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 13 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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