Directions from Airport to City Center

Please note that travel times vary heavily depending on the traffic!

İstanbul Airport




Transfer by HAVAİST Shuttle:

To Kadıköy:

HAVAİST buses take off from İstanbul Airport and directly go towards Kadıköy.

Fare: 74 TL (~4 Euro)

Travel Time: ~90 mins


To Taksim Square:

HAVAİST buses take off from İstanbul Airport and directly go towards Taksim Square.

Fare: 67 TL (~4 Euro)

Travel Time: ~90 mins


To Beşiktaş:

HAVAİST buses that go to Taksim Square also stop at Beşiktaş Square.

Fare: 57 TL (~3 Euro)

Travel Time: ~90 mins


*HAVAİST Buses depart from İstanbul Airport Arrivals Floor -2

**Ticket counters are directly next to HAVAİST take-off.

***Tickets are payable both cash and credit card

For more information on HAVAİST travel, please visit HAVAİST website.


Transfer by Taxi:

You can choose either common taxis (yellow-colored) or VIP taxis (blue/black colored).

VIP taxis are approximately 75% more expensive compared to yellow-colored common taxis. VIP taxis can be of Mercedes E class or Mercedes Vito type (8+1 person) vehicles. If shared, per person fare can be more affordable.

To Taksim Square:

Approximate Fare: 310 TL (~17 Euro)

Travel Time: ~50 mins

To Beşiktaş:

Approximate Fare: 325 TL (~18 Euro)

Travel Time: ~45 mins

To Kadıköy:

Approximate Fare: 435 TL (~ 24 Euro) (+ bridge toll + highway toll)

Travel Time: ~60 mins

For more information on Taxis from İstanbul Airport, please visit the airport's website


Rent a Car:

There are several car rental companies. Prices and deposit fes vary according to the chosen company and vehicle class.

Pick up and Drop Points:İstanbul Airport

Approximate Fees:

Daily Fee Range: 400 TL to 4000 TL (22 Euro to 215 Euro)

Deposit Range (paid once): 1500 TL to 4500 TL (81 Euro to 245 Euro)

For more information on renting a car from İstanbul Airport, please visit the airport's website

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport




Transfer by Bus:

To Kadıköy:

Bus Code: E-10 or E-11

Approximate Fare: 2 Full-fare tickets, 15 TL (~1 Euro)

Travel Time: ~85 mins


To Taksim Square:

Note: HAVAİST buses directly go to Taksim Square but in case you’d like to travel by sea, follow the below route.

- Travel to Kadıköy through either IETT buses or Havabus buses.

- Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Kabataş.

- Take the funicular line from Kabataş to Taksim Square

Approximate Fare: Total 30 TL (~2 Euro)

- Sabiha Gökçen International Airport to Kadıköy - Bus: 15 TL (~1 Euro)

- Kadıköy to Kabataş - Ferry : 7.5 tl (~50 cents)

- Kabataş to Taksim Square - Funicular: 7.5 tl (~50 cents)


To Beşiktaş:

- Travel to Taksim Square by choosing a travel route described in the previous section.

- Either walk to Şişli or Take the DT1 Bus Line from Taksim Square to Şişli. .

- Either walk to Beşiktaş or Take the M2 Metro Line from Şişli to Beşiktaş.

Approximate Fare: Travel to Taksim Square plus 13 TL (~ 75 cents)


For more information on bus travel from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, please visit IETT's website

Transfer by HAVAİST Shuttle:

With HAVAİST Shuttles you can travel to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, to Kadıköy and Taksim Square. The shuttles are white colored and parked in front of the terminal building arrivals level exit ready to take you to Taksim Square for a fare of 50 TL and to Kadıköy for a fare of 35 TL per person. Kadıköy's departure point is the Pier.

To Kadıköy:

Departure Point: Shuttle’s Kadıköy departure point is in front of the terminal building arrivals level exit, Pier.

Fare: 35 TL (~2 Euro)

Travel Time: ~50 mins


To Taksim Square:

Departure Point: Shuttle’s Taksim Square departure point is in front of the terminal building arrivals level exit across Taksim Divan hotel, in front of the Point Hotel.

Fare: 50 TL (~2.70 Euro)

Travel Time: ~90 mins


To Beşiktaş:

Travel to Taksim Square by choosing a travel method described in the previous section. Then continue with one of the other described travel methods for Beşiktaş transfer.


For more information on HAVAİST Shuttle travel from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, please visit HAVAİST Shuttle's website

Transfer by Taxi:

You can choose either common taxis (yellow-colored) or VIP taxis (blue/black colored).

VIP taxis are approximately 75% more expensive compared to yellow-colored common taxis. VIP taxis can be of Mercedes E class or Mercedes Vito type (8+1 person) vehicles. If shared, per person fare can be more affordable.

To Taksim Square:

Approximate Fare: 210 TL (~11.50 Euro)

Travel Time: ~60 mins

To Beşiktaş:

Approximate Fare: 175 TL (~10 Euro)

Travel Time: ~60 mins

To Kadıköy:

Approximate Fare: 125 TL (~6.75 Euro)

Travel Time: ~30 mins

For more information on Taxis from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, please visit the airport's website

Rent a Car:

There are several car rental companies. Prices and deposit fares vary according to the chosen company and vehicle class.

Pick up and Drop Points: Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Approximate Fares:

Daily Fare Range: 400 TL to 4000 TL (22 Euro to 215 Euro)

Deposit Range (paid once): 1500 TL to 4500 TL (81 Euro to 245 Euro)

For more information on renting a car from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, please visit the airport's website

Transfer by Metro:

To Kadıköy:

M4 metro line goes directly to Kadıköy Pier.

Fare: 1 Full-fare ticket, 7.5 TL (~50 Cents)

Travel Time: ~45 mins

For transfer to other popular areas, please check out the guide for Istanbul city travel recommendations.