How to Get From the Istanbul (Atatürk) Airport to Your Hotel

Turkish Airlines flight approaching Istanbul, Turkey

by Erlend Geerts

in Transportation

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 Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, you have several options regardless the location of your hotel — Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu (Taksim/Cihangir). The following overview helps you make the correct choice based on the amount of people, your needs and/or preferences. You can find Sabiha Gökçen 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

Taking a taxi to your hotel is the most common used and most convenient option. If you’re travelling with a party of four, it’s even as cheap or expensive as the shuttle services. Just walk out of the airport – disregard the hustlers inside the airport trying to give you a ride – and you’ll see the official taxis nicely lined up. In about half an hour (without traffic jams) he’ll take you to Sultanahmet for about 40 TL, a ride to Taksim will take a few minutes more and will set you back for 50 TL. Always check this page for the latest cab fees.

Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul

Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul, Turkey

Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul

Havataş is a municipality owned reliable airport shuttle service. You can find them outside the airport terminal, in the second lane. Every half hour, between 04:00 and 01:00, one of their buses heads for Taksim. The current pick-up and drop-off point is in front of the Point Hotel, just past Taksim Square. The ride costs 10 TL per person (luggage included) and takes approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic.

The only downside is that they don’t go to Sultanahmet, so you’ll need to take a taxi or use public transportation if your hotel is located in that area. From the drop-off point you can walk through Taksim Gezi Park to Taksim Square, where you can take the F1 Taksim-Kabataş funicular, followed by the T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tramway and get off at the Sultanahmet stop. Alternatively, you can use the airport shuttle service and get off at the Aksaray stop, and take a taxi from there.

Public Transportation

You can also use public transportation to reach your hotel. There is of course a reason I put this almost last in the list. Although a little bit cheaper, it is rather adventurous. For starters, you’ll have to change vehicles/lines (and take plenty of stairs) a few times, and the operating hours are only between 6 am and midnight. So only read on if you are travelling light.

Still with me? Ok, here we go. Keep in mind that every transfer I mention requires you to buy a new token or use your Istanbul Kart, on average 1,5 TL each and per person.

First hop on the metro in the airport (underground) in the direction of Zeytinburnu. At that station, not necessary the final destination of the metro, you must get off and take the T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tramway in the direction of Kabataş. If your hotel is located in Sultanahmet, get off at the respective stop. If you’re going to Taksim, stay put until the very last station – Kabataş. From there, follow the F1 Taksim-Kabataş funicular (füniküler) signs and hop on. The next stop is Taksim Square.

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. Having said that, a bit of luxury and special treatment always has its price. If you want to arrive at your hotel in style, go for it.

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cee cee steele December 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

we will be in Turkey during Ramazan 2012, departing 16 August (just before Bayram holidays !). Is public transport more difficult to catch during Ramazan? We will be travelling alone, using public buses. We’d hoped to be at Ephesus for the Christian Feast of the Assumption 15 August, but as we fly out from Istanbul on 16 August, will we have difficulty with public transport? What happens on 14/15 August (Kadir Gecesi) and will that impact on our travel plans (do things close early? )

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Erlend Geerts December 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi,

I don’t think you will have any problems, except for some extra traffic on the road, as long as you make your reservations in time (starting spring or so).

Here are links to two reputable bus services between Istanbul and Izmir:

Ulusoy
Nilüfer

Have a nice stay.

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Vasko February 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hi,
I will arrive at the Atatürk Airport on March 3. As it is my first visit to Istanbul, could you tell me which is the best public transportation route to Laleli (Aksaray).
Thank you.

Vasko

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Erlend Geerts February 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hi Vasko,

The best way to go to Aksaray by public transportation is to go by metro. Just follow the signs of Metro, buy tokens from the token vending machines (prepare to have some Turkish Lira change/coins on you) and hop on the M1 line. Aksaray should be the last stop, and the metro will take you there in just over half an hour.

Have a nice trip.

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Jaya April 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I reach the ist airport at 2am In the night : best way to reach my hotel in sultanahmet ?
My hotel s charging me 25euros for the pick up

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Erlend Geerts April 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hi Jaya,

Well, as it said in the article, public transportation would have come to a standstill by then, so the only two options left are a shuttle or taxi. Since your shuttle is 25 Euros, a taxi may be the way to go since it should only be about 17 Euros. Here you can find more info about Istanbul taxis and Istanbul cab fares.

Have a nice stay.

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Osama May 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm

As per Havaş website it cost 18 TL per person nnot as mentioned above 13 TL !!

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Hi Osama,

The official service has been taken over by Havataş (no longer Havaş). Since you didn’t mention from where to where you went, here are the prices:

Atatürk Airport – Taksim (or the other way): 10 TL
Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Taksim (or the other way): 12 TL

So, it should actually be cheaper!

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khulood July 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’m visiting Istanbul tomorrow morning and my hotel is charging 25 euro for airport pick. As you mentioned in one of your previous articles it would better to take a taxi from the front of Atatürk Airport which will be 17 euro. Is this amount per person?

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Erlend Geerts July 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

No, taxi prices are per vehicle of course.

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Masoud July 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Hi,

I want to travel from Ataturk airport to Taksim area by taxi. Is the taxi fare higher than normal rate ( 40 TL ) after midnight?

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Erlend Geerts July 18, 2012 at 1:23 am

Hi Masoud,

There is no longer a daytime and nighttime rate. There is only one rate, so 40 liras should get you to Taksim.

Erlend

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Kathy July 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hi,
Me and my friends (5 person) will be at sabiha airport next week. Is there any van available for 5 person or we should get 2 cabs? how much is taxi fare from sabiha airport to Halaskargazi Mahallesi ( Sisli)?

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts July 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hi Kathy, did you check out the Istanbul Taxi Fares Every Tourist Ought To Know article?

Erlend

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ck August 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Hi,

We are 3 girls travelling and need to travel from Ataturk to Sultanahmet. Are there pre -paid taxis available at the airport and what would be approximate cost for this?

Is it advisable to take a cab directly from the airport or should we pre-book with the hotel or airport transfer operators?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts August 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hi,

There are no pre-paid taxis. On the contrary, always insist that the taxi-driver switches on the meter. Please read these helpful tips on Istanbul taxis. Since you are a group of three, the best way is to take a taxi from the airport, which will take you directly to your hotel. Here are approximate taxi fees, to Sultanahmet and other possible destinations during your stay.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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clbtx August 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for this amazing website with so much wonderful information about Istanbul!

My flight arrives quite late into Istanbul – around 23:00. I am a single woman traveling alone, as the rest of my group does not arrive until the next morning. I am an experienced traveler and have traveled solo before in Europe and Asia with no problems. Do you see any issues with my taking a taxi to my hotel at that hour while traveling alone?

Thanks in advance for your response. ~clbtx

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Hi Clbtx,

That shouldn’t be a problem. Do also check out my post on typical taxi scams.

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Tilen September 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Hi

I have a question regarding the payment for transportation in Istanbul. Which option do you prefer, buying the Istanbulkart or Akbil Transit Pass? I cannot decide because i don’t actually know what is the difference between them.

Thank you in advance for answering my question !

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Erlend Geerts September 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Hi Tilen,

Actually, the Akbil device has been depreciated and is slowly being replaced by the Istanbul Kart. So, I suggest you to get the Istanbul Kart. It’s also easier to use and fits in your wallet. Bizar enough, you can’t buy it at the airport, but you can easily obtain it at the major transportation hubs such as Zeytinburnu, Taksim, etc.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Ela September 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi
My hotel is charging 106euros to pik me up from Ataturk airport, would it be cheaper to get a taxi? I will be going to Fraser place anthill, cumhuriet mahallesi. Thanx

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Erlend Geerts September 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Ela,

Did you check out this article about Istanbul taxi fares?

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Anindya September 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Hi there,

Amazing website !!! I will be travelling to Istanbul for the first time with my wife and 6yrs old daughter from 5th to 9th of October. Please tell me the best way to travel from Sabiha Airport to Harbiye. Also what is the best and cheapest mode of transport in Istanbul.

Many thanks

Anindya

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Erlend Geerts September 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Hi Anindya,

Thanks for your kind words.

The best way to Harbiye from Sahiba is to take the Havataş bus first to Taksim, and then a taxi to your hotel.

The cheapest transportation is undoubtably public transportation. The best is a personal preference, some prefer trams and metro, others taxis. The latter of course often suffer from traffic jams.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Nabilla October 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Hi, thank you so much for writing this article, it’ll definitely come in handy when i travel to istanbul!

Could you kindly recommend me the best and cheapest way to get to Cankurtaran from the Ataturk Airport please? I will be traveling with my partner. The hotel offered for a pick up from the airport and charging 25 Euros but i reckon the public transport would definitely be cheaper!

Thank you so much :)

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Erlend Geerts October 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Hi Nabilla,

You’re absolutely right. Public transportation will definitely be cheaper, even a taxi ride will be.

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Islam October 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hello,

I`m travelling for honeymoon in 2nd week of december 2012, i understand its a low season at that time, hotel is offering airport-hotel transfer for 60 euro per round trip.
i think its a lot, should i take this service or take a taxi from airport? what do the official taxi look like so i can know it?

Thanks a lot!

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Erlend Geerts October 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Hi Islam,

You don’t tell me where you will be staying, or what airport you will use. Please go though the comments, I’m sure you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ana November 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hi Erlend,

This information is awesome!

My mum and I are staying at the Tulip guest house and will arrive in Ataturk around 4pm on a weekday. We will have at least 3 suitcases with us so public transit is out of question. Our guesthouse offered to book an aiport transfer for 25 Euros but I am not convinced that it would be cheaper or the most reliable option. I read in some reviews that the driver expected them to call him before showing up and we will not have access to a phone. I would really appreciate your suggestions.

Kind Regards,
Ana

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Erlend Geerts November 7, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi Ana,

I don’t know where the Tulip guest house is located, but if it’s in Taksim or Sultanahmet I normally would recommend taking a taxi. Having said this, the fact that you arrive at 4 p.m. and won’t be out of the airport before 17:30, you’ll find yourself caught in rush hour. A taxi also charges a bit extra when it stands still for too long, so both prices will end up being more or less the same. So choose whichever is most convenient.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Ana November 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I love the prompt response Erlend. Thank you!

The guesthouse Address is at Akbiyik caddesi Terbiyik sokak No:19 SULTANAHMET

If the cost is the same I would assume the Shuttle is safer but since I cannot be sure that it will be waiting there for us and I don’t want to be running all over trying to find a specific driver, perhaps it would be better to take a taxi itself?

What route shall I ask the driver to take and what currency should I expect to pay in?
Also we will have 3 suitcases + some bags, would that be an issue?

Thanks again Erlend, I am so excited!
Ana

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El November 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Hi Erlend

The hotel I intend to stay quoted 30 Euro one way to Sultanahmet. Is this too pricey?

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Erlend Geerts November 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

Yes. Check the taxi fares for common trips here.

