This guide on how to get from Istanbul airport to downtown It will help you make this transfer in the most comfortable and quick way to your hotel.
The city has two international airports: the New Istanbul Airport (which receives traffic from the old Atatürk) and the Sabiha Gökçen, both well connected by public and private transport to the center.
The first is located 35 kilometers north of the city and receives flights from large companies such as Turkish Airlines, while Sabiha Gökçen is 50 kilometers away, and low cost companies such as Vueling land.
Based on the experience of making this journey during our trip, after which we wrote this guide to travel to Turkey, we show you all the options of transfer from the airport to the center of Istanbul or to the hotel, so you can choose the one that best suits your preferences. We start!
How to get from the New Airport to Istanbul
The New Airport is the one that receives the most traffic in the country and has all these means of transportation to reach the center of Istanbul:
- Subway: at the beginning of 2020 the M11 subway line will enter into operation, which will connect to the Gayrettepe station from where you can connect to the M2 that will take you to the center.
- Bus: There are several lines such as the IST-19 that stops in Taksim and the IST-20 in Sultanahmet, which make the journey from the Istanbul airport to the center. These buses leave from the -2 floor with a frequency of 15 minutes, take about 80 minutes and cost about 3 euros.
Another option is to take the airport express bus H-2, which leaves you at the Şişli-Mecidiyeköy metro station and from there with the M2 line you can reach Taksim and Sultanahmet.
- Private transfer: It is the most comfortable and safe option when waiting for a driver at the terminal, raising a sign with your name and taking you directly to the door of your hotel in just over an hour, depending on traffic. You can book this service here.
- Cab: official taxis located at the exit of the terminal cost about 30 euros, if your hotel is located downtown.
Remember that if you want to use the public transport of Istanbul it is advisable to buy the Istanbulkart rechargeable card or the 5 Pass Card and 10 Pass Card passes with which you will save money and time.
One of the best tips for traveling to Istanbul is to stay in the Sultanahmet area, where you will find magnificent hotels such as the Adamar Hotel with fantastic views of the city from its terrace or The Million Stone Hotel, both located a few meters from the Basilica of Saint Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. In addition to its excellent location and good communication with the airport, both offer full breakfasts and have one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.
Once the transfer from Istanbul airport to downtown or to your hotel, you can prepare your itineraries around the city following this list of 50 things to see and do in Istanbul and these guides optimized by days: