Transfer Options from Istanbul Airport to Taksim
Istanbul International Airport is efficiently connected to the central area of Taksim. Thus, reaching your accommodation to Taksim, the commercial center of Istanbul, after landing to the new Istanbul Airport is possible via regular Istanbul airport taxis and pre-booked private transfers, car rentals or buses and in the near future, a metro line will be also at your disposal. How much money do you want to spend? Is comfort a significant factor for you? Make up your mind about your exact requirements and choose the most convenient transfer way to Taksim.
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How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by Taxi
Istanbul airport taxis will comfortably drive you to your destination in the Taksim area. Queuing up 24/7 at the official taxi ranks located outside the exit doors of every airport’s level, Istanbul cabs are ready to transfer you to Taksim in approximately 80 minutes with an average fare of 180₺ (28€ / 31$). However, as taxis in Istanbul are metered, the final cost depends on the roads traffic which is usually high.
In Istanbul, you will find the usual yellow taxis which are the most affordable whereas if you prefer a more comfortable transfer, you can choose between the blue vehicles (15% more expensive) and the luxurious black ones (twice the normal fee).
Finally, note that there are no special fees for the night rides while it is always advisable to take your taxi from the official taxi stand and not trust random individual vehicles as well as be aware of the taxi scams. The best way to secure the best deals and avoid being overcharged is pre-booking your Istanbul airport taxi transfer in advance.
How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by Bus
If you prefer using the bus for your transfer, you will be glad to know that the elegant and available around the clock Havaist bus iSt-19 leaves Istanbul Airport and heads directly to Taksim Area. The bus iST-19 departs from the airport every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes from 01:00 pm to 04:30 pm) and traverses the 40-km distance to Taksim in about 80 minutes, depending on the traffic levels. The bus ticket costs only 18₺ (2.8€ / 3.1$).
Another alternative would be the cheaper IETT bus H-2, however, it doesn’t offer a direct connection to Taksim, but you will have to switch between means of transport making your transfer longer, more expensive and tiring.
Istanbul airport’s bus station is located on the -2 floor. Bear in mind that you can’t pay in cash for your bus ticket but you can either buy an Istanbulkart (you will easily purchase one at the bus station) which can be used for all the means of public transportation or pay via credit card using Havaist App. Lastly, you can pre-book your tickets, get a QR Code at your phone and simply scan it before hopping on the bus.
How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by Metro
Unfortunately, the new metro line M11 which will connect the new Istanbul International Airport to Istanbul is still under construction. Nevertheless, it is expected to be operational until the end of 2020. At that moment, transfers from and to the new aviation hub will be optimized as subway trains aren’t subject to the notorious Istanbul roads congestion. Therefore, with the new metro line M11, you will quickly reach Gayrettepe Station in the city center and then transfer to line M2 to Taksim Metro Station.
How to get from Istanbul Airport to Taksim by Car
At Istanbul Airport, you will find plenty of car rental companies. Thus, if you are interested in renting a car and enjoy totally independent transfers, you can rent a vehicle of your choice. A good suggestion would be to book your preferred car in advance to secure the best prices and less hassle. Keep in mind though that the traffic conditions are tiring, the parking spots in the city center may be limited and that many roads in the popular touristic areas of Istanbul are pedestrian. In any case, after exiting the airport, you will have to take Highway D-020 to reach Taksim.
How much is a taxi from Istanbul airport to Taksim?
The transfer from Istanbul International Airport to Taksim costs approximately 180₺ (28€ / 31$) and lasts about 35 minutes. The price (as well as the travel time) further depends on the traffic as Istanbul taxis don’t have set fares. However, factors such as the time of the day don’t affect the final fee.
How far is Taksim Square from Istanbul airport?
The distance between Istanbul Airport (IST) and Taksim is 40 km. Thus, the ride with a car should take 35 minutes under normal traffic conditions while Havaist buses reach Taksim in about 80 minutes.