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G. Massiha December 8, 2012 at 5:23 am

I am staying in a hotel on the Asian side (Kadıköy). Where is a place to get some Liras and what is the best way to get to Aya Sofia. I do not have a car.
Regards.
GM

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Erlend Geerts December 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Hi,

I suggest to take the ferry in Kadıköy to Eminönü (Sultanahmet) or to Kabataş (Taksim, Beyoğlu). You can withdraw Turkish liras from any ATM machine with a normal bank card or credit card.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Marwa baraka December 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Hi Erlend,
Please I need to know the best way to go to my hotel . My hotel is cartoon in taksim district my flight will arrive at 4pm , I have 1 child and 1 infant …so please guide me it’s better to take a taxi or the shuttle bus ( Havatas) and how much it will cost for my child in the bus . Really thanks
Best Regards

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Erlend Geerts December 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi Marwa,

The cheapest would be to take a taxi, since they don’t have discounts for children for the bus. Having said that, taxis don’t have special toddler seats, so you may feel safer taking the bus.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sally January 7, 2013 at 1:13 am

I’m traveling by the end of the week ill arrive at 1pm so where I’ll find the shuttle bus havatas ill arrive at ataturk airport going to Taksim &wanna make sure from the price also I wanna know where this bus stop at Taksim is it at Taksim square or where is it thanks for your response

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Erlend Geerts January 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi Sally,

just like it says in the post, you’ll find the buses in the second lane outside the arrivals terminal. The bus will take you to Taksim square for 10 Turkish Liras per person.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sally January 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hi Erlend
Thnx but I wanna know where is the bus stop at Taksim , it will drop us at our hotel or at Taksim square or what
Thnx again

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LH January 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

I plan to traveling to Istanbul in early August with two of my daughters, they are 12 and 14. I would like to take them to a concert while we are there. Justin Beiber and Rihanna will be there in May. I am hoping an artist with that same level of celebrity will be there during this time. Would you recommend using a ticket broker or would you recommend using the Turkish version of Ticket Master? Are the large concert venues in a safe location for American tourists or would you advise against it? Also, is this generally a good time to travel to Istanbul, I saw a previous post mentioning a Christian feast? I know I’ve asked a lot.

Thanks so much,
LH

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Erlend Geerts January 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Hi LH,

First of all there is no anti-American sentiment, so you would be as safe as any other person in Istanbul. As for who performs in Istanbul and when, check out Biletix. This is the main ticket broker in Turkey, and you can order tickets from there.

You are right that there is a Muslim religious holiday in the beginning of August. Maybe read these posts on how Ramazan may affect tourists and more details about the Sugar Feast.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sally January 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Any news

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FRANKLIN LOO January 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hi…..
My friend & i are planning visiting Istanbul, Turkey in May 2013. Can you give suggestion which hotel area should i stay, Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu (Taksim/Cihangir)?

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Erlend Geerts January 14, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi Franklin,

I always suggest to stay in Beyoğlu, for the simple fact that Sultanahmet becomes a lonely place after 20:00 while Taksim and Cihangir are lively almost 24/7.

Kind regars,
Erlend

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Umar January 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Most appreciated to the person who has taken time to write this breif and to the point discription. Very very helpful to first time visitors. My another question is can you just pay the fare on metro and tram or do you have to buy a card like an oyster card here in UK so that it can hold the credit.
Thanks in advance and hope to hear soon from you.

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Erlend Geerts January 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Hi Umar,

Thanks a lot for your nice comments, they’re much appreciated.

Maybe check out my post on the Istanbul Card which is similar to the UK Oyster card I guess, and my article on public transportation for Istanbul tourists.

Also, I heard they now sell the Istanbul card at the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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armand January 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I am a bit confused. I saw the metro map of Istanbul, and as I can see the M1 metro line goes to / from Ataturk Airport.
But why should I stop at Zeytinburnu and only there? There are many stations before and after !!

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Erlend Geerts January 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hi Armand,

Assuming you want to go to Sutanahmet or Taksim, you will have to make a transfer from the M1 to the T1 at some point. You can do so in Zeytinburnu (the shortest road) or in Aksaray.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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armand January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thanks. That’a another 2 questions:
- is there any 1 day / 7 day etc. cart for public transportation? And how much it costs?
- what do u suggest: akbil or Istanbulkart? Which one is cheaper / easier to reload?

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Ihab January 26, 2013 at 4:15 am

How can I get from Ataturk airport to ÇARŞI CADDESİ NO:26 BAYRAMPAŞA by public transport

Regards
Ihab

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Erlend Geerts January 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Honestly, if you’re unfamiliar with that place and its neighborhood, I’d take a taxi there first, and then maybe try to use public transportation on your way back.

Regards,
Erlend

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armand January 31, 2013 at 9:17 am

There is no opinion: akbil or Istanbulkart? Which one is cheaper / easier to reload?

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Hanaa February 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

Hi,

Firstly, thanks for such a great site. SO helpful.
I was just wondering where I would have to get off if I use the metro from Ataturk airport to get to my hotel (Nar Galata Hotel)?

Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts February 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Hi Hanaa,

Where exactly is your hotel located, Sultanahmet, Beyoğlu, etc?

Erlend

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charlotte February 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hi
my husband, daughter and i are visiting in May 2013.
looking at the map it looks shorter to go from Attaturk airport to Yesilkoy station and get a train to cankurtaran, we can walk to our hotel on Amiral Tafdil Sok.No:22 Sultanahmet from there. But can’t see how to get from airport to Yesilkoy station? Is there a shuttle/bus what do i ask for?
looking at google directions, going from sultanahamet station to the hotel looks a much longer walk?
Many thanks

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Erlend Geerts February 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Hi Charlotte,

Quick question: do you really want to take the train, or just get to your hotel by public transportation instead of using the airport shuttle or a taxi?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Heather February 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

Hello Lucca,
What would be the best way to get to Ataturk airport from the Taksim Point area for a flight leaving at 6am (need to be there by 5am at the latest)?
Would it be better to find a hotel near the airport for such an early flight?
Thank you for such an informative site!

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Erlend Geerts February 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Hi Heather,

I understand, this is a bit tricky since the Havataş shuttle doesn’t start until 4 a.m. But at that time of the night, they should be there by 4:30. Upon arrival, check with them. If that doesn’t work out, take a taxi. But don’t just pick one from the street, have your hotel call one.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hariz February 16, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Hello Erlend,

My friends and I will backpack to Istanbul next week. I just want to know is it okay if we went there without booking any hostel. I mean searching for a place to stay once we arrive there. Would there be many vacancy at the hostel near Sultanahmet this time around? I read that between Feb and March is considered as low season. So, there’s many hostel available. Is it true?

Thanks in advance! Btw, this site is great. Lots of information. Keep up the good work!

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Hi Hariz,

You’re right that it is the low season at the moment. But when you mention “me and my friends” I assume you have a pretty large group. Not to have any surprises, I would book at least the first night upfront, and you can still change once you’re here for the remainder of your trip.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sapii Dasuki February 20, 2013 at 6:22 am

Selam,
I will arrive at Atururk Airport on march 01 2013. As it is my first visit to Istanbul Turkey. (family 0f 7 persons)
1. Could you tell me which is the best transport route to Historical Prefered Hotel.
2. Estimate price for the transport either per person or group
3. For Public Transport in Turkey the Currency used either Euro or Lira?
4. What is a weather in Turkey on March?

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Erlend Geerts February 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Sapii,

I would either take two official taxis, or have your hotel arrange for a mini van. But than do ask for prices first. In the transportation section of this site you can find common current cab fares. Taxi fees are paid in Turkish Liras.

Erlend

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Staci March 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

Hello!
I will be visiting Istanbul at the end of March.
I saw your public transit page but do you have a more comprehensive one or is that all I will need?
From Ataturk airport, I am staying at the Orient Express, where should I get off if I take the metro?
Thanks so much!

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Erlend Geerts March 2, 2013 at 12:39 am

Hi Stacy,

You first take the metro from the airport to Zeytinburnu. There you hop on the tram line Zeytinburnu to Eminönü or Kabataş. The final destination doesn’t matter, since you’ll get off earlier anyway.

Then, get off at the stop after the Sultanahmet stop. From there it should only be a short walk (slightly downhill) to your hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anja March 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Hello,

What is the best way to get from the Ataturk Airport to the Asian Side (Suadiye)? I believe the ferry is the best if you can catch one on time. Otherwise, what is the best route to take.

Please let me know as I am traveling in 4 days for the first time to Turkey. Thanks so much.

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Erlend Geerts March 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Hi Anja,

You are right, but keep in mind that on weekdays the last one leaves from Eminönü at 21:00.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Yinka March 26, 2013 at 1:03 am

Hi Erlend,
It is a nice job you are doing out here. I am due to arrive at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul on April 9 for my honeymoon and would be staying at Prenses Koyu Hotel Kamelya Sok. No:14 Büyükada, Adalar. Can you describe the best route to get to the hotel, please?

Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hi Yinka,

Well, first you should try to get to Kabataş for the quick ferry to the islands. The first one leaves at 10:50, the second one at 19:30. To get to Kabataş you can either take a taxi or use public transportation.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Vessela March 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hi Erlend!

First of all thank you very much for your great job on this site and your patience with answering to all our questions! :)

I am arriving in Istanbul in the beginning of May during the Easter Orthodox and do believe it will not reflect much on the everyday life there. :)

Reading your article about the public transport and because of my previous bad experience with the taxi drivers, this time I shell definitely use the pablic transport using Istanbul Kart.

As I see the good news, according to the comments here, is that now I can get it at the Ataturk Airport. My hotel is very near to the tram station Laleli Universite. It means that I can take the metro from the Ataturl Airport /Havalimani/ and hop on the tram T1 somewhere.

Could you please tell me where to hop on with the idea to find the shortest way between metro station and tram? Also, are the metro stations equipped with escalators or lifts? It is very important to my mother traveling with me.

Thank you so much!

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2013 at 7:57 am

Hi Vessela,

From the airport you take the M1 metro. At the Zeytinburnu stop, you transfer to the T1 tramway in the direction of Eminönü or Kabataş. To reach your hotel, you get off at the Laleli Universite stop.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Onsi Y April 1, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thank you for this terrific website, great effort!

i ll be arriving at 2 am on a Friday (MAY), from Ataturk to Takasim around feridiye cd (Budak Residence)

Hotel offered a shuttle for 35 euros.

since i m traveling with my wife i was wondering if havas is an option in this case, (arriving to takasim around 3 am with luggage ) or should i take a taxi or shuttle for convenience’s sake?

Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Onsi,

The shuttle service doesn’t operate at 3 a.m. at night, but you can take an official taxi which will cost you approximately 50 TL. This is still about 20 TL cheaper than the shuttle.

Erlend

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EG April 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Erlend,

Your website is insane, congratulations!!

