How to Get From Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim or Sultanahmet

Picture of the Sabiha Gökçen (Sabiha Gokcen) International Airport in Istanbul

by Erlend Geerts

in Transportation

The Sabiha Gökçen Istanbul Airport is attracting more and more passengers every year. Unfortunately, Sabiha Gökçen is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, well outside the city center. Unless your hotel has arranged for a free airport pick-up, you will need to find transportation from the airport to your hotel.

From the Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, you have several options regardless the location of your hotel — Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu (Taksim/Cihangir). I hope this overview helps you make the correct choice based on your destination and/or preferences. You can find Atatürk International Airport transportation options here.

General Guidelines

  • Get Turkish Liras – If you don’t have Turkish liras on you, use one of the many ATMs in the airport to withdraw some cash money. None of the transportation options mentioned below will accept credit cards, foreign currencies or big Turkish lira notes. Make sure you have some 5, 10, 20 or maximum 50 notes handy. Also, check out our Istanbul money strategy.
  • Hotel Address – Make sure that you write down or print out the exact address of your hotel, together with its telephone number. Istanbul is a huge city with an uncountable amount of (small) hotels. Even locals don’t know them all by heart. So, if you need help, just hand over the piece of paper. It’s not unusual for taxi drivers to ask for directions at traffic lights or call the hotel. Don’t worry, he’ll get you there.

Taxi

Unless money is no object, stay clear from taking a taxi from the Sabiha Gökçen airport. A ride to Beyoğlu or Sultanahmet may easily take over an hour. Accordingly, you’ll have to pay 80 TL and upwards, depending on your final destination. Always check out the most up-to-date taxi prices.

Havataş Airport Shuttle (and Public Transportation Combination)

Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul, Turkey

Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul

Havataş, a municipality owned reliable airport shuttle service, is by far your best option to reach your hotel. Depending on your destination, either direct or in combination with public transportation.

To Taksim – This is the most straightforward route. Outside the airport, find the Havataş bus heading for Taksim. These buses operate daily between 04:00 and 01:00. The current pick-up and drop-off point is in front of the Point Hotel, just past Taksim Square. The ride costs 14 TL per person (luggage included) and takes approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic. You can get off at a few places, but most tourists will want to get off at Beşiktaş or Taksim, depending on your destination.

To Sultanahmet – To reach Sultanhamet, you have two options. Either you take a 12 TL taxi ride after reaching Taksim Square (see option above), or you combine another airport shuttle line with a ferry ride, followed by a small taxi or tram ride as I’ll explain now.

First, hop on the Havataş bus heading for Kadıköy. The buses operate daily between 04:00 and 01:00. The ride costs 8 TL per person (luggage included) and takes approximately 60 minutes. In Kadıköy, walk to the Şehir Hatları dock and board the ferry to Eminönü. You can find the operating hours here. The ferry ride (with a nice view) takes about 15 minutes and costs 2 TL per person.If your hotel is in Eminönü, you can walk from there. If not you, must either take a small taxi ride (5 minutes maximum) or take the T1 Kabataş/Eminönü-Bağcılar tram in the direction of Bağçılar, and get off only a few stops later in Sultanahmet.

Although very romantic, in my opinion and with all your luggage, the first option (Havataş bus to Taksim followed by taxi to Sultanahmet) is your best bet.

Hotel Airport Pick-Up

Most hotels will offer (upon request) an airport pick-up. These pick-ups are rarely free of charge, and often much more expensive than the options mentioned above. It’s up to you to calculate the difference and decide which option best suits your needs or preference.

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yasir August 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hey,

If I want to get straight to Ataturk airport from Sabiha Gökçen Airport , apart from taxi what are the other viable options ? Or the only way is to first come to taksim through havatas and from their to ataturk on the same ??

Regards,
Yasir

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Erlend Geerts August 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

Hi Yasir,

Apart from a taxi or private shuttle services, there is currently no direct connection. Your best get is twice the Havataş shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Issam July 30, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Hi
Do you think renting a car from sabiha airport with gps would be much cheaper than taking taxis?

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Erlend Geerts July 30, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Hi Issam,

If you’re not used to driving in Turkey, this is certainly not a good idea. Even if the gps may point you in the right direction!

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Viv September 11, 2013 at 7:46 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for the great info you have on your site.
I am arriving at 00.15 hrs at Sabiha Gökçen airport. As there are no Havataş buses available between 01.00-04.00 AM, what is the best way to travel to Taksim? (Do you think I can exit the airport in less than 45 mins to take the bus?)

Best Wishes,
Viv

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Erlend Geerts September 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hi Viv,

That’s a tough call to make. And also assuming that the plane lands on time.

I would play safe and use one of the private shuttles. One I have used in the past, hence can recommend, is securedrive (http://www.securedrivetravel.com.tr/)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Armand November 10, 2013 at 2:42 am

Glad that found this site in time, thanks for the info. Very precise

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Padrito November 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Hi Erlend,
can you please tell me about the new metro line that goes under the sea? It is usable from Sabiha Gokcen to the european side?
Thank you very much.

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Erlend Geerts November 19, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hi Padrito,

That’s the plan, but that line will not open before the end of 2017.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lindsey Lucenta November 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Hi Erlend,

My friend and I are both flying into Ataturk airport this Friday. She will be arriving from Amsterdam via Delta, and I will be arriving from Frankfurt via United airlines. Where is the most convenient place to meet at the airport before heading to our hotel? Are all international flights directed to the same area to get visas and pick up luggage?

Thanks!
Lindsey

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Erlend Geerts November 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hi Lindsay,

If the flights come in one after the other, you could meet at a baggage belt (pick a number from 1 to 10).

If there is some time in between, you could meet at a cafe at the very left after going through customs in the passenger pick-up hall.

All international flight come together in the same hall.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Naser December 22, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Hi Erlend,

I’ve checked the IETT website as another option and I think cheapest one, check this site as address below.
http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/main/hatArama/durakhatlari/SABİHA-GÖKÇEN-İ.D.H.-durağından-geçen-hatlar/&durak=A2411A

Best regards,
Naser

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Erlend Geerts December 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hi Naser,

Regular public transportation is cheaper, but also a lot less comfortable and much slower.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ivan January 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Hi Erlend,

great site I must admit :) I am coming with my wife to Istanbul on February 10th 2014 to Sabiha Gökçen airport and out hotel is near Kumkapi train station. We got offer from a hotel for a drive, but it is a little pricy, 65€ in one direction.
I found this service http://istanbulairportshuttle.com and the price is 20€ in one direction.
Two questions, is this reliable service, will you take it :)
And second, shuttle buses in Istanbul have some stations or they go directly to the hotel?

Kind regards,
Ivan

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Erlend Geerts January 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hi Ivan,

I’m afraid I can’t vouch for shuttle services, since I rarely use one. And when I do, I rely on Secure Drive.

The Havataş airport shuttle service just goes to fixed drop off points, not to hotels. Only a hotel shuttle service serves one or more hotels.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lidy-Anne January 24, 2014 at 1:58 am

Thank you so much for posting all this information, it’s very helpful!

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Ray February 10, 2014 at 1:33 am

Hi!

This website rocks! Still one question, im araving at SAW Airport and will take the 60 min bus to Kadiyök but then you are saying i should walk to the dock. But when i try to look at it in google maps so i know how to go, its says 2hours!! http://goo.gl/maps/dqHTd

Please help. Another question what do you Think about this hotel: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi. It should be in sultan ahmet.

Love you!

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi Ray,

You must walk to the Kadıköy docks to take the ferry to the European side.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aghiad Sultan February 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Hello,
I need your help please because it’s my first time to visit Istanbul.
I will reach SABIHA GÖKÇEN Airport on 17/02/2014 at 7:30 am and I need to go to Eresin Taxim Premier Hotel
I heard about HAVAS bus which can drop me from airport to Taksim Square, but I need to know the distance between HAVAS office in Taksim Square and Eresin Taxim Premier hotel.
Also how much LT the ticket will cost me?

Thanks in advance for your help and kind support.

Regards,
Aghiad Sultan

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Hi Aghiad,

Just take the shuttle, and from there on you could walk to the hotel, or take a very short taxi ride if you’re carrying too much luggage.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Fadi February 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Hi Erlend
Would you please, May you help me about this !
I will arrive to Sabiha Aéroport on 17/02/14 at 23h . I plan to go to sultanahmet and return back to Sabiha airport next day on 18/02/14 at 18h .
Knowing that we are 5 persons ( 2 adult + 3 kids between 2 and 6 years )
What kind of transport do you advice me to take ?
Best regards

Fadi

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Erlend Geerts February 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Hi Fadi,

I would take the Havataş airport shuttle to Taksim, and two taxis from there to Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Danilo February 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Hi Erlend,
I will flight to Istanbul next week from Rome Airport (Italy) to Sabiha Airport with my girlfriend and we will arrive at 18.10. I hear that the yellow taxi from Sabiha Airport to Taksim Square’s need 45 minutes and the price is 75,00 TL or 80,00? This is the true for 2 persons?or should be only for one person? What you can advice to me?

