:30
04:0008:0012:0016:0020:0000:00
04:3008:3012:3016:3020:3000:30
05:0009:0013:0017:0021:0001:00
05:3009:3013:3017:3021:30
06:0010:0014:0018:0022:00
06:3010:3014:3018:3022:30
07:0011:0015:0019:0023:00

Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Taxi:

It is around 60 km (37 miles) from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You should expect to pay 130-140 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

There is no direct shuttle from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. So, first take Havabus TH-1 airport shuttle from Istanbul Airport to Taksim (You should see the shuttle right across the airport exit). After arriving at Taksim, take Havabus SG-2 airport shuttle from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Total fare: 27 TL (12 TL + 15 TL)
Click here for the timetable from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Taksim
Click here for the timetable from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Metro/Subway, Ferry and Bus/Shuttle:

Follow the Metro sign in the airport. Take M1A (red line on the map) from Atatürk Havalimanı (Airport).
Get off at Aksaray.
Transfer to tramway (T1) (dark blue line on the map).
Get off at Eminönü
tram route: Aksaray->Laleli->Beyazıt->Çemberlitaş->Sultanahmet->Gülhane->Sirkeci-&gtEminönü
Take the ferry from Eminönü to Kadıköy.
Cheap Alternatives from Kadıköy:
For both of the alternatives, the departure Point in Kadıköy is Kadıköy Rıhtım İETT Bus Stops.



1. Take E-10 or E-11 from Kadıköy. The last stop of those bus routes is Sabiha Gökçen Airport. E-11 is faster since it covers less stops. E-11 takes approximately an hour and E-10 takes approximately an hour and a half.
2. Take Havabus SG-1 airport shuttle. For further details about Havabus SG-1 click here.

Total fare with 1 is 10.15 TL (2.30 TL + 1.65 TL (1st transfer fee for tram) + 1.60 TL (2nd transfer fee for ferry) + 4.60 TL (E-10/E-11 ticket price))
Total fare with 1 is 15.55 TL (2.30 TL + 1.65 TL (1st transfer fee for tram) + 1.60 TL (2nd transfer fee for ferry) + 10 TL (Havabus SG-1 ticket price))

Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque Area)

Taxi:

It is around 20 km (12 miles) from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque). You should expect to pay 45-50 TL.

Metro/Subway and Tram:

Folllow the Metro sign in the airport. Take M1A (red line on the map) from Atatürk Havalimanı (Airport).
Get off at Aksaray.
Transfer to tramway/tram (T1) (dark blue line on the map).
Get off at Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) stop.
Tram route: Aksaray->Laleli->Beyazıt->Çemberlitaş->Sultanahmet

Total fare: 3.95 TL (2.30 TL + 1.65 TL (1st transfer fee))

Transfer from Istanbul Airport to Kadikoy

Taxi:

It is around 36-46 km (22-29 miles) from Istanbul Airport to Kadikoy. You should expect to pay 80-100 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle) and Ferry:

There is no direct shuttle from Istanbul Airport to Kadikoy. So, first take Havabus YH-1 airport shuttle from Istanbul Airport to Yenikapi (You should see the shuttle right across the airport exit). Before coming to Yenikapi, get off at Bakirkoy IDO. Take ferry from Bakirkoy IDO to Kadikoy.
Havabus YH-1 route: Atatürk Airport -Bakırköy İDO- Coast Road (Yenikapi)
Total fare: 13.70 TL (6 TL + 7.70 TL)

Istanbul Airport - Yenikapi Timetable

09:0509:0509:0509:0509:0510:15
11:4511:4511:4511:4511:4511:45
16:4516:4516:4516:4516:4516:45
19:4519:4519:4519:4519:4519:45

Bakirköy-Kadıköy ferries work between 07:50-20-50 and takes 30 minutes.

Metro/Subway and Ferry:

Follow the Metro sign at the airport. Take M1A (red line on the map) from Atatürk Havalimanı (Airport).
Get off at Aksaray.
Transfer to tramway (T1) (dark blue line on the map).
Get off at Eminönü
(Aksaray->Laleli->Beyazıt->Çemberlitaş->Sultanahmet->Gülhane->Sirkeci-&gtEminönü)
Take the ferry from Eminönü to Kadıköy

Total fare: 5.55 TL (2.30 TL + 1.65 TL (1st transfer fee for tram) + 1.60 TL (2nd transfer fee for ferry))

Transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kadikoy

Taxi:

It is around 39 km (24 miles) from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kadikoy. You should expect to pay 85 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

You will see Havabus SG-1 buses right across the airport exit. The last stop of the shuttle is Kadikoy. It takes approximately one hour.
Fare: 10 TL

Sabiha Gokcen Airport - Kadikoy Timetable

04:0008:0012:0016:0020:0000:00
04:3008:3012:3016:3020:3000:30
05:0009:0013:0017:0021:0001:00
05:3009:3013:3017:3021:30
06:0010:0014:0018:0022:00
06:3010:3014:3018:3022:30
07:0011:0015:0019:0023:00
07:3011:3015:3019:3023:30

Bus

Take E-10 or E-11 from the Sabiha Gokcen stop which is across the airport exit. The last stop of those bus routes is Kadıköy. E-11 is faster since it covers less stops. E-11 takes approximately an hour and E-10 takes approximately an hour and a half.

Transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim

Taxi:

It is around 45-50 km (28-31 miles) Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim. You should expect to pay 98-108 TL.


Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

Havabus SG-2 airport shuttle takes off right across the airport exit. It is a direct bus ride from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim. Fare: 15 TL

Sabiha Gokcen Airport - Taksim Timetable

04:0008:0012:0016:0020:0000:00
04:3008:3012:3016:3020:3000:30
05:0009:0013:0017:0021:0001:00
05:3009:3013:3017:3021:30
06:0010:0014:0018:0022:00
06:3010:3014:3018:3022:30
07:0011:0015:0019:0023:00
07:3011:3015:3019:3023:30

Bus, Ferry, Tram, Tunnel:

Take E-10 or E-11 from the Sabiha Gokcen stop which is right across the airport exit. The last stop of those bus routes is Kadıköy. E-11 is faster since it covers less stops. E-10 takes approximately an hour and a half, and E-11 takes approximately an hour. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Karaköy. You can check here to check the route to Karakoy ferry. In Karakoy, transfer to F2 (funicular line) heading Beyoğlu. In Beyoğlu transfer to T2 (tram line) heading Taksim.
Total Fare: 8.45 TL [4.60 TL (E-10/E-11) + 1.75 TL (ferry 1st transfer) + 1.25 TL (funicular 2nd transfer) + 0.85 TL (tram 3rd transfer)]

Transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul Airport

Taxi:

It is around 60-70 km (37-43 miles) from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul Airport. You should expect to pay 130-150 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

There is no direct shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul Airport. So, first take Havabus SG-2 airport shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim (You should see the shuttle right across the airport exit). After arriving at Taksim, take Havabus TH-1 airport shuttle from Taksim to Istanbul Airport.
Total fare: 27 TL (15 TL + 12 TL)
Click here for the timetable from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim
Click here for the timetable from Taksim to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Bus, Ferry, Tram, Metro/Subway:

Right across the airport exit, take E-10 or E-11 from the Sabiha Gokcen stop. The last stop of those bus routes is Kadıköy. E-11 is faster since it covers less stops. E-11 takes approximately an hour and E-10 takes approximately an hour and a half.
Then take the ferry from Kadikoy to Eminonu. You can check here the route to Eminonu ferry. In Eminonu, transfer to T1 (tram line). Take T1 from Eminonu to Zeytinburnu. Get off in Zeytinburnu and transfer to M1A metro line to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Get off at last stop (Ataturk Airport).
Total fare: 8.45 TL [4.60 TL (E-10/E-11) + 1.75 TL (Ferry 1st transfer) + 1.25 TL (Tram 2nd transfer) + 0.85 TL (Metro 3rd transfer)]

Transfer from Kadikoy to Istanbul Airport

Taxi:

It is around 35-40 km (22-25 miles) from Kadikoy to Istanbul Airport. You should expect to pay 77-87 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

There is no direct airport shuttle from Kadikoy to Istanbul Airport.

Ferry, Tram, Metro/Subway:

Take the ferry from Kadikoy to Eminonu. Here is where Eminonu ferry takes off. In Eminonu, transfer to T1 (tram line). Take T1 from Eminonu to Zeytinburnu. Get off in Zeytinburnu and transfer to M1A metro line to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Get off at last stop (Ataturk Airport).
Total fare: 5.35 TL [2.45 TL (Ferry) + 1.65 TL (Tram 1st transfer) + 1.25 TL (Metro 2nd transfer)]

Transfer from Kadikoy to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Taxi:

It is around 35-40 km (22-25 miles) from Kadikoy to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You should expect to pay 77-87 TL.

Havabus (Airport Shuttle - formerly known as Havas/Havatas):

There is a direct airport shuttle from Kadikoy to Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Take Havabus SG-1 airport shuttle from here. It takes approximately 60 minutes from Kadikoy to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Fare: 10 TL



Bus

Take E-10 or E-11 from Kadıköy. These buses also take off from where Havabus SG-1 takes off. The last stop of those buses is Sabiha Gökçen Airport. E-11 is faster since it covers less stops. E-10 takes approximately an hour and a half and E-11 takes approximately 60 minutes.

Disclaimer: The ticket prices and taxi fares might be different than the actual prices/fares, and the routes might not be available.

As a last note, please feel free to ask any questions related to transfers from Istanbul airports to various city centers in the comments section below.









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