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Getting from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the City of Istanbul

Sabina Gokcen airport is located rather far out of the city and is not as touristy as Ataturk Airport, this resulting in less transportation options. There is no metro route, however, taxis are available at the arrivals terminal. A Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi will take around an hour to the city centre, and costs approximately €24 (125TL). Alternatively, you can take one of the privately operated Havabus shuttles from the airport, which takes you directly to the tourist centre of the new city in Taksim. This costs €2.40 (12TL) and takes around 90 minutes.

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How to get a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City

Taking a taxi to the central city of Istanbul is the best way to reach your destination comfortably and safely. Unfortunately, this trip can sometimes take over an hour due to heavy traffic. You should always take into account the heavy traffic whilst planning your trip to Istanbul. Taxis are available at the airport 24/7 and look like typical yellow taxis. It is always best to have a general idea of where you are going as some drivers have been known to take advantage of tourists.

Taxi fares from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City

A Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi to Taksim in the city centre will cost around €24 (125TL). However, depending on the traffic, this price can be affected as the taxis are metered. Ensure that you have cash on hand to pay the driver and that the taximeter has been reset and working when you start your journey.

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Trip Duration

60 min

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the 24/7 Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi rank outside the arrival terminal.


Taxis are an efficient, comfortable and easy way to get from the airport to the city centre, however, they can be expensive in Istanbul.

Editor’s Note

Be sure to carry cash on you, as some taxis might not have a debit/credit card machine, and might overcharge when using them.

Useful Tips

Have the address as well as the name of your hotel printed out: drivers may not know your hotel location as there are many in the city.
It is always best to pre-book your taxi if you have large luggage, as to ensure that there is enough room in the taxi.
Do not accept rides from independent drivers who approach you – always take a taxi from the rank.

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City by bus

The Havabus company is a privately-owned bus service that operates at the Sabina Gokcen airport to and from Taksim Square, in the city centre. The bus only has a few stops on its route, which could be inconvenient if you have large amounts of luggage and need to walk to your hotel from the drop off point. However, the bus does have good luggage storage and is very reasonably priced. The trip on Havabus to Taksim is about 90 minutes.

How much is the bus from Sabiha Gokcen to Istanbul City?

The bus fee is €2.40 (12TL), regardless of where you get off. You can pay for your bus ticket in cash as you board or by Istanbulkart – a reloadable card that can be purchased at the airport for €2 (10TL) and can get you a 40% discount on your trip.



Trip Duration

90 min

There could be a 30 minute wait for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus is available from the airport between 04:00 - 01:00 and departs every 30 minutes.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stop and pick up point is located outside of the airport arrivals terminal.


The bus is a good option for frequent, cheap public transport to the city centre with suitable luggage storage. However, the journey is long and the stops are limited. If you are on a tight schedule, the waiting times could be inconvenient.

Editor’s Note

Taksim is the busiest and most touristic part of the new city; it is also a great place to start your sightseeing.

Useful Tips

The Istanbulkart is a great purchase if you are intending to stay in the city for a while; you can get discounts on all public transport during your stay.
There is no extra charge for luggage on the Havabus.

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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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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport from the city of Istanbul?

A taxi from the airport is metered, therefore the price may vary depending on traffic. The cost to Taksim is approximately €24 (125TL).

How many transfer options are there from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city of Istanbul?

There are two transfer options from the airport – the bus or taxi. The bus stop in the city centre is at the Taksim Square, whereas the taxi will go directly to your hotel.

How far is Sabiha Gokcen Airport from the city centre of Istanbul?

The airport is 43 km away from the Taksim district in the city centre. The trip should take under 1 hour in normal traffic by taxi.

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