Istanbul Taxi Fares Every Tourist Ought To Know

Image of taxi sign on a cab in Istanbul, Turkey.

by Erlend Geerts

in Practical Information, Transportation, Visa, Money & Safety

Just like everywhere else in the world, some Istanbul taxi drivers have several tricks up their sleeve to hustle unaware tourists. The most common practice is to extend the travel duration by making (huge) unnecessary detours. And since you’re not an Istanbulite, they’re pretty confident that you wouldn’t notice — and you won’t! But with this list of Istanbul taxi fares from Taksim and Sultanahmet to the most common tourist destinations, you are sure to pay the correct cab fare!

Istanbul Taxi Flat Rate and Increments

  • When you enter the taxi, the driver will activate the meter. The display should read 2.95 TL — the current flat rate.
  • This fare is incremented with approximately 1,83 TL every kilometer.
  • If a taxi gets caught up in traffic and doesn’t move or has to wait on your behalf for over 1 minutes, 0.30 TL will be added.
  • There used to be a night and day rate, but that has been abolished. Don’t let him tell you different!

Taxi Fares from the Atatürk International Airport (and vice versa)

  • to Sultanahmet — 40 TL
  • to Taksim — 49 TL

Taxi Fares from the Sahiba Gökçen Airport (and vice versa)

Taxi Fares from Sultanahmet (and vice versa)

  • to Akmerkez Shopping Mall — 25 TL
  • to Bebek — 30 TL
  • to Beşiktaş — 19 TL
  • to BuzAda — 27 TL
  • to Cehavir Shopping Mall — 16 TL
  • to Dolmabahçe Palace — 14 TL
  • to Fatih — 11 TL
  • to Galata Tower — 14 TL
  • to İstiniye Park Shopping Mall — 32 TL
  • to Kadıköy — 42 TL
  • to Kanyon Shopping Mall — 23 TL
  • to Metrocity Shopping Mall — 23 TL
  • to Nişantaşı – 18 TL
  • to Ortaköy — 23 TL
  • to Pierre Loti Cafe – 18 TL
  • to Reina — 25 TL
  • to Rumeli Hisarı — 34 TL
  • to Taksim — 12 TL
  • to Yıldız Park — 21 TL

Taxi Fares from Taksim (and vice versa)

  • to Akmerkez Shopping Mall — 19 TL
  • to Bebek — 23 TL
  • to Beşiktaş — 8 TL
  • to BuzAda — 18 TL
  • to Cehavir Shopping Mall — 10 TL
  • to Dolmabahçe Palace — 7 TL
  • to Fatih — 13 TL
  • to Galata Tower — 11 TL
  • to İstiniye Park Shopping Mall — 29 TL
  • to Kadıköy — 36 TL
  • to Kanyon Shopping Mall — 20 TL
  • to Metrocity Shopping Mall — 20 TL
  • to Nişantaşı – 8 TL
  • to Ortaköy — 16 TL
  • to Pierre Loti — 36 TL
  • to Reina — 16 TL
  • to Rumeli Hisarı — 21 TL
  • to Sultanahmet — 12 TL
  • to Yıldız Park — 12 TL

Please Use Common Sense

  • Print or copy this list prior to your departure for Istanbul. You may not be able to browse this site while you’re in the taxi.
  • These fares are indications based on rides I took myself. They are correct and up-to-date, but Istanbul road conditions change every day. Don’t argue with your driver or call for the police unless the meter shows a significant deviation from the fare mentioned here.

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richard December 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

If the taxi driver misses his turn and then tries to reverse up a dual carriageway at night with buses swerving to avoid collision, as happened recently, you will save money. So not all taxi drivers are out to scam you, some are out to kill you.

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Erlend Geerts December 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Hi Richard,

You’re right, certainly not all taxi drivers are looking for some extra money. Just like what you experienced, most are actually there to serve you the best they can. He apparently made a mistake, and wanted to set it right. In such a case, as frightening as it may seem, the rule of thumb is not to say anything not distract him in his obviously 4.5 difficulty backwards slalom exercise. These guys as well as the bus drivers, as crazy as it may seem to visitors, do this on a daily basis. I remember my first year in Istanbul as a traffic eye-opening experience vividly.

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Cesar September 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

Hi Erlend ,

We’ll soon take our flight to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport and we need to get to Marma Kongre Merkezi hotel in Maltepe (near the university campus). We were looking for some direct transport near the hotel area, but Havatas don’t have any, so we’ll have to take a taxi from the airport. On the hotel’s website is written that it is 20 km away from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. How much will it really cost if we take a taxi to the hotel (if we have to pay the highway tax, if any) and how and were do we have the chance to recognize honest taxi at or near this airport? (from your calculation, it is only 37.3 TL /16,5E – which seems to be fair, but we will surely not be so lucky to pay the correct price). We are also worried about our departure back home… Do you think the trafic will be congested on a september Sunday?

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Erlend Geerts September 3, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hi Cesar,

You’re right, there is no Havataş bus going there, so your best option is to take a taxi.

Most taxi drivers are honest, so just take the official airport taxis waiting in line outside. And since you know what the fee would be like approximately, you’ll know if he overcharges.

In case he does ask much more, just seek help from locals at your destination before paying.

Enjoy your stay,
Erlend

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Kshitij September 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

I have to go from Sahiba Gökçen Airport to Attaturk airport to catch an international flight within a four hour gap. …not too much time. The private taxis claim Euro 60 !
Any clue what should one pay to city taxi ?
Funny how they do no keep inter-airport or Havatas bus !

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Erlend Geerts September 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Hi Kshitij,

You are right on all accounts. Yes, funny there is no shuttle between both airports, and yes, four hours isn’t too much.

If I were you, I’d take the Havataş shuttle twice: 1,5 hours from Sahiba Gökçen Airport to Taksim, and from there the 40 minutes Havataş bus to Atatürk Airport. This should get you there in time for about 22TL, much less than the 60 EUROS.

Good luck,
Erlend

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Harris September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hi,

i will be arriving to Sabiha airport next week pretty late. Where can i find the Havatas bus stand at the airport… i searched for the map and i could not.. Plus i want to leave to Antalya days after. What is be best option to book a place in Antalya preferrbly a resort…

Bests,
Harris

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Erlend Geerts September 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi Harris,

You’ll find the Havataş buses waiting outside, in the second lane. Look for white buses with the company name on them. Make sure you step on the Taksim one, they have different destinations.

As for a trip to Antalya, you can book most resorts online, or visit a travel agency here in Istanbul for help.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Paul October 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Hello,
On Sunday I will arrive at Ataturk Airport and go to a hotel by the Grand Bazaar. Google shows a taxi drive North and then South East. The route along the coast shows the same driving time. Which is more scenic and should I expect similar costs? Is 45-50 TL about right for daytime travel?

Paul

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Erlend Geerts October 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Hi Paul,

Ask the driver to take the seaside road, it’s the most scenic one and often the less crowded too.

Yeah, the fare is about right.

Have a nice time,
Erlend

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Damián November 4, 2012 at 7:29 am

Hi,

I need to go from Sabiha to Sultanahmet area. Private shuttles are like 50 EUR which I think is a bit excessive. Do you recommend taking the Havatas bus to Taksim and then a taxi from there? Or a taxi directly to the airport?

A friend took a taxi recently and end up paying 145 TL!

Thanks,
Damián.

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Erlend Geerts November 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Damian,

You’re right: just like I suggest in the article, take the shuttle to Taksim, and take a taxi from there.

Most definitely don’t take a taxi for the whole ride from the airport to Taksim or Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nano November 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm

We are 4 travelling together so is the charge the same or it differs based on the number of people. And is it cheap to go to Cavehir Mall the four of us by taxi or public transportation ? One more thing is it appropriate that a woman sits next to the taxi driver in Turkey.
Many thanks
Nano

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Erlend Geerts November 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi Nano,

Here we go:
- the taxi fee is per vehicle, whether there is one person in it, or four people doesn’t matter.
- I don’t know where you’re coming from (Taksim, Sultanahmet) to go to Cevahir, so hard to tell.
- If you’re the only person in the taxi, man or woman, you sit in the back. If the back is full, you sit next to the driver. Whether the person next to the driver is a man or woman doesn’t matter.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nano November 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Dear Erlend
Thank you for your feedback. Sorry I forget to state that the taxi is from Sirkeci ,Sultanahmet to go to Cevahir Mall. Is it cheap to go by taxi or public transportation?
Many regards

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Erlend Geerts November 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hi Nano,

As stated in the article, a taxi will cost approximately 15TL. This is cheaper than taking public transportation since you’re a party of four. But, recently renovation works on Taksim square started, which may make public transportation the quicker choice (at certain times of the day).

Erlend

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Mir November 13, 2012 at 2:17 am

Hi Erlend,

I am traveling with 2 very young kids. I have a ride from the airport to the hotel. Now my question is, what would be ideal transport from the hotel to the airport?

Thanks so much,
Mir.

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Erlend Geerts November 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi Mir,

With two young kids, public transportation is not an option. So this leaves you with taking a taxi or rely on a private service. The problem with taking a taxi is that you won’t have a special child seat, an option a private service may have. Also, private service drivers tend to drive more carefully than taxi drivers. Ask your hotel for a reliable service which is not overpriced. You will always pay more than the regular taxi fare, but then again, safety comes first in this case.

Erlend

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Anis November 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thanks a lot for your contribution and answering each question with a lot of precious details.
I am coming very soon to Istanbul, my plane will arrive at 11pm on Ataturk Airport and i need to go to my hotel in Sultanahmet (hotel Saba Sultan).
What do you advise me for this time (11pm)? Metro , bus,Taxi ,private shutle ?
Do you think it s acceptable to pay 25€ for a private shuttle ?
Thanks by advance

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Erlend Geerts November 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Hi Anis,

No, you’re better off with the official taxis lines up outside the airport at that time of the day. I’m sure you saw the target price in the post.

Have a nice flight,
Erlend

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Sarim November 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

Hey. I am planning to visit Istanbul in December. I stumbled upon your website somehow and really just wanted to leave you a message saying how amazing the website was. Its really helpful and detailed and its a really nice thing you’re doing. Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts November 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thanks a lot Sarim, that means a lot to us.

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Laura November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Hi Lucia,
Hope you can give me a good suggestion on how to get from Ataturk Int’l Airport to our hotel location in Cengelkoy. We arrive Dec. 1, this Saturday coming

Should we:
take a taxi all the way or
taxi to the Bebek ferry to Cengelkoy

Happy to find your magazine website. Looks like a good resource.

Thanks,
Laura

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Erlend Geerts November 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hi Laura,

That’s a really good question you ask. I’m afraid that is not the easiest of connections.

Since you didn’t mention how many people you are, I’ll assume it’s a party of two.

The cheapest way is to find an official shuttle service outside the airport that goes to Kadıköy. I checked the Havataş site, but they don’t seem to run that line anymore. But ask them anyway. Then, you tell the bus driver that you’re going to Çengelköy and that he has to drop you off right after crossing the first bridge over the Bosphorus. From there you take a taxi, and tell the driver it should not cost more than 10 TL.

If you really can’t find a shuttle bus to Kadıköy, then take the Havataş shuttle to Taksim. From there you can take a taxi to Çengelköy.

The easiest and also most expensive option is to take a taxi straight from the airport. Alternatively, you can ask the hotel if they can organize a reasonably priced or free private shuttle for you.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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guest123 December 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

About the early post changing from Sabia Gokcen to Ataturk, definitely don’t take a taxi or bus all the way.

Take a bus or taxi to the final stop on the new metro line – Kartal, then ride this to Kadikoy. From here you can take the ‘Metrobus’ pretty much direct to Ataturk airport (need to swap onto the next metro for 3 stops or so).

All in all is going to take you around 2 hours for around 5 lira, plus the price of taxi/bus to Kartal.

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Erlend Geerts December 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

This is an option too. But I don’t see the advantage of switching so many times with all your luggage, when you can sit in a comfortable bus where people may transfer your bags for you.

Erlend

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Nnei December 11, 2012 at 4:01 am

Hi Erlend,

I stop over in Istanbul (Ataturk Int’l Airport) in transit at 4.40 am and my flight leaves at 14.50pm. I was hoping i could some shopping, can you advise of the nearest shopping mall to the airport and how much the taxi would be? (I’ve googled some but i cant tell the distance) Your help would be much appreciated!!

Man y Thanks

Nnei

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Erlend Geerts December 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Hi Nei,

Please check out the article as well as the comments on Istanbul’s shopping centers.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ann February 26, 2013 at 2:47 am

Hi Erlend!
So this is a late reply to this post :) I’m traveling to Istanbul in April – will be going from Ataturk airport to Sisli. How much do you think the taxi fare would be?

Thanks so much!

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Erlend Geerts February 26, 2013 at 7:57 am

Hi An,

My guess would be between 60 and 70 Liras.

Erlend

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Padrito March 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Hi Erlend. I would like to go from Sabiha Gokcen to Eminonu. My plan is to use public transportation IETT – E10 from airport to Kadıköy. Once I get there I want to take the ferry from Haydarpaşa Tren Gari. Do you think is a good ideea, or maybe you have a sugestion to make? In another post I see that you have recommended Havataş for Kadikoy. From Haydarpaşa you can suggest me which ferry should I use? Thank you very much.

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Erlend Geerts March 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hi Padrito,

There is nothing wrong with your idea if you want to take public transportation combined with a ferry. You don’t need to go to Haydarpaşa, you can take the ferry from Kadıköy too. Just look for the ferry to Eminönü.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jenny March 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Hi Erlend,

We are traveling to Istanbul with our 3 children in June, and will be staying in an apartment near Galata Tower. With my husband, there are 5 of us in total. Are there any taxis in Istanbul that can accommodate all 5 of us, and are they easy enough to find that we can take the Havatas bus to Taksim and then find one there?

Thank you,

Jenny

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Erlend Geerts March 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Hi Jenny,

You didn’t mention the ages of your kids. If one is small enough to fit on your lap for a short ride, then any taxi (normally for 4 passengers) will do. Never keep the kid on your lap in the middle seat though, just in case.

As for your trip from the airport, I suggest to take the bus indeed, since the five of you plus luggage won’t fit. From Taksim to Galata is only a small drive.

If taxis are too uncomfortable, have a look at my public transportation write up.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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john March 25, 2013 at 2:17 am

Hi, i wanna go from ataturk intl airport to istiklal caddesi, how much do you think this will cost me approximately? also are taxi’s everywhere? and easy to call when i need to get back to the airport? as im only there on a long layover. thanks

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Erlend Geerts March 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hi John,

That would be more or less the same cab fee as for Taksim Square. And yes, taxis are omnipresent on the streets.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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abdul March 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

hi, i am trvelling on 19 july for 1 day.from ataturk airport to emek hotel kumkapi.what do you think is the best way to get there. there is six of us. thanks in advance

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

Hi Abdul,

Take two official taxis from the airport and tell them to take the seaside road.

Erlend

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MrC March 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Erlend,

great info! thanks. I am looking for a transfer from Sahiba Gökçen to the old city. when arranging a car upfront cost quoted is 55 Euro/130 TL. which seems to be way higher then you are suggesting. Do you have any suggestions for companies regarding per-arranging a transfer? i never like to hustle at the airport.

thanks in advance for your advice

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi MrC,

Why don’t you just take the Havataş airport shuttle between the airport and the city center? Cheap, safe and comfortable.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Cor March 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hi Erlend,
I assume taxi fares have increased since this post. Can you tell us what to expect for 2013 fares?

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Erlend Geerts April 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

Hi Cor,

I update this post regularly, so what you see are the current fares after the last increase.

Erlend

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mike April 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hi Erlend – thanks for providing this valuable service. I’m sure you have helped many, many people. And I like your writing style: useful information presented in a clear and friendly manner.
My question: approximately what should the taxi fare be from SABIHA GOKCEN International airport to Besiktas? Are there any better/easier ways to get there other than by taxi (which sounds like quite an adventure, especially for a first-time visitor – which will be me!).
Thanks for your help, Erlend. Cheers (from Australia), Mike

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Hi Mike,

You can deduct 10 Liras from the Sabiha Gökçen – Taksim fare for Beşiktaş. Having said that, I strongly suggest you not to take a taxi. Instead take the Havataş airport shuttle. You can find more info here, and the schedule here.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Hi Zeeshan,

That’s very true. We have a whole post on public transportation to show you the way.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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homam April 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hi Erlend; we are about 100 and wanna be in Istanbul in 10 aug 2013 . which hotel is better for us with a good discount for all and a good percentage for me. and if you can suggest a good schedule for 7 days staying in Istanbul. for buying centers, seaside and others. we are families and singles. can we have a private bus for transportation? i am the manager of this group

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Erlend Geerts April 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hi Homam,

I’m afraid I won’t be able to help you with that. I suggest contacting a travel agency.

Good luck,
Erlend

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Sania April 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

Hi Erlend,

I have found your info above useful but it is dated 2010. Is it still the same prices now?

I have asked our hotel that I have booked for airport transport from ataturk airport to hotel in sultan Ahmet (ferman hotel) and he has quoted 30 euro (25gbp) each way. But above it it says 40 tl which equals to 14 GBpounds. Can you advise and should I ask the hotel to lower this price?

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts April 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi Sania,

As it says in the post and in this comment, all fare are up to date.

So, if you are a party of three or less, then a taxi makes more sense.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Padrito April 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Hi Erlend. There is an announcement on Havaş site saying “These services (…), have been stopped in Istanbul by a decision of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. We were forced to suspend our services on January 14, 2012″. Can you please tell us what is the alternative method of transportation instead of Havaş when you want to go from Sabiha to Kadikoy? Thank you very much.

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Erlend Geerts April 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Hi Padrito,

They have been replaced by the Havataş company.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Padrito April 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Thank you very much Erlend for the answer. Please let me ask you another question. Our hotel is located in Aksaray near Ataturk Boulevard. On Havataş site it says that from Sabiha Gokcen the route is: Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Kavacik FSM Bridge – 1 Levent – Zincirlikuyu Metrobus- Dolapdere – Taksim and it takes about 1.5 hours. Our plan was to go from airport to Kadikoy and then with the ferry. I guess this option is not available anymore with Havataş? We want the shortest method of transportation as we arrive at 19 hours in Istanbul and we rather not use the cab unless there are’nt other options. Please, if you can, give us an advice. Thank you very much.

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Erlend Geerts April 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Padrito,

Given the time you land (rush hour), the route to Kadiköy and then by ferry to Eminönü will probably be the fastest.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Faye April 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I wish I’d seen this page prior to today.
Yesterday 5 of us jammed into a taxi from near the Pera Palace hotel to Topkapi palace. The fare was just over 10 lira.

Today 2 of us took a cab back from Topkapi with a slight intentional detour. I had estimated the fare would be 15 or 20 at the very most. I saw the driver start the meter – all looked good – though every time I checked, his hand was on the gear shift and I couldn’t see what the meter read. When we got out, it was at 49 lira. I argued like crazy – but had nothing smaller than a 50 so ended up paying the full amount. I realize now that I should have made a scene and asked some bystanders or a cop for their opinion.
My advice: if the driver’s hand continuously covers the meter – ask him to move it! I suspect he was somehow clicking it to keep upping the fare.

It’s so sad to experience a rip-off artist. Otherwise we have very much enjoyed the kindness and good humour of Turkish people.

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Sania April 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

Thanks Erlend,

Me, my husband and 15 month old baby will be going. Is a car seat required for the car journeys over there as in the uk they are a must have.

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts April 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

Hi Sania,

For private cars, yes car seats are obligatory these days. But this new regulation doesn’t apply to taxis. So you can take your toddler in a taxi on your lap, without a special car seat.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Padrito April 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Hi Erlend. On http://www.sehirhatlari.com.tr, at the timetable I see that the last departure from Kadikoy to Eminonu is at 20:40. Please, do you know if there are any other ferries from different companies who operates on later hours?
Also do you have any ideea how long it will take the trip from Kabataş to Aksaray station with T1 tram?
Thank you very much for helping us.

