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How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square

The famous Taksim Square is the central landmark of Taksim, spanning out across the popular tourist destination. Taksim is known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling shops and restaurants, a must-see while in Istanbul. Be sure to take a stroll along the Istiklal Caddesi and see the vintage trams and beautiful 19th-century buildings. 

There are three different transfer options from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square; taxi, bus or metro. Taking an Istanbul Airport taxi is the quickest option, with a journey time of 45 minutes and a cost of around €41 (TRY 877). Taking the Havabus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim will take 1 hour and 30 minutes but will cost just €3.70 (TRY 67). The metro is another cheap transfer option, with a cost of  €3.90 (TRY 77) and a journey time of around 50 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €41 45min 24/7
Bus €7.40 90min 24/7
Metro €7.80 50min 06:00–00:00

How to get a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

If you’re looking for a fast, reliable and comfortable transfer option from IST Airport to Taksim Square, taking a taxi is your best option. The journey time in a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim is just 45 minutes and the cost will be around €41 (TRY 877), based on a taximeter. 

How much is a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim?

The local taxi drivers at Istanbul Airport use a taximeter to calculate the cost of your fare. The average cost for a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim will be €41 (TRY 877), but this is subject to change depending on the levels of traffic and the number of passengers travelling. 

For a set fare you know won’t change, you can pre-book your Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square transfer with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€41 (TRY 877)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from IST Airport to Taksim Square.

Where do I find a taxi at Istanbul Airport?

The taxi rank at Istanbul Airport is located on floor -2. You will see the long line of taxis as you exit the terminal.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is a fast and stress-free way to travel from IST Airport to Taksim Square. You won’t need to worry about your luggage being stored or getting from the centre of Taksim to your hotel. Instead, you can enjoy a fast and direct journey directly to the door of your accommodation.

Editor’s Note

You can fit up to 4 passengers in a standard taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim. To save money on your transfer, you can split the cost of the fare between 4 passengers.

Useful Tips

Your Istanbul Airport taxi must be paid in cash in the local currency (TRY).
Ensure your driver resets their meter before you begin your journey.
During peak travel times your fare may increase due to the traffic.

How to get the bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

The Havaist bus iST-16 runs 24 hours a day directly to Taksim Square. The journey time on the bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim will be 90 minutes and the cost will be €3.70 (TRY 67) for a single ticket.

How much is the bus from Istanbul airport to Taksim?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square will be €3.70 (TRY 67). You can pay for your ticket with the driver as you get on the bus, or online in advance by card.

Cost

€3.70 (TRY 67)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the Havabus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim runs 24 hours a day.

Where do I find the bus at Istanbul Airport?

The bus stops are located on floor -2 at Istanbul Airport. You can follow signs for ‘Ground Transportation’ once you leave the baggage claim area.

Convenience

Although a cheap transfer option, taking the bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square isn’t the most convenient. The buses fill very quickly, so you may have a long wait for an empty seat. Once you reach Taksim, you will also need to find alternate transport to reach your hotel, adding time and cost to your already long journey.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

You can purchase your bus tickets online in advance, just be sure to save the QR code to present to your driver as you get on the bus.

Useful Tips

Buying your bus tickets online can help save you time at the airport.
There's limited luggage storage on the bus, be sure to travel light.
The bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim runs 24 hours a day.

How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square by metro

The new metro line from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square is officially open. However, this won’t be a direct journey. You will first need to take the M11 metro line to Gayrettepe Station and then transfer to the M2 line to reach Taksim Station. The total journey time will be 50 minutes and the cost will be €3.90 (TRY 77).

How much is the metro from Istanbul Airport to Taksim?

To use the metro, you must first purchase an Istanbulkart travel card and then top it up. The price of an Istanbulkart is €3 (TRY 60). The cost of a journey on the M11 metro is €0.50 (TRY 9.90) and the cost for a ride on the M2 is €0.40 (TRY 7.10). This brings the total journey cost on the metro from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square to €3.90 (TRY 77). 

Cost

€3.90 (TRY 77)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the metro from IST Airport to Taksim Square.

Convnience
Safety
Value for Money

The M11 metro line runs form 06:00 to 24:00.

Where do I find the metro at Istanbul Airport?

The brand new M11 line runs from the metro station located outside of Exit 11 at Istanbul Airport. You will see the metro entrance in front of the car park.

Convenience

Although a cheap and fairly quick transfer option from IST Airport to Taksim Square, taking the metro isn’t very convenient. You will need to make changes, carrying your heavy luggage with you. Plus, once you’re on the metro, there’s no luggage storage, so it will be difficult to keep your luggage secure.

Editor’s Note

The M11 is a high-speed train, so even with the changes, the journey to Taksim will only take 50 minutes.

Useful Tips

You must purchase and use an Istanbulkart travel card to ride the metro.
You will need to purchase two metro tickets to complete your journey to Taksim.
Try to travel light, there's no luggage storage on the metro.

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Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Istanbul. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€41.0
NIGHTTIME
€47.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim?

There are three different transfer options from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square; taxi, bus or metro. Taking an Istanbul Airport taxi will take 45 minutes and cost around €41 (TRY 877). The bus from Istanbul Airport to Taksim will take 1 hour and 30 minutes but will cost just €3.70 (TRY 67), while the metro will cost  €3.90 (TRY 77) and will take just 50 minutes to reach Taksim Square.

What’s the taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to Taksim?

The cost of a local taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim will be around €41 (TRY 877). However, this isn’t a fixed fare as your driver will use a taximeter to calculate your fare. For a set fare that won’t change, you can pre-book your transfers with Welcome Pickups.

What's the distance from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square?

The distance from Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square is around 44km. Taking an airport taxi will take 45 minutes to get there, the Havaist iST-16 bus line will take 90 minutes and the metro will take 50 minutes to reach Taksim.

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