Best Wishes

Danilo

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Erlend Geerts February 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Hi Danilo,

That’s about right. Alternatives are written in the article.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Arne Skogen Lekve February 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Hi there!

For the first time I arrive at Sabiha Gökçen Airport. I don’t like taxis. Is it possible to
get to Kadiköy by some dolmuş?

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Erlend Geerts February 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

Just take the Havataş bus to Kadiköy.

Erlend

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Ruben Wissing March 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi Erlend,

This April I’m going to Istanbul with 40 students. We are staying at a hostel near the Sultanahmet tramstop and we have to be at Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 18:30 for our flight back to Amsterdam on April 26. Since I know Istanbul can be quite chaotic, what would you recommend us to do?
Our hostel offered us transport to the airport for 8 euros per person. Do you think it will be cheaper to use buses/trams/ferries instead? If so, which ones would you recommend? Or would it get a chaos, because we are with 40 students.
Thanking you in advance!

Kind regards,
Ruben Wissing

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Erlend Geerts March 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hi Ruben,

This is your typical price vs comfort calculation.

At the current rate 8€ is about 25TL. For that amount the hostel would arrange a service from the doorstep to the airport.

The alternative is to walk to Eminönü or take the tram (2TL each) and take the ferry to Kadiköy, again 2TL each. In Kadiköy you would hop on the Havataş shuttle (8TL each) to the airport.

So, you can do it for half the price, but you’ll be carrying your bags and transferring a few times. The choice is yours.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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magda March 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hi Erlend and thank you for all the good information you are giving!
We are big lovers of Istanbul and visited it every year for the Tulip festival since 3 years ago. This year we thought of renting a hotel in Büyükada but we have the flight back to barcelona at 10.25 in the morning. I saw we can leave Büyükada at 5.50 and be to Kabatas at 7.30. Any idea of going the fastest posible from Kabatas to Sabiha Airport, more than tram to Taksim and bus to Sabiha?? We should be at the airport about 9 in the morning. Thank you for any suggestion!

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Erlend Geerts March 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi Magda,

I suggest to take the same boat, but get off one stop earlier in Kadiköy, which is already on the Asian side. From there take the Havataş bus to the airport. You should be there well in time.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anne March 14, 2014 at 11:49 am

I’m heading back to Istanbul in a month and the link is broken to Havatas from every travel site. When I transferred from IST several years ago, I used this service to Taksim all the time. Do you know if it is still operational? Is there a new link?

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Erlend Geerts March 17, 2014 at 9:54 am

Hi Anne,

They are redesigning their site at the moment, and the English part is not ready yet. For now, you can only consult the Turkish version at havatas.com.tr

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hamed March 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Thanks a lot Erlend for your very usefull info.

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Vicky March 21, 2014 at 5:37 am

Hi Erlend,

Would you know if the pick-up and drop off point of Havatas is still in front of the Point Hotel? We are arriving in Istanbul next Friday. Thank you in advance!

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Erlend Geerts March 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hi Vicky,

That is correct, in front of Point Hotel, opposite of the Divan Hotel.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Mohammad March 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

Hello Erlend,

First of all, thank you for the valuable information you posted.

I have a small situation I hope to take your advice on. My friends and I (about 7 persons) intend to visit Istanbul in June. The problem is some of us will arrive at Ataturk airport while others at Sabiha Gokcen. Our hotel will most probably be in Fatih. So:
1) What is the best and cheapest way to get from Ataturk airport to the hotel in Fatih?
2) I understand taking the Havatas shuttle from Sabiha will drop us off at Taksim, so what is the best option to get from Taksim to the hotel in Fatih?
3) Depending on your answer in the previous question, would it be best for the group at Sabiha to take 2 Havatas shuttles to Taksim and then to Ataturk airport to regroup there, and then all of us head to the hotel in Fatih together?

I really appreciate your help.

Regards,
Mohammad

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Erlend Geerts March 22, 2014 at 10:59 am

Hi Mohammad,

I don’t know how your group is split up, but regardless of the amount of people to arrive in Sabiha, I suggest to take the shuttle to Taksim, and from there a taxi to the hotel.
If the amount of people arriving in Atatürk Airport is less than 4 I suggest to take a taxi to the hotel. If 4 or more, you probably have to take two taxis, so then you may consider taking the shuttle first, and then a short taxi ride to the hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nina March 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Hello Erlend,
I’m arrving to Sabhia Gocken Airport on thursday. I am trying to make a reservation on Secure Drive’s website but it does not work! Do you have any other suggestions on transportation to the hotel which is located in Sirceki (Levni hotel & SPA).

Kind regards,
Nina

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Hi Nina,

The best way is to give them a call.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Tina March 26, 2014 at 7:27 am

Good morning Erlend,

As I would be arriving at Sabiha Gökçen airport and I have to go to Ataturk airport could you pls tell me how much time would take, what is the fastest way to go (not by taxi as it would be very expensive) and the cost.

Best regards and thank you in advance

Tina

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Hi Tina,

The easiest option is to take the Havataş shuttle twice. Timing depends on traffic, so ask them for the best time to board so you don’t miss your connection.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Elizabeth March 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hello! I’m heading to a hostel in Kadikoy and I’d like to print a map to bring with me. What can I input into google maps to get the precise location of the Havatas bus drop off? (I’ve tried lots of things like bus depot, bus station, etc. in Kadikoy and it doesn’t come up. I need an address or point of reference or address.)

Thanks so much for all this information

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Hi Elizabeth,

Have you tried the website of Havataş ). Zoom in and move the map until you’re satisfied.

Erlend

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Jheronymus April 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Hello Erlend,
what a wonderful site. We have found a lot of useful information.
May I ask: we arrive at Sabiha Gokcen and our hotel is near Yenikapi. Is there a possibly combination of the new Bosporus-metro and the Havatas-service?
Thanks,
Jerry

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Erlend Geerts April 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Hi Jheronymus,

The train you’re mentioning is the Marmaray Railway, which connects Üsküdar (not Kadıköy on the Asian side) with Yenikapı. Alternatively, you could take the Havataş shuttle to Kadiköy and take the fast ferry to Yenikapı. But make sure to check out http://www.ido.com.tr for the latest time tables since these ships don’t sail as frequently as normal ferries.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jheronymus April 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Thanks, Erlend, for your reply.

I would love to take the ferry (we’ll have little lugage) but we will be too late for it as our flight arrives at 20h30.

What would you advise from the airport to Yenikapi??
Havastas shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen to Kadikoy, metro from Kadikoy to Ayrılıkçeşme and the Marmaray metro from Ayrılıkçeşme to Yenikapi?
Or shuttle to Taksim and metro to Yenikapi?

We arrive 1st of May and we heard that Taksim might be somewhat overheated that night.

Thanks fot the wonderful website,

Jerry

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Erlend Geerts April 9, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Hi,

Take the Havataş shuttle from Sabiha to Taksim. In Taksim, take the M2 Metro to Yenikapı.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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J April 8, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for the great information. I would really love to make the following plan work but it will be rushed – can you please give me a ‘local’ perspective?

Arrive SAW 7:25pm
Havatas to Kadikoy, 10TL
Catch ferry to Kabatas, 2TL (is a Wednesday, so final ferry is 9pm, correct?)
Walk to the Taksim Havatas stop near the Hyatt (about 1km)
Havatas to IST, 10TL, for 5am departure.

Do you think this is possible?

And my biggest question is, if I miss that final ferry to Kabatas, will it be fairly simple to catch a taxi from the Kadikoy docks to Taksim Havatas stop? And how much should that cost?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts April 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Hi J,

Just take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim directly, and from there one to Atatürk Airport. That’s as easy as it is.

Erlend

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J April 10, 2014 at 2:30 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks, but I wasn’t specific enough: I would dearly love to take the ferry, as I have fond memories of taking it last time I was in Istanbul. I realise it’s not the easiest option!

Given that information, do you have any thoughts on my initial questions?

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Christina April 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

Hi Erlend,

thank you very much for this information.

A question: is it possible to bye the tickets for the HAVATAS-Bus at the airport or how does it work? Because at the homepage of them I am not able to find how to bye the ticket.
Thank you a lot.
Best regards

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Hi Christina,

You buy the tickets on the bus itself.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Liv April 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

Hi Erlend,
Thank you for all the valuable information on your website! I have just spent a weekend in Istanbul with my two teenage kids. We had mostly a good time but the start was bad. We took the Havatas bus from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim and arrived 23 pm. We took a taxi and I checked the taxameter and it was 2.95 when we got into the taxi. But the taxameter was manipulated and ran faster and faster. The ride wasn´t very far, just over the bridge to the Old City but when we arrived the taxameter was 79 TL (instead of 12 TL). I was upset and argued with the arrogant driver and showed him a print from your homepage with the should be prize. He pointed all the time on the taxameter…I got unceartain, didn´t know how to behave or what to do, standing there in a foreign town, tired, late in the evening with two teenagers. He got the money, his arrogance scared me. Afterwards I think I should have picked up a 20 TL bill and said that it is all I have got and if he had any complaints we could make a deal on the police office and so on, but I wasn´t enough sure. // Liv

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Linda April 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Erland,

Wonderfull the information you are giving.

Our hotel is in Gaziosmanpasa. What is the best way to get there?
I can’t find what the relation is to Taksim.

Can you help us?

Lin

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Erlend Geerts April 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Hi Linda,

I’m afraid your hotel is located out of the city center. Please contact your hotel for directions.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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sonya May 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

hi, I need some help please, wanted to travel from Sabiha gokcen airport to Hagia Sophia museum, how do I get there without using a taxi, I will need details as its the first time I am travelling to turkey x

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Erlend Geerts May 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

Hi Sonya,

Take the Havataş shuttle bus to Kadiköy. From there take the ferry to Eminönü, followed by a short tram ride to Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sara May 8, 2014 at 5:29 am

Hello,

I must travel from Ataturk Airport (IST) to Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). I would not like to take a taxi and would rather have someone pick us up from one airport and drop us off to the other airport. I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for websites that accommodate taking passengers from one airport to the next?

Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts May 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Hi Sara,

I recently tried Atatürk Airport Transfer (don’t let the name fool you, they operate from both airports) and I was impressed with their services. Tell them I sent you, it may help.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Amira May 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Hello Erlend,

I’m arriving to Sabhia Gocken Airport at 00:15 (after midnight) and my hotel is in Sultanahmet. If I don’t get done from the airport by 1:00 am, what do you think is the best way to get to my hotel from the airport. ( If I am not wrong the shuttle does not operate from 1:00 am till 4:00 am.

TIA,
Amira

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Hi Amira,

It will be a race against time, but in case you miss the last Havataş shuttle, the only option left is to take an official taxi.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Yasmin May 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

First, thanks for all the informative info. Much appreciated. Since our hotel was in the Sultanahmet area, we decided to take the Havaltas bus from Sabiha Gocken to Taksim Square, and then a taxi to our hotel. The bus from the airport was pretty straightforward. Once at Taksim Square we were told that the fare to Sultanahmet would cost around 45tl. Each cab driver said the same thing. I was expecting to pay between 15 to 20 TL. The ride from Taksim to Sultanahmet cost us 46tl.

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jen June 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Hi Erlend,

I hope you answer my question before I book my hotel. Assuming that I am arriving from Pamukkale (i haven’t arrange anything yet, so i am really on a panic) to Istanbul at night on the 26 of june, I’ll be left with only a day to go around Istanbul before flying back to Qatar from SAW on the 27 June. Having said that, where would you suggest me to stay? I understand that there is no direct bus from sultanahmet to SAW.

Thanks,

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Erlend Geerts June 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Hi Jen,

I don’t recommend hotels, for the obvious reasons.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Fatma June 8, 2014 at 1:47 am

Hi and thanks for great information, very appreciated!

Im flying from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk airport and will arrive at Istanbul ataturk airport at 00.45 (night as you understand) on 18th of June and my plane departs 05.25 at Sabiha Gökcen Airport on the same day. What is the best option for me to get from Istanbul ataturk airport to Sabiha Gökcen airport?

Kind regards
/F

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Erlend Geerts June 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Hi Fatma,

I suggest you use a shuttle service given the time of day and the short time between flights. I can recommend Atatürk Airport Transfers. They are reliable and of good quality with competitive prices.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Noa June 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Hi Erlend!

First of all: i love you!

Second i was wondering im going to arrive at SAW Airport in the morning 06:00 and have booked at Radisson blu Asia, should i take a taxi there or will it cost too much, is there any busses that goes there? After that when i visit the hotel if i want to go to Sultanahmet, is there any local trafic or is the taxi best and not so much more expensive option?

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Erlend Geerts June 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Hi Noa,

I would take a taxi to the hotel. However, to go to Sultanahmet, a taxi is not a good option. First go to Kadıköy by public transportation or taxi, and there take a ferry to Eminönü. From there you can walk to Sultanahmet or take the tramway for 2-3 stops.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Noa June 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Wow thanks for the fast answer. Sorry i did write a bit wrong it was the Tuzla Radisson, its located here: “Camlibelde Sitesi Hasan Tokatli Sokak No.13 Aydinli “. I will taxi to the Hotel but therefrom to sultanahmet is there any local trafic or should i take a taxi back to the airport for saw and therefrom read your guide about the havata buss and so on.

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Erlend Geerts June 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hi Noa,

The hotel is far away from the city center and public transportation, so the taxi-shuttle combinations seems the cheapest and most comfortable to me.

Erlend

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Nikki June 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Hi Erlend,

My friend and I land this saturday evening by Sabiha Gokcen Airport. We are searching for a way to get to our hostel, save and cheap 😉 We have to go to this adress: Kuloglu Mah. Turnacibasi St. , 48 Beyoğlu , Istanbul , 34433 , Turkey
Is the district Beyoglu then?
Is it neccesairy to make a reservation for a shuttle? Because we prefer to pay in the car and not on the site.

Thank you in advance,

Nikki

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Hi Nikki,

The district is indeed Beyoğlu. You can take the airport shuttle and pay in the bus.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Bharat June 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Hi Erlend

I need to get to Etiler from SAW Airport on 26 Jul 2014 and Etiler to IST Airport on 28 Jul 2014. Please could you help me with a Non Taxi option?

Appreciate your help
Bharat

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Hi Bharat,

Take the shuttle to Taksim, from there the metro to 4. Levent. From there you can walk or take a very short taxi ride.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rena July 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Hi Erland,

I’m arriving to SAW on a Friday night, at 18:35. How much will a taxi ride cost from where the shuttle to Taksim drops me to the following address in Galata: Asmali mescit mahallesi general yazgan sokak no:7?

And how much will a taxi cost me from the above address to IST Ataturk on a Monday morning? I will need to be arriving at the airport at 8:45a.

Thank you,
Rena

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Erlend Geerts July 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Hi Rena,

The first between 10-15 TL (they will charge extra for luggage). To the airport, will be around 50TL.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ashy B July 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Hey thanks for the info..

I have a couple of questions; are there any public buses transportation from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim, i might be arriving after 1:00 a.m. and i just don’t want to wait for the Havatas Bus.

Second question; i’m attending a concert at küçükÇiftlik park and it might end well after midnight; is there any cheap transportation from the park back to my hotel in Taksim? like a bus or something?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts July 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Hi Ashy,

Public busses stop running earlier than Havataş shuttles. Your best bet would be a private shuttle (see link in earlier comments) from the airport and a taxi from your venue.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Buhamad August 7, 2014 at 1:31 am

hi there Erlend.
at the outset, thanks for passing valuable info to every one over here..
i will be arriving to Sabiha airport with my wife and kid, we would have our luggage alongwith us too..
we have booked the Efendy apartments in Sultanahmet,
would u recommend us to us a taxi from the airport to our apartments or the havatas bus to takseem and the taxi or tram, bearing in mind , we are three persons with luggage too , so it is feasible to get around different transportation in our condition or just grab a taxi from the airport and end it up.
plus is there any tram service from havatas bus station in takseem to Efendy apartments in Sultanahmet.
please suggest.

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2014 at 1:29 am

Hi,

Given the fact that you have a kid (and probably a lot of luggage), I would go for the private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Edza August 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Hi Erlend,

First of all, what an informative site and thank you for helping us.

Wonder if you could help us and provide some specific information. We will be traveling to Istanbul for the first time on the 30th Aug. We will be arriving at SAW airport @15.35 and transfer to airport IST for the next flight @01.15 the next morning.

We’ll be a family of 5 – 2adults, 2child(7&6yo) and 1 infant. We would like to get a private hire with driver (which mostly on the website shows us at cost of 65euro for half day) that will bring us to the places that we want to go. Since that we will be traveling between airports and we have gaps around 7-8hours we think that we would like to visit one or two places, i.e for having dinner and visit the blue mosque?

The questions are:
1. Would it be appropriate to do so? with the time gap that we have and considering the traffic that we are going to face at that time?
2. If it does, is it ok to get a private hire with driver to bring us from SAW to IST airport with some places to visit? Do you have any services that you would recommend/trusted with a reasonable price? Is the website that shown 65euro per service true and with no hidden charges? Is it better to book online?
3. Is the private hire driver is reliable person? Meaning, if we are going to visit places while the driver is going to wait in the car/van with our luggages – is there any possibility of he’s going to leave us and take our valuables/bags?

Sorry for asking a lot of questions, it’s better to know earlier than regret. Plus, we are with the children and we would like to avoid any future problem. Any of your suggestions precisely to the questions that would be a HUGE help!

Thanks in advance,

Regards,
E

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2014 at 1:50 am

Hi Edza,

Those are difficult questions to answer, for the simple fact that I can’t predict traffic. What I can say is that by the time you’re out of the airport, it’s most likely already 16:30 (if the plane has no delay).

Knowing that most venues close around 18:00, and travel from SAW to the city center can take an hour or more at that time a day, I would skip the rush to see the inner side of anything. Just take a private shuttle (with car seat, demand it because you have an infant) and treat you and your family for a nice (fancy) dinner with a nice view.