I might have a tricky one for you… Seeing your expertise, I thought it would not hurt to ask you…

We have planned a business meeting in Istanbul, which entails 15 different people arriving from 13 different world destinations, therefore at different times, and at different days – and the same goes for the departure. All flights arrive/depart from Ataturk airport, and everyone is staying at Taksim (City Center Hotel).

I was wondering if you know of any special and reliable taxi/car service that would be able to accommodate us. I have browsed your website and done an internet research, so I know a bit about the airport taxis, normal taxis – but I am asking you if you know of any person/ taxi company that we could plan with that would take on all of them (and why not, maybe for a better overall price?).

Thank you so much,
EG

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Erlend Geerts April 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hi EG,

Thanks a lot for the compliments.

Maybe check out Secure Drive, I’ve used them myself and found their service excellent. You would look for the Avcilar/4.Levent fees, and ask for even cheaper since Taksim is closer. Also explain the situation clearly when you contact them.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Suzanne Webster April 19, 2013 at 2:05 am

How do I get from airport to Ciragan Palace? How do I get from Ciragan Palace to Sultanahmet? Are there water taxis?

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Erlend Geerts April 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hi Suzanne,

The easiest way is by taxi all the way. Alternatively, you can first take the Havataş shuttle, and a taxi from Taksim.

To go to Sultanahmet, you can take a normal or a water taxi. Ask the concierge for the most common used option.

Erlend

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Ujay April 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hi Erlend,
Firstly I must applaud you on your website, its an amzing knowldge bank of Istanbul informaytion, I do a LOT of reserach before i travel anywhere and if every city in the world had such a website, planning holidays would be soooo easy :)
I am travelling with some friends in May and w eare staying at the Hilton Istanbul, in Cumhuriyet Caddessi. What is the best way to get to the hotel from IST?
We are in yur city for 4 days and given our location, would you suggets we use public transport or rely on Taxis?
Thnaks,
UJ

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Erlend Geerts April 25, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hi Ujay,

Thanks a lot for the nice words.

To go from the airport to the hotel, since you’re a group of friends, I would suggest to share a taxi. Afterwards, I would rely on public transportation (steel wheels only) where possible.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Louwene April 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi Erlend. Thanks for an informative website. I need to travel from Istanbul to Budapest early in June 2013. Which options do I have? Flying seems very expensive for such a short distance.

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Erlend Geerts April 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Hi Louwene,

I personally prefer air travel, and if you book a bit ahead of time you would be surprised what good deals you could get.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Adam Bateeka April 25, 2013 at 10:40 am

Hi Erlend,

You have an amazing website. Keep up the great work!

I have a question to ask you please. I will be arriving with my fiance’ next week, and I am planning on renting a car from the airport. Is driving, and more importantly, parking, easy to do in Istanbul? Especially since I read about the Taksim work and so on, and I am not sure if parking would be an issue?

Thanks for all your help.

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Erlend Geerts April 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Hi Adam,

If you don’t plan to leave Istanbul, please don’t rent a car. Driving styles are very different from what you are used to, traffic is a huge problem, and parking spots very scarce. Use taxis and public transportation.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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lara May 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hi. We’re going to Istanbul 1st of July a family of 5. Is there any way to reach Besiktas and Sariyer areas by boat? Also, how far is Kabatas from Taksim Havatas stop please?
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts May 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Hi Iara,

That is going to be difficult at the moment. In the morning ferries come from Sariyer towards Beşiktaş and Eminönü to take commuters to work, and in the evening bak home. In between there is very little service. There are many buses though you can take.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Andrew May 12, 2013 at 12:52 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for setting up such a useful website. I’m sure the information you’ve provided will prove helpful during our stay in Istanbul.

Question if you don’t mind:

I arrive with my family and a friend (3 adults and 3 children) early in June, and have book and apartment in the Sultanahmet area. Our flight lands at 1 am, so we’re no sure what to expect when we walk out of Ataturk at this hour of the night. Will there be a good selection of taxi’s available?

Also – today I received an email from our accommodation, suggesting that they could provide an airport pickup from Ataturk for 40 Euros. This seemed a bit steep when compared with your quotes above, though they did add that it would likely take two airport taxi’s to transport both passengers and baggage. Is this the case – would we need two taxi’s? If so, does 40 Euros sound like a reasonable price. Is there perhaps a shuttle van service available at this hour that could fit the entire party, and our baggage?

Moving on from Taxi’s… ‘cos I’m sure we’ll be hungry when we wake the next day…

Once established in Sultanahmet, I’m looking forward to eating some of the fabulous local foods. Breakfast first! Can you recommend a good eatery/cafe in the area that serves a nice “Welcome to Istanbul” breakfast? Mmmmm! Can’t wait!!!

Regards,

Andrew

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Erlend Geerts May 13, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hi Andrew,

It’s pure mathematics. Three adults and three children with luggage will never fit in one taxi. So, by cab the price would be around 80 TL. If the shuttle can take you all at once, then I would go for that option. If the hotel says you need two shuttles, go with the taxis. By the way, you’ll find plenty of taxis waiting outside the airport hall.

As for breakfast, pick anything that looks appealing (food and price wise) after browsing the menu.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Asfand Yar Qazi May 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for the amazing post, but just in case things have changed since you posted it, I’d like to ask you advice.

I need to get from S. Gokcen airport to the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul after my flight arrives at 18:35 . My hotel charges €70 for a one way transfer. http://www.istanbulairporttaxis.com/ charge €55, so we are thinking of going with them.

From the prices you have mentioned, these seem really over the top. Are they around the current average price of an airport transfer, or is there a cheaper option?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts May 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Hi Asfand,

All the information on this page is still up to date, except the taxi prices. They recently got a hike. You can find the latest and most up-to-date cab fares here.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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khan May 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

we are 4 person and we have 8 laguge with us, can we get a big taxi or van to go to Sultahmet from airport( istanbul int.)? how much it will cost?

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hi Khan,

Where are you going? Sultanahmet or Taksim?

Erlend

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arxon May 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi Erlend,
Amazing website, thank you.
Do you know if there is any shuttle bus like Havatas to serve the transport from Taksim to Buyuk Otogar (Bayrampasa)?
Maybe Dolmus or only the public trasportation and taxi?
And something else, i still have the beloved akbil, you think that is acceptable any more?
Many thanks

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

Hi Arxon,

The most straightforward way to get to Otogar from Taksim is via IETT city bus 83-O (Otogar-Taksim). The bus operates daily from 06:30 to 21:30, with buses departing every 20-25 minutes. The trip takes about one hour.

And yes, the beloved akbil still works … for the time being.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Bibes Sarma May 27, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hello
I am traveling from Japan to Paris on August. Ufortunately, I didnt check the details about the airport and now saw that I have to change the Airport :(. I have about 6 hrs time between two flights.

1. How is it Feasible to make the connection, cheapest and best possible?
2. Also, I have Nepali Passport, So shall I have to have VISA of Turkey for this transfer? if, how and where can I apply? Do they provide VISA in Airport?

Thanks in advance for the best possible solutions..

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Hi Bibes,

Since you have about 6 hours of time, I would suggest to take the Havataş shuttle twice: one to Taksim, and then one to Atatürk International airport. This will be the cheapest way.

As for a visa, I’m afraid you will need to get one from Turkish representation in your country prior to arriving here.

I hope this helps,
Erlend

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Aisha May 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hi Erlend

Your website is fantastic! Thank you very much for the details regarding Turkey. I’m travelling to Turkey in July and I was wondering, I reach Attaturk airport around 5:00 pm, and my destination is The Isik University campus in Sile. After reading your post, I think the best means would be a cab for me. I’m travelling alone. But I was wondering, wouldn’t it cost me more than 100TL? Because Sile is over 50km away from Istanbul. Please advise. Also, is there anything you would say for a young girl travelling alone? Is it safe to take long bus rides into cities like Cappadoccia (9 hours) and Kas (8 hours) and then staying overnight in hotels?
Many thanks!

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hı Aisha,

I wouldn’t take a taxi all the way to Şile, that would be too expensive.

First of all, ask the university if they can’t arrange a pickup. After all, they are the one that decided to go live so far away. If they don’t have one, then you have to get a ferry from Taksim/Kabataş to Üsküdar/Harem. From there you would hop on the bus to Şile.

About these long bus rides, yes they are safe a long as you do them with reputable travel agencies and tour organizers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Gino June 9, 2013 at 3:17 am

Hi Erlend,

With all the problems in Taksim where is the airport bus service is stopping now?

thanks

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Erlend Geerts June 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hi Gino,

The police is clearing Taksim square as I write this. If they are successful, it will be the ‘original’ Marmara Hotel stop. If not, then as close to Taksim square as possible, based on the latest developments.

Erlend

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Habib June 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi Erlend,

I am coming to Istanbul Sabiha Airport next month and my flight arrives at 5.30am, my next connection to Dubai is at 9pm so I have 14 hours to explore Istanbul, should I take the shuttle to Taksim and then on to Sultan Ahmet to see the old city, also how do I visit the blue mosque? and how can I have a boat ride to cross the river? Lastly, to get back to the airport by 7pm I presume I get it from the same spot where I would be dropped off in the morning in Taksim? Perhaps I should take the 5pm or 6pm shuttle (coach) from taksim to get back to Sabiha in good time? What places can I visit during the whole day Im there. Thanks

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Erlend Geerts June 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hi Habib,

Please let me know what day you arrive, because traffic is different on weekdays and weekends. Also, some sightseeing spots are closed on certain days.

Concerning your shuttle, it may be wise to wait a bit longer and ask your question (with the above requested details) a few days/a week from now. If by then the protests have come to an end, they may operate back on the normal schedule.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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James June 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Last thing, the consulate in Dubai confirmed I will get the visa on arrival on a British passport costing US$20 as is the case with all European passport holders. I believe this is the current visa situation.

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Reza June 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Hi Erlend,
I would be grateful if you let me know what is the best way to get from Ataturk Airport to my hotel in Topkapi Palace Area. It is 4 of us travelling and we arrive in the midday. How much does a Taxi cost, if it is the best method.
Also do British passport holders need any visa,,or is there any charges at the airport for visa?
Many thanks
Reza

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Erlend Geerts June 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

Hi Reza,

Since you’re a party of four, I would take a taxi. You can find current taxi fares here. You can find all visa information on this page, and do also follow the links there.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rachel June 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I shall be in Istanbul in Sept. and will be catching the 08.20 flight to Edinburgh. My hotel is in Kucuk Ayasofia area. What is the best way for me to get to the airport at 06.00 hrs and approximately how much would it cost? Many thanks.

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Erlend Geerts June 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hi Rachel,

I would just take a taxi. He will take the seaside road, and you will be at the airport in 20 minutes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Henri June 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Hi

I am flying to Sabiha Gökçen on Tuesday and staying at
The Plaza Hotel Istanbul Barbaros Bulvarı 165
34349 Balmumcu / Beşiktaş

Does it make sense to take Havataş?

