Transport options of how to get from the airport to Istanbul city centre

Transport options of how to get from the airport to Istanbul city centre

Istanbul is the most charming place of the East. It’s a most beautiful and romantic city in Turkey. The city has an original character — lots of old buildings full of history. At the same time, it’s a developing centre of science and business. So Istanbul is still popular among tourists from all over the world — no matter their purpose: work or relaxing holidays. Its mosques and markets add special taste to the city.

All transport on the route Istanbul airport — city centre

The distance between Ataturk airport and Istanbul is not that long — around 20 kilometers (to Sultanahmet) and 29 kilometers to Taksim. You can easily go from the airport to Istanbul city centre by several transport options: by bus, tube, taxi or transfer.

If you decide to see all the landmarks in Sultanahmet, you will likely opt for the tube — it will bring you to the destination in an hour and for only 12 liras. If your option is Taksim — a fave spot of many tourists — you should choose a bus trip. It’s pretty cheap (11 liras) and will only take 40 minutes. Sure, if you need a comfortable and smooth trip without any other travelers around, just choose transfer / taxi on the spot.

Please note that the price for a taxi on the spot is different from the transfer price. The transfer price is fixed (from $26), while the taxi price can vary and usually depend on many factors (time of day, number of bags, etc.)

Some transport tips on the route from Istanbul airport to the city centre

We should admit that transport in Istanbul is very comfortable and of high quality. They are building new tube lines and develop new routes to various regions and nearby towns. Still, please note that it’s not about direct routes, and if you have too many bags with you, it might state a problem to change and search for best routes by public transport. Moreover, the final cost will consist of different transportation options. Don’t forget that you need to exchange currency to local liras to be able to pay for the tickets with no problem. Still, if you put comfort first and want to pay in USD, just book a transfer online.

Buses Istanbul airport — city centre

  • Havatas buses
  • 40 minutes in the road (with little traffic)
  • 30 minutes waiting at the bus stop
  • Price 11 liras
  • Comfort level: middle

Tube Istanbul airport — city centre

  • Red line Havalimanı
  • 60 minutes in the road
  • 10 minutes waiting at the train station
  • Price over 12 liras
  • Comfort level: middle

Taxi / transfer Istanbul airport — city centre

  • Transfer / taxi on the spot
  • 30+ minutes in the road
  • Transfer no need to wait (meeting at arrival) / taxi 5 minutes waiting
  • Price over $28
  • Comfort level: high

Don’t forget to see in Istanbul:

  • The Hagia Sophia
  • Rumelihisari Castle
  • Berlerbeyi Palace
  • The Istanbul Military Museum
  • Blue mosque
  • Basilica cistern
  • The Dolmabahçe Clock tower