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Erlend Geerts April 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Padrito,

I’m afraid that is the last departure from Kadiköy at this time of the year. I don’t know when you’ll be staying in Istanbul, but once the summer schedule kicks in I’m sure there will be later departures.

I think the trip between Kabataş and Aksaray would be 20 minutes, probably a bit less.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sal May 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Greetings,
I am planning on attending a convention at the Tuyap convention center west of Istanbul and was curious as to what you thought the best way to get there would be from Taksim. If I was to take a taxi what should I expect it to cost?

Thanks for the help,
Sal

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Erlend Geerts May 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi Sal,

You basically have three options:

  • take a taxi, the most expensive and not necessarily the quickest option.
  • take the metro from Taksim to Mecediyeköy , and hop on the metrobus there. This quick bus will take you all the way to Tüyap. The bus is often (too) crowded.
  • take the bus 145T from Taksim until Beylikdüzü from where you take a 5 min taxi to Tüyap.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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phil May 9, 2013 at 3:24 am

hi erlend,

Me and my brother are flying out to see turkey play Andorra on September 6th in world cup qualifiers. we are staying near the sukru saracoglu stadium, kadikoy… as we assume the game will be played there… But it hasn’t been confirmed. If not, it will be played at the Ataturk Olympic stadium.. how much will this cost us to get there?? and more importantly can I can tickets for the game at the stadium…we cant get any here in England…its impossible…many thanks.

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Erlend Geerts May 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi Phil,

The national team almost never plays at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium. The use the stadiums of Galatasaray, Fenerbahçe or Beşiktaş.

Tickets are normally sold online through Biletix. The aren’t for sale yet, so keep an eye on that site. They have an English version, but always check out both versions.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dirk May 16, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hey Erlend,

I will go to Istanbul Atatürk tomorrow and need a taxi to our Hotel Bulvar Palas in Fatih. Time scheduled at google is 22 minutes. Is it reasonable to take a taxi because we will arrive at 10 at night? How much might the transfer be? Is it better to ask the taxi driver in advanced how much it will cost?

Best regards

Dirk

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Hi Dirk,

There are always official taxis waiting outside the airport, regardless the time of day. There is no night fee, so the cab fares listed here will apply. Don’t agree on a fixed price, make sure he uses the meter and check it a few times during the ride.

Erlend

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mussa May 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm

hi
thanks for ur answers u real doing good job…we are 2 people landing on 17.08.2013…at23.30 just before midnite our hotel in taksim what is best advise plz…

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Hi Mussa,

If you’re only two people heading for Taksim, I would suggest the Havataş shuttle to Taksim. You can find it outside the airport (second lane).

Erlend

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Padrito May 20, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I went to Istanbul and your advices were very useful for me. I would like to ask you if you know why when I take a T1 tram from Aksaray sometimes the last station is Eminonu and sometimes is Kabataş. What should I look for when I see a tram coming and I do not want to change trams when going to Kabataş ? Thank you very much.

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Hi Padrito,

Glad to hear our articles were helpful.

Indeed, as you noticed, some trams go to the end of the line, and some only go to Eminönü. When the tram approaches the platform, on top (above the driver) it should say its final destination.

Hope this helps,
Erlend

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Stuart May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Hello!

This is a great website – thanks.

My flight arrives into Ataturk airport at 01:40 on a Sunday morning and my hostel is at the Galata Tower. The hostel quotes me €35 for a taxi pick-up, but this seems too expensive to me!

Will there be official taxis at Attaturk airport at that time of night? How much will they cost to get to Galata in the middle of the night?

Cheers,

Stuart

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Erlend Geerts May 24, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hi Stuart,

Sure, there will still be taxis. There is no special night fee, so the prices mentioned here apply.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Denny May 29, 2013 at 6:28 am

We are a family of five with one child being 7 years of age. Will we be able to share the same taxi? ( from airport and in the city)?

Your website is excellent – concise,clear .

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Erlend Geerts May 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

Hi Denny,

That’s always a difficult question to answer. Technically speaking, most taxis are made to carry 4 passengers and the driver. So, the driver has the right to refuse more people.

In daily life however, certainly if the fifth person is a child, cab drivers are less strict. Having said that, for the drive from the airport I would opt to split it over two vehicles. Firstly for your own comfort and safety since it’s a longer (highway) drive, and secondly to be able to fit all the luggage in the trunk(s).

Kind regards,
Erlend

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roshan June 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Dear Erlend,
I was going through your comments and found very useful as I am visiting shortly .., we are reaching Sabiha Int airport at 12.30Am,
and our stay is in Sultan Ahmet area. what is the preferred transport you suggest ?
Also on the way back flight is at 11pm.we planned to start from morning and on the way visit some places .Can you suggest.

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Erlend Geerts June 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hi Roshan,

Since you arrive in the night, your options are limited. I suggest to take the Havataş airport shuttle to Taksim, and a taxi from there to your hotel in Sultanahmet.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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craig June 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hi, this is an extraordinary forum, thank you !

I arrive at Attaturk next Sat the 15th June @ 5:30am and have a flight to Bodrum from Sahiba Gocken at 10:20.

A whole group of my friends will be leaving their hotel in Sultanahmet to go to Sahiba Gocken as well. Do you recommend I go directly to the airport, and by what shuttle, or would I have time to go directly from Ataturk to my friends’ hotel and go to Sahiba Gocken all together ?

And what time should they leave their hotel to make the 10:20 flight ? I assume traffic may be less on a Saturday ? Kind regards, Craig

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Erlend Geerts June 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

Hi Craig,

There is quite some distance to cover to go from airport to the other. Since your flight is at 10:20, you should be there minimum one hour before the departure date because it is a domestic flight. Assuming your arrival flight is not delayed, this gives you just under 4 hours of time.

If your friends are not to heavily packed, I would suggest them to go to Eminönü (by tram or taxi), take the ferry to Kadıköy, and hop on the Havataş shuttle to Sabiha Gökçen.

I would play safe, and join your friends. At that time of the day, traffic should be fine and a taxi ride to Sultanahmet won’t take more than 20 minutes (make sure to write down the hotel details). You should meet them no later than 7 am, at which they should start their journey.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Farhad June 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

Dear Erlend,
We are traveling to Istanbul in 1st week of August 2013. The hotel in sultanamhet that we have booked, has offered pick up from Ataturk Airport for 45 Eu. Is it reasonable? We are arrivng at 10.30 AM. Please give your suggestion.

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Erlend Geerts June 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Hi Farhad,

Well, 45 Eur is currently just over 100 TL. As you could read on this page, a taxi will set you back about 40 TL. You do the math!

Erlend

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Audrey June 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

Dear Erlend,
I am around Neo Marine shopping centre in Pendick and have a flight from Sabiha to Amsterdam this friday, my flight leaves at 7.15pm.
1) At what do I need to leave to be there 2h before? Which I think is the time for international checking.
2) How is gonna cost me a taxi?
Thanks so much for this wonderful article, it is very helpful :)
I look forward to reading you.

Best regards,

Audrey

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Erlend Geerts June 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hi Audrey,

Indeed, you should be at the airport two hours in advance for international flights. On a Friday, traffic is at its worst. I suggest you take the airport shuttle service Havataş to Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The currently depart in front of the AKM (Atatürk Kültür Merkezi / Atatürk Cultural Center), the big building on Taksim Square. Ask around, everyone knows it. Go there and ask what time you should board, they know best based on their daily traffic experience.

Have a nice flight,
Erlend

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romina kaveh June 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm

hello ,
i need a taxi from ataturk airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport for 29/06/2013 at 2:00 pm.
i want to know how much does it cost?

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Hi Romina,

Just think from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim, and from there to Atatürk airport, and subtract like 10 lira or so.

Did you look into this article on how to travel from Sabiha Gökçen with the airport shuttle?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Melwyn June 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Hello Erlend,

Having been reading your post and inspiring help from your end to tourists. Appreciate it. I will be visiting Turkey with my family of 3 and need your help on the following. We would be arriving on July 6th, Saturday.
a) Which form of transportation would be reasonable from Ataturk Airport to Kucuk Pazar (Eminonu). I believe we could also take the metro what are the fares like and would they allow baggage in the compartment?
b) would it be best to use local currency TRY or Euro on our spend, be it the hotel / sightseeing / food etc
c) given the situation around Taksim sq, are there any places we need avoid a visit?
d) area wherein we could savour authentic Turkish street food?

Would appreciate you help on the above. Thanks once again…Melwyn

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Erlend Geerts July 1, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Hi Melwyn,

a. Honestly, public transportation is great, but not from the airport to your hotel unless you’re travelling light and are on a tight budget. Check out this post about going from the airport to your hotel, and decide according to your needs.
b. Did you read our Istanbul money strategy?
c. no, Istanbul is as safe as it always has been, just avoid public gatherings or demonstrations if they occur.
d. Again, we have a whole post on the best Istanbul street food.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Melwyn July 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Erlend,

A quick question how much TL do you feel we need to set aside on meals for a family of three adults, MINUS drinks. We would love to try out out the modest cafes / street food of Istanbul…Thanks again, Melwyn

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Erlend Geerts July 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hi Melwyn,

That’s very difficult to answer. At this date, you can have a nice breakfast for around 15 TL, street food varies between 2 and 10 TL, dinners start at 15 in very modest places, to 50 TL in the more posh establishments. These prices, per person and without drinks, are just estimates.