In previous comments, you can see a link to the company I use. Don’t get fooled by the name, they also service from SAW. They are 5 Euros cheaper and reliable. Explain your situation, tell them that we sent you, and they might make a deal (if you use them for the second leg, too. See below.)

I would arrange for another private shuttle from that venue to the airport later on. No traffic issues at night, but the company will tell you the pick-up time.

You can do it cheaper with Havataş followed by a taxi ride, etc. but since you’re a party if five with an infant, I would go for safety and relax travel first.

Enjoy instead of rush,
Erlend

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Vinod August 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Hi Erlend…Fabulous site with a lot of information for a first time traveler to Istanbul. I wonder if you could help me out with this one. I will be reaching SAW with my family on 03.10.2014 at 07:20 (ETA) and have another flight booked from SAW to Kayseri at 08:40 (ETD) on the same date. We have effectively 80 minutes to go through immigration, baggage collection and then check in. Do you reckon this should be enough time? Thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2014 at 12:23 am

Hi Vinod,

This should be enough, given your inbound flight is not delayed. Make sure to tell officials that you have a connecting flight. They may guide you to a speedier line.

Have a good flight,
Erlend

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Alexander August 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

Thank you for the excellent information concerning Turkey, has been a great help.

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi Alexander,

Glad we could help. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice holiday,
Erlend

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Alitha August 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

Hi Erlend,

Myself and 2 friends have to catch a 8.40am flight from SSW to Kayseri. Which shuttle bus time do you recommend we catch for the havatas bus? We’re flying out on a Tuesday morning, if that makes any difference.

Thank you so much for your help and the website!

Alitha

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Hi Altiha,

Well given the time of day, I would dare to take the 6:30 shuttle. If you want to be really sure, take the 6:00 one. Alternatively, walk to the booth one day and ask them. They know the daily changing road conditions best.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Urvi Ved August 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Dear Erlend,

Thanks a lot. Your post is really helpful. I am landing at 12.20 noon and am going to Sultanamet. Can I still take the Havatas and then the taxi? Are the taxi fared per head or for the entire cab?

On another day, I have a 8.20 am flight from Sabiha Gokcen so I need to reach by 6.30-7am. What would be the best option from Sultanamet?

Where can I find the timings for the shuttle sevices from the airports and from Istanbul to both the airports?

Thanks in advance.

Regards

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Erlend Geerts August 23, 2014 at 1:39 am

Hi Urvi,

Just follow this link and you’ll have an answer to most of your questions.

Cab fares are by vehicle, not the amount of people it can carry.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Youmna August 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Dear Erlend,
I am arriving to sabiha airport at 10h15 and would like to take the havatas shuffle to reach Santa hill hotel in taksim. Is it necessary to book 2 seats before arriving or there will be available for sure?

What is the fare to be paid for 2 persons?

Thanks in advance
Youmna

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Erlend Geerts August 25, 2014 at 12:37 am

Hi Youmna,

No need to make reservations. And even if you wanted to, you couldn’t.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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PNINA August 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

hello,
Can i take the Havatas bus from Sabiha Gokcen airport to Istanbul airport ? and what are the hours that those buses are working?
Thanks Pnina

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Erlend Geerts August 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Hi Pnina,

You can’t. First take the shuttle to Taksim, and then hop on the one to Atatürk International Airport. You’ll have to pay two fares of course.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Annabel August 25, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Hello,

Thank you for this useful article. I would like to clarify one thing: is Havas the same bus as Havatas??

I read online that Havas did transfers from Sabiha airport to Taksim square for the same price mentioned above, however on their website they say they have had to stop for now.

Are you sure Havatas are currently running? I’m not sure how old your article is…

many thanks!

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Erlend Geerts August 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Hi Annabel,

Havas no longer exists, and became Havataş.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Amjad August 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Dear Erlend,

Someone told me that to take taxi to nearest ferry point near Sabiha Gokcen Airport and then go to Taksim Peer. Is that something workable, if yes, Can i get more details?

Amjad

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Erlend Geerts August 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Hi Amjad,

You could take a taxi to Bostanci and take a ferry to Kabataş. But this won’t be cheaper then the Havataş shuttle to Taksim, and keep in mind that those ferries have a limited schedule.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Amjad August 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for replying. I have checked that IDO has regular ferries i.e. INNER – CITY SEA BUS LINES from Bostanci to Yenikapi and Kabatas, and they mentioned that this travel will be around 25 mins.

I need your advise to whether take HAVATAS bus as my flight will be arriving to Sabiha Gokcen Airport around 07:20 AM Friday. I am not sure how much traffic is on the Friday.

Also, i need more information from you about to go to Black Sea areas for two days .. Want to see nature in Turkey i.e. valleys and Cappadocia. I have in total four to five days to visit Black Sea area (probably Trabzon) and Cappadocia (Ihlara Vallery, Underground Sea and Open meuseum)

Thanks.

Regards,

Amjad

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Erlend Geerts August 29, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hi Amjad,

There is a ferry from Boetanci to Kabatas every half hour starting 07:00. However, the last morning ferry leaves Bostanci at 10:30. If you can’t make it by 10:00 (you still need to buy a ticket etc.) then I suggest taking the Havataş shuttle to Taksim.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Edwin October 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Hi Erlend,

Excellent advise here. I wonder if you have any specific advise for travelers arriving on October 29, Republic Day.

We arrive, travelling with carry-on only, at 20:30. Is it likely we will have enough time to fetch at least the last ferry from Kadikoy to Karakoy? Or should we skip that and take the Havatas to Taksim?

Thanks,

Edwin

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Erlend Geerts October 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hi Edwin,

According to their website, the last ferry leaves Kadıköy at 23:00. So, if your plane is not delayed and you can leave the airport in one hour, you should be able to make it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aleksandra October 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Dear Erlend,

First of all I wanted to add to all the positive comments about your blog, great job!

Secondly I will arrive to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Friday at 6.30pm and I need to get to Taksim. You mentioned that the journey should take approx. 90 min depending on the traffic.

I need to get to Kabataş pier at 21:30 What is the traffic like on Friday evening and do you think it’s feasible to be there at that time?

Teşekkür ederim,

Aleksandra

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Erlend Geerts October 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Hi Aleksandra,

Traffic is hard to predict, certainly on Fridays. Why not play safe and take the shuttle to Kadıköy, and take a ferry from Kadıköy to Kabataş (or Eminönü and the tramway to Kabataş)?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aleksandra October 19, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Dear Erlend,

Thank you for your help.

In fact I’m going to the Maiden’s Tower, so I have 2 options – to take a boat from Kabatas or Üsküdar. The only thing is when I check on the google maps it’s another 5km from the drop off point in Kadikoy to the boat in Üsküdar. And the boat leaves at 20:15, so now I’m really confused…

What do you suggest?

Thanks!

Aleksandra

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Erlend Geerts October 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Hi Aleksandra,

Given traffic at that time, I’d still take the ferry to Kabataş, and hop on the boat there.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Corleone October 23, 2014 at 12:03 am

Dear Erlend ,

Can you please determine where is the location for the drop off and pick up at taksim ?
Because i could not figure it out .. what do you mean by “Point Hotel” ?

Thanks a lot and best regards

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Erlend Geerts October 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hi Corleone,

Just type in “Point Hotel Taksim, İstanbul, Turkey” in Google Maps, and you’ll have a nice overview. There is no way I can do better than them describing it with words.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lieke October 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Dear Erlend,

We arriving on 6th of November at the Sabiha airport and planning to travel by Havatas bus to the ferry and take the tram to our hotel in Sultanahmet. Time is then less important, the ferry seems a nice trip 😉
However for our trip back, our plain leaves at 12.40 on a MONDAY. So I am wondering what the best and most comfortable (and of course not too expensive) way is to travel. It seems that an airport shuttle like Sabiha Gokcen Airport Shutte which departs at 7.15 and costs us 10 euro pp is a good deal, but I am not sure if it is the best option. Could you give us advice? Thanks in advance!

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Erlend Geerts October 25, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Hi Lieke,

What stops you from taking the same route back. It’s the most time effective solution I can think of for that time of the day. Time how long it take, and you know when to leave the hotel. Make it a bit earlier to be on the safe side.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lieke October 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Hi Erlend,

The reason why I am hesitating to take the same route back is because we have to do more transfers and financially it doesn’t make a lot difference. But you’re right, we will see how it goes on the way there.
Thanks again and keep up the good work!

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Maurice November 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Hi!

Firstly, thanks for the above info.

Flying into SAW late at night we took your advice and got a taxi from Taksim to Sultanahmet. However our driver told us 50 TL to take us to Sultanahmet! Not speaking Turkish and being tired, hungry and not in the mood to wander around checking other drivers’ prices, we said yes. I’ll know better next time! In Istanbul and an obvious tourist, you WILL be a target for rip-offs, it’s just a part of the holiday. In the end we shared our taxi with another couple so we didn’t pay too much I guess.

