an excellent Istanbul private
transfer service to and from Istanbul's Atatürk
Airport and Sabiha
Gökçen Airport, and the cruise ship docks at Karaköy and Salıpazar that's
far more comfortable and reliable than
a taxi, but only slightly more expensive. Read this...
emerge from the secure Customs
area, turn left and your Efendi
liaison staff member will be waiting for you, holding
a sign with your name on
it. He'll help you with your luggage
and lead you to the vehicle, most commonly
a spacious, comfortable air-conditioned
minivan or midivan.
Your private vehicle—it's
just for you (and your travel companions, if you have any). It is
not a public shuttle. Your private driver will
take you directly to your hotel, where
he will help you with your
luggage to the hotel.
Whether driving from the airport to
your hotel, or from your hotel to the
airport, or on any other trip, your
driver will be polite and helpful,
dressed in suit and tie,
will drive carefully and observe traffic
regulations, will not smoke, and will offer you complimentary refreshments (welcome after a long flight!).
The cost of this
private service, for one to
four passengers, is just
euros one-way, 45
euros round-trip/return for the trip
Airport and Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Galata (Karaköy), Beyoğlu or Taksim
and just 55
euros one-way, 99
euros round-trip/return between Sabiha
Airport and Sultanahmet or Taksim
(Other destinations, such as to and from Istanbul's cruise ship ports, and trips with
more than four passengers, may have
different prices. Contact Efendi Travel for these.)
Let me make this clear: this is not a common airport shuttle. This is the total price (not the per-person price) for the entire vehicle for private hire, for you alone.
though these fares are not much more
than for an Istanbul
for some rides, and only moderately
more for others, a private transfer
is 1000% more comfortable, reliable, safe and pleasant than an Istanbul
taxi. As such, a private transfer
good value for money.
A regular yellow Istanbul
by the way, can take two passengers
comfortably, three in a bit of a squeeze,
four maximum (if th driver allows someone
to sit in the front passenger seat—which he usually doesn't),
but a taxi may not be able to hold all
of your luggage even for three passengers,
let alone four, because of the large
LNG tank in the trunk/boot (by law, Istanbul
taxis are powered by natural
gas). A taxi usually costs about TL45 to TL50
Airport and Sultanahmet or TL55 to TL65
between the airport and Taksim
Square, so you can see that
Travel service is very reasonably
priced; and a ride in an Istanbul
taxi is often not a pleasant experience.
Travel, by the way,
also operates three good
moderately-priced hotels: Sultan's
Houses, and Naz
Wooden House, and several budget studio apartments worth
considering for your stay in Istanbul. More...
here to make your reservation.
When you contact them, be sure to mention
TTP. Here's why.
Airport Transfer Service
Akbıyık Caddesi No: 30
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 638 6343, or 638 6344,
or 638 3746
Fax: +90 (212) 638 3922
—by Tom Brosnahan