Or what do you recommend?

Kind regard
Henri

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Erlend Geerts June 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi Henri,

It most certainly does. Beşiktaş is close to Taksim, only a 5 minute taxi ride away.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Tunisian June 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

Thanks for the great infor

My flight lands at 23:35, I believe no chance to catch 00:30 metro to aksaray (no visa required) and need to reach hotel in Sultanahmet http://goo.gl/maps/h4AwP

I have both options:
- 40 TL meter taxi to sultanahmet
or
_ book http://www.istanbulairporttaxis.com at 23 eur (around 50 TL)

Please advise what do you recommend

thx

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Erlend Geerts June 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hi Tunesian,

Given the time of your arrival, you can indeed forget about public transportation. Even if you would be able to catch the last metro, you would be stuck at your transfer.

I suggest to take the Havataş shuttle since it seems you’re traveling alone, and you should still make that in time. Maybe also reread the article, since I completely updated it like 15 minutes ago :-)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Tunisian June 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Thank you for updating the post, and for the time to answer my inquiry

I guess, since we are 02 persons I would go for the Airport meter taxi option ~ 40 TL , what would I tell the taxi ? Adlie Saray ? or Fuad Pasha Cami ?

The other option, as I understood, is to take Havataş of 00:30 or 1am @ 20 TL then take a taxi @ ~ 7 TL to Sultanahmet ( http://goo.gl/maps/h4AwP ) , but I believe it would be a pain with teh luggage to look for a taxi at around 1:30 am near Aksaray

Thanks a million

Tunisian

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi Tunesian,

Well, actually it won’t be hard to find a taxi. But, as you mentioned with your luggage and given the time of day (night), go for the direct taxi ride. The extra 10 TL won’t break the bank I’m sure.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Elan June 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hi Erlend,
Very informative website about Istanbul!
We are arriving in Istanbul Ataturk on Aug 5 at 1545 and our hotel is located in Sultanahmet area. We are 2 adults and 2 kids (3 and 2).
1) After reading your tips above, I think we’ll just take a taxi. However, do you know what’s the requirement for child seat in Turkey? I read one of your anwers to previous questions which implies that child seat is not mandatory but I just want to make sure. Is their trunk big enough for a folded stroller?
2) Various taxi scams you discussed in your other article. Do these apply to official taxi as well? Do you have any suggestion on ‘preferred’ taxi company?
3) Our flight back will be at 0600 so I am guessing we need to start going to the airport at 0330. Will taxi be available during these hours? Is there any surcharge if we (or our hotel) call them?
Thanks a bunch for your help. Any other suggestions that you might have are welcome!
Regards,
Elan.

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Erlend Geerts June 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hi Elan,

1. Child seat are mandatory now, but taxis are exempt. Having said that, you’ll notice that the law is not even strictly enforced for private vehicles. So no need to worry. You’ll notice they are quite creative with handling your luggage, no worries.
2. Yes, they also apply to official taxis. The majority (like 95%) is honest, but you are better safe than sorry. Since you did your research, you know how much the ride should cost give or take. Don’t worry if it’s a few liras off because of traffic or road construction, but it shouldn’t be double. There are no real taxi companies here, only licensed cabs.
3. Yes, leaving at 03:30 is just fine at time of the day. Just ask the hotel receptionist to call for one, and make sure the meter shows the correct starting fee. There should be no extra charge.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Miquel Roers June 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

Very interesting page. Best Regards Miquel Roers

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Akshat June 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Erlend this is a great website and very useful for anyone visiting Istanbul. Many thanks for putting this together

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Hi Akshat,

Thanks a lot. It’s these kind of appreciations and comments that keeps us going!

Erlend

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Vic June 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Hi,

We are a group of 4 adults and our flight lands at Sabiha Goken Airport at 14:00. We have a flight from Ataturk Airport at 19:30. What would be your recommendation for mode of transport between the 2 airports? A private transfer service quotes about 110 Euros, is it worth it? According to your taxi rates, it is about 40TL + 90TL = 130TL. Will we be able to make it for our flights on time?

Regards,
Vic

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hi Vic,

Well, if you’re a party of four (with luggage I suppose), I would go for twice the airport shuttle service. Certainly, if you each carry two suitcases, there is no way a single taxi carry both the people and the eight pieces of luggage. First the airport shuttle from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim, then one from Taksim to Atatürk Airport. In total, this would set your group back for 92 TL. If you don’t lose time, you should make it in time (given no exceptional traffic jams).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Kristina July 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Hi Erlend!

Thank you so much for putting together this fantastic site, so much useful information for anyone to visit Istanbul!
I will soon be visiting the city, but only for half a day, as I have a transfer flight and 10 hours between one plane landing and the next one leaving. In the meantime, I am planning to visit the city. Do you have any recommendation on what is worth to do and see in the city in such a short time, and on how to get there best from the airport and back on time?

Thank you very much and best regards,
Kristina

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Erlend Geerts July 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Hi Kristina,

Since you didn’t write the day nor the time, I’ll assume you arrive in the morning and leave in the evening. If you consider that leaving the airport from the time you land plus a taxi ride to Sultanahmet will take about 2 hours, and you need to be in the airport two hours upfront for your departure, this leaves you with six hours to spare.

I also assume this is your first time in Istanbul, in which case I would go for the Hagia Sophia (1,5 h), the Blue Mosque (1h), and the Basilica Cistern (30 min). This leaves you with 3 hours. You could spend that time in Topkapi Palace (but probably won’t be able to see all) or you could get lost in the Grand Bazaar and eat something on a terrace before you take a taxi back.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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NADA July 18, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hi Erlend,
thank you so much for the useful information , you have helped me a lot.
I would like to ask your advice about how to reach the airport Ataturk international airport ( we are 4 adults each with 2 suit cases ) if we are staying in sultanahmet area?
thanks for all the help!

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Erlend Geerts July 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Nada,

I would suggest to take two taxis straight to the airport.

Erlend

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Shahzeb July 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

hi sir,
loved ur site with soo much useful practical information…..!!

sir, just wanted to know that after getting a visa sticker from airport with a plan of just 3 days at Istanbul with a connecting flight afterwards…..will airport will keep my luggage for 3 days till my next connecting flight……?? thnxxxx

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Erlend Geerts July 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Hi Shahzeb,

Yes, the airport can store your luggage, at a daily fee.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hasan July 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

Once again Erlend, great posts. Very informative. I will go to London from Dhaka on 28th July, 2013 and on my way to London, I will take a 22 hours long stopover in Istanbul. I have made mt travel plan. The way I will go to Sulterahmet is:

I will buy a IstanbulKart from Airport Metro station where it’s written “Akbil Dolum Noktası”. It will cost me around 10 TL and then I will refill more 10 TL into it. I hope 10 TL will cover my whole trip.

Trip Details: Atatürk Havalimanı (Metro Station) -> Zeytinburnu (Metro Station) || Zeytinburnu (Tram Station) -> Sultanahmet (Tram Station) || Sultanahmet (Tram Station) -> Eminönü (Tram Station) || Eminönü (Tram Station) -> Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı (Tram Station) || Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı (Tram Station) -> Zeytinburnu (Tram Station) || Zeytinburnu (Metro Station) -> Atatürk Havalimanı (Metro Station)

Erlend do you think recharging 10 TL into my IstanbulKart will cover my trip?

Thanks in advance :)

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Erlend Geerts July 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Hi Hasan,

You really did your homework. Your estimates seems spot on.

Have a great trip,
Erlend

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Karyn July 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

Thanks for this helpful information. Good to know of cheaper options. :)

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Andrew August 15, 2013 at 6:30 am

Great blog!

Question: I have 2 separate layovers (15 and 20 hrs) on either side of a stay in Israel. Will I have to buy 2 separate VISAs? And is that even allowed?

Whats the best way to get a late night cab after seeing the city at night to get back to the airport for a 6:45 AM flight? I’d rather not have to cut my night short at 6PM, but I also figured cabs may be reluctant to go to the airport at 1AM. I know in NYC there are dead times for cabs. Is this something I need to be aware of? And is there a part of town where finding cabs will be easy?

Any recommendation for a good hostel near a fun/accessible part of town for my 2nd layover?

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Erlend Geerts August 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hi Andrew,

That depends on your nationality and the passport you use. For some nationals they provide multiple entry visas, for others single entry visas. When you apply online for your electronic Istanbul visa, it will show up.

As for cabs, expect no problems to go back to the airport at night. Stick to the official ones, and if one doesn’t want to go there, ask the next one.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Nila August 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

Hi Erlend,

My friends and I are coming to Istanbul for the first time in September 2013 and I wanted to get your input on getting from the Ataturk airport to the center of Nisantasi. We’ve rented an apartment in that area and I wanted to see if it would be best to just take a cab or if it would be worth it to take the Havatas to Takism and then take a taxi from that point. Let me know.

Thanks!

Nila

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Erlend Geerts August 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Hi Nila,

It all depends how many people are in your group, and how much luggage you carry along. If your party is less than 3, sure by all means first take the shuttle. If your party is more but has to be split into two or more taxis because of the amount of people and luggage, then again take the shuttle first. If you’re 3 or more and you fit in just one taxi, go for that option.

Cheers,
Erlend

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JB August 17, 2013 at 5:38 am

Hi Erlend, Thank you for your kindness, I read all the comments from the start and so admire your patience and knowledge. I have a booking at Hilton Garden Hotel Golden Horn on August 25, I have been searching a way to find out the details of their free shuttle service to Taksim Square to see if I can take the Havatas to Taksim Square then take the free shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Golden Horn but no luck, I wonder if you do know. I emailed the hotel but did not get the correct response. Thank you for your help.

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Erlend Geerts August 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hi JB,

Did you see this line on their website’s directions page:

Please note, the bus service from Ataturk Airport is an airport shuttle to Taksim Square and does not go directly to hotel. Call the hotel staff for information about taxis or car rentals.

There is no mention of a free shuttle service on their site.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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JB August 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

Thanks Erlend

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Jale August 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

I have a 4 hour change-over between domestic flights within Turkey. How long would it take me from Ataturk to get to Cemberlitas? I’m considering if I have enough time to do it, catch up with my friends for a coffee and then head back again for my next flight.

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Jale August 18, 2013 at 8:19 am

Apologies I didn’t make myself very clear – I was asking if I was doing it by the tram with the change and Zeytinburnu.

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hi Jale,

I would say about 40 minutes in every direction.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Husham August 22, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hey Erlend,

Some very useful information you have put up here.

I am arriving at Ataturk Airport on the coming Tuesday at 10:00 hrs along with my wife. We have a transit of around 12 hours before our next flight, which is why we plan to roam around Sultan Ahmet district for few hours before heading back to the airport to catch our next flight. My queries are:

1. What would be the best way you would advise us to adopt to reach Sultan Ahmet from the airport considering we are a couple.

