How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

Istanbul Airport has been fully operational since April 6th, 2019 and it has taken over all commercial flight activites from old Ataturk Airport. The new airport is the largest in Turkey with a total area of 76,5 million square meters and resides in the northern region of Istanbul, close to Black Sea shores.

Taksim Square is located in the European side of Istanbul and stands as one of the most famous places in both Istanbul and Turkey. With authentic restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops, Taksim Square and the connected Istiklal Avenue is the apple of Istanbul’s eye. Thanks to convenient metro station, you can easily access different parts of Istanbul if you’re staying in Taksim.

The distance between Istanbul Airport and Taksim is around 44 kms and a taxi ride takes around an hour while shuttles will take a bit longer due to the many stops made along the way.

Below is a complete list of possible transfer options along with costs and useful tips so that you can choose the most suitable alternative.

How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by taxi

Taksim is one of the most tourist-attracting locations in Istanbul and taxi drivers are used to transferring visitors to the area. You can almost always find a taxi in Istanbul Airport and have a comfortable ride as long as you are travelling on your own or with a small group (no more than 3).

Taxi transfer will take around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic.

Where to find a yellow taxi

You can find a yellow taxi right outside the arrivals hall. Guidance signs will also help you find the cabstand and you will most likely be greeted by a taxi company employee when you walk in their general direction.

Taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to the Taksim

A regular yellow taxi ride will cost around 25€ (170 TL) from Istanbul Airport to Taksim. All taxis in Istanbul have a taximeter, which means if there’s traffic (which is very likely), the total cost can be higher. Also, if the driver takes a route that is subject to toll fees, there may be additional charges.

Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer

  • Safe option with reasonable comfort
  • No need to wait. Direct transfer to your destination
  • Faster travel than alternatives such as shuttle
  • Credit card option available in some taxis, even though it is not extremely common
  • Expensive compared to alternatives
  • Unexpected fare rates due to taximeter and traffic factors
  • Possibility of con-artists who may take you on a longer route
  • Communication barrier since most drivers don’t speak English
  • Maximum passenger capacity of 4 (depending on number of luggage)

Tips on taking a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

Be sure that it’s a registered taxi and a member of the airport cabstand
All drivers will be familiar with Taksim but you can still ask them to open a navigation application to be safe
Take a note or a photograph of your taxi’s plate number. This way you can find the vehicle later if you drop something during your travel

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How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by shuttle

Alternative to taxi, you can take a shuttle to travel from Istanbul Airport to Taksim. Shuttle service is provided by the company Havaist and Taksim to Istanbul Airport shuttle is also available for your return transfer. Taksim shuttle code is IST-19 and it takes around 1.5 hours to reach its destination.

IST-19 bus from new Istanbul Airport to Taksim is active 24 hours a day and there’s a new trip every 20 minutes until midnight. After midnight, you can find a new trip every 40 minutes.

Where to find the shuttle

Shuttles are located outside the arrivals hall. There are plenty of direction signs to lead you to the shuttle area.

Shuttle fare from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

Istanbul Airport shuttle to Taksim costs 3€ (18 TL). 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 transportations throughout the city.

Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer

  • Convenient for large number of groups
  • Cheaper cost when compared to alternatives
  • Station announcements provide clear guidance as well as introducing you to different parts of the city throughout the journey
  • Affected by traffic jams and congestions
  • Doesn’t take you to your destination, you may need to travel on foot or via other transports after shuttle
  • Long travel time due to numerous stops throughout the route

Tips on taking the shuttle from Istanbul Airport to Taksim

Pay close attention to the station announcements so you don’t miss your stop
Shuttles can leave early sometimes if they are full. It’s best to stay close and keep the shuttle in sight in
Keep your luggage ticket with you at all times so you don’t face any problems when collecting your bags from the shuttle luggage compartment

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How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim 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 distance from new Istanbul Airport to Taksim Square?
The distance between Istanbul Airport and Taksim is 46 kms.
How much would a taxi cost from Istanbul New Airport to Taksim?
Cost of taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim is around 25€ (170 TL).
How long does it take to travel with a bus from Taksim to Istanbul Airport?
The route takes around 1.5 hours in either direction via Havaist shuttles.