29 Apr Getting from Istanbul new airport to the City
Istanbul Airport is located right by the Black Sea shore in the European side of Istanbul. Taking up the torch from its predecessor Ataturk Airport, the new airport is the largest one in Turkey.
Fatih, located in European side of Istanbul and considered as the city centre, is both the historical and contemporary capital district of the city. Composed of many large areas such as Aksaray, Findikzade, Vatan Avenue and the recently merged Eminonu, the district is one of the most prominent locations when it comes to experiencing the essence of old and authentic Istanbul.
The distance between Istanbul Airport and City Centre (Fatih) is about 46 kms. Depending on your mode of transfer, the travel can take between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and cost from 0.80€ (5.20 TL) to 25-30€ (160-190 TL).
You can find a complete list of available transfer choices along with useful details in order to choose the most suitable one.
How to get from Istanbul Airport to City by taxi
Yellow taxis are always available for transfer from Istanbul Airport to city centre. This makes them a good option if you’re in a hurry. It’s also the most comfortable option as long as you are travelling solo or with a small group (3 or less).
Taxi ride to the city centre from Istanbul Airport takes around 1 hour in total, depending on traffic.
Where to find a yellow taxi
Yellow taxis can be found right after you exit the arrivals hall. There are signs to guide you to their location and most of the time there are taxi company employees to take you to your taxi.
Taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to the city centre
The cost of taxi from Istanbul Airport to the city centre can vary from 20€ to 30€ (140 TL to 190 TL). The taxis in Istanbul work with a meter, so if there is a lot of traffic (which is often the case), the ride may cost more. Also, some routes are subject to toll fees which create additional charges.
Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer
- Comfortable and safe travel
- No waiting and direct transfer to your exact destination
- Faster travel when compared to alternatives such as bus or metro
- Credit card option available, though less than half the taxis in Istanbul accept credit cards
- Comparably expensive cost
- Unpredictable fare due to taximeter and traffic
- Chance of running into a con-artist who may take a longer route
- Communication difficulty as most taxi drivers don’t speak English
- Limited passenger capacity
Tips on taking a taxi from Istanbul Airport to city centre
Always make sure that it’s a registered taxi that’s waiting in the cabstand and not an independent vehicle
Give clear directions to the driver about where you want to go, you can also ask them to use a navigation application
Take a note of your taxi’s plate number in case you forget or drop anything and need to find the vehicle later
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How to get from Istanbul Airport to City by shuttle
Another option to travel from Istanbul Airport to the city centre is to take the IST-1 “Istanbul Airport – Yenikapi” shuttle. Once you get to Yenikapi, you can take a taxi or use to the M1B metro line and travel to “Emniyet – Fatih” station in order to reach Fatih.
Shuttles take 1.5 hours to reach the city centre. They are active 24/7 with a new trip every 25 minutes in the day. After midnight, you can find a new shuttle ride every 45 minutes.
Where to find the shuttle
The shuttles can be found outside the arrivals hall. There are also direction signs that guide you to the shuttle area.
Shuttle fare from Istanbul Airport to the city centre
The shuttle service to Yenikapi costs 3€. If you take a taxi from Yenikapi to Fatih it will cost around an extra 3€. Alternatively, you can take the M1B metro line and go to Emniyet-Fatih station which will cost 0.40€ (2.60 TL) with your IstanbulKart.
Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer
- Budget-friendly option compared to taxi
- Clear guidance throughout the journey thanks to station announcements
- You can see around the city and get a general sense of direction
- Doesn’t take you to your exact destination
- Takes longer than a taxi due to numerous stops
- Subject to traffic jams and congestions
Tips on taking the shuttle from Istanbul Airport to the city centre
Listen to the station announcements and research where you need to get off the shuttle before travelling to ensure you don’t miss your stop
There are two payment methods for shuttle service: credit card and IstanbulKart. It’s best if you get an IstanbulKart in the airport and load credit on it as you will also need it in all public transportation.
Be careful not to lose your luggage ticket in order to avoid any problems when you’re collecting your bags from the shuttle luggage compartment
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How to get from Istanbul Airport to City by metro
Unfortunately, there is no metro station yet in Istanbul Airport. A construction project has started and the station is planned to be operational by the 2nd quarter of 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the new Istanbul Airport’s distance to city centre?
Distance from new Istanbul Airport to the city centre is about 46 km.
Is there also flights to/from Ataturk Airport?
All commercial flights are operated in Istanbul Airport. Ataturk Airport is no longer open to commercial flights.
What is the best option of transport from Istanbul Airport to city centre overall
When compared in overall, the ideal option is booking a transfer service with fixed pricing to avoid any surprise fees and maximise comfort throughout your journey. This option is followed by taxis, shuttles and metro line in terms of comfort and practicality.