Erlend

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Judi O. July 10, 2013 at 4:56 am

Greetings Erlend, We usually take guided tours, but in October my husband & I are traveling to Istanbul to take a cruise. I am concerned about catching a taxi in Istanbul at the airport and getting to the ship/pier. We’re senior citizens and I feel may be easy prey for unscrupulous taxi drivers. From research I’ve done, I believe it’s about 12 miles from airport to pier. Is that estimate accurate? What’s an approximate fee? Pay in TL or US$. Does it make sense to print out a map and hand it to the driver? Help!? Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts July 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hi Judi,

Well, international cruise ships depart from the Karaköy dock. This is loacted by the Golden Horn, between Sultanahmet and Taksim. You’ll find plenty of taxis at the airport, just tell them Karaköy cruise terminal (büyük yolcu gemisi limanı) or show them the exact address on your boarding pass, and make sure you don’t pay more than for a ride to Taksim. Have some Turkish Liras on you.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Judi O. July 11, 2013 at 3:09 am

Thaank you for this informative site!

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Judi,

Thanks a lot for your compliments. You made my day :-)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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fred July 13, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hello Erlend
Thanks for all your help. All posts were helpful.
But I have the following question:
1- is it possible with a family of 4 (2 kids of 5 and 8 years) and 6 pieces of luggage to take Havataş bus and go from Atatürk airport to Sabiha Gökçen airport within 4 hours and how does much it cost?
2-Is it better to take airport taxi ?
Thanks so much
Fred

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Erlend Geerts July 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Hi Fred,

Yes, you can make it with both buses in 4 hours. For a party of four, this would cost you 92 TL. Which is much cheaper than a taxi, since you would probably have to take two taxis with that much luggage.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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fred July 14, 2013 at 5:28 am

Thanks

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Ali July 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hi Erlend,
Thank you very much for the usful tips, we (a family with 2 kids, 12 and 15) will arrive to Ataturk airport at mid night and need to go to hotel around the Taksim. the hotel shuttel is costs 35 Euro little bit expensive than taxi. Is that safe taking a taxi at midnight, what do you recommend?
Best regards
Ali

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Erlend Geerts July 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Ali,

Taking an official taxi (waiting outside the airport) is safe.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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jamo123 July 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Erlend,
I came across this website and am finding it very interesting as you are a great problem solver.
My husband and I are visiting Istanbul in coming December for 3 days and we are planning to live in hilton garden inn golden horn but I am not sure about transportation. I don’t see any tram, funicular or metro directly from there to Ataturk airport, taksim, sultanahmet and vice-a-versa. We haven’t booked the hotel room but still thinking on it as there is no other transportation other than taxi. I don’t know how much will it cost to go to taksim on taxi? Should we find a hotel in old town and visit taksim, sultanahmet, and other attractions or should we go for golden horn? Which option is more economical? And plus one more question should we reserve a hotel room now or wait as we are visiting in near christmas before new year eve?

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Erlend Geerts July 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Hi Jamo,

You are right when you say that the Hilton Garden Inn is located in an area less accessible by public transportation. Personally, I would choose a hotel in Beyoğlu (Taksim/Galata) or Sultanahmet. That would be much more convenient (and economical) for sightseeing purposes.

As for booking, unless you see considerable price differences between the cost for rooms in July and December, I would wait until late September or October to book.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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jamo123 July 21, 2013 at 12:57 am

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for your reply, appreciate it!

Jamo

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Nina Tassone July 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hello,
I am travelling begining of August and have to pass through Istanbul. We arrive at Ataturk Intl Airport but our connecting flight leaves from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. we have 9 hours in between. Since we have 2 small kids, I thought to book a day room at Ataturk and transfer to Sabiha Gokcen in the evening.
Which private shuttle company would you recommend? I am in contact with Istanbul Airport shuttle company and their rate is 65 Euros. Is this a reliable company? Many thanks, Nina

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Erlend Geerts July 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Nina,

I have never used the Istanbul Airport Shuttle service. I’m sure they are reliable, but can do the trip for almost half the price with the official Havataş airport shuttle buses. Take the bus from Atatürk Airport to Taksim, and in Taksim hop on the bus that goes to Sabiha Gökçen. This would cost you for both buses 23 TL per person, which makes 92 TL in total. The private airport shuttle would cost you 163 TL. The only drawback with Havataş is that you have to transfer once. The choice is yours of course.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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nana July 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hello,
I’m travelling to Istanbul on the first of August by cruise ship. As I understand, our cruise ship should be docking at Karakoy, or maybe Salipazari (I believe this is where all the large cruise ships dock?) What is the best way to reach the Hagia Sophia area, and how much should it cost approximately if I take a taxi in daytime? (I’m a woman travelling alone, by the way. Any tips for being safe?)
Thank you,
Nana

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Erlend Geerts July 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

Hi Nana,

You could take a taxi, but the tramway to Sultanahmet will be cheaper and quicker.

As for safety tips, use common sense. Istanbul is safer than most world cities, but of course, don’t take dark back alleys, don’t interact with strangers that walk up to you, etc.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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FAYE DAVIDSON July 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Mom and daughter would appreciate your advising approximate taxi fare from the port for cruise ships to the grand bazaar.
Many thanks.

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Erlend Geerts July 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Faye,

I would skip the taxi and take the tramway.

Erlend

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Diana July 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm

hi, please can you tell me how much will cost a taxi from Ataturk Airport to Aprilis Hotel Sultanahmet, Fatih? We are 3 adults, 3 children and infant. Will we need to take 2 taxi? Thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts July 31, 2013 at 10:46 am

Hi Diana,

Yes, you would need two taxis. It should cost a few Liras less than the ride to Sultanahmet.

Erlend

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Nidhin August 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi Erlend,

Amazed with the way you are responding to the queries. I’m travelling to Ataturk Airport and will reach very early in the morning( 1:00 AM). My hotel is at Sultanahmet, Fatih, can you let me know the best way to get to my hotel and the apprx cost.
Thanks,
Nidhin

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Erlend Geerts August 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hi Nidhin,

I would just take a taxi.

Erlend

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Nidhin August 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks Erlend.

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Haleh August 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

thank you for all your helpful info.

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Vlad T August 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hi Erlend,

Do the taxi drivers usually provide receipts? I’m assuming they don’t have any POS in the car so you need to pay cash but I would like to expense the cost as I will be on a business trip.

Thanks in advance!

Vlad

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Erlend Geerts August 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Hi Vlad,

Taxi drivers should write a receipt upon request. But if you want to make sure, ask before you get in.

You’re right though that they don’t carry POS machines.

Have a good time,
Erlend

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Kastriot Meqa August 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Dear Erlend,
I would like to thank you in the name of all visitors of this site for your excellent knowledge and kindness to help in every way, I feel like you are some kind of Gods gift to us. I never found any website or chat room with this enormous information and endless options that you give to various visiting tourist going to Istanbul. Since you know this much for everything in Istanbul, I presume that you have been living in Istanbul for a significant amount of time, but I believe that your qualities of an erudite have made this website so unique. If it is possible to reveal your location of stay in Istanbul, I like to meet you in person (I will be visiting Istanbul in August 27th-31st, 2013), and shake your hand for a job excellently done.
Every question I have been asking to myself for the upcoming travel to Istanbul found replies in this site. Nevertheless, as nothing is perfect, I found that Istanbul Metropolitan Public Transport is lacking a daily-basis ticket, (or 3-day, or 5-day) like many other big cities have (Venice, Miami, Vienna). But, as the prices of the trips are quite low, then it is not a major disadvantage of this service.
Once again I would like to thank you, and after I come back home, I would like to contribute with fresh advice so others can benefit for it.
Kind regards,
Kastriot

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Erlend Geerts August 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hi Kastriot,

Thanks a lot for your kind words. Unfortunately, meeting in Istanbul at that time is impossible since I’ll be pretty busy then.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sonja Myers August 23, 2013 at 12:47 am

Going to Istanbul this September 2013. Our future landlady claims that your Taxi fares from Ataturk airport to Sultanahmet are incorrect and that she called the airport taxi station August 22, 2013 and they told her fares are 45-48 Turkish Liras instead of 14 TL as your article mentiones. Please advise when was your article with a wonderful list of taxi fares in Istanbul published, which date and which year?

Thank you very much in advance
Sonja Myers
Houston, TX

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Erlend Geerts August 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

Hi Sonja,

Your future landlady is correct. Just as it mentions on the site that it’s between 40-47 liras from Atatürk Airport to Sultanahmet or Taksim.

The 14 lira prices you saw were for shorter trips.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sonja Myers August 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Many, many thanks Erlend, for your answer.

I must have misread the information published on your site somehow and feel bad for misinforming our future landlady. Will have to apologize to her and again thank you for providing this wonderful service to all of us who are in the process of planning or going to wonderful Istanbul.

Keep up a good work and all the best to you
Kind regards
Sonja Myers
Houston, Texas

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Janie August 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Erlend,

How much should I be paying for a taxi ride between Taksim and Karakoy Passenger Terminal? I have read up on your recommendations and will take the Havatas on arrival at S Gocken to Taksim.

Thank you for providing us with such useful information!!

Janie

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Erlend Geerts August 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hi Janie,

It’s a very short distance, so I’m guessing around 7 Liras. Having said that, you may encounter taxi drivers refusing to take you there given the current difficult traffic situation due to the tunnel construction.