Knowing the local transport system now, next time I would get the fernicular from Taksim Square down the hill then jump on a tram (also Taksim) which takes you direct to Sultanahmet in about 15 minutes for altogether 8 TL!

For the trip back, I took up the hotel’s offer of a shuttle bus for 40 TL – worth it for the lack of hassle! Hope these tips will help the next guy or gal :-)

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Musa December 1, 2014 at 3:43 am

Hi
Thank you for this information!!
Can you help me as I am transiting SAW airport for 10 hours. Will arriving at 7:45am then depart 6:30pm same day. Do I need to pay a visa to enter the city? What’s the best possible transport to the city and back? Is there a place in the airport where I can keep my luggage while visit the city?
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts December 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Hi Musa,

You need a visa to enter the country. Because of your short time, it’s not worth going all the way to Sultanahmet. Maybe have a look around at the Asian side of Istanbul.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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David Maingot December 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Hello Erlend

I am taking the Havatas Taksim shuttle bus from the Ataturk Airport, and my daughter is taking the Havatas Taksim shuttle bus from the Gokcen Airport.
Do both shuttles arrive at the same location in Taksim ? Can you provide that address please ? We arrive 4 December.

We would like to meet in the lobby of the Point Hotel . Do you know how far it is to walk from the Havatas bus stop to the Point hotel ?

Thank you for your very excellent blog.

Sincerely,

David Maingot

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Erlend Geerts December 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Hi Davis,

Both buses stop at the same spot. The walk form the drop-off point to the hotel is maximum 2 minutes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iva December 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hi Erlend,

I come with my friend s at Sabiha Gökçen Airport 01.01.2014. at 19:00h.
As I understand good, we could take this Havatas Taksim shuttle bus from airport to Taksim.

Do you know does Havatas bus stop at Fatih?

Best regards,
Iva

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Erlend Geerts December 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Hi Iva,

The shuttle will go directly to Taksim, hence not stop in Fatih. To get to your final destination, you better take a taxi from Taksim.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iva December 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thanks Erlend,

I want to ask U also do we have this bus on 01.01.2015., because of New Year?
And is it often, because we wil arrive at 19:00h?

Regards,
Iva

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Erlend Geerts December 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Hi Iva,

Yes, the Havataş shuttle service keeps on running as usual.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Alexander Smith December 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Hi Erland,

Firstly thanks a lot for your posts!
I have a question however. I found a website of a shuttle service from the SAW airport to Taksim and Sultanahmet. According to this website though, there is a direct shuttle service from the airport to the old city, contrary to the 2-step journey you suggested. Is this a newly initiated service or is it actually an indirect line with changes of bus required?

Sorry for the long message!

Kind regards,
Alex

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Erlend Geerts December 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Hi Alex,

These are privately owned shuttle services, and there are many like these to choose from. I’ve linked to our favorite one in previous comments.

While they indeed bring you directly from one airport to the other, there is also a price difference. Twice the Havataş shuttle will set you back for about 30 Liras per person, a shuttle service starts at about 180 liras (often for multiple passengers). It’s up to you to consider the pros and cons.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Corey December 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Hi Erlend,

First of all, thank you so much for providing such valuable insight!!

I plan on taking your suggestion of using Havatas to Taksim and if I have to I will take a taxi to Sultanahmet but a few readers have commented the taxi will cost 45-50 TL instead of the 13TL you mention in the original post. I would like to take the ferry option but cannot as my flight arrives at 0420 and the first ferry departs at 0710.

Maurice (comment posted 8 Nov 2014) suggests a tram from Taksim to Sultanahmet would cost as little as 8 TL. Do you have any information on this – address of a tram station near Taksim, where to get off once at Sultanahmet, website for timings, cost?

Sorry for the long post and thank you again.

Regards,
Corey

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Erlend Geerts December 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Hi Corey,

The taxi ride should cost no more than 15 TL for sure at that time of the day. Alternatively, you could use public transportation by walking to the Taksim metro, take the funicular to Kabataş, and from there the tramway to Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mihail December 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Hi Erlend,
thank you for the information you’re sharing on your site; it is very helpful!
Yet I still have a question. My flight goes on Sunday December 28th at 11:35am from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Berlin. I’m planning to take the Havatas bus from Taxim. You wrote that it can take from 90 min. upwards depending on traffic. How long at most should I calculate for the route?
Kindest regards,
Mihail

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Erlend Geerts December 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi Mihal,

Given your flight is on a Sunday morning, maybe foresee 2 hours, but I’m sure at that time of the day 90 min is pretty accurate.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Fourneir December 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi Erlend;

Thank you very much for your posts as an local expert.
We will come to the Istanbul in February 2015 for the city break and already booked the flight tickets. We are also looking for the airport transfer service from Sabiha Gokcen to Old city. I found citytransferistanbul on the web and they offered very good price for a private transfer service. Do you have any idea about this company?
Can we trust this company for our transfer service?
All the best.
Fournier

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Erlend Geerts December 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Hi Fourneir,

I don’t know this company, so I can’t really answer your question. I always use Atatürk Airport Transfers, and never had a bad experience with them.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Fournier December 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Dear Erlend;
Thank you very much for your kind reply.
I did my reservation via the web site and get my confirmation. It seems they are a good company since they asnwered all my questions on time. I will use the company and let you know about my experience in February.
Thanks

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Kathi January 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Price for Sabiha – Taksim with Havatas Shuttle is now 14 TL.

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Maria January 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Dear Erlend,

Thank you for the suggestions, they make it quite easier to choose. I have another issue. My 8 friends and I will be arriving at the Istanbul International Bus terminal on March 1st, and we need to get to Sabiha Gokcen Airport as it is the only way for us to get to Antalya. What is the cheapest way to get there? (All options open)
Thank you in advance.
Kind regards :)

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Erlend Geerts January 13, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Hi Maria,

If you are that many people, I would suggest arranging for a private shuttle. The price difference will be minimal, but it will be quicker and more comfortable. I’ve linked to one I use myself in previous comments.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Angela January 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

Help me please.

I am flying into Ataturk airport on 12th June and leaving from Gokcen the next morning. I am trying to find a place to stay that is pretty much in the middle so we don’t have too much car travel on either end. I have temporarily booked a place in Sisli but this is still over 2 hours away from Gokcen but only 20 mins from our arrival. Can anybody make a suggestion please.

Thanks

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Dzul January 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Can you help me as I will be arriving with my family of 5 adults at SAW airport at 17.25 on 13 March 2015. What’s the best possible transport to my hotel at Sultanhamet.
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts January 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Hi Dzul,

I would consider hiring a private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sami January 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Hi. How Can I go to orhaniye cad. From sabiha airport, are there any busses and how Mutch it takes and how mutch the price? Thank you

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Erlend Geerts January 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Hi Sami,

It’s located in Sultanahmet. So follow instructions for that direction in the article above.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lachmi January 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

Hi Erlend,

The info is invaluable.. thanks for all the help.

I land 25th, 12:30 am from dubai. I have chosen as below, would like your advise..

Plan A.. cheaper.. safe? reliable?
http://istanbulairportshuttle.com/

Plan B – safer since I am alone
http://www.securedrivetravel.com.tr/Rates.aspx?cityId=34

Also, i have another question. We will be moving to Cappaddocia for 2 nights, none of the flights have any luggage option. What does one do with all the luggage?

Thanks in advance..

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Erlend Geerts January 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Hi Lachmi,

I used secure drive myself and was very happy about their services.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Tori January 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Hi we are arriving in Ataturk but departing from SAW. Do you recommend this bus as well going from Hotel to SAW only? Flight is leaving at 1pm so what time should we head out to arrive on time for our flight?

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Erlend Geerts January 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Hi Tori,

Yes I do. I suggest taking the bus at 9, 9:30 the latest.

Erlend

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Jim January 24, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Erlend,
Thanks for the great info you have on your site. I am leaving on an international flight from Ataturk airport on a Monday at 13:10. I am considering arriving at 09:20 at Sabiha Gökçen airport (from NAV) as it is hundreds of dollars cheaper than flying into IST. If I transfer from SAW to IST by private shuttle, is this enough time to make the connection?

Thanks,
Jim

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Erlend Geerts January 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hi Jim,

Let’s go over this together. Let’s assume your flight is not delayed (which is rare) and you can make it out the gate by 10:00, which is the minimum. You should be at the Atatürk Airport by 11:00, assuming it’s an international flight. This leaves you with 1 hour to make the transfer. This is doable at night, but not a risk I would take on a Monday morning.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dino January 31, 2015 at 11:45 pm

Hi,

I will be staying in Istanbul in a hotel in district – Sirkeci, Fatih. On sunday morning I’ll be returning back to home and I’ll have internationl flight at Sabiha Gokcen airport in 10:45 h in the morning. I reserved shuttle transport via Sabiha Gökçen airport shuttle, and they said to me that they will pick me up at 7:30 h from hotel and said that time will be good for my check in at the airport. I wonder is this company reliable and is this timing good for me, because I must be two hours before take-off time.

kind regards,

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Erlend Geerts February 1, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Hi Dino,

Just over one hour to reach the airport with a private car seems reasonable for an early Sunday morning.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Oana February 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Hi Erlend,
I am arriving at SAW in April and need to catch a ferry to Heybeliada Island. I tried looking at the websites of Istambul public transportation but I don’t understand anything and I have no sense of direction. Do you have any suggestions what the best means of transportation would be for me (female, travelling alone)? Roughly, how much would cost to take a taxi to the ferry for the island? Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts February 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Hi Oana,

Take the Havataş shuttle to Kadıköy, and take the ferry to the islands there. The shuttle will cost you about 9 TL, a taxi about 70 TL. The only time you may not find a shuttle is at night, but then there will be no ferries either.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Oana March 19, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Thank you!!!

