How to get from Sabiha Gokçen Airport to Istanbul City

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How to get from Sabiha Gokçen Airport to Istanbul City

The Sabiha Gokcen International airport is situated in Pendik province, rather far out of the city. Taksim is one of the most famous and popular locations in Istanbul. Taksim Square, as well as the adjacent Istiklal Avenue, is located in the European side and populated with countless restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops.

The area is also considered as a transportation hub for the city, thanks to the metro and bus stations that travel to various different locations in Istanbul.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located on the Asian side while Taksim is on the European side and the distance between them is about 53 km. A Sabiha Gokcen airport taxi will take around an hour, and cost approximately 24€ depend on Istanbul traffic.

Here is a complete list of options if you’re planning to travel from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City.

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul city by taxi

Taksim Square is a very popular location for tourists, which makes the area a well-known and frequent destination for taxi drivers. There’s almost always an available taxi that will take you to Taksim from Sabiha Gokcen. This makes the yellow taxi a comfortable and practical option as long as you’re traveling with no more than 3 people.

Taxi transport will take around 1 hour, depending on the traffic conditions.

Where to find a yellow taxi

You can find a yellow taxi when you step outside of the arrivals hall. Guidance signs and taxi company greeters make it very easy to find the cabstand once you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Taxi fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul City

Transport from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim Square with a taxi will cost about 25-30€ (170-190 TL). All taxis in Istanbul must use a meter, which means if you run into heavy traffic (which is highly likely), the ride may cost more than expected.

Since Taksim is on the European side of Istanbul, taxis will have to use one of the bridges, which have an additional toll fee of 1.5€ (10 TL). Extra fees may also apply if the driver takes a highway with tolls.

Pros and cons of choosing taxi transfer

  • Comfortable and fairly safe
  • No waiting. Direct transfer to the destination
  • Faster travel compared to a shuttle bus
  • Credit card option is available in some taxis
  • Fare rates may vary due to meter and traffic conditions
  • Possibility of con-artists who may intentionally use a longer route
  • Most drivers don’t speak English
  • 4-passenger capacity (maybe less depending on your luggage)

Tips on taking a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim

Always choose a registered taxi from the airport cabstand
Agree on which bridge the driver will take before you start the journey, you can ask them to use a navigation app
Take a note or a photograph of your taxi’s plate number in case you need to contact the driver after your ride

Overall rating: 4 out of 5

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul city by shuttle

A second alternative is to take a shuttle bus to Taksim from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Shuttles for Taksim 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 very close to the exit of the arrivals hall. There are also plenty of guidance signs to lead you to the shuttle area.

Shuttle fare from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim

Shuttle service from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim costs 3€.

Pros and cons of choosing shuttle transfer

  • Suitable for large groups
  • Cheaper cost than a taxi
  • Station announcements give you a general sense of the route and you can see the view of Bosphorus while passing the bridge
  • Traffic jams and congestions will change the ETA
  • Doesn’t take you to your exact destination, you may need to travel on foot or via other means of transport after the shuttle

Tips on taking the shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim

Stay close to your shuttle as they sometimes leave early when they are full
Keep your luggage ticket with you at all times to avoid any issues when collecting your bags

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5

How to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Istanbul city by metro

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

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Frequently asked questions

How to get to Sabiha Gokcen Airport from Taksim?

You can either take a yellow taxi, use the shuttle bus or book a fixed-price transfer service in order to travel from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

What is the distance from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre?

The distance is around 53 km

How much does a taxi cost from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim?

The cost of a taxi from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the city centre is around 25-30€