How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy

how to get from sabiha gokcen airport to bakirkoy

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy

As one of the largest airports in Turkey, Sabiha Gokcen Airport serves as one of the two international airports in Istanbul. Located in the Asian side of Istanbul, the airport is fairly close to the city centre with a 35 km distance.

Bakirkoy is a fairly large district of Istanbul with a coast to the Marmara Sea. The district is located on the European side of Istanbul and it is home to many shopping and sightseeing locations as well as residential areas.

The distance from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy is about 54 km and the ride takes around 1.15 hours by taxi, considering there is mild traffic.

Below, you can find detailed information on how you can get to Bakirkoy from Sabiha Gokcen Airport as well as cost estimates and useful tips.

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy by taxi

You can almost always find a taxi in Sabiha Gokcen Airport that will take you to Bakirkoy as long as you’re traveling with 3 people or less.

Bakirkoy is a highly populated and busy area where a lot of public transportation lines intersect such as metro, bus, and ferries; this makes Bakirkoy a well-known and common destination for taxi drivers.

The ride will take about 1.15 hours, depending on the traffic.

Where to find a yellow taxi

The airport taxi cabstand is located right outside the arrivals hall. You can also follow the taxi signs to find the taxis.

Taxi fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the Bakirkoy

A yellow taxi will cost approximately 25-30€  from Sabiha Gokcen to Bakirkoy. Since all taxis in Istanbul work with a meter, if you run into heavy traffic (which is highly likely), the total cost of the ride can go up.

Since Bakirkoy is on the European side, your taxi will have to take one of the bridges or the Eurasia Tunnel. Keep in mind that bridges are considerably cheaper than the tunnel. The tunnel costs 6€  while the bridges cost 1.5€. It’s best to decide which route to take depending on the traffic.

Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer

  • Safe and comfortable journey
  • Ready to board and takes you to your exact destination
  • Faster travel than public transportation
  • Credit card payment is available, though not in all taxis
  • Fare rates may change depending on the traffic and routes taken
  • Risk of running into a con-artist who takes a longer route to charge extra
  • Communication can become a problem since most drivers don’t speak English
  • 4-passenger capacity (maybe less depending on luggage)

Tips on taking a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy

Always choose a registered taxi from the airport cabstand
Save your taxi’s plate number on your phone so you can find the vehicle later on if required
Agree with the driver on which bridge or tunnel you’ll be taking before you start your ride

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How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy by shuttle

Unfortunately, there’s no direct shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy. Although you can take the shuttle to Taksim. From there, you can use the metro and travel to Zincirlikuyu station, where you can transfer to Metrobus traveling to Bakirkoy.

Where to find the shuttle

Shuttle buses can be found outside the arrivals hall. You can follow the signs to easily get to the shuttle station.

Shuttle fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy

Taksim shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport costs 3€ (18 TL). After that, you will need an IstanbulKart in order to use the metro and Metrobus. You can purchase an IstanbulKart and load credit on it at the airport. The metro will cost 0.40€ (2.60 TL) and the Metrobus will cost 0.60€ (3.50 TL).

Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer

  • Budget-friendly
  • You can catch a glimpse of the Bosphorus while passing the bridge
  • Unpredictable arrival time due to traffic conditions
  • Requires you to use multiple public transportations after a shuttle ride
  • Doesn’t take you to your exact destination

Tips on taking the shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy

Once the shuttle ride is over and you’re on metro or Metrobus, follow the station announcements to make sure you don’t miss your stop
Plan your journey beforehand in order to avoid getting lost between public transportations
Make sure to acquire an IstanbulKart

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How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy by metro

Unfortunately, there is no metro in Sabiha Gokcen Airport. A construction project is ongoing and planned to be completed by 2021.

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Frequently asked questions

Is there any other way to reach Bakirkoy from Sabiha Gokcen?

You can take the Bakirkoy ferry from Bostanci on the Asian side, but there is no direct transport from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bostanci.

How much does it cost from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy by taxi?

A regular yellow taxi will cost around 25-30€ (210-300 TL) to Bakirkoy in mild traffic.

What is the ideal transfer alternative from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Bakirkoy?

In terms of comfort, reliability, and cost-effectiveness, a transfer service with fixed-price can be an ideal option for traveling to Bakirkoy. Yellow taxi is probably the second-best option.