To and FromTransportation
Istanbul is served by two international airports, Atatürk (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen (SAW). Atatürk International Airport lies 20 km west of the city center and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located on the Asian Side, and getting to the city center should take around an hour. For both airports it's best to use public transportation to save the time for more beautiful memories in the city.
Ataturk Airport – Taksim Transportation by Metrobus (Approximately 40 minutes)
The fastest route from Ataturk Airport to heart of the city Taksim is by metrobus, lasts 40 minutes. First take Ataturk Airport metro and leave the train at Yenikapı station. Then take the train from Yenikapı to Taksim.
Ataturk Airport – Taksim Transportation by Metro (Approximately 51 minutes)
From the first station of Ataturk Airport metro, you will be at Zeytinburnu station in 15 minutes. At this station you need to make transfer to Sultanahmet metro. 43 minutes later you will leave the train at Kabatas station, at the last stop of the line. Last, take Kabatas Funicular that reach Taksim in 3 minutes. To reach Airport from Taksim you can follow the same route.
If you are going to use public transportation, we advise you first to get an Istanbulkart. With this you can use bus, tram or metro in one card by loading credits in it.
Sabiha Gokcen – Taksim Transportation by Metrobus
For to use metrobus from Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you should take KM22 bus to reach the Kartal station of Kadikoy metro. Then you need to transfer to Marmaray in Ayrilik Cesmesi station. Leave the train at Sirkeci station and take Sultanahmet tram at the same station. Get off the tram at Kabatas station. Then take Kabatas funicular to reach Taksim. To reach Airport from Taksim you can follow the same route.
From Ataturk Airport to Taksim or Sabiha Gokcen to Taksim, you can choose to take taxi, bus or express buses.
If you like to take taxi, you can calculate the current approximate taxi price from IstanbulFind’s taxi cost application.
Atatürk International Airport to Taksim by taxi, costs approximately 40-50 ₺ and lasts 45 min. (depending on traffic). To reach Taksim from Ataturk Airport by express buses costs 10 ₺ and they depart every 30 minutes.
From Sabiha Gökcen Airport to Taksim by taxi costs around 80-90 ₺. While Havataş shuttles costs 14 ₺.