Alternatively, you could take the fur ocular to Kabataş, and from their the tramway for two or three stops. This would cost about 4 Liras each with the Istanbul Card.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Marc September 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

To the person who wrote this page,
Thank you a “MILLION” times for your great contribution.
I was in a taxi in Istanbul yesterday (I left from the Taksim Square with people from my company on my way back to the airport) and a taxi driver (the guy was in his 60s I would say) invites us on relatively aggressively to his own taxi (which looks legit from the outside). Quick description of our taxi-driver:
Impeccable English
Wild and crazy non-stop speaking, look there! take pictures here! I drive fast!
The guy keeps shouting: “I am Rambo!” or stuff like “I am Tarzan!” arguing to the effect that he is an “excellent driver” and talks about his daughters who are “top models” and what not (I didn’t take note of the names he gave us – but he said “look on the web! you will find them!”)
Anyway. Suddenly somewhere along the road we notice that the counter is already reading “80″ TL (even though we’ve been on the taxi for only a few minutes). Just a bit later the same counter actually reads 147 (we’re still not even at half way through on our way to the airport). I realize the guy is pumping (one way or another) his counter – hence all the speaking and the pointing in all the directions.
All this to say, to make a long story short:
1. I ask about the amount displayed on the counter (147 and counting)
2. The driver starts blabbing about how he had clearly explained about special highway fares but I was the one not listening and so it’s my fault
3. I simply say “listen, bring us to our hotel and we’ll fix things there”
4. The guy gets upset, complains, we then get in a fight, and then he argues he will drop us off on the side of the highway, and weirdly enough just resets his own counter to zero
5. I complain and say “no please drop us off at our hotel” to which the guy suddenly starts blabbing in Turkish and fakes not speaking nor understanding a single word of English (even though he was a speaking machine until then)
6. The guy refuses to drop us at our hotel and drives “past” the hotel (probably to avoid trouble with the guys at the entrance or the bad reputation)
7. We get into a fight (almost physical), we arrange to stop his car and we prevent him from keeping on driving any further (away from the hotel – for we have luggage and we are forced to walk back with our luggage), I almost felt like giving him nothing (not a penny), but we still gave the guy “50 TL” for I understand it’s the “usual fair” for a “usual ride”.
I wouldn’t have minded paying a bit of a premium (+10%? +20%? etc) and watch as the guy tries to make a quick dollar on relatively wealthy foreigners (???) but the guy went soooo far and was such an obnoxious dirt bag, his ride was on its way to costing us more (double?) than the most expensive taxi we ever took ever – in TOKYO.
Anyway – on the road (while in the taxi and struggling as to how to fix the situation) I took a few moments to search on the web and bumped into this website.
Thanks for all the information – it confirmed that we were obviously being trapped…
Cheers,
Marc

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Jasenka October 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hi Erlend
Do taxi drivers normally charge for luggage on top of the fair?
thanks, Jasenka

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Erlend Geerts October 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Hi Jasenka,

It’s common to give the driver something extra when carries your luggage from and to the doorstep.

However, that’s entirely up to you. There is no official charge for that. I usually tip 1 lira per suitcase.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Allen October 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thank you for the great info! Appreciate the work you’ve done. I’m taking my first trip to Istanbul on 23 Oct, and have a couple of questions re taxi fares that maybe you can answer. Wife and I will be arriving at Ataturk at about 1pm, and our hotel is the Faik Pasha in Beyoglu.

- I understand the fare is about 40TL. Is it out of the ordinary to give the driver 45TL and tell him “no meter?” Hoping to avoid any potential meter hassles.

- Would the 45TL cover the seaside road route, including tip?

Thank you again!

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Erlend Geerts October 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

Hi Allen,

I have little doubts a taxi driver would decline your offer for 45 Liras as a fixed price, via E5 or the seaside road.

However, keep in mind I don’t recommend this tactic at all if you’re not sure about the expected cab fare before you start bargaining.

Enjoy your stay,
Erlend

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Emad October 24, 2013 at 5:54 am

Dear Erlend

My wife and I are arriving 5.30 p.m on sat 2/11/13 and need to catch a flight to Tel Aviv from Sabiha Gokcen Airport at 9.50 p.m. What would be the best means of transport to the other Airport,is the traffic heavy on Saturday afternoons?
Thanks
Regards
Emad

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Erlend Geerts October 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi Emad,

That’s very difficult to predict, and you certainly don’t have a lot of time.

I would ask the bus driver of the Havataş shuttle about the road conditions that day and explain your situation.

If he says you can make it by using their shuttle twice, go for that. If he is in doubt, you can go to the city center, take the ferry to the Asian side (cut the bridge traffic) and continue from Kadıköy.

Good luck,
Erlend

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Emad October 25, 2013 at 1:42 am

Thank you very much Erlend. This is an excellent work you are doing. God bless you and well done.
Keep up the good work.
Kind regards
Emad

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Anna October 31, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Dear Erlend!
I luckily found this Witt Magazine and I really like it, it´s a fantastic source of information. I´ve never been in Istanbul, but now my dreams will come true. I´m so excited! We´ll arrive to Ataturk airport in the middle of November. Me and my family, we are 6 adults with luggage for a weeks´stay. We are going to stay near Sishane, Tunel in Beyoglu. Do you know if there is a kind of family-taxi or is it cheaper with two ordinary taxis? What would you recommend us?How much would it cost?
(My father is quite old and we don´t want to walk too much:)
Kind regards/ Anna C

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Erlend Geerts November 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Hi Anna,

Well, a private service will always be more expensive then the equivalent in taxis. But you get more luxury, ease of use, and in some cases security.

A service I’ve used before and can recommend is Secure Drive (http://www.securedrivetravel.com.tr)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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OLGA November 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hello,
First of all I’d like to thank you for your site- very, really very usefull and made with love to the city!
As the second, I’ll make a question:) Airport S.Gokcen- Pendik Marine Hotel, Dogu Mah. Ankara Cad. No. 202 Pendik: which is the best and the cheapest way of this transfer?
Thanks in advance!
With greetings from Milan,
Olga

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Erlend Geerts November 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hi Olga,

Just take a taxi because it’s really close to the airport. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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OLGA November 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

thank you for the answer! In fact the hotel where I stay offered me a transfer for 25 euro each way. It only seemd too expensive for such a short distance, that’s why I started looking for alternatives…
Regards,
Olga.

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Kiran November 21, 2013 at 2:05 am

Hi Erlend,

We will be going to Istanbul in December arriving very late on a thursday night (our flight arrives at 12:45AM. We are going to stay at a vacation rental at Bostanbasi Caddesi, No. 11, Tophane, Galatasaray, Beyoglu. I will be travelling with my husband and 17 month old son. Do you recommend we get a taxi from the airport or use a taxi service recommended by the vacation rental owners, istanbulairport24.com, which costs 25 Euros?

Thanks,
Kiran

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Erlend Geerts November 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Hi Kiran,

Although the shuttle is a bit more expensive, since you have a toddler with you, I would go for it and ask for a child seat. Another service I use is securedrive.com.tr

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Matias December 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hi Erlend, just found out about your site. Thanks for all the info.

onto my topic, we are arriving to Ataturk airport at 20 and we are staying near Balut park, what do you think is the best way to get there? We will be two carrying two 23 kg suitcases with us. Taxi? Around 40 TL?
Thanks a lot.
Matias

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Erlend Geerts December 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Hi Matias,

I would say a taxi is the best way to go.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nouna December 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hello Erlend,
Thank you very much for all what you wrote : it is very useful !
I would like to take your advice on a few points if you don’t mind :
1) My husband, my mother and I are arriving at Ataturk airport on the 25th of December at 23.30 pm and will be heading to Oz Yavuz hotel in Fatih area : i was told to take the metro up to Topkapi-Ulubatli, but i guess that by the time we get our suitcase, there won’t be any metro any more. An alternative solution we were offered is to take an havatach bus.
My question is : since they are 3 of us and it’ll be night, isn’t it better to go for a taxi ? If so, how much will it be (approximately to take a cab to our hotel ?). And, by the way :), is there anything (good or bad) we should know about Oz Yavuz hotel (it had good critics on booking.com and wasn’t very expensive) ?

2) I’m pregnant (in my 6th month) and i’m vegetarian ! How can i make sure that the food I get is healthy (the vegetables need to be well washed) and vegetarian ? Are they some places i shouldn’t it at ? Is there a way i can say in Turkish “no meat please” ?

3) We’ll be staying in Istanbul up to the 2nd of January, so we’ll be spending the New Years Eve there. I read somewhere else in your website that you would check what kind of animations will be taking place this year : do you have any news on that point ? Also, we would just like to have a normal dinner and then to be able to see the fireworks on the Bosphore before to go to sleep. Is there a nice location to be in (not far from Fatih area) ?

Thanks very much for your nice help,

Best regards,

Nouna

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Erlend Geerts December 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

Hi Nouna,

Given the time of day (or night better) I would take a taxi. The fare should be like 3 Liras less or the same than to Sultanahmet.

Most restaurants (and Turks in general) wash food thoroughly. Turkish for ‘no meat please’ is ‘etsiz lütfen’. But with the abundance of mezes, you have no problems as a vegetarian.

Regarding New Year’s Eve, if you want just a nice dinner without the dancing part, the maybe check out restaurants that locals recommended in the Locals Share section.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nouna December 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Dear Erlend,

Thanks very much for your reply ! We’ll do as you say :)

All the best,

Nouna

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Victor December 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Hello,

I’m headed to Istanbul on Sunday … flying into SAW. I called my hotel near Taksim and asked if they had a car service, which they do but it costs 130 euros. I then asked how much is a taxi and was quoted 130 TL (estimate)….however your site indicated 78 TL. Have prices gone up that much since you published your review last year?

For me, it’s not a deal breaker, (NOTE: I won’t take a shuttle) I just want to know what to expect. Thanks for your reply. -V

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Erlend Geerts December 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi Victor,

In the article it says it would be about 90 TL, which is correct if the taxi is able to drive all the time. If it encounters traffic (and stands still) every minute the meter will increment too.

So yes, expect to pay somewhere between 90 and 130 TL. I suggest you reconsider the shuttle: it’s cheaper and more comfortable.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Saad December 28, 2013 at 3:04 am

Hi,
I would like to ask that do the regular turkish taxi have enough room for 4 people and 2-3 pieces of luggage ( not carry-on, the big stuff ) ? And how much woul dit cost to go from ataturk to sultanhamet ? I am asking because i would like to know the current rate and my hotel is charging 40 euros for the same service? Which is cheaper?
Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts January 2, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Hi Saad,

Really difficult to say. All the luggage has to fit in the trunk, so it really depends on the size. Drivers are pretty creative when it comes to fitting them in, but too much is too much of course.

Worse case scenario, you’ll need two taxis, which will still be less than the solution the hotel offered given the fact that Euro is almost 3 TL at the moment.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Dilara Jones January 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Is there a way to rent a private minivan shuttle from the airport to the hotel?