2. If our next flight is at 2300 hrs, at what time would you recommend we start heading back to the airport from Sultan Ahmet considering traffic and all?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts August 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

Hi Husham,

Since you’ll be traveling light, I would suggest public transportation for both. You could opt for a taxi to go to Sultanahmet, but for the return I wouldn’t take risks. You should leave Sultanahmet at 20:00, which is rush hour.

Have fun,
Erlend

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angelika August 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hello Erlend,
could it be posible to tell the cheapest way from
Atatürk Airport to Millet Caddesi 186, Eresin topkapi hotel.
Would be really nice to send a information. Thank you!!

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Erlend Geerts August 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi Angelika,

The cheapest is by public transportation. On the tramway going in the direction of Eminönü or Kabataş, get off at the Pazarteke stop.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Alex Diball August 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for the info on getting to and from the airport. Most helpful.

I’m visiting Istanbul on the 4th of Sept for a little over a week and am looking for a very simple but clean and comfortable single room in a centrally located hotel that would allow me to explore the city on foot as much as possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Alex

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Erlend Geerts August 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi Alex,

I’m sorry, but we don’t give recommendations for hotels for the obvious reasons.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sarkarosso August 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Hi Erlend
This is the best tourist guide I have followed. Why don’t you organise ones for Paris and Rome as well.
We reach IST Ataturk Airport at 1015 hrs and need to take a flight to Kayseri from SAW at 1615 hrs, on a Wednesday. Considering that we may come out of IMMIGRATION by 1100 hrs and we need to be at SAW by 1445 hrs, do we need to just take a HAVATAS from IST to TAKSIM and hop on to another HAVATAS from TAKSIM to SAW, without any relaxation on time, or we may have a stop for a quick snack at TAKSIM? [Alternative= METRO+TRAM to TAKSIM, then HAVATAS-- do they permit baggages in METRO+TRAM?]
OR
Do wee need to take any faster transport like a TAXI for +65 EURO?
A long question but that’s how a tourist extracts information from another experienced one!!
Thanks and Best Regards
Sarkarosso

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Erlend Geerts August 30, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Hi Sarkarosso,

Thanks for your kind words.

Well, as you may know, the traffic situation is different at different times and days. On average, the trip from the Atatürk airport to Taksim takes about 40 minutes. From Taksim, the ride to Sabiha Gökçen takes about 1,5 hours. So, I guess you can enjoy Taksim a bit at take the bus at 13:00 the latest. But upon arrival from Atatürk airport in Taksim, ask the people there. They will know the road conditions then. So yes, I would stick to the shuttle services since they’re as quick as a taxi.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Andreas September 2, 2013 at 2:19 am

Hi,
Thanx for a superb and very informative website. You’ve given good answers to many how-to-get-from-the-airport questions, but since I haven’t found those particular question bring raised (nor answered) I’ll give it a shot:
We’ll be flying into Ataturk AirPort on 8 Sept, just after midnight, with a party of (in total including me) there adults + two kids (4 years+ 1 year). Since taxi seems to be the option:
1) Are there any taxis that can accomodate us (in one vehicle), since splitting up at those hrs seems like a bit of a hazzle?
2) If so, will we be able to bring, say, there large bags/backpacks, a couple of smeller bags + a pram (a regular sized one; not the collapsible, umbrella-like ones)?

Or, is the only solution to spilt up and get two taxis?

3) Do taxis have carseats for kids? If not, how does one go about riding taxis with [smaller] children? On ones lap?

Thanx, and best regards,

Andreas Madsen

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Erlend Geerts September 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

Hi Andreas,

Child seat are mandatory now, but taxis are exempt. Having said that, you’ll notice that the law is not even strictly enforced for private vehicles. In taxis children sit indeed on the lap.

This is not the safest solution, so I prefer using the shuttle when there are toddlers with me.

As for your luggage question, it’s hard to say. They’re pretty creative storing everything in the trunk, but it may be a bit too much, especially with the pram. If that’s the case, you will need to split up. But then it makes more sense to use the shuttle anyway.

Alternatively, you could look into a service like SecureDrive ( http://www.securedrivetravel.com.tr/Rates.aspx ). They can handle a party of 5 easily, and they have children seats if you ask upfront. When you check it out, the Avcılar/4.Levent rates apply to you.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Salman September 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Hi Erlend,

I appreciate your efforts to help visitors out and seek your guidance. We will be arriving at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 20th Sept at 17:10 PM for a week. We will be three adults and two children (3 and 2 yrs) with good numbers of suitcases, a stroller and a carton. We are thinking of two options to commute in Istanbul. Either we rent a car from the Airport but then we will have to unnecessarily rent a SUV to accommodate our luggage.= Or split into 2 taxi’s to get to the hotel, dump luggage into the hotel and hire an economy size car to drive around Istanbul. An economy car rental costs around 100 GBP for a week. Do you think renting a car would be a better option? That’s what we usually do when we travel to US or Canada but I am not sure about driving experience in Istanbul with a GPS. By the way this will be our first visit to Istanbul.

Thank You,
Salman

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Erlend Geerts September 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Hi Salman,

Since this is your first visit to Istanbul, I assume you’ll stick to the tourist beaten path. Which means visiting everything in the Sultanahmet and Beyoglu area. If that’s the case, please forget about renting a car.

For starters, driving in Istanbul is quite a bit different (read scarier) than in the US or Canada. Roads are much smaller, rules exist only on paper, street name tags are scarce, etc.

Moreover, traffic is often clogged and finding a parking space is close to impossible in those areas, except paid ones. And for the price you rent and park your car, you can take plenty of taxis.

If I were you, and not leaving the areas I mentioned earlier, just take the shuttle or two taxis to get to your hotel, and use taxis or public transportation from there on.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Frank September 3, 2013 at 1:59 am

Hi Erlend!

First of all: Thank you for this very good page with all these many useful information!

I’d like to use the “adventurous” option from Sabiha Airport to Sultanahmet (Bus E-11 to Kadiköy and than the ferry boat to Eminönü). However there is sentence on the website of the ferry that I don’t understand. By chance, do you know what it means? “* Haydarpaşa iskelesine uğrar. Haydarpaşa-Eminönü yolcuları için Kadıköy uğramalı yapılır.” ” Call at Haydarpasa. For passengers to Eminonu via Kadikoy” Is it something like I have to get off the bus “E-11″ at this station?

Thank you very much in advance!

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Erlend Geerts September 4, 2013 at 11:34 am

Hi Frank,

To get to Eminönü by ferry, you must take the ferry in Kadiköy, the ferry if that line no longer stops at Haderpaşa.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Salman September 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Erlend,
Many thanks for your active reply. It really helps. We have now decided to leave the option of renting a car for obvious reasons as you mentioned and yes that predominantly we will be around Sultanahmet and Beyoglu area. What I still need an advise on:
1) is it worth paying a visit to Ankara from there? I know it is 4-5 hrs drive from Istanbul but what are the options available to commute and how long does it take at sightseeing in Anakara?
2) We will be arriving on 20th Sep at 5:30PM and departing from istanbul on 25th Sept at 8:30PM so we will have all together 5 days to cover Istanbul, not sure if we can squeeze in Ankara some where?
3) We will have TL currency to handle payments at the airport and for the rest, we have plans to exchange GBP into TL from any of the exchanges around Sultanahmet as I have head that they offer better rates. Is this what you advice?

Thanks again for your time and contribution,

Salman.

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Erlend Geerts September 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hi Salman,

I can’t give any advice on Ankara. But 5 days in Istanbul is nice, without the need to rush. As for exchanging money, you can do that in Sultanahmet as well as at the beginning of Istiklal Caddesi.

Erlend

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Martin September 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hi there,

thanks a lot for this website which I discovered late but not too late. It is really helpful and makes me feel a bit more confident with the Istanbul taksi scene even after my first three trips. It could be also helpful to mention that there is a Istanbul taksi price calculator on the web. The calculator calculates with an initial price of 2,7 TL. That seems to be wrong I was asked 2,95 TL as the initial price. But the fare seem sto be right as they calculate with 0,17 TL /100 mtr. I took a taksi from Ataturk Airport to a hotel in Bostanci yesterday night and paid 75 TL which is even less than the calculated price for that route.
Keep on writing about Istanbul, thanks a lot, kind regards

Martin

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James Richards September 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Can you provide advice on securing taxi or other transportation from Ataturk Airport to the cruise ship docks near Istanbul, either Salipazari Port or Kakakoy Port?
Do the airport taxis have set rates for certain destinations or does a fare need to be negotiated in advance?

Thanks for your help.
James

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Erlend Geerts September 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi James,

Just take an official taxi after leaving the terminal. The cruise port is located in Karaköy, so the cab fare will be a bit lees than the one to Taksim.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iohana Udrescu September 25, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hi,

I want to travel from Ataturk airport to Hotel Artemis Marin Princess / Kumburgaz area , by public transport. Could you please suggest me the options I have?
Thanks,
Kristina

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Erlend Geerts September 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Hi Iohana,

It’s best you contact your hotel for that. But my guess would be a ride by metrobus followed by a taxi to your destination, or a private shuttle from the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iohana Udrescu September 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Hi again,
Thanks for your reply. I have found on another website this route: We’ll take the metro from the airport, and get off at the second stop named Yenibosna. From here we’ll take bus no 303, the line silivri-yenibosna metro. Our destination stop is no 46 marin geçit.
Just let me know if it is the correct route.
The hotel asks for a huge sum of money to pick us up and a taxi is not enough because we are 4 adults and one small baby, and a shuttle is about 70 Euros, which is also a lot.
Kind regards

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Erlend Geerts September 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Hi Iohana,

That route seems correct to me.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iohana Udrescu September 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

OK,
thanks

ajay September 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

my wife and i are reaching ataturk airport by british airways flight no ba 678 at 12.55 pm on 1st october 2013.
we have to reah our hotel q inn , koska cad, no 42 laleli, fatih, 34130, istanbul. cud u pl let me know as to which is right cab company that i shud take and as to how much shud it cost me. i spoke to a cab company in london and they have quoted a fare of euro 28.60 which i understand is a bit too costly.
shall appreciate for an early feedback.
thanks and rgds
ajay

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Erlend Geerts September 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Hi Ajay,

Please find the most current Istanbul cab fares here.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Shahida October 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Incredible job Erlend, i only have a few questions to which i will appreciate your reply.

Travelling with a 1.5 yrs old baby, Should i take a baby stroller along for walks in taksim avenue, in streets , princess island and Public transports like tramways and metros ?…

We pay for Havatas airport shuttle service right on spot availing the service ?…

Grand Bazaars are open till what time on Oct 14th, the only day we can shop before the Eid Al Adha festival day?…

Many thanks for all ur help :)

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Erlend Geerts October 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Shahida,

Well, yes and no. If your baby is happy and comfortable with one of this backpack like baby seats (and you or your husband can carry the child all day) then I would go for that.

Some streets in Istanbul are really small or jus very crowded and not ideal for a stroller, while big places like Sultanahmet square and Istiklal street are.

It’s really not something I can advise, it’s all about personal preference.

Kind regard,
Erlend

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deni October 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Hi, first thank you for all the info, now i know exactly how to get into the city so the stress of finding our way in a big city is already gone. I am traveling with my mother so i am also wondering if you can recommend any dentist or clinic for minor dental work? I have heard dentists are good and very reasonably price in Turkey. There are a few listed on the net but i am hoping to get a local resident’s recommendation. Thank you and looking forward to my first time in Istanbul!

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Erlend Geerts October 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

Hi Deni,

As you can imagine, it’s not something I like testing out. The only one I can recommend is the one I go to. But he would be no good for you since he’s located outside the city center and speaks Turkish only.

I suggest asking the concierge of your hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nanny October 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi, my name is Nanny

I always travel to Istanbul and I am thankful for this helpful information’s.

Regards

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Costa October 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Hello, I am arriving at Ataturk tomorrow and was wondering if there is a boat transfer to the four seasons, which is not run by them, as that one costs a fortune. Surely there is a cheaper option in a simple boat from the closest peer?
Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts October 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

Hi Costa,

Not that I’m aware of.

Erlend

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Eugene November 6, 2013 at 10:10 am

Hi! Thanks for all the tips about transportation, its really helpful! I am planning a trip with 3 friends and we bought a flight ticket and will be arriving at the airport at 2am, is the taxi service available at that time? Do you know if hotels in Turkey let you check in in hotels at that time? Please let me know!

Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts November 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hi Eugene,

Official taxis are available all night. As for your hotel, you better ask them, but my guess would be yes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Poojya November 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Erlend,
On our trip to Tanzania next year, from the US we have a 24 hour stop over in Istanbul on both our in-bound as well as our Out-bound flights. According to the e-visa website and the Turkish consulate, whom I called, I am allowed to take a single entry visa for each of my stop-overs. My question is can I take both e-visas at the sand time or do I have to take one now and one before I return? (I am not sure what kind of internet connection I am going to have in Tanzania)
Thanks.
Regards,
Poojya

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Erlend Geerts November 6, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Hi Poojya,

Try to book both through the e-Visa site. You are not able to continue (and pay) if they don’t approve of it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sandra November 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Hi Erlend,
it is a pleasure to read your articles, I’ve got so many useful tipps and I am eagerly looking forward to my trip in a few days.
Just a quick question concering the reconstruction of Taksim square. You wrote that now the bus stops will be located under ground and I wonder if this also valid for the havatas bus stop ( from and to airport IST).
Could you also tell from where the underground starts to cross the Bosporus, the opening was just some days ago published in the news and it would be quite an experience to do that trip.
Thank you for this great site, it has helped me a lot to plan my stay in Istanbul.

Kind regards,
Sandra

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Erlend Geerts November 7, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Hi Sandra,

The Havataş bus stop is not underground, but currently in front of the Point Hotel, as described under the Havataş Airport Shuttle Service in Istanbul in the article.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Michael November 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

Hi Erland,

You have put together a wonderful resource for travelers to Istanbul. Thank you so much! I have a 7 hour stopover in Istanbul in December. Given that I probably need to be back at the airport 2 hours before my flight to London, is 5 hours enough time to see anything in Istanbul? And if so what would you recommend seeing and how would I get there from SAW airport?

Thank you very much for your help!

Michael

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Michael November 12, 2013 at 4:42 am

hi Erlend,

A bit more information to help you answer my question. I arrive at SAW at 2 pm and leave for London at 9 PM on a weekday, and will be traveling light. I am not so much interested in local cuisine, but would be very interested in walking about and getting a sense of the Turkish culture and perhaps a few shops or markets to buy non-tourist type souvenirs….

Thank you!

Michael

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Erlend Geerts November 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hi Michael,

Since you have very little time and are located on the Asia side with arrival and departure at SAW, I would just visit Kadıköy.

Don’t loose track of time!

Erlend

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Michael November 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hi Erlend,

Thank you so much for your reply. Based on what you said, I looked into other flight options, as I really would like to get to the European side! So what I found is a flight that would get me into SAW at 9 AM and have me leaving from IST at 9 PM. So if I have to be back at IST by 7 PM, that would leave me with 10 hours to roam about. Is that enough time to hit the grand bazaar or wherever else you would recommend for getting a taste of Turkish culture and finding some non-tourist souvenirs? Does it take about 2 hours to get to the grand bazaar from SAW and another two to go from there to IST?

Where would you recommend going?

Thanks so much for your advice! Really do appreciate it!

Michael

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Erlend Geerts November 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Hi Michael,

In that case you can take the shuttle to Taksim, have a stroll via Istiklal and Galata down to Karaköy, cross the bridge to see the Spice market or take the tramway to Sultanahmet and the Grand Bazaar.

Seems like a better deal to me if you want to spend a few hours in Istanbul. Calculate indeed 1,5 hours to get to the airport again.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Sue November 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi Erland, thank you so much – your information and replies to messages are fantastic. I have two teenage daughters and an infant but as we have a long transit (9hrs) we would love to take the opportunity to see Istanbul since we will be there in January 11th 2014. From your replies, I am guessing that taking the Havatas would be best but we arrive 3.55pm and depart again 12.55am. Would there still be a shuttle that would take us back to IST from Istiklal Caddesi at around 9pm. We are thinking of having a local cuisine dinner at Saray or Hala and then something to drink at 360 to experience the view before we head back to the airport. Am I on the right track or would you suggest that we would be cutting things too fine?
Thanking your in anticipation of your reply.

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Erlend Geerts November 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi Sue,

Yeah, you can take the shuttle on both occasions, no problem. Keep in mind though that you can’t take it from Istiklal Caddesi, but that you must take it from the point hotel. Basically, where it drops you off when coming from the airport.

As for your drinks, dinner and view, maybe combine it in go? You’ll find some suggestions in our locals share section.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dominic November 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Erland

Thank you for all the excellent advise on your website. It is really helpful.

I am planning to visit Istanbul in April 2014 with my girlfriend. I have been to Istanbul before, and will stay there for about a week.

We are thinking about staying longer to visit Troy and possibly Galipoli. I’m trying to decide if we should hire a car, go by bus/coach, or book a tour. I know that this is outside of Istanbul, but even some general comments would be very helpful.

1. Driving. Gooogle says Troy is about 8 hours from Istanbul, and the Bus company websites suggest 5.5 hours (with an experienced driver). We would allow 3 days, staying overnight in Bursa for sightseeing, and then Canakkale. How safe is driving? If we hired a car from Sabiha Gokcen would we avoid the worst of Istanbul’s traffic? Is Bursa as bad?

2. Bus. There are buses from Istanbul to Bursa, and Istanbul to Cannakkale. Would Bursa to Canakkale be a problem? When we got to Canakkale, do you think we could get a tour to the Galipolli side easily, as we would not have our own car? Any suggestions?

3. Tour from Istanbul. Can you suggest any providers? I guess that Canakkale would be seperate from Bursa.

I want to book flights as quick as I can because of Easter, and need to work this out before I can set my dates.

Regards
Dominic

2. Is

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Erlend Geerts November 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Hi Dominic,

I really can’t help you with these questions since I never made such excursions by bus. But as you say, they exist and lots of people take them.

I can only give some advice on driving. Since you’re from the UK, your first obstacle will be driving on the right hand side. Secondly, driving in Istanbul is an adventure. Traffic rules exist, but are not as enforced as they are in the West. And last but not least, road directions aren’t up to your standards (and often confusing).

My advice is to find a nice travel agent that can arrange for these tours by bus.

Good luck,
Erlend

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Hakie November 20, 2013 at 2:33 am

Hi Erlend,

What a fantastic service you are providing!! I have learnt a lot and have booked a car as you suggest. I will be arriving on23rd for four days stay and have a long list of places to visit.
Many thanks for making it easy for me to make decisions.

Kind regards.

Hakie

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Murtz December 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi
Visiting Istanbul end dec. 2013. Wanted to know if any of the tourist attractions and bazaars would be shut on Sunday’s and on Jan 1/2014.
I am arriving 27/dec and depart on 2/Jan.

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Erlend Geerts December 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Hi Mutz,

Well, did you have a look at our official opening and closing days in Turkey?

Don’t expect anything to be open on January 1st before noon (if at all).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Barry January 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Hi Erlend
I stumbled upon this website and have found it to be very interesting. My wife and I will be visiting Istanbul in February. We will land at Ataturk on Saturday 15th at approx. 1700hrs and will want to make our way to Rumours Inn, Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Ucler Hamami Sok. No:6 Fatih/Sultanahmet, Fatih. Being adventurous I want to take public transport. The hotel information states that we can take the metro from the airport and then a few stops later take the tram. My question is would this be a feasible option considering it would probably be dark by then? Or would you advise a taxi?

All the best

Barry

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Erlend Geerts January 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Hi Barry,

What the hotel suggested looks correct. I wouldn’t worry as much about the darkness as I would about the fact that you’ll find yourself in rush hour. Be prepared for very crowded public transportation, hence keep a good eye on your belongings.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Iris January 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Hi Erlend , Thank you for this website , it helped me a lot in planning my first trip to istanbul , iam wondering if the havatas makes stops on its way to taksim , i would like to stop in sishane , my hotel is in Sahkulu , do you think it is possible to ask them to stop near sishane ?
and please can i pay havats with istanbul kart ?
Thank you
best regards

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Erlend Geerts January 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi Iris,

Normally they don’t stop, or only once, but ask the driver. He may do it anyway. What they certainly won’t do is deviate from their route.

As far as I know, they only take cash money.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Barry January 30, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Thanks for that Erlend, on reflection we will probably take a taxi.

All the best

Barry

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Ronnie February 10, 2014 at 1:13 am

Hi Erlend,

I was in Turkey in October, 2012 for 10 nights, 3 of those in Istanbul, I was with a Tour group so I didn’t have a chance to explore Istanbul except on those guided tours which rushed you from place to place, I decided to return for 2 weeks and explore the city on my own in April, the hotel is located at Istiklal caddesi and Mis Sokak, near Taksim, Beyoglu, the hotel will charge me 25 Euro to pick me up from the Airport and 35 Euro to return to the airport, it is quite a bit from what I read of your responses to the others, I travel with a small suitcase on wheels (about 15 kg.) and a knapsack, it is fairly light. Should I take a Taxi, or is it practical for me to take the Airport Shuffle Bus or whatever mode of public transit they have. Should I get an Istanbul Kart or Token for the trip, will it be easy for me to get to where I am going? Any instruction or direction will be appreciated.

Regards,
Ronnie

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Hi Ronnie,

Since you’re one person and heading for Istiklal Caddesi, I would definitely opt for the Havataş Airport Shuttle. You need to pay your fee in cash though.

Sure, buy the Istanbul Kart for use during your stay.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Michael February 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Hi Erlend,

I will be passing through Istanbul airport in April, arriving at 17.20, departing at 00.35. Would it be feasible to get a cab into central Istanbul to have dinner and then return to the airport in time for my connecting flight? If so, what would be the best area to head to?

