Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)

Here on this page, you can find detailed information and answer to the most common question “How to get from New Istanbul Airport (IST) to Istanbul city center, and vice versa?”. We put together all the transportation alternatives with our insider tips, to help you plan your trip between New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul city center with ease. Information updated on December 2019.


Some Practical Info & Advice

* New Istanbul Airport (IST) is situated on the north eastern part of Istanbul, on the Arnavutkoy district, close to the Black Sea coast.

* Average distance from the New Istanbul Airport to major Istanbul city center districts is about 45 km. Some distances to the districts; Avcilar 53 km., Gayrettepe 38 km., Taksim 40 km., Sutanahmet 45 km., Levent 36 km., Maslak 35 km., Kavacik 42 km., Uskudar 47 km., Kadikoy 52 km. and Pendik 73 km.

* It takes about 100 mins to get to Istanbul city center from IST.

* You can travel between New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sultanahmet directly by;


  • IETT Municipal Public Buz,
  • HAVAIST Airport Shuttle,
  • Taxi,
  • Private Shuttle.

* The HAVAIST Airport Shuttle is the most practical way, the Private Shuttle is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airport and central Istanbul.

* There is NO direct METRO operating between New Istanbul Airport and city center. However, the construction of a new Metro line (M11 from Gayrettepe) for New Istanbul Airport is still in progress, and it is announced to be finished in Autumn 2020. Read more on our New Istanbul Airport Metro Line Info page.

* For getting to New Istanbul Airport from city center; we recommend you to arrange your time as to be at the airport at least 1,5 hours for domestic flights and 2,5 hours for international flights from New Istanbul Airport.

* Regarding the minimum transfer time of average 1,5 hours plus 30 minutes possible traffic, etc, you should take your transfer to New Istanbul Airport from city center, at least 3,5 to 4,5 hours before your flight.

How to Get to the New Istanbul Airport (IST)?

There are several good options to get to the New Istanbul Airport (IST) from the city center and to the city center from the IST, such as public transportation buses and shuttles specifically routed for the IST, taxis, car rentals or private shuttles. There is no metro line for the IST. You may see details and insider recommendations below.

The IETT (Municipal) public buses and HAVAIST (Istanbul Otobus A.S.) private luxury buses operate in between many districts of Istanbul and the New Istanbul Airport (IST).

by IETT Municipal Public Buses

The IETT Municipal Public Buses operate on a regular fixed route departing many destination from the city center.


Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)

* As of December 2019, IETT Public Buses has 8 lines with line numbers; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-6, H-7, H-8 and H-9.

* Public Buses mostly operate to non tourist destinations. There are NO Public Buses for popular tourist districts and neighborhoods such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Besiktas, Beyoglu, etc.

Pricing

Municipal Public Buses take 2 full tickets price (2,60 TL x 2 = total 5,20 TL) by IstanbulKart, which is the public transportation card for Istanbul.

H-1 Mahmutbey Metro – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Mahmutbey Metro – Karacaoğlan İÖO. – İnönü Cad. – Halkalı Cad. – Pirireis – 15 Temmuz Mah. – Sanayi Mah. – İkitelli Köprü – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-2 Mecidiyeköy – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Mecidiyeköy Metrobüs – Çağlayan Yolu – Nurtepe Viyadük – Karayolları 1. Bölge Müd. – Hasdal – Kemer Yolu – Orman Yolu – Kıyı Emniyeti – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-3 Halkali – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Halkali Train Station … Halkalı Park … MASKO 2 – MASKO 1 – Demirciler Sitesi – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-4 Ataturk Airport – New Istanbul Airport

Ataturk Airport – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-6 Mescid-i Selam/Arnavutkoy – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Mescid-i Selam … Arnavutkoy … Sancaktepe … Terkos Yolu – Çamlıktepe – Mesire Yeri – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-7 Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı- New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Alibeyköy Cep Otogarı – F.S.M. Bulvarı – Bayramoğlu – … Kemerburgaz … New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-8 Haciosman/Sarıyer – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Haciosman …. Acarlar … Zekeriyaköy Yolu – Demirciköy Yolu … Kilyos Mezarlığı – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

H-9 Cevizlibağ – New Istanbul Airport

Stops: Cevizlibağ – Nakliyeciler Sitesi – Tınaztepe – Kocatepe – İncirli (E5) –Bahçelievler – Çocuk Sitesi – Ataköy Geçit – Şirinevler – Kuleli – Kültür Üniversitesi – New Istanbul Airport

See up-to-date Timetables, Stops

by HAVAIST Airport Shuttles/Buses

The HAVAIST Airport Shuttles/Buses operate on a regular fixed route, around 50 destinations in the city. Payments are made only with IstanbulKart (Istanbul’s Public Transport Card) or Credit Card (by downloading Mobile App and QR Code).

Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)

* As of December 2019, HAVAIST has 12 lines with numbers; IST-1, IST-2, IST-3, IST-4 (Bakirkoy), IST-4G, IST-5 (Besiktas), IST-7, IST-8, IST-15, IST-17, IST-19 (Taksim) and IST-20 (Sultanahmet).

* Buses operate for 24 hrs, both ways.

Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)

IST-1 (Yenikapi – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Yenikapi IDO (Seabus) Port – Yenikapi Marmaray – Aksaray – Ulubatli – Ayvansaray – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

IST-2 (Beylikduzu/Catalca – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Beylikduzu – Cumhuriyet Mah. – TUYAP-Buyukcekmece – Catalca Hospital – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 21 TL

IST-3 (Otogar – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Otogar (Esenler Intercity Bus Terminal) – Otogar Road – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 16 TL

IST-4 (Bakirkoy – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Bakirköy IDO (Seabus) Port – Atakoy 4. Kisim – Sirinevler – Kuleli – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

IST-4G (Gunesli – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Gunesli – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

IST-5 (Besiktas – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Besiktas Port – Zincirlikuyu Metrobus 2 – 4. Levent – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

IST-7 (Kadikoy – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Kadikoy – Acibadem Bridge – Uzuncayir Metrobus – Goztepe Bridge – Yenisahra – Kavacik Bridge – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 25 TL

IST-8 (Pendik – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Pendik İDO iskelesi – Pendik YHT İstasyonu – Tavşantepe Metro – Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 30 TL

IST-15 (Avcilar Metrobus – Bahcesehir – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Istanbul University Avcilar Campus – Bahçeşehir – Ispartakule Blocks – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 16 TL

IST-17 (Halkali – Basaksehir – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Halkali Train Station – Halkali Park – Gunespark Homes – Ataturk Mahallesi – Demirciler Sitesi – Basaksehir Metrokent – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 16 TL

IST-19 (Taksim – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Taksim Abdülhakhamit Street – Nurtepe Viaduct – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

IST-20 (Sultanahmet – New Istanbul Airport)

Stops: Sultanahmet Square – Eminönu – Piyalepasa – Nurtepe Viaduct – New Istanbul Airport
Price: 18 TL

Read more from our HAVAIST New Istanbul Airport Shuttles/Buses Info (Routes, Lines, Stops, Timetables, Ticket Price) page.

Also double check the HAVAIST routes, timetables and trip fares from HAVAIST’s official website hava.ist

Get Your HAVAIST QR Code

* This is the best option if you don’t have IstanbulKart with you, and also easier way to get the QR Code by downloading and installing HAVAIST Mobile APP and entering your details, pay via credit card, etc.

* With Istanbul Welcome Card’s HAVAIST QR Code service, you’ll immediately get the QR Code to your mobile phone, to enter the HAVAIST. Just scan it to the device and get on the bus.

* The service also has BONUS that you can benefit. Free E-Booklet about Istanbul plus, 10% discount at Museum Services

Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)The service includes:

  • QR Code for HAVAIST Airport Shuttles
  • Valid for all HAVAIST lines
  • 10% Discount at Istanbul Welcome Card guides
  • Unlimited Luggage
  • E-Booklet

Price: €3 per person (plus Service Fee €2 per person)

Notice: Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button below and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

How it Works:

  • After your order you will receive the QR Code
  • Get on any departing HAVAIST Bus at Istanbul Airport
  • Just scan the QR code at bus driver and enter the bus

Order Your HAVAIST QR Code

Re-booking and cancellation is free of charge up to 12 hours before your arrival.

by Taxis

From the New Istanbul Airport (IST), you may take the airport taxis. There are three types of taxis service, comprised of black “E” type, blue “D” type, and orange “C” types.

You get from IST to the city center by the local taxis. According to the 2019 taxi fares, the taxi-meter switch on price is 5 TL and 3,10 TL per kilometer. There is no day and night difference.

If we make a calculation, regarding you will take a local taxi from the Istanbul city center within an average distance of 45 km from the major districts, the taxi fare for IST will be around 160-170 TL. You may calculate approx. taxi fare by using this formula.

Read more on our Istanbul Taxi Guide (2019 Fares, Tips) page for Istanbul taxis.

by Shared Shuttle Transfer

This is by far the most convenient, budget friendly, safe, fast and cozy ways to get to your hotel from New Istanbul Airport (IST) with comfortable vans and minibuses. It is a one way airport to hotel service by Istanbul Welcome Card.

Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center (No Frills 2020 Insider Advice Guide)

With a shared transfer, you’ll reach your hotel in a van or minibus with other people who have similar arrival time. All travelers will be dropped off one after the other regarding the location of their hotels.

This is much cheaper than a private shuttle transfer, but note that it can involve a waiting time at the airport about 5 minutes to maximum 45 minutes.

Departure Times: in every 30 minutes (high season), every 60 minutes (low season).

How it Works?

Upon your arrival, you need to visit Istanbul Welcome Card (IWC) Travel counter in the arrival hall of the IST, a