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Erlend Geerts January 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

Hi Dilara,

Yes, there are several options. One I’ve used myself on several occasions is Secure Drive ( http://www.securedrivetravel.com.tr/ )

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Tomas S. January 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Hi Erlend,

Your information here is very helpful. Thank you for compiling it for us tourists!

I have a few questions for you, if you don’t mind.

My fiancee and I fly into Ataturk Int’l Airport on July 8, 4:35PM local time. Our flight out to Male (Maldives) is at 1:00AM, early July 9th. Out total layover in Istanbul is a little over 8 hours. We tried extending our layover to explore Istanbul, but it is not possible in our package for our Honeymoon.

We would love to escape the airport for dinner, and try out Beyti Restaurant, located Orman Caddesi 8 Florya in Istanbul.

Would it be possible for us to go through customs to explore the city and grab dinner for a few hours? Do we need a special visa for such a short visit? Ideally I was hoping to exit customs with my fiancee (carry-on luggage only), grab a taxi to Beyti (or some other excellent restaurant) and then return to catch our flight early that morning.

Tomas S.

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Erlend Geerts January 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hi Tomas,

That sounds like an excellent plan. No need for a special visa, just get your e-visas online.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Saurabh January 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Hi
I will reach sabiha airport at 12:30 in night and have to go to sultanahmet, can i get havatas bus at that time.

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Erlend Geerts January 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Hi,

did you read this post on transportation from Sabiha Gökçen, and did you also check the latest Havataş timetables (link in post)?

Erlend

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Nitzan January 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

Dear Erlend ,
Thank you so much for your very useful website and advices.
We’re reaching (2 persons) Airport S.Gokcen next month at about 21:00 . we have to get to our hotel at Sultanahmet .
My question (and I didn’t find a mention at the article nor at comments) is does the Metro is an option ?
Is it possible to get by bus / taxi /other to KARTAL and from there use metro since our hotel is very near to CEMBERLITAS station .
I tried to check at the ULASIM web site but there is no option to plan a journey there.
We do not carry big luggage , so we’re “quit light” .

What do you think ? Does this option is possible & worthy ? By all aspects : time (of this journey)?/ cost?/ swap trains ? schedule ?
If it is worthy , can you pls advice how do we do it ? meaning instructions for the tour/route .
In advance , thanks a lot,
Nitzan

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

Hi Nitzan,

I think the best option would then be either Havatas bus to Taksim, followed by tramway to Cemberlitas. Or havatas to Kadiköy, followed by ferry to Eminönü and tramway to Cemberlitas.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nina February 2, 2014 at 12:04 am

Hi,
I am going to Istanbul on february 16 th, on Sabiha Gokcen airport. I am just interessted in Havatas bus transport to Sultanahmet. Can you help me about it? How much does it cost?
Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts February 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Hi Nina,

Did you check out this link on how to get from Sabiha Gökçen to your hotel by Havataş?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nermina February 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

Hello Erlend,
my family and I are planing a trip to Istanbul on our way to Sarajevo this May.I have a question about their Taxi,can the normal Taxi fit 2 adults,2children(9,7) and a baby,also 4 big suitcases a stroller and possibly a little luggage ??? I know it’s a lot but we are flying from St.Louis MO,make a stop in Istanbul (5days)then fly to Sarajevo and we will stay in Europe almost 3months so we need all this baggage.Also what can we do with kids in our 4full days,we have about 500$ spending money but would also like to visit all the typical sightseeing.

Thank you very much,I really appreciate this website and your suggestions and help to all of us.
Nermina

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Hi Nermina,

I’m afraid this kind of load would have to be divided over two taxis to be safe and comfortable. Here are some alternative ways to get from the airport to your hotel.

Did you read this article on Istanbul with kids?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Frances Andrew February 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hello Erlend,
Fantastic website! It’s in my favorite Istanbul e-list.

I do have one clarification. Is the Taxi Fare list current. Reason for asking is that the posts underneath it date from Dec 2011.

Thanks to clarify and for providing excellent suggestions!
F

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Erlend Geerts February 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Hi Frances,

As it says in the article, the fees listed are always up to date.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Julliet February 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hi Erlend

My flight departing Atakturk airport is at 6:30am. I checked the havatas timetable and the earliest the bus leaves is 4am which I think is maybe too late. I was planning to catch a taxi @ 3am from Takism to the airport.

Do you know if there are many taxis around at this time in the morning? Would it be best to book one beforehand? If so, will there be a fee charged?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts February 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Hi Julliet,

If the first bus leaves at 4am, then you’ll be at the airport 30 minutes later. Which is in time for international flights. No need to worry.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Julliet February 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Oh excellent!! Thank you!! :)

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Minas February 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Hi Erlend,

First of all, thank you so much for providing us with such a lot information! Let me pose you a question; I will be in Istanbul from 25th of February till 1 st March. As I am Greek, I ‘d love to watch live the Basketball game Fenerbahce vs Olympiacos. We will be staying at a hotel near Cemberlitas. Which do you think woulb be the best way to reach the court? Would a taxi be expensive? Furthermore, how could we purchase tickets?

Thanks in advance,
Minas

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Hi Minas,

You can buy tickets online via Biletix: http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/RBFE4/TURKIYE/en

It’s best to ask your hotel how to get to the game, by taxi or public transportation.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Minas February 19, 2014 at 4:18 am

You’re so great! I really appreciate!

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Neville Louis February 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

Hello Erlend,

What a great service you provide, thank you very much.

We are a group of 6 arriving at the International airport (IST) on May the 2nd and will need a taxi to get to a hotel in Beyoglu I think, Do you have 7 seater taxis, if not what are your suggestions? Any idea of cost?

Thank you

Neville

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Erlend Geerts February 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Neville,

Just take two official taxis.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Chris February 27, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Hi Erlend,

Hoping you can help…

How much and how long do you approximate a taxi from Ataturk to the Zorlu Centre Zincirlikuyu Cad in Besiktas.

Thank you in advance!

Chris

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Erlend Geerts February 28, 2014 at 7:26 am

Hi Chris,

Traffic in Istanbul is hectic and unpredictable. Therefore, whatever estimate I would give, is probably way off the actual time it will take you. For the better or worse. There are so many variables to take into account: the day of the week, the time of the day, the weather conditions, football game on or not, etc.

Without traffic, let’s say 30 minutes top. On weekdays outside of rush hour, maybe 40-45 minutes. In rush hour, certainly more than an hour, with maybe even up to two hours if it’s a rainy day, with football game on.

So, I hope you and others understand that such estimates are really impossible to provide, at least not accurate ones.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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nick March 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

at what time does the rush hour start/end would you say??

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Erlend Geerts March 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Hi Nick,

Morning rush hour starts around 07:00 and should be gone by 10:00. Evening rush hour starts around 16:00 and finishes around 21:00.

Erlend

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John March 20, 2014 at 2:40 am

Hello,
Thanks for the awesome information about taxis! I do have a question though… I’m flying into Ataturk and going to Bakirkoy sea bus terminal. According to the hotel it cost 15-20TL to go there by taxi. Does this sound correct? Also I noticed that Havatas maybe stops there for 10TL. Which one would you suggest taking to the Bakirkoy sea bus terminal? I just don’t want to end up doing the taxi corkscrew, where they show the sights before they take you to your destination, and yes this happen even to the most seasoned travelers :P
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts March 20, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Hi John,

If you’re talking about the Yenikapı terminal, then yes I would take the Havataş shuttle. Certainly if you are a party of two of less.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ishtiaque March 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Hello,

I am planning to stay in Sultanhamet area during my stay ( 4 days) in Istanbul. My objective is to cover historical places as much as possible. So far I have found there are 2 hotels which are very much upto my budget and my choice. One is within 500 metre of the blue mosque another is around 1600 metre away from the Blue mosque. The later one is a bit cheaper but better quality hotel. Will we get taxi in the morning to take us to a particular place in Sultahmet area with designated fare? So far I heard the roads are too busy and taxi driver usually doesn’t follow their meter in this highly touristic area. What would be your suggestion? We can walk that 1600 m distance as well, however prefer to reserve the energy once we reach Topkapi Palace/Hagia sofia or Blue mosque.

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Erlend Geerts March 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Isn’t there any way you can use public transportation?

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Barbara Quinones March 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Dear Erlend,
we will arrive to Ataturk at 21:00 on a wednesday, and need to go to our hotel in Kabatas-Taksim, Beyoglu, 34427 Istanbul.
The hotel offers a transport for 55 euros for the 4 of us (including one teen and one child), and now that I read your great blog, it looks like I can get a better deal.
How much do you think it would cost to take the taxi outside the domestic terminal of Ataturk airport?

kind regards,
Barbara

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Erlend Geerts March 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Hi Barbara,

You say you have a child and a teen with you, which makes me assume you’re carrying quite a bit of luggage too. Chances are that it won’t all fit in a standard taxi.

Moreover, taxis don’t have special child seats. I would never go for a discount over a child’s safety. If the hotel promises to have a child seat, I would go for that. If not, go for the (double) taxi option or try your chance with a service I use when traveling to the airport with my child, securedrive (you can look them up)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Barbara March 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

Erlend,
Thanks for your prompt reply!
I mislead you, my two kids are 13 and 10 years old (the last one is still a child but almost a teen, so no need for a child seat anymore)
Anyway thanks for your recommendation, I already sent the question to check for costs.
In case we take a regular taxi, how much should a ride be for a Wednesday (May 7th) around 21:30 hours to our hotel ? We will stay at a hotel at Kabatas Taksim, Beyoglu, 34427 Istanbul. We are planning on having a regular size suitcase and 2 carry-ons.

Kind regards,
Barbara

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Erlend Geerts March 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

Hi Barabara,

As listed above. Those are cab fares with little to moderate traffic, which is what you should encounter at that time and day. But as I said before, traffic is unpredictable in Istanbul.