Many thanks in advance,

Michael

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Hi Michael,

You can, but keep track of time. You’ll hit traffic on the way to the city center, probably much less getting back to the airport. I’d go for Beyoğlu.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Michael February 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Thanks Erlend!

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Ronnie February 11, 2014 at 7:07 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for your reply, I have a couple more questions, when I take the Havataş Airport Shuttle to Istiklal Caddesi, does the bus make certain stops along the way to Istiklal Caddesi, if I show the Bus Driver the address, would he let me off at the nearest vicinity or is it an Express Bus all the way to the Bus Depot? Even if it stops at Taksim Square, I will be able to find my way to the hotel.
The second question is can I buy the Istanbul Kart anywhere is the downtown area or do I have to buy it at the Airport and is it one those that you can fill up when ever it getting low on the fares? Please advise, thank you.

Regards,
Ronnie

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Ronnie,

The airport is not like a regular bus, and doesn’t make any stops. I suggest you get your Istanbul Kart at the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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bob Liu February 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Is it worth to get a Visa & stay overnight if I arrive @14:05 on 2/22 & leave on next day @8:20?
Option 1 to pay visa & hotel and taxi to town for half a day stay.
option 2 is stay at airport overnight (have lounge access).
Thanks,
Bob

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hi Bob,

Well, if you’ve never been to Istanbul, I guess yes. Since you have access to the lounge, I would skip the hotel and make the most of it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Bob Liu February 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Erlend,
I have only been to Istanbul one day during a cruise stopover. What you said is to skip hotel and just go into town by public transportation till 20:00 or so and back to airport by taxi & stay in the lounge till next morning flight time? Let me know if that is correct assumption.
Thanks,
Bob

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Erlend Geerts February 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Bob,

I didn’t say to be back by 20:00. Stay as long as you like.

Erlend

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Barbara February 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

I will be arriving at Ataturk Airport in the morning and need to get to
Sabiha Airport by early afternoon for a flight to Dalaman. Any suggestions?

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Erlend Geerts February 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Hi Barbara,

Take the Havataş airport shuttle twice, once to Taksim, and again to Atatürk Airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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daviduss February 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Hello. Thanks for this amazing website however I’d appreciate if you can answer me one question. Me and my gf are travelling from Thailand arriving to Attaturk 17:10. Next day we have departure at 09:40. I would love to see at least a bit of the city. My question is – is it worth to book a hotel in city center? I mean would it make sense and what time should we look to get transport to airport in the mornig. Or is it better just to stay in airport hotel?

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Erlend Geerts February 24, 2014 at 7:23 am

Hi David,

I wouldn’t book a hotel in the city center, if only to avoid traffic to get to the airport in the morning. I would check in at the airport hotel, spend the whole evening in the city center and then take a taxi back to your hotel.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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daviduss February 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Thanks very much for quick reply. Highly appreciated :)

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DavidG February 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Lots of great information on your web site, thank you.

Do you have any advice on getting to Attaturk Airport from Kadikoy on a Friday lunchtime? The trip from the airport to Kadikoy on Tuesday afternoon by taxi took 3 hours. Is there a good alternative by ferry?

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Erlend Geerts February 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

Hi David,

Sure, take the ferry to Eminönü to avoid the bridge and city center traffic, cross the street and take a taxi to the airport. It will take the seaside road, which is often less congested anyway.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Reza March 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

What is your advice if my wife and I arrive to Ataturk airport taxi station around 5 PM Saturday march 16th and would like to take a +4 hour tour around town and get back to airport by around 9:00 PM, please and thank you?
(Landing @ 4 PM and taking off @11 PM)

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Erlend Geerts March 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Enjoy the new Turkish Airlines lounge. Really, a 4 hour layover is really not worth the trouble to get in and out the city.

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Huda March 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hi Erlend.

Your website is very informative and helped a lot in my planning for my first Istanbul trip :)

I have a question to ask…

I will be arriving in Istanbul at 6.40am with my husband and we are torn on the decision to take the Havatas bus then tram/taxi from Taksim or the hotel pick up at 35 Euros per vehicle (min 3 pax).

We will be staying at Louis Appartement at Emekyemez Mh., Şişhane Sk No:10, 34555 istanbul, Turkey.

Can you kindly advise on the best option. Thank you and will greatly appreciate your reply :)

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Erlend Geerts March 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Hi Huda,

For you and future visitors, I will explain for the last time.

It’s all a matter of simple maths, with a flavor of personal preference.

Take what the hotel offers, mostly in Euros or Dollars, take the current YTL exchange rate, and calculate how much the offered shuttle costs. In most cases, this going to be (much) more than using the taxi, Havataş/taxi combination, and public transportation.

But also take the arrival tine into account. If you happen to get out of the airport in rush hour, keep in mind that you will hit traffic. Besides the fact that a taxi meter keeps running (albeit slowly) even when it stands still, are you most comfortable in a taxi seat, the seat of a mini van, or one of a tour bus?

I hope this will help you make the right decision,
Erlend

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dave March 3, 2014 at 9:36 am

Hi Erlend, Have read your page with great interest, very informative but does not answer my question, which is.
Iam flying from Ercan into Ataturk airport my connecting flight onto London is from Sabiha Goken 5 hours later. Do I need a visa for the transit between airports.

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Erlend Geerts March 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Hi Dave,

You never have to get a visa to stay in the transit zone.

Erlend

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Ani March 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Hi Erlend,

I am landing on Ataturk Airport and I reserved a taxi on http://www.skylinetransfers.com The price is ok, but I am wondering is it safe and reliable?? Can you help me on this matter?

Thank you in advance,
Anisa

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Erlend Geerts March 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hi Ani,

It seems trustworthy, although I never used them myself.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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fouzia nasir March 25, 2014 at 9:44 am

I am going to Istanbul in May and i will be staying at Avcilar. Could you help me with a bus route into the city like for instance from Avcilar to Taksim? thanks

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Erlend Geerts March 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hi Fouzia,

The quickest way would be taking the Metrobus until Topkapı, and there transfer to the tramway in the direction of Eminönü or Kabataş.

Erlend

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Clarkie March 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Hi Erlend,

We’re heading the other way ie, from Sultanahmet to Ataturk. We took the Metro from the airport when we arrived and enjoyed the ride (about 45 minutes). It’s a very convenient service. My question is, how much time do you think we should leave in order to get back to the airport by 8 am?

Thanks

PS: got caught in the shoeshine scam (donation of 5 TL) and had a good laugh after we realized we’d been had. Far too many brushes dropping around us for it to be a coincidence. Ingenious idea though.

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hi Clarkie,

It would take about the same time I’m sure, since the metro can’t get stuck in traffic.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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melissa April 7, 2014 at 12:10 am

Hello Erlend,

I and a friend will arrive at Ataturk airport and want to get to an apartment in Kadikoy. I’m unclear how a taxi can get us there. Do Taxis get on ferry boats? Would it be possible to have one taxi take us all the way to Kadikoy?

Thanks for your helpful site!

Melissa

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Erlend Geerts April 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Hi Melissa,

A taxi could drive you all the way, but that would be very expensive. I would take a taxi to Eminönü, and from there take a ferry to Kadıköy. If you land during the day that is, ferries don’t operate at night.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Maria April 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

The other option from Ataturk to Kadikoy is to take the Havatas bus and get off at Bakirkoy. It’s about 15 minutes drive from the airport and you just let the driver know you’re getting off there. Same price as going all the way to Taksim – 10 TL? And then you catch the high-speed IDO ferry (which is 6 or 7 TL).
This is the schedule:

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Walt April 8, 2014 at 6:47 am

Hi, Erlend,

Thank you for such an informative article! I was wondering how safe you think it would be as a single traveller to use the public transportation to get from Ataturk to Sultanahmet, given some of the recent political unrest developing there in the past month. My inclination is not to be terribly worried, but I’ve also never been to Istanbul and wouldn’t want to unwittingly put myself in a dangerous situation. Thanks!

Walt

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Hi Walt,

During the daytime, it’s very safe. The political unrest, which has stopped now, was focused mainly on Taksim.

Have a nice trip,
Erlend

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Jess April 14, 2014 at 1:41 am

thanks for this comprehensive list!
most helpful resource I’ve seen

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Alex April 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Hello, Erlend.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful and exhaustive information, you are my main source of info for our next trip.
We have booked a trip for 15 to 21 may and the hotel is near the Taksim square (booked by accident and it’s not possible to get a refund). How do you think, will it be safe for us to stay there? We are planning to walk actively in the Sultanahmet area, but still, at the evenings we’ll need to return to the hotel.

And one more thing: as I see on different sites, the M2 line is now longer and you can hop from M1 (Aksaray station) to M2 (Yenikapi station). Is that true?

Best regards,
Alex.

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Erlend Geerts April 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Hi Alex,

No need to worry. And yes, the metro line has been extended.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Alex May 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

Thanks for the quick reply!
So now you can go from Ataturk airport to Taksim using two metro lines (M1 and M2) and only two tokens? That would be very convenient.

Best regards,
Alex.

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Peter April 30, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Hi Erlend !

I do have big problem due to the fact that I have flight at 6 o’clock in the morning on 1of May from Ataturk airport and I am staying in Kadikoy right now. (due to the possible riots Havatas buses are not working) what do you think will be the best idea to get to the airport ?

I am looking forward for your reply !
best regards,

Peter

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Erlend Geerts April 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Hi Peter,

Given the fact that you have a flight at six in the morning and you have to be there one or two hours earlier anyway, there is no way you can use public transportation.

I would spend the evening in Taksim, and take a taxi to the airport in the evening/night and try to find accommodation close to the airport or wait at the airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Peter April 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Ok, thank you very much :)

cross the fingers for my journey !
best regards,

Peter

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June May 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Hi Erlend,

I read your posts and they are very useful, but I still have one question:
Are Havatas buses operating now? (I’ve read in a few places that they stopped with their services.)

Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts May 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

Hi June,

Yes, they are operating.

Erlend

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Dan May 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Hello Erlend,
I would like to know about the istanbulairportsafeminicab service (or similar services) is it ok to use. or am i going in for some surprises? because their rate i see it’s similar to a taxi, but way out cheaper than the hotel transfer.
Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts May 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

Hi Dan,

I don’t know the website you mentioned. However, I can recommend Atatürk Airport Transfer as a nice and inexpensive alternative to taxis. They operate from both airports, and charge more or less per vehicle just like taxis. They are of course more comfortable and have more luggage space.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Yasmin May 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Really impressed with all the information on this website.
We are a couple and will be arriving istanbul 16th May at 10pm. We are staying in sultans inn hotel in sultana met and hotel is charging 20 euros for both of us one way only. Please advise if taxi would be cheaper and how much it would cost.
thanks so much in advance.