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Georgette February 5, 2015 at 12:24 am

Hi erlend
Great site and very helpful to all new visitors.
I am staying in sultanahmet and need to go to Sabine
Airport and have been told the new metro goes strIght there now is this true? Or is it still. Metro to Taksim and then havats bus to airport ? Our flight leaves 00.30 what time would be good to leave sultanahmet
Many kind thanks

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Erlend Geerts February 5, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Hi Georgette,

Not directly. First the Marmaray train, then two metros. In my opinion, the Havataş bus is, albeit slower, certainly more comfortable.

Leaving at 20:00 should be OK I guess.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dave Formales February 5, 2015 at 8:40 am

hi! im going tom. to istanbul and my arrival in sabiha gokcen is 23:35.
I’ve made a reservation with airportshuttle with thier daily city tours for 65euros and
they offer me a shuttle going to my hotel for additional 5euros. wondering of this is safe
and for the tour they will fetch me up in my hotel’s lobby by 08:00.

hope you can help me. thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts February 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi Dave,

I don’t know them, but it looks pretty decent and safe to me.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Meri February 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

Hi Erlend

I’m flying to Istanbul on Feb 20, and my arrival is at 18:00. I was wondering if you could guide me what kind of transport to use to reach my hotel Q Istanbul at Sultanahmet Fatih area.

Appriciate your help,
Thank YOU!

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Hi Meri,

Just as I wrote: Havataş bus to Taksim, and taxi from there to Sultanahmet. Maybe quicker but a bit more hassle: Havataş bus to Kadıköy, ferry to Eminönü, tramway or taxi to Sultanahmet.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Anil Kumar February 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

Hi, Thank you for such useful information, I have a flight from IST to SAW airport and after few days SAW to IST Airport with 5 hours gap in two flights. I am booking a private transfer between airports but do you think 5 hour is much time to switch between airports or i am risking a missed connection..? IST to SAW Airport is a local flight but SAW to IST is international flight and i will be arriving SAW at 9.30 am Thursday and flight is at 2.30pm from IST.

Also what is the approx travel time with private transfer between IST and SAW Airport.

Many Thanks

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Hi Anıl,

Nothing to worry about. Five hours between flights is more than enough, certainly with private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hind February 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

Hi, Can I book in advance or easy to find there office there? also how many buses goes per hour to Taksim Squire?

Many Thanks,
Hind

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Hi Hind,

I assume you’re talking about the Havataş shuttle. No need to make reservations or book in advance.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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paul February 16, 2015 at 2:39 am

Hi,
What a great site. I was wondering if you think it is possible to get to sgokchen for the a 6:15 flight on the first Havatas shuttle from Taksim?

Thank you!

Paul

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Erlend Geerts February 16, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Hi Paul,

Given the time of the day (night) I would say yes. But ask them to be sure, they know best how long the transfer takes given road conditions the time you are here.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Preeti February 16, 2015 at 2:35 pm

HI,

I have gone through your suggestions of travelling between SAW and Sultanhmet – Fatih area. I was wondering whether I can take the Havatas to Kartal and from there change the metro line at Ayrilik-Cesmesi to Sirkeci and then to Sultanahmet

First of all is this feasible? and secondly, what about convenience when travelling with luggage. Also what would be the cost for using the Metro line.

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Erlend Geerts February 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Hi Preeti,

I would just take Havataş to Taksim. From there take a taxi to Fatih, or use the furnicular to reach Kabataş and hop on the T1 until Fatih.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Branka February 17, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Hello,

I am trying to get from S. Gokcen to Oyuncu Sk. I was just wondering if you could advise me a bit. Could I take the Havatas to Yenikapi and then take a taxi to Oyuncu Sk, is that my best option?
Thank you very much. I love your site.

Kind regards,
Branka

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Branka,

The Havataş bus does not go to Yenikapı from Sabiha Gökçen. If you’re travelling light, I would take the Havataş bus to Kadıköy, from there the ferry to Eminönü, and a taxi to your hotel. If with a heavy suitcase, maybe you want to take the Havataş bus to Taksim, and take a taxi there (a little bit more expensive).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hazel Ibrahim February 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Hello,
My husband and I will be arriving at Sabiha Gokcek airport at 17:45 on 11th March, and need to get to a private address in Sariyer, preferably by public transport. Please suggest an easy route. Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts February 22, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi Hazel,

Sariyer is really hard to reach. I would take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim. From there take the M2 metro all the way to the final stop, Hacıosman. From there, get in a taxi. If possible, call your friend to give directions to the driver. This will also prevent making unnecessary tours.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Richard February 23, 2015 at 10:49 am

Hi Erlend
Thanks for all the information on this site. I thought your readers would be interested in my recent experience travelling from sabiha Gocken to Sultanahmet area. I was on a five month trip to various countries so myself and my wife had a large amount of luggage and some valuables so booked (9:10 am domestic arrival) in advance at Istanbul Airport Shuttle.

This service cost 20 euros (10 each) so more expensive than the havatas bus and metro option. However the service took me to within 100 yards of hotel and met me with a signboard straight off the plane. The guy meeting us showed me how to get the Istanbulkart, vending machine to right of little cafe across the road from arrivals terminal. If you’re travelling light the Havatas bus and metro is the better option but this option is worth considering and we were very happy with the service. Really enjoyed our stay in your lovely city, did all the usual sites and had a great time. Hope your readers find this useful.

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Shahab February 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Hi,
My wife got a ticket from Tehran to Sabiha airport and then from Ataturk airport to Toronto at the same day as the arrival.
She will arrive at Sabiha at 8:35 and her flight will leave Ataturk at 14:10.
What are the options to save some money?
Do you think she would make it to Ataturk airport on time by using shuttle buses?
Or she must take a taxi and pay about 130TL?
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts February 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Hi Shabab,

Yes, she should be able to make it in time with the regular shuttles, if she doesn’t waste any time at the airport and if there are no exceptional traffic jams.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Marija February 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Hello,

Thank you for the great tips. Since we will be from 1-4 May in Istanbul, I was wondering if it will be possible to reach Taksim Square for 1 May? We are considering booking Retropera Hotel, which is only a few meters from Taksim Square. Do you recommend to stay near the Taksim Square for 1st May or as alternative better somewhere near Sisli Metro Station?

Many Thanks!

Kind regards,
Marija

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Erlend Geerts February 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Hi Marija,

That’s a difficult question, and one I can’t answer. Some years there is a big clash in Taksim (which spreads to Şişli anyway), and some years nothing happens. No one can predict this. The only thing I can say is that nothing has ever happened in Sultanahmet at May Day. I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Robert March 8, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Erlend,
Your site is invaluable!!
We are due to arrive at Sabiha Gökçen Fri 2nd Sept at 1900hrs and we’re going to Beyoglu. I think your advise would be to catch the Havatas coach to Taskim then a taxi. S0me questions please a}Do the taxis have to charge by the meter? b} will we find it easy to get a seat on the coach and how long should we allow for the overall journey?
Many thanks in anticipation
Robert

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Erlend Geerts March 9, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Hi Robert,

Yes, that would be my advice. There is no need to make reservations for the shuttle. And yes, make sure taxis run by the meter. It helps to make him guess the fee upfront, give or take. If it seems too high, don’t get in.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Robert Kinloch March 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Many thanks Erlend, and how long do you think our journey will take please?
Robert

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Erlend Geerts March 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Hi Robert,

Because it’s a Friday evening, I would play safe and calculate 2 hours.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ahmed March 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Hi Erlend
May you help me about this !
I will arrive to Sabiha Airport on 02/06/15 at 14:00h. I want to go to ByOtell Hotel Istanbul located in Saniya Emutlu Sok. No 3 Kozyatagi, Kadikoy. I want to use the Havatas Bus. Is there a bus stop to drop me near the hotel.

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Erlend Geerts March 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Hi Ahmed,

Take the Havataş shuttle from SAW to Yenisahra. From there it’s a 800 meter walk or you can take the metro for one stop to Kozyatağı.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ahmed March 20, 2015 at 12:40 am

Thanks a lot Erlend for your valued information.

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Newton Fernandes March 22, 2015 at 8:04 am

Hi Erlend
First let me thank you for all the amazing help you are giving to all the travelers. Its really nice of you. please help me with my query. we are 4 of us travelling with booking at Away suites near Taksim sq. Our flight arrives at 8.30 am. Is it advisable to take a taxi or Havatas or book a taxi over internet.