Erlend

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Cher-Wen March 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Hi Erlend,

How much would a taxi cost to get from Ataturk to Istiklal on Saturday around noon? I am being offered a ride from another source for 45 euro one way, but that sounds a bit steep to me.

Would a shuttle or taxi be the best option? I have one bag that is cumbersome, though not huge.

Thanks!
Cher-Wen

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Erlend Geerts March 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Hi Cher-Wen,

This type of question has been asked and answered a few times, so please go through the comments section. In the end it’s just mathematics vs convenience.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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shafi Khan April 6, 2014 at 3:22 am

Hi
Can you tell how far is Swissotel at bayildim Cad No2 from Kabatas T1 station? Is there any public transport?
Regards
Shafi

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Erlend Geerts April 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Hi Shafi,

It’s not far away, but it’s a bit up a slope, so you better take a taxi.

Erlend

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drew April 7, 2014 at 1:15 am

Hello,
My plan arrives at IST at 1AM :( so, is my only option a taxi? Are there unofficial transportation options like non-licensed taxis or rideshares?

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Erlend Geerts April 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Hi Drew,

I’m afraid an official taxi will be your only option!

Erlend

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Radhika April 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm

HI Erlend,

I am very happy to have stumbled upon your site. We are a group of 5 (my husband, my mom, 2 kids (6 and 10) and self) traveling to Turkey for 5 days early May. The plan is to do 3 days in Istanbul and 2 in Cappadocia. While we haven’t booked a hotel yet I am looking at an apartment in the Galata or Sultahmet area. My questions are as follows
1. My mom is elderly and a slightly nervous traveller. She is arriving on her own at the Ataturk and unfortunately because of a big difference in our arrival times, will have to make her own way to the hotel/ apartment. In your earlier posts you have mentioned official taxis. Is this a prepaid taxi that you can get at the airport? Or would she have to go out of the airport and look for a specific queue and then pay the taxi driver later at the destination. I would like to give her as much detailed information as possible.

2. If our flight back from Cappadocia arrives at SAW at 9.15 am on a Monday, is trying to get to IST for a 12.50 pm international flight too ambitious ?

Thanks in advance
Radhika

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Erlend Geerts April 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Hi Radhika,

1. Your mom has two options. Either she walks out of the airport terminal, takes one of the official taxis waiting outside, and pays at the destination. Or, you contact secure drive or efendi travel before you come to Istanbul and arrange a private transport for her. More comfortable, more style, but also a bit more expensive.

2. There is no way you can pull that off.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Helena April 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Good morning…. first of all, I’d like to say that your blog is more than helpful…¡¡¡…. On sunday, April 13, we (4 of us…my wife, my 2 kids and myself) are arriving in Sabiha Gokcen Airport at around 1 p.m….. I called my hotel (Hotel Conrad Istambul – Beşiktaş) and they quoted an outrageously expensive 680 TL one-way ride.
I’d very much appreciate your advice on whether to take a taxi or not. If so, may I kindly ask you to tell us what the foreseable taxi rate would be ?…. If other alternative, please gkindly give us your advice. Many thanks. Ramon

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Erlend Geerts April 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Hi Helena,

Did you read this post on how to get from SAW to the city center?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Ron April 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Hi Erlend, great information!!!!!
I am arriving at Ataturk Airport on a Friday at 5pm and going to the Omerbey Konagi Hotel, Ordu Cd. Dibekli Cami Sk.No:17 Beyazıt Fatih.
Two questions:
1. where is the best place to buy Turkish Lira at the airport?
2. I am traveling solo so is taking a taxi the best way to get to the hotel?
Many thank

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Erlend Geerts April 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Hi Ron,

There is only one place at the airport where you can exchange money. Alternatively, you could withdraw money from an ATM (be sure to inform at your bank for extra fees).

As for reaching your hotel, you can take the taxi directly (most expensive), use public transportation (cheapest) or use the shuttle to Taksim and a taxi from there to the hotel (a little bit less expensive, certainly since you arrive during rush hour.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Adam April 19, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Hi there,

we (6 persons + 2 big lagguage) will go from Istambul SAW airport to Grand Bazaar area in May.
What is the most economic way to get there? Is there bigger taxis (eg. for 6-8 persons) ?

thanks in advance
Adam

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Erlend Geerts April 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Hi Adam,

You could try private shuttle services, like this one, http://www.ataturkairporttransfer.net

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mira April 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hello Erlend,
Thank you for your valuable information! I am visiting Istanbul for the first time and yours posts are extremely helpful.
I will be arriving to Ataturk airport at 1 AM and my flight from Sabiha airport will depart at 8am. I assume that I won’t make it on time for the 1am Havatas bus departure time to Taksim so I will need to wait for the 4 AM bus. 1) Would it be safe to take the bus at that hour? (we’re two ladies). From Taksim we have to take the connecting bus to Sabiha Gokcen airport. I understand that the bus stop is in front of Point Hotel in front of Taksim square, is that correct?
Thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts April 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Hi Mira,

You’ve got it all figured out I see. Yes, you should be safe. Worst case scenario, ask if you can sit in the hotel lobby until the bus is there.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Mati April 22, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I am arriving late (1:30AM). Are your taxi fares relevant also for night? Or should I expect higher rates?

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Please read bullet point number 4.

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Tiki April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

Dear Erlend,

From AtaturkAirport to Taksim the Taxi Fare is 49TL.
We are 4 adults and I want to know if the price 49TL is per person or 49TL for all of us together?

Thanks in advance

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Erlend Geerts April 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Hi Tiki,

Taxi fares are always for the ride, regardless the amount of people in it.

Erlend

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Hasan April 29, 2014 at 3:08 am

Hi Erlend,
Well done on this amazing article, salute!

I could not see an article date so I was wondering if those rate are applicable for nowadays, May 2014, or I should expect some raise from what is mention above?

Thank you again for the great work!
H

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Erlend Geerts April 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Hi Hasan,

This article is always kept up to date.

Thanks,
Erlend

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Hasan May 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Thank you =)

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Dido May 8, 2014 at 9:13 am

Hi there,
I am coming to Istanbul during Bayram., 28/07/2014. I am arriving at Sabiha Gocken airport. I have booked hotel in Sultan Ahmed area. Does Bayram celebration affect public transport,shuttles, and taxi, and if you could, please give me an advise is touristic visit of Istanbul during Bayram good idea? I have already booked the tickets from Australija, but I have just disovered, that 3 days are on Bayram time. Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts May 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hi Dido,

Nothing to worry about. You’ll have the advantage to compare Istanbul during and outside Ramadan. For tourists nothing really changes, but you have the chance to experience iftar.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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William May 10, 2014 at 6:23 am

I wish to add my thanks for a great site also! It is reassuring to have so much information from a local expert in one place.

Can you please give me your recommendation for what time to leave Sultanahmet for an 8pm flight on a Thursday night flight from Ataturk Airport?

Many thanks,

William

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Hi William,

Assuming you’ll go by taxi and it’s an international flight, I would leave no later than 5 pm.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Gabi May 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

Thanks for all the valuable information.

My husband and I are coming to Istanbul next month and have been quoted a rate of 30 Euros for a car from Ataturk airport to our hotel (near Galata Bridge). According to your price card for taxis, this seems high. Would you recommend we find our own taxi at the airport instead?

Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts May 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Hi Gabi,

Sure, you know that it should not cost more than 60 TL with an official taxi, so go for it. If the fare is more, call the hotel personnel for help to solve the matter.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Yoko May 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Hi, I found your web site very helpful. Thank you. Only one thing… if you could put the last updated date… ’cause it looks like Istanbul changes a lot especially in the past 2-3 years. Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts May 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Hi Yoko,

I keep the pages as up-to-date as possible.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Yoko June 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

OK, understood. Thank you!

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Cintia May 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thank you for all the info, it has been very helpful.

Is there a way to go from Taksim square to Sultanahmet using the train/tram? What do you think it is the best way to get from one place to the other for two people?

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts May 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hi Cintia,

Did you have a look at this page about how to use public transportation?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Isa June 7, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Hi, i found that your website is so useful.

can you suggest to me which transportation is best if I arrive at the airport at 2255h, to go to hotel at sultanahmet.

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Erlend Geerts June 8, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Hi Isa,

I would use a taxi or a private shuttle if you’re traveling alone and don’t feel comfortable as a female late at night.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Hasan June 17, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Hi Geerts,
first of all many thanks for such a great informative portal to help peoples, i will be traveling with my wife and 2 kids on coming 24 july, we will land at Ataturk International Airport around 1.30 PM local time, we will spent 4 days in istanbul then head to antalya on 28 july with turkishairlines flight.
My question is regarding istanbul stay for 4 days, as i know 4 days are not enough to catch everything but if you can suggest the best places to go during this period will help, and also i need an taxi for daily sight seeing as i am traveling with kids so its not safe to use public transport.

1. Daily full day taxi cost to see the places in istanbul if possible
2. what are the best budget restaurants in istanbul for a person, specially turkish culinary?
3. best shopping areas?
4. is 300$ enough to roam around the city including dining and transportation for a day?

i hope you get my questions and answer them in possible manner.

Thanks a lot again for doing such great job.

Cheers
Hasan

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Erlend Geerts June 18, 2014 at 10:37 am

Hi Hasan,

Where did you read public transportation is unsafe? I would prefer that over a taxi, certainly in rush hour. Late at night might be the only exception, but since you have children, late at night is pretty unlikely I guess.

For restaurants and shopping areas, please browse the website. There is plenty of info on those. Your budget should do if your kids are below the age of 12.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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elene June 19, 2014 at 1:17 am

Hi Erlend

Thanks for all the detailed explanations given above, they are so useful when you are travelling for the first time. I would like to ask you 1. If there is any discount for children under 12 in public transport , 2. Is it possible to get from Gokcen Airport to Beyoglu (Atif Yilmaz Cad. Suslusaksi Sok.No:21 Beyoglu)using tram or only Havatas bus and taxi? Has the taxi prices changed or would it be around 80 Liras?
Thanks in advance

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Erlend Geerts June 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

Hi Elene,

1. Children until 7 travel free, after that full fare.
2. Please do take the Havataş shuttle. It’s comfortable and not expensive.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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elene June 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Erlend

Ben Alston June 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I had to say, thank you very much for the time and effort you put in to this website, it means alot to many people. regards Ben

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Erlend Geerts June 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Thanks a lot Ben.

