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 popular as Ataturk Airport for tourists, so there are far less options available for transport. There is no metro route, however you are able to take a taxi available from the arrivals terminal. A Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi will take around an hour, and cost approximately 24€ (125TL). Alternatively, you can take one of the privately operated Havabus shuttles from the airport, which will take you directly into the tourist centre of the new city in Taksim. This will cost 2.40€ (12TL) and take around 90 minutes. Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Istanbul at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

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Taxi €24 60min 24/7
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Bus €4.80 90min 04:00–01:00

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

Taking a taxi to the central city of Istanbul is the best method to reach your destination comfortably and safely. Unfortunately, the journey length is heavily affected by traffic and so sometimes can take longer than an hour – traffic is something you should be aware of when you are planning your journey. Taxis are available at the airport 24/7 and should be yellow in colour. 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 fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City

A Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi to Taksim in the central city will cost around 24€ (125TL). However, the journey is metered and therefore traffic can affect this price – and the traffic can be very bad. Ensure that you have cash on hand to pay the driver and that the meter is clearly displayed and on.

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Taxis are an efficient, comfortable and easy way to get into the city from the airport. Although the most direct option of transport, taxis in Istanbul can be expensive. Always have cash on you to ensure you do not get overcharged.

Editor’s Note

It is always best to have cash on you if you want to take a taxi. Although some drivers may accept card, to ensure that you are getting charged and changed correctly, cash is always safer.

Useful Tips

Have the address and name of your hotel printed, 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 luggage to ensure that there is enough room for large luggage.
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 operates a privately-owned bus that services the airport at Sabina Gokcen and the central city – Taksim Square. The bus has limited destinations along its route and therefore can be inconvenient with large amounts of luggage if you need to walk to your hotel from the drop off point. However, the bus has good storage and is reasonably priced for the distance. It will take you around 90 minutes to reach Taksim with the Havabus.

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

The fare for the bus is 2.40€ (12TL), regardless of where you get off. The bus takes payment in cash as you board or will also accept an Istanbulkart – a reloadable card that can be purchased at the airport for 2€ (10TL). The card will earn you a 40% discount on your travel.



Trip Duration

90 Min

There can be up to a half an hour wait for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus is available from the airport between 04:00am - 01:00am and will depart 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 provides a good option for cheap public transport into the city and provides good working hours and suitable storage for luggage. However, the journey is long and the destinations limited, as well as often long wait times for the bus arrival.

Editor’s Note

Taksim is the busiest and most touristic of the central new city; it is a good place to alight near if you wish to see some sights.

Useful Tips

The Istanbulkart is a great purchase if you are intending to stay in the city a while; it gets you discounts on all public transport.
There is no extra charges for luggage on the Havabus - it can be extremely helpful if you have a lot to carry!

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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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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 should be 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 - by bus or taxi. The bus will drop of at Taksim Square in the central city, but the taxi is the only direct route to your hotel.

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

The airport is located 43 km from the central city - Taksim district. By taxi it should take just under an hour in normal traffic.

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