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Erlend Geerts March 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Hi Newton,

Take the Havataş shuttle: comfortable, fixed fee, and drop off at walking distance from Taksim Square.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anna March 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

Hello,
I land in Sabiha Airport at 6 in the morning. I am going to my hotel (Orient Hotel, Sultanahmet) alone, and I am thinking about riding the Havatas to Taksim before fetching a cap to my hotel. Is it easy to find a reliable taxi at Taksim Square?
Kind regards

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Hi Anna,

No, no problem. You’ll see them lined up. One small tip: don’t take the lined up ones, just walk to the main street, and stop one there. It’ll be much cheaper. Also, ask first the approximate price, so there are no surprises at the end.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anna March 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Thank you. How much should I expect to pay?

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Erlend Geerts March 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Here you can find the approximate cab fares.

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Anna April 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Thank you very much.
Yet another question – where do I find the Havatas?

Deepali April 1, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Hi,

Thank you for all the fab info. here. I would like your help on: we ( 2adults and 2 children (10,12) are arriving at IST at 12.30 pm on 3rd and plan to take the securedrivetravel and then need to return from our hotel in Beyoğlu to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the 6th for a 9.30 am flight.This is what is scaring me! Please can you tell me what would be the best time and option to take from our hotel to Sabiha Gökçen Airport?
Your help is much appreciated…

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Hi Deepali,

At that time a day and with children, definitely a private shuttle. You could use securedrive, or Atatürk Aiport Transfer (don’t let the name fool you). You can find the link in previous comments.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Corinne April 3, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Hi – Great site with some good info.
Arriving in Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and needing to get to a hotel in Fatih.
Any recommendations. Hotel offering 65euro per person and there are 2 of us.
Appreciate suggestions

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Hi Corinne,

A private shuttle is the way to go. The one I have used in the past will do the trip for half the price though.

Hope this helps,
Erlend

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C April 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Hi Erlend,
For a flight out from SAW at 5pm on a Friday, what time do you recommend to leave from Taksim?
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts April 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Hi,

Assuming you take the shuttle, at 13:00.

Erlend

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Zoltan April 9, 2015 at 9:27 am

Hi Erlend,

We will arrive to SAW on Saturday and want to take the Havatas shuttle to Taksim, how can we continue from Taksim to Sisli? Radisson Sisli.

Thanks a lot for your valuable support.

Zoltan

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Erlend Geerts April 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Hi Zoltan,

Please have a look at this question, and my answer.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ahmed B. April 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Hi Erlend,
I will stay at Byotell Hotel, Saniye Ermutlu Sok.No:3 Kozyatağı Kadıköy, Kadikoy. How to go to Vialand by Public Transportation and how to go back to the hotel.
Thanks for your help

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Erlend Geerts April 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Hi Ahmet,

Use the ferry and tramway to get to Sultanahmet, and from there you can use Vialand’s free shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Laura April 15, 2015 at 5:23 am

Need advise on public transportation from Ataturk international flight in to Istanbul to Sabiha Gokcen domestic flight out the same day with over 3 hour time frame with carry on luggage only. It looks like all the comments are towards airport to hotel & I am only interested in airport to airport. I don’t think there be much traffic – flight gets in @ 9:25 am & the flight out leaver after 1:00 pm. Please advise. Thanks

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Erlend Geerts April 15, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hi Laura,

Given the very short amount of time between both flights, I would go for a private shuttle, AND ask them upfront if they can make it for sure.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Varun April 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hi…I amstaying in tuzla and have a tour at 0830 morning ..my pick point is Hilton Bosphorous hotel..I would be taking shuttle to taksim from sabiha gocken ..isit ok if I take the 0630 shuttle bus..how is the traffic at 0630 morning will I reach by 8 am to taksim .. Do the buses leave on time or only when they are full with passengers

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Erlend Geerts April 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hi Varun,

It should be OK, but if you can catch one earlier that would be even better. The buses leave on time, it’s the traffic that is unpredictable.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Lukman April 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Hi im arriving with my family 6x adult, 1 children and 1x 2year old baby. Arriving at Sabiha via Qatar on 4/6 at 6:15pm and have another flight to Kayseri same day at 9:35pm. I have only 2 hours 20 minutes to take my whole family (8xpax) through immigration, pickup luggage and head on to Pegasus Domestic flight to Kayseri in 2 hours 20mins. Will that be sufficient or should I change the flight to tomorrow morning at 6am.

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Erlend Geerts April 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Hi Lukman,

If the domestic flight leaves from Sabiha too, and your inbound flight has no delay, then you should have enough time to make the transfer.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rizwan April 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Hi Erlend,

I would like like to ask few following question.

I’m arriving to Istanbul at Sabiha Ariport on Jun 03rd with wife and two kids (10y & 8y) and planning to take hotel at Taksim.

Should i take Havatas Bus or Taxi from Airport to Taksim, may be hiring a taxi could be equal fare of Havatas Bus. What could be best option.
Is Taksim a good place to stay with family, as could be easy accessable to all areas of Istanbul? or could find any other area with 4 start hotel.

Best Regards,

Rizwan

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Erlend Geerts April 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Hi Rizwan,

Taking a taxi from SAW is never a good idea. Either go with Havataş or a private shuttle. Maybe this will help you decide where to stay in Istanbul?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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mike April 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm

HI Erland,

Thanks for the info. I wanted to ask is the best way for me to get to SWA from Sultanahmet to take the tram to Taksim and then get on a Havatas? Also how long you think it might take If I fly at 13:00?

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Erlend Geerts April 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Hi Mike,

That’s one option. If you travel light, then you may consider takin the tram to Eminönü, hop on the ferry to Kadıköy, and take the Havataş bus to SAW from there. Given your flight and rush hour (you need to be there 2 hours in advance, so start at 8:30) I think the latter is your better choice.

Erlend

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Ryan April 22, 2015 at 9:13 am

Hi Erlend,

Does the Havatas Bus run on sundays?

Cheers

Ryan

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Erlend Geerts April 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Hi Ryan,

Yes it does and you buy tickets where you take the bus.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rizwan April 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for your earlier reply. I’m coming to Turkey – Istanbul from 03rd Jun to 13 Jun with wife and two kids (10Y & 8Y). I would like to get your advise on the following as really quite worried that how to make this tour memorable.

1) Hows the weather of Istanbul during above mention dates as im coming from Kuwait which is quite hot during these days.

2) If i plan that arrive to Sabiha Airport, then move to cappadocia via local flight, after 3 days back to Istanbul and stay there for 2 nights, then move to Bursha for 3 days 2 nights or would you suggest any better plan?

3) I’m also thinking to visit Cappadocia for Hot Air balloon flight. How many days enough there. I think 3 days & 2 nights are enough.

4) I looked for some websites whose arranging complete tour but these are quite expensive or they are arrnging local airtickets & hotels and transfer only which are again at higher rates. I tried your suggested hotel but its not available during my stay. Could you please advise?

Thanks in advance for your help

Regards,

Rizwan

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Erlend Geerts April 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

Hi Rizwan,

1. Weather should be pleasantly hot, 25-27 during the day in the shade.
2. I can’t give you advise on that.
3. Yes, that should do just fine.
4. We don’t recommend hotels, for the obvious reasons.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Pratik April 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Hi erlend,
this is an informative piece of a gem. Thanx for that.
My question is : i will be traveling to istanbul via sabiha gokchen intl airport this coming Juy with my wife and staying in a hotel at Sultanahmet (Adress: Keresteci Hakkı St. Nu: 21 Cankurtaran-Sultanahmet) İstanbul for 4 days. Does the price of havatas from sabiha to Taksim and taxi from Taksim to Sultanahmet holds(remains the same) as mentioned in your writing. Or there has been increase in the price.
I hope we do not have to enter into a bargaining mess with the taxi driver. Does the taxi run with metre reading on them or its whatever the driver charges ? What is the best possible way of not getting charged extra money as often the case with tourists in foreign land.
while coming back, taxi to taksim and havatus to sabiha departure terminal, Is that the best possible way of returning from Sultanahmet to sabiha while flying back ??

waiting for your reply….

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Hi Pratik,

Then maybe you better take the Havataş shuttle to Kadiköy, take the ferry to Eminönü from there, and then the T1 tramway for 3 stops to Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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mara April 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

I want to book a hotel near downtown of istanbul. Is it far from this airoort? Thank u.

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

About 30 min by car.

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OSCAR FERNANDEZ April 27, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Dear Sir/Maam,

We are flying to Istanbul via Budapest to Sbiha Gokcen Airport. Our hotel is the Sura Design Hotel in Sultanahmet. What is the best way to get to our hotel? Unfortunately, and regretfully, when I booked our flight Pegassus, and didn’t know about the different airports. I tried cancelling the flight, but their office in Istanbul is not responding. I am calling from Florida. What advice do you have for us?
Oscar

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

Hi Oscar,

No need to worry. The best way is Havataş shuttle to Taksim, followed by a taxi to Sultanahmet. If you’re traveling light, take the Havataş shuttle to Kadıköy. From there take the ferry to Eminönü, followed by a few stops on the T1 tram to Sultanhamet. If you’re a party of 4 or more, you may want to consider a private shuttle and arrive comfortably and stylish.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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koka May 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Hello

What is cheap, public transport option from sabiha to beyoglu?

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Erlend Geerts May 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Hi Koka,

Exactly what it says in the post and comments above.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Joshua Shipp May 3, 2015 at 3:24 am

Hello sir,

I need private airport transfer from ataturk airport to Conrad istanbul for my family. We are 5 people with 7 suitcases. I have found Istanbul Airport Taxis on TripAdvisor. They have positive reviews and recommending destination expert and forum members. Do you have any idea about this company? Regards from Austria.

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Erlend Geerts May 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Hi Joshua,

I don’t know them. I personally use Atatürk Airport Transfer and am very happy with them.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sawyer May 6, 2015 at 1:46 am

Thanks for the info!

I have a layover in Istanbul, and once I get downtown, I’ll need to get back later that night. Are the busses easy to find/take from the city to SAW?

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Erlend Geerts May 6, 2015 at 7:54 am

Hi Sawyer,

They’re easy to find, but keep in mind that from SAW to the city center can take between one and two hours depending on traffic.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Phil May 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

G’Day Erlend,
Thanks for all the help and advice you offer.
I have told my daughter to take a Havatas Bus from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim. We will meet here there.

Can you please tell me exactly where the bus stops? Also is there an easy landmark nearby (such as a Mc Donalds) where she could sit inside and use free wi-fi . This would be our back up meeting point.

Thanks

Mate

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Erlend Geerts May 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Hi Phil,

The Havatas drop off spot is right in front of the Point Hotel. In case you’re late, I’m sure they’ll let her in to wait for you (and use Internet).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Phil May 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

Hi Erlend,
Does the Havatas still drop off in Taksim near the POINT Hotel. I ahve found some maps showing it drops off near Taksim Square opposite the MAMARA Hotel Taksi.

Please advise.

Thanks
Phil

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Erlend Geerts May 14, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Across Divan Hotel, in front of Point Hotel it is.

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la paz May 15, 2015 at 12:24 am

i want your advice ,
my friend will reach sabiha airport at 19:20 , and next day at 6:30 am we have flight to denzili.
1- do you prefer to go to hotel or we can stay in airport all this time ?
and if better to go to hotel ,
2- would you tell us good Area for hotels near sabiha airport ?
thank you very much

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Bi La Paz,

That’s a personal preference really. I can’t help you with that, I’m sorry.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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cris May 16, 2015 at 12:58 am

Hi Erlend,
I would like to know how could I spend 6hours between two flights ( this Monday from 2p.m to 8p.m) on Sabiha Gokcen Airport? I have enough time to reach Kadikoy?
Thanks
Kind regards

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Hi Cris,

Without any unforeseen traffic jams, it takes about one hour each way. You be the judge. Don’t forget to take into account that you have to be at the airport 2 hours before the departure time for international flights.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Vincenzo May 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Hi Erlend
My name is Vincenzo .
I will come in Istanbul 8 days, with my family in august 2015 (we are 4 persons ).
• May I have information about the transfer from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to my hotel and return?
• The hotel is located in: Küçükayasofya Mh. Dönüş Sk. No:3/101 Sultanahmet Fatih İstanbul.
1) How much expensive is by taxi?
2) Could be better to go by bus to the Hotel?
3) For the return , I must stay to the airport around 08:o0 a.m.
Do You know any taxi driver that I can contact?
Kind regards,
Vincenzo

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Vincenzo, I already answered your questions before.

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Tina May 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Hello…can you please help me with the instruction of transfer, we are coming to Sabiha Gokcen and our hotel is in Molla Husrev Mah. Uzumcu Sokak No:1/3 Sehzadebasi, Fatih.
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts May 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Hi Tina,

You have two options: take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim, and a taxi from there. Or take the Havataş shuttle to Kadıköy, hop on the ferry to Sultanahmet, and take a taxi from there. However, if you are a party of 3 or more, I would recommend a private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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andrea May 27, 2015 at 12:08 am

Ehi Erlend!
than you very much for all this info.
we are coming to Istanbul -S.Gokcen this friday afternoon and our hotel is in KOCATEPE MAH. FERIDIYE CAD. NO:115 (beyoglu)

we are in two.. what do you suggest us? taxi… shuttle.. or other?
thank you!

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Erlend Geerts May 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hi Andrea,

Just take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim. You can walk (500 meter) to your hotel to the drop off point.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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brant May 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Hi Erland, thanks for this information–very nice site. I need to get from cianghir to Sabina for Monday morning 10 am flight. Do you recommend a direct Havatas shuttle from Taksim or the ferry from Karokoy to Kadikoy, and then Havatas to Sabiha?
Thanks!
Brant

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Hi Brant,

Assuming it’s an international flight, you should be at the airport at 8 the latest. Either way, you’ll have to board transportation pretty early, around 6:15 to beat traffic. So, I would go for the easiest: Havataş shuttle grom Taksim to SAW. No traffic in you leave al 6:30 the latest.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Adrian May 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

Hi Erlend,

can you please estimate what time should I take the Havataş shuttle grom Taksim to SAW, if my international flight departs at 14.40 pm? is 10.30 am should do?
thank you for your answer
Adrian

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Erlend Geerts May 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Hi Adrain,

That should be just fine.

Kind regards
Erlend

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Adrian May 30, 2015 at 3:18 pm

thanks a lot

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Anil Malhotra June 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Hello,

We are arriving at Sabiha Gokcen Apt at aound 4 pm and staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden Horn. If we take the HAVATAS from the airport, where should we be getting off and how far is the hotel from the drop-off point. What will be taxi cost to the hotel from there?

Thanks for your suggestions.
Anil

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Erlend Geerts June 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Hi Anıl,

There is only one final Taksim drop off point, so no need to worry about that. Expect to pay somewhere between 20-30 liras to your hotel, depending on traffic.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anil Malhotra June 2, 2015 at 9:52 am

Dear Erlend,

Thank you for your help. We look forward to a great trip to Turkey & Greece.

Kind regards,
Anil Malhotra

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Ella June 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Hi Erlend!

I can’t thank you enough for all the valuable information this website offers!

I’m traveling for the first time to Istanbul on 15th of June and I’ll stay for 4 nights. I’m landing to Sabiha at 9.20 AM and I’ll stay in Yakut Hotel (Kucukkayasofya Mah. Kadırga Liman Cad. Cardakli Firin Sok. No:1 Sultanahmet, Fatih).
I’m planning to take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim and then Fünikuler F1 to Kabataş to reach T1 line to Sultanahmet. Hopefully I’ll find my way to the hotel from the tram stop…. :)

When heading back on Friday, I was thinking to use the ferry option to reach the airport. My flight leaves at 20PM, so I’m asking is the ferry + Havataş shuttle option then better and faster option? How much time should I approximately reserve for that? 4-5 hours?

Thank you so much!

Best regards,
Ella

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Erlend Geerts June 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

Hi Ella,

Looks like you got it all figured out.

For your return, just count two hours from the time you board the ferry, that should do. Make it 2,5 if you want to really play it safe.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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daleep raina June 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Hi,
I would like to reach ataturk airort from sabiha grokcen,pls adv how can i reach with out using a taxi. What will be the cheapest way ?
best rgds
DR

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Erlend Geerts June 2, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Hi Daleep,

Take the Havatas shuttle twice. First from SAW to Taksim, and from there to Atatürk Airport. Alternatively you could arrange for a private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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em June 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Hi Erlend!

thanks a lot for the great website :)

do you know how frequent is the havats bus heading to kadiköy ?

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Isaac June 11, 2015 at 1:18 am

Hi Erlend,

We are three passegers arriving at Sabiha Gokcem around 8:30 am and then we have to take the transfer flight at Ataturk which departs at 13:50. Do you think it would be better to take a private shuttle or taking havatas bus will do? I suppose traffic situation depends on the day but, does it usually get jammed early in the morning?

Thanks a lot!!

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Erlend Geerts June 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Hi Isaac,

Since rush hour lasts until as late as 10 am and given that you’re a party of three, I would go for a private shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Marle June 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Thank you very muh for your helpful information!
I have a question regarding when to get out of the havatas bus. We need to get out at Taksim, how will we know we’re there?

Marle

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Erlend Geerts June 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Hi Marle,

It’s the last stop. You MUST get off.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Pankaj June 27, 2015 at 12:13 pm

Hi Erlend,

I will arrive in Sabiha Gocken airport at 0845 and have to catch a flight from Ataturk departing at 13:30. This is on 27th July (Monday).

Do I have enough time to make the transfer?

What would be the best way to travel.

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Erlend Geerts June 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

That will be tight, certainly if you take into account that you need to check in two hours before the departure time for international flights. I suggest to take a private shuttle. See earlier comments for a link.

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Hi Anna,

You can find them lined up outside the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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