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Avik July 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Thank you very much for all the useful information.

I am travelling to Istanbul next week and will land at S. Gokcen in early morning. My girlfriend is trvelling from a different location and she will land on the previous day in 7:30 PM. Hence she will board a hotel near the airport for a night and next morning we will go to the main city. Well, that’s the plan.

I think a hotel in Pendik will be near (and affordable). What do you think is the best way for her to reach Pendik at that time. If she takes a taxi how much will be the fare in your opinion? Will it be safe?

Thanks in advance. :)

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Erlend Geerts July 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Hi Avik,

Sounds like a good plan. Call or mail your hotel what the expected taxi fare should be.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sharon July 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Hi Erlend,

I am actually planning to fly through Istanbul to Rome from Texas. I have the choice between a 4 hours layover or a 20 hour layover. If I choose the 20 hour layover, I would arrive at the airport at 4 pm and depart the next day at noon. Do you have any recommendations as to where I should stay and what I should do if I decide to go with this option? I would like to keep things as affordable as possible–and am completely willing to stay in a hostel. Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts July 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Hi Sharon,

Given the flight times, you will have no real sightseeing options. You can only have a nice Bosphorus view dinner and enjoy the nightlife.

I would go for the four hour overlay.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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ted July 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Hello, we’re landing in Ataruk On the 16th , 6 people in total (4 adults 2 kids) what do you recommend is the best way to get to Modern Sultan Hotel and how much do you think it will cost? Thanks alot.

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Erlend Geerts July 15, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Hi Ted,

I would go for a private shuttle given the amount of people and luggage.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Sejad July 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

Hi,

Having read your articles which I find utmost useful, I have a small dilemma; namely, in mid August my family (wife, 5yr son and myself) are coming to Istanbul. Our flight arrives early in the morning (3:00 am) at Ataturk airport and our hotel is in Sultanahmet district, just next to Hagia Sofia.
According to info, the taxi should cost around 50 TL (17 EUR), while the private transport would cost 20 EUR. I guess private transport should be a better option, as I don’t want to waste time arguing with tax drivers over possible overcharging. Would you agree?

To my understanding, Havatas does not take you directly to Sultanahmet (from Ataturk), instead I would first have to go to Taksim, and after that return back to Sultanahmet. Even with cheaper price for Havatas, I would have to add 11-15 TL for the taxi, so that makes the price roughly equal to private transport. Do I get everything correct or am I missing something?

Keep up doing great work,
Sejad

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AlanB July 27, 2014 at 9:43 pm

You mention that standard fare from Ataturk airport to Sultanahmet is 40TL. I will have a party of four adults, each with a suitcase and a carry-on case, when we visit Istanbul. Will a taxis be able to take all four of us and our cases at the same time, or do we need to look for a special type of taxi? Also, if so, is the fare still 40TL? If there is not a taxi type that can take all four of us, can you please suggest the best method to get to Sultanahmet and how much it will cost the four of us? Thank you.

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Erlend Geerts July 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Hi Alan,

This question has been asked and answered in the comments many time before. You can also have a look at the comments in how to get to your hotel from the Atatürk airport.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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AlanB July 28, 2014 at 3:20 am

Hi Erlend,
Thank you for your reply. I had already read that section, and indeed it refers to it being cheaper for four people to take a taxi, but the article does not mention anything about whether the taxis are large enough to carry four passengers and eight suitcases (four suitcases and four carry-on cases)? Also, if the taxi can, is there any addition charges for extra cases beyond the first one per person: for example, in Rome, taxi drivers charge extra for larger suitcases over medium suitcases and also extra for carry-on suitcases… Thanks.

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Erlend Geerts July 29, 2014 at 12:10 am

Hi Alan,

In all fairness, you’re better off hiring a private shuttle (see links in earlier comments) if you’re a party of four with a lot if luggage. There is no way you and your luggage will fit in one cab. And recently taxi drivers started charging extra for luggage, about one lira per suitcase.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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AlanB July 29, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Hi Erland,
Thanks again for your reply. Makes sense what you say; that’s what I’ll do then. Take care. Regards from Vancouver, BC, Canada. :)

Khurram July 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hi Erlend.

First, a great website. Thanks.

Me and my family (there are 5 of us in total), will be travelling from Ataturk Airport to And Hotel (And Hotel, Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd No:18, 34410 Istanbul, Turkey). The hotel have told me that if I want to get picked up by taxi it will be 35 EURO. Is this reasonable?

How much do you think it will cost in Lira (and Euro) please.

Also, is the law strict there in terms of how many people can sit in a taxi. (Can 5 people sit in a taxi or is 4 people the maximum)?

Thanks

Khurram

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Erlend Geerts July 30, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Hi Khurram,

Even if you could fit 5 people in a taxi, you would have no space left to carry their luggage.

Please read my replies to similar comments just before yours.

Cheers,
Erlend

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Shabbir July 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for keeping this updated constantly. It is quite amazing. I’ll be arriving in the city on 25th august at 9:30am (ataturk) and leaving a week later sept 1st with flight scheduled to leave at 8:15am.

When arriving, should i expect there to be a lot of traffic? I see there isnt much difference in the private car service you linked (25 euro) vs 50 TL cab fare. ABout $10 USD difference. If it is rush hour then that would make a lot more sense as it will be a fixed price, for the private car that is. Am I correct in thinking this?

Also, of more concern is the departure. What would be a good time to leave hotel from Taksim to arrive in time for my 8:15am departure?

Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts July 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Hi Shabbir,

You should be ok with a taxi, since it will take you approximately an hour to get out of the airport.
The return flight is certainly no problem, since for international flights you must be there two hour upfront. Trust me, there will be very little traffic at 5:35 in the morning :-)

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Jorge August 3, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for running this great site. I have a question about taxis from Taksim to a football match on Aug 8 at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. How much should that cost? Does it make sense to take a taxi there and back? What is the best way to arrange a ride back from the stadium. Thank very much!

J

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Erlend Geerts August 6, 2014 at 12:03 am

Hi Jorge,

Honestly, I wouldn’t take a taxi, because every game roads are clogged up, even highways. I would use public transportation.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Nas August 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Hi Erlend,

I don’t think I have seen a better or more informative site anywhere! Thank you!

We are arriving at Atatürk International Airport around 11pm and our hotel is near Taksim Square and Metro Taksim İstasyonu and party of three. What is the easiest way to get there (and cheapest)?

Looking forward to your reply and thank you in advance!

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2014 at 12:32 am

Hi Nas,

I would go for the Havataş shuttle. You can probably walk to your hotel from the drop-off point. Ask the clerk for correct directions.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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John August 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hello please I need your advice, am traveling to Istanbul on 25th and the hotel I booked is in Kilos because I want to stay on sea side! Now am trying to make reservation for airport transfer and am not seeing Kilos in that regions it’s adding! Please how best to get there How much will the taxi charge me?

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Hi John,

It’s a very nice location, but located way out of the city center. The easiest way would be by private shuttle I guess. I can recommend Atatürk Airport Travel. Ask them for a quote. You can tell them I sent you, maybe it helps.

Btw, it’s spelled Kilyos.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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John August 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hello please I need your advice, am traveling to Istanbul on 25th and will arrive at Ataturk airport and the hotel I booked is in Kilos because I want to stay on sea side! Now am trying to make reservation for airport transfer and am not seeing Kilos in that regions it’s adding! Please how best to get there How much will the taxi charge me?

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Ali August 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hello thanks for the taxi price list will come in great use when i go to istanbul. It seems you have a good knowledge of istanbul. Im finding it hard on making my mind up on where to stay in istanbul. So if i could ask your opinion where would you base yourself in istanbul, Sultanahmet or taksim. From what research i have done it seems like its best to spend the day in Sultanahmet and evenings in taksim, also it seems like a Sultanahmet is about £80-£100 cheaper over 7 nights than a equivalent hotel in taksim. From your taxi price list it looks like i will b spending far less than £80-100 if i was to take a taxi from one place to the other over 7 days. So if you had the choice where would you stay Sultanahmet or taksim for an overall experience of istanbul in terms of food, sites, things to do and value for money
Thank you

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Hi Ali,

Did you have a look at our where to stay in Istanbul post?

Personally, I prefer to stay in the nightlife zone. Simply because of the vibrant nightlife and because I prefer to rely on public transportation instead of taxis. They’re cheaper, not prone to traffic jams, air conditioned, and much cheaper.

I hope this helps,
Erlend

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Howard August 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Hello Erlend,

Two of us are arriving at Ataturk Airport on a Monday at 12:30 pm. We had planned to go by metro to the Otogar to take a 5-hour bus to Eskisehir, something we’ve done before. We just heard about the new fast train that makes this trip in about 2 hours. If we decide to use the train, what is the best and fastest way to get from Ataturk to the station at Pendik from which the train leaves? We’ve read it can take more than 2 hours by metro transferring to two trams and finally a bus! Is there a fast ferry from the airport to the port near Pendik? If so, I assume we could get a bus or taxi from the port to the train? Or should we stick with the bus trip?

Thanks for your help,
Howard

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Erlend Geerts August 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Hi Howard,

I’m afraid such a nice transit is still in the works. For now I would stick to your comfortable bus ride.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Daniele Volcov August 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hi Erlend,
We’ve arrived in Istambul on August, 20th and they have informed us there that a taxi from Ataturk to Beyoglu would cost around 78TL. So we decided to take the bus.
On the 24th we have to go to Sabiha and I’m afraid it will be too expensive. Can you help me clarifying these costs?
Thank you!

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Erlend Geerts August 23, 2014 at 1:57 am

Hi Daniele,

Please have a look at this page, but think a reverse trip. Hint: Havataş section :-)

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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