How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to City Centre

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to City Centre

Operating since 2001, Sabiha Gokcen Airport is named after world’s first female fighter pilot. The airport is located in Pendik, a province relatively close to city centre of Istanbul’s Asian side.

Fatih is considered as the center of Istanbul, acting as the capital district of the city both historically and contemporarily. The district unites many areas such as Aksaray, Findikzade, Vatan Avenue and Eminonu. Fatih is one of the best places to experience the old Istanbul and the historical culture of the city.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located in the Asian side while Fatih is in the European side and the distance between two locations is about 44 kms.

Below, you can find a complete list of transfer options along with costs and useful tips.

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre by taxi

It’s fairly easy to get a yellow taxi at Sabiha Gokcen Airport if you are planning to head to the city centre. Taxi is a convenient and comfortable choice if you’re travelling with 3 or fewer people.

The journey will take around 1.5 hours from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Fatih, depending on traffic.

Where to find a yellow taxi

You can find a yellow taxi right outside the arrivals hall. Guidance signs are also provided in order to direct the arriving passengers to the cabstand.

Taxi fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre

A yellow taxi will cost between 20-30€ (140-190 TL) depending on the traffic conditions. All taxis in Istanbul work on a taximeter, so if you come accross heavy traffic (which is very likely), you may have to pay more than expected.

Since Fatih is in the European side, your taxi will be taking one of the bridges, which has an additional toll fee of 1.5€ (10 TL). Further fees may apply if the driver takes a highway with toll fees.

Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer

  • Comfortable journey
  • Transfer directly to your destination
  • One of the quickest ways of travelling
  • Credit card payment is available, though not in all taxis
  • The fare is unpredictable due to the meter
  • You may run into a con-artist who deliberately takes a longer route
  • Limited communication since English-speaking drivers are very few
  • 4-passenger capacity (maybe less depending on your luggage)

Tips on taking a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre

Be sure that the taxi you board is registered and belongs to the airport cabstand
Provide clear directions for the driver; you can also request them to use a navigation app
Take a quick note of your taxi’s plate number so you can contact them later on if you need to

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

You can view travel costs from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to popular destinations of Istanbul in the below table:

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre by shuttle

There is no direct shuttle from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to the city centre. You can take the shuttle bus for Taksim and use the metro or IETT municipality buses from Taksim to reach Fatih.

Once you’re in Taksim via shuttle, take the metro and head to Yenikapi, which is the last station in this line. Once you get to Yenikapi, transfer to the M1B metro line and go to “Emniyet – Fatih” station in order to reach Fatih.

Alternatively, you can take the “87 – Topkapi/Edirnekapi” IETT bus from Taksim and get off at Fatih station.

Shuttles for Taksim are active throughout the day with a new trip every 30 minutes except between 01.00 and 03.30 at night.

Where to find the shuttle

The shuttles are located outside the arrivals hall. You can also follow the guidance signs to find the shuttle station.

Shuttle fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre

The shuttle service from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim costs 3€ (15 TL). If you take the metro or bus from Taksim to Fatih, it will cost 0.40€ (2.60 TL) with your IstanbulKart.

Public transportations in Istanbul only accept IstanbulKart, so it’s best to purchase one and load credit on when you’re at the airport.

Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer

  • Budget-friendly when compared to taxi
  • Station announcements provide guidance throughout the route of your journey
  • You can see the city and catch a glimpse of Bosphorus while passing the bridge
  • Doesn’t take you to your exact destination
  • Takes longer than other options
  • Heavy traffic affects the travel time
  • Additional transfer means are required after you get off the bus in order to reach your destination

Tips on taking the shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre

A little research on how you will travel from Taksim to your final destination can be beneficial
Purchase an IstanbulKart and load credit on it, this will allow you to take a bus or metro line from Taksim
Keep your luggage ticket with you throughout the shuttle journey

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre by metro

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distance between Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and city center?
Distance is about 44 kms.
What is the best route to travel from Asian side to European side?
There are 3 bridges and a tunnel that travels from one side of Istanbul to the other. You can take 15 Temmuz bridge or Eurasia tunnel for the city centre (Fatih). Keep in mind that the tunnel is more expensive (6€ – 37 TL) than the bridge (1.5€ – 10 TL).
Overall, which mode of transport is ideal for travelling from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Fatih?
A good option would be to get a transfer service with fixed pricing. This allows you to ease your mind whilst enjoying your journey. This option is followed by taxis and shuttles in terms of comfort and practicality.