Getting Around


As of 6 April 2019, Istanbul Atatürk Airport was closed and all the flights were transferred to the new airport called Istanbul Airport.

Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, Turkey and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers. Opened in 2019 and located on the European side of the city, 40km north of the city centre by the Black Sea coast.

There are several ways to travel between Istanbul Airport and the city center.

Havaist and IETT Bus Services: Havaist organizes two-way bus services with 15 minute and 40 minute intervals. IETT, on the other hand, provides services on its Halkalı, Mecidiyeköy and Atatürk Airport lines.

Click here to get detailed information about the departure points, routes, route distances and the departure times of HAVAIST shuttles.

Click here to get detailed information about the departure points, routes, route distances and the departure times of IETT shuttles..

Taxi: Taxi service is offered at the Istanbul Airport 24/7, thereby covering both flight times as well as all periods outside of flight schedules. Three types of taxis are utilized for this service, comprised of black “E” type, blue “D” type, and orange “C” type taxis. Passengers desiring to use the taxi service can access these vehicles at the main stations located in the Plaza Section’s Domestic and International Arrivals areas, as well as the Departures floor and the Other Arrivals floor.

Car: Istanbul Airport is readily accessible by car. For a relaxed departure, please plan your route in advance. There are different route alternatives if you are driving to Istanbul Airport. Click here to get the driving direction.

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Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Sabiha Gökçen Airport International Istanbul Airport is located in the Pendik - Kurtkoy district on the Asian side. It is 50 kilometres to Taksim. Sabiha Gökçen International is connected to the city of Istanbul and that city's wider metropolitan area through a number of transport corridors.

Havabüs Service: The buses provide service between Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Kadıköy and Taksim.

Ulaşımpark buses: The buses provide service between Sabiha Gökçen Airport and İzmit Bus Station.

Municipality Bus:

KM22 – ISG International Airport – Kartal Metro Station (transfer for Istanbul Metro line M4). The quickest way to reach Istanbul Metro.

E3 – ISG International Airport – 4.Levent (transfer for Istanbul Metro)

E9 – ISG International Airport – Maltepe

E10,E11 – ISG International Airport – Kurtköy – Kadıköy (transfer for Haydarpaşa Station and İDO ferry services to Eminönü and Karaköy)

16S – ISG International Airport – Yenişehir – Kozyatağı- Metrobüs Uzunçayır (transfer to Metrobüs)

18H - ISG International Airport-Sultanbeyli

132 – Kartal – Tepeören

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is at 14 km distance to Pendik Sea Bus Terminal.

Taxis are also a common means of transport at the airport.

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Rent a car

There are a number of rent-a- car companies desks at both airports which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


You can drive in Turkey with EU, US or International driving license. You should have your driving license, your passport and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centers.

Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indicated by yellow signs. Turkey has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centers and 90 km outside urban centers (120 km on Motorways). Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways, they are often open 24hrs and have restaurants and other facilities attached. Unleaded (kurşunsuz) petrol is easily available. Garages for repairs are often concentrated on certain streets within a town or can be found on highways.

If you are planning on driving to Turkey, as well as your passport, you will need to take your international driving license, car registration documents and international green card (insurance card) with the TR sign clearly visible (NB: This can be purchased on arrival at the border). You can bring your own car into the country for up to six months. If you wish to keep you car in Turkey for more than six months, you are liable to pay import tax.


Istanbul is full of taxis. All taxis have digital meters and must run them, but some of these drivers ask for a flat fare, or pretend the meter doesn’t work so they can gouge you at the end of the run. The best way to counter this is to tell them no meter, no ride. If you catch a taxi over either of the Bosphorus Bridges, it is your responsibility to cover the toll. The driver will add this to your fare.


An excellent tramway (tramvay) service runs from Zeytinburnu (where it connects with the airport LRT) to Sultanahmet and Eminönü, and then across the Galata Bridge to Karaköy (to connect with the Tünel) and Kabataş (to connect with the funicular to Taksim Square). Trams run every five minutes from 6am to midnight. The fare is YTL1.30 and Akbil can be used. A two-stop antique tram runs along İstiklal Caddesi between Tünel and Taksim Squares in Beyoğlu.A tram also runs between Kadıköy Square on the Asian side and the exclusive residential suburb of Moda.


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