How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas

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How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas

Sabiha Gokcen Airport, named after world’s first female pilot, has been operational since 2001. The airport is located in Pendik district on the Asian side of Istanbul, an area that is relatively close to the city centre.

Besiktas is one of the most popular social and cultural centers of Istanbul with numerous theatres, performance halls, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The district is also a central point for transportation throughout the city with ferry ports and bus stations that connect to various different areas.

The distance from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas is about 45 km. Direct travel with a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen airport would take around 50 minutes to reach Besiktas while alternatives such as shuttle take a bit longer, as there is no direct bus to Besiktas from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Below is a list of alternatives to travel from Sabiha Gokcen to Besiktas along with cost estimates and useful tips.

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas by taxi

Being one of the social hubs of Istanbul, Besiktas is very well known by all taxi drivers, which makes it very easy to describe your destination. This makes taxi a practical and comfortable option if you’re traveling to Besiktas, as long as you’re traveling with 3 people or less.

Transfer with a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas will take around 50 minutes, depending on traffic.

Where to find a yellow taxi

There’s almost always an available yellow taxi at Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The cabstand is right outside the arrivals hall and very easy to find. There are also signs that guide you to the airport cabstand.

Taxi fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the Besiktas

Yellow taxi transfer from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas will cost around 25€ (170 TL). Taxis in Istanbul work on a meter, which means if you run into traffic jams (very likely), the total cost of the ride can be higher than anticipated.

Since Besiktas is located on the European side of Istanbul, you will need to take one of the bridges, which has a toll fee of 1.5€. Also keep in mind that if the driver takes a highway before or after the bridge, there may be additional toll charges.

Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer

  • Fairly comfortable and reliable
  • No need to wait
  • Gets you to your exact destination
  • Faster transfer when compared to alternatives such as shuttle
  • Credit card option is available, though not in all taxis
  • Cost may change depending on the traffic and route taken
  • Most drivers don’t speak English
  • You may run into a con-artist who takes a longer route to charge more
  • 4-passenger capacity (maybe less depending on a number of luggage)

Tips on taking a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas

Make sure you choose a taxi from the registered cabstand of the airport
Agree on which route and bridge you will be taking before you start your ride; you can also request the driver to use a navigation app
Take note of your taxi’s plate number so you can easily find the vehicle later on if required

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas by shuttle

Unfortunately, there is no direct shuttle bus from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas. However, you can take the shuttle bus to Kadikoy and hop on a ferry heading to Besiktas.

Alternatively, you can take the shuttle to Taksim and use one of the buses coded 42T, 40T or 25T and get off at Besiktas station.

Shuttles from Sabiha Gokcen Airport are active throughout the day with a new trip every 30 minutes except between 01.00 and 03.30 in the night.

Where to find the shuttle

The shuttle station is right outside the arrivals hall. You can also follow the shuttle signs in order to reach the bus station area.

Shuttle fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas

The shuttle bus to Taksim costs 3€ (18 TL) while  Kadikoy shuttle costs 2€ (14 TL). Whether you choose to take the ferry from Kadikoy or the bus from Taksim to reach Besiktas, you will need an IstanbulKart, which you can purchase and load credit on at the airport. Each public transport will cost 0.40€ (2.60 TL).

Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer

  • Budget-friendly
  • You can get to know Kadikoy and enjoy a ferry ride or see Taksim before you reach your destination for a quick tour
  • Doesn’t take you to your exact destination
  • Longer travel time due to multiple uses of public transport after a shuttle ride
  • Traveling with luggage may become cumbersome

Tips on taking the shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas

Shuttles may leave early if they are full. Stay close to your shuttle in order to ensure you don’t miss it
Make sure to plan ahead, check public transport schedules and get an IstanbulKart to avoid any mishaps

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas by metro

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

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Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas?

The distance between Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas is 45 kms

How much does a taxi cost from Besiktas to Sabiha Gokcen?

A regular yellow taxi will cost around 25€ in mild traffic. This amount can increase considerably, as you may need to use the bridge and congestions are highly likely.

What is the ideal way of travelling from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Besiktas?

If you’re looking for a comfortable and reliable transfer without any surprise fees, a travel service with fixed pricing could be the ideal choice.