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Erlend Geerts May 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hi Yasmin,

Did you check out this post on cab fares? The prices are up to date, so you do the math.

Erlend

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Maggie May 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Hello Erlend
Urs is an amazing site with all the info one needs, have been reading it for the last few days.
I am planning my maiden trip to turkey from India, solo and feeling a bit lost. These are the places I’m considering visiting while in turkey for around 8 days. Istanbul, cappadocia, Antalya and pamukkale.
Could you please suggest me the sequence in which I should do these four, I am on a shoe string budget and wanted to not waste money on wrong routing.
Also, I am planning on staying in dorms in all these places and travelling to them by overnight buses..is it safe to do this?
It will be really great if you could help me with these questions …

P.S- my dorm in Istanbul will most likely be in the sultanahmet area, how much will it cost from the Aksaray airport shuttle stop to sultanahmet by taxi ..thanks lots

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi Maggie,

I’m afraid I won’t be of much help. First of all, I only write about Istanbul, so I can’t help you with your other destinations. Furthermore, I never advise other hotels, or dorms for that matter. I’ve never stayed there, so I can’t give any truthful advise.

Good luck,
Erlend

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Maggie May 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

No problem
Thanks lots

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Sophia May 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

Dear Erland,

Thank you for all of your information! My boyfriend and I will have a 14 hour layover in Turkey in a month and would love to see the Hagia Sophia. We arrive at 10pm and our flight leaves at 12:45pm the following day. I am aware that the Hagia Sophia opens up at 10am, and was hoping to get there as soon as it opens to see what we can in our short amount of time. I have a few questions for you…

1) Which mode of transportation would take less time? What route would we take? I was reading your articles and it seems like a tramway line would be the best choice.

2) What time should we leave the Hagia Sophia to give us enough time for our connecting flight? I’ve heard traffic is terrible…

Thank you so much!

Sophia

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Erlend Geerts May 28, 2014 at 8:39 am

Hi Sophia,

Assuming that you have an international connection flight, for which you have to be at the airport 2 hours ahead, you unfortunately have no time at all to see the Hagia Sophia. If you have a local connection flight, I would suggest to leave the Hagia Sophia at 10:45 the lastest not to take any risks.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Joseph May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

Hi Erland,
I will transit the flight at Istanbul and will have an 8 hour layover (5:35 am – 1:35 pm). Should I leave the airport? If possible, can you recommend a place near the airport that I can go visit?

Thank you,
Joseph

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Erlend Geerts May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

Hi Joseph,

That’s very personal. You have enough time to have an early breakfast in the old part of town, followed by a visit to the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, or Blue Mosque if you feel like it. Just make to head back to the airport no later than 10:45.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Cheryl Sol June 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Hi I would appreciate if you could give advice on the cheapest transport from ATaturk Airport to Beyoglu. I arrive at 05.25 am on a Friday.

Kind Regards
Cheryl

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Erlend Geerts June 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Hi Cheryl,

Well, public transportation doesn’t start until 6:30, so you could wait for that. Alternatively you could take the Havatas shuttle, as I explained before in the post and comments.

kind regards,
Erlend

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Robert Heard June 14, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Dear Erlend,

Thanks for your very helpful posting on taxis. I enquired of my hotel the cost for a trip from Ataturk airport to Taksim Square and was quoted 405 TRY, 8 times what you suggest. I don’t need luxury and special treatment that much, especially not for a 25km journey.

Robert

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Erlend Geerts June 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Hi Robert,

That must be a typo. I think something more along the line of 40,5 TL.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Robert Heard June 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

Sadly not, it was quoted as €141 which equates to 405 TL. A taxi it is!

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Erlend Geerts June 18, 2014 at 10:48 am

Hi Robert,

You can take the Havataş shuttle bus to Taksim for only 10 TL. Very comfortable, no stress. Alternatively, with Atatürk Airport Travel, you can have a shuttle to Taksim for 25 EUR, whether you’re traveling single or a party of 4.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Robert Heard June 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks once again for your very useful information. I have booked with Ataturk Airport Travel, €25 is very reasonable!

Cheers,

Robert

Mark June 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi Erlend,

Your sites are very informative and I thank you in advance for your assistance. I get in on Tuesday, 6/17/14 at 8:30am and depart the next day at the same time–staying at Mama Shelter.

At that time of day, will a taxi be the best option from the airport or is traffic a factor? Is there a way to reduce the chances of getting ripped off by a taxi? I am well traveled and have no problems with subways and transfers and understand that to Taksim it will take about 30 minutes.

I will have only a handcarry.

Lastly, any recommendation on sites to see in that short timeframe?

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Erlend Geerts June 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Hi Mark,

Given the time of the day and the info about you given above, I would not suggest a taxi. Either use public transportation or a combination with the Havataş shuttle.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mark June 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Thanks, Erlend. When I went to the shuttle, I had to wait 20 minutes so I thought I would opt for the subway since it was 30 minutes. I took the wrong transfers and ended up taking me over an hour and cost 12 TL. I would have been better off waiting for the Havatas shuttle…

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Nino July 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Hello, I have one question. I have transfer flight from Ataturk Airport and I have 6 hours of waiting. Could you please advise me more nearest sightseeing or shopping route from Airport to use my 6 hours and which transport would you recommend me. Thank you very much in advance

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hi Nino,

Please check previous comments.

Erlend

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Tipu July 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I am travelling with my family to canada, will visit turkey for four days, first week august, will be having about 10 bags of laugage, what do you advice about transport, we will be 3 kids, husband, wife, going to lalie sultan ahmat, can we store extra baggage at airport, if it is not expensive, and guide us about taking a van from airport.

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Erlend Geerts July 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi Tipu,

Contact the guys from Istanbul Airport Transfer Service, and explain your situation. Their service is excellent and cheaper than taking 2-3 taxis.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Siroor July 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Salams, We are family of 6 adults and two babies, our flights from Istanbul Atta Turk Airport to Dubai on 08.Aug.2014 at 19:55 from İSTANBUL/Ataturk Airport, but we will be arriving from Bodrum to İSTANBUL/Sabiha Gokcen Airport on 08.Aug.2014 at 13:55, so we have to go from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Ataturk Airport same day 8/8/2014 at around 15:00 and arrive aat Attaturk before 18:00, so how will do advise us to make this trip, I believe the distance is about 75km.

Kind Regards,

Siroor Kadir

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Erlend Geerts July 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Hi Siroor,

I would go for two times the Havataş shuttle. First to Taksim, and from there to Sabiha Gökçen.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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dilya July 16, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Hello,
will be in Istanbul in 2 days. My hotel is in the area of Sultanahmet, that’s why would be happy to specify again if it’s still NOT possible to take Havatas in order to get there.
Hope, that now they go to Sultanahmet : )
thanks a lot!
Dilya

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Erlend Geerts July 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Hi Dilya,

Not directly. First Taksim, then taxi or public transportation to Sultanahmet.

Have a nice holiday,
Erlend

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Yasmine July 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

My brother (16 jr) and I (23 year) will fisit istanbul for the first time. We will arrive at 16.30 at ataturk airport. Or hotel is located in Fatih: Yavuz Sinan Mh. Küçük Dolap Sk. No 22 Fatih / İstanbul.

Please can you recommend me what the best way is to get to the hotel? When i send the hotel an e-mail they give me the apportunity to take a ‘private car’ for 21 euro ( +- 60 lira)m, they will book that for me and i should pay at the hotel. But i think thats quite expensive.

So what left is taxi and public transportation…..? or should i accept the offer of the hotel members?

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Erlend Geerts July 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Hi Yasemine,

Well, that’s not a bad quote. At that time a day a taxi could easily be 50 TL (or more if they get ‘lost’. For 10 Lira you have a private car and certainty.

You could take public transportation as a cheaper option, but it’s of course less convenient.

I would go for the offer if you’re not on a really tight budget.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Russ July 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Hello

If you could help me out,that be amazing!

I am arriving to IST airport and my next flight to Antaliya leaves from SAW airport. What would be the fastest and more reliable way to get there? How much would I have to pay a taxi to take me there? its 40 minutes away, right?

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Erlend Geerts July 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Hi Russ,

I’m afraid I have some bad news for you. There is no way you can make the transfer between both airports over road in 40 minutes, even at night it’s close to impossible.

I would always go for twice the Havataş shuttle or a private shuttle for even more comfort and time gain.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ahmed July 30, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Hi,
I am very impressed by the information you have managed to gather and are willing to share. Thank you.
I am travelling to Istanbul for a 7 day stay, 4adults and 1 child.
So far I have not been able to find a hotel in and around the inner city as you might say, with a room to able accommodate an extra bed for an older child without making it cramped. But there are a few nice hotels a bit far away approx. 11km from the Grande Mosque which can accommodate us comfortably.
My questions are.
Would we lose the essence of Turkey if we chose the far away hotels?
Is Euro 30 quoted by Istanbul Airport transfer services from ATATURK to Vialand Palace park hotel correct?

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Erlend Geerts July 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Hi Ahmed,

No, staying in a hotel 11km from the city center is not a good idea.
The transfer quote is a reasonable quote for the city center!

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Peer August 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

Thankful for this wonderful site. Really helpful.
I am wondering if I can get a metro from Ataturk airport to get to my hotel Galata-2 Hotel (Yuksek Kaldırım Cad. Yuksek kaldırım cikmazi No:1 Karakoy Beyoglu)?
Regards,
Peer

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Erlend Geerts August 6, 2014 at 12:01 am

Hi Peer,

Sure you can use public transportation to Beyoğlu. Please follow the instructions on this page combined with Istanbul’s main public transportation lines.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sasa August 7, 2014 at 1:09 am

You are so helpful with your advices to visitors! Great hospitality.
Please can you advise on very short stay. I am traveling with two kids from Thesaloniki via Istanbul to Sarajevo. Our flight arrives in Istanbul at 11:00 am and leaving at 18:45.
I dont want to stay with two kids at airport for 8 hours. I would like at least to have lunch in Istanbul with short visit to Blue Mosque and Aysofya. What you will advise taxi or metro?

Thank you in advance for help,

Sasa

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Erlend Geerts August 9, 2014 at 1:31 am

Hi Sasa,

Given the time of arrival, and assuming you land at Atatürk Airport, I would use a taxi. Don’t forget to take a taxi back at 16:00 the VERY latest.

Enjoy,
Erlend

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Vikas August 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Hi

I am travelling to Turkey on package tour on 4th October 2014 with my wife and 12 year son. I am Indian.

We will reach Istanbul on 4th morning by 11:00 and my tour starts on 5th Morning. Similarly while on return my package ends on 11th Morning in Instanbul and I have return flight to Doha at 21:10.

Please advise in detail how to utilise available time on 4th and 11th in Instanbul

Thanks

Vikas

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Erlend Geerts August 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hi Vikas,

Maybe the post about the top 15 attractions and activities for kids may give you some ideas? I don’t make individual itineraries, for the obvious reasons.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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