Gökçen Airport and
the center of Istanbul (map) is
transfer van, city
Airport Bus, taxi,
shuttle van, and car
The journey between Old
the airport can take as little as 40
minutes under the best conditions (06:00
am on a weekend morning, for example),
but at other times you must allow 60
to 90 minutes, and perhaps even more.
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Havataş airport buses depart Sabiha
Gökçen Airport for the Kadıköy ferry dock every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour (for example, at 04:00, 04:30, 05:00 am, etc.) The first bus departs at 04:00 am, the last bus at 01:00 am. (Thus, no buses between 01:30 and 03:30 am). One-way fare is TL8. More...
From the Kadıköy ferry dock you can easily take ferries to Eminönü (for Sirkeci and Sultanahmet) or Karaköy (for Galata/Beyoğlu). The Kadıköy ferry dock also has a major city bus station for buses along the Asian Bosphorus shore to Haydarpaşa train station, the Harem Otogar (intercity bus station), and Üsküdar.
Other Havataş buses go to Taksim
Square in Beyoğlu on
the European shore every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from 03:30 am until 01:00 am. The journey can take as little as 90 minutes, or much longer, depending on traffic. The one-way fare is TL12.
From Taksim Square you can take other Havataş buses to the Yenikapı fast ferry terminal, or to Atatürk Airport.
A slightly cheaper alternative is to use public transit: KM22 city bus, from the airport to the Kartal station on the M4 Metro line. Take the Metro to the Ayrıklı Çeşmesi station and transfer to the Marmaray. Take the Marmaray to the Sirkeci station on the European shore of the Bosphorus, then the T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram to the stop nearest to your hotel. Here are maps of the system.
Not the fastest, but a pleasurable way,
to go between the airport and the city
is by KM22 city bus, M4 Metro and ferryboat.
Take the KM22 bus from the airport to the Kartal Metro station, then the Metro to the terminal station at Kadıköy. Walk the short distance from the Metro station to the Kadıköy ferry docks and board a ferryboat for Eminönü (for hotels and destinations in Old Istanbul), or Karaköy (for hotels and destinations in Beyoğlu).
You can also take an E10 city
bus to go to the Kadıköy ferry
dock (about one hour). The E10 city bus departs Sabiha
Gökçen Airport about
every 30 minutes throughout the
at Numune Hastanesi (hospital), 1.6 km (1 mile) SE of the Harem
Otogar (Intercity bus terminal),
a good place to catch a bus to anywhere
Leave the bus at Kadıköy,
say "Feribot?" to
anyone, and they'll point to the dock
right next to the bus stops. Buy a jeton (token), or use an Istanbulkart
at the fare booths and board a ferry across
the Bosphorus for
either Karaköy (Galata)
then a tram or
a taxi to Sultanahmet, or
a tram to Kabataş and
then the Füniküler to Taksim
from Kadıköy to Karaköy from
06:30 am to 00:00 (12 midnight) every
15 or 20 minutes during the morning
and evening rush hours; from 20:00
(8 pm) to 00:00 (12 midnight), ferries
depart Kadıköy for Karaköy every
30 minutes, on the hour and half
hour, with the last ferry departing Kadiköy at
00:00 (12 midnight).
from the city to the airport, take
a ferry from Eminönü or Karaköy to Kadıköy, then
ask for help finding the E10 ("eh-OHN")
bus in the crowd of 50 buses waiting
just north of the ferry dock. Allow
at least an hour to get to the airport
at least two hours from Sultanahmet.
The daytime fare may be about TL90
to Sirkeci or Sultanahmet, TL110
to the Büyük
Otogar (main bus
Several travel agencies have organized
to provide minibus transport from
Sultanahmet to Sabiha
Airport. Contact your Sultanahmet
hotel for information. The vans
depart several times daily and are
far cheaper than a taxi. (Shuttle
vans are not convenient for going
from the airport, alas....)
Here are instructions
for going to Atatürk Airport on
the European shore.
info for transport from Atatürk Airport
to Istanbul's city center.
—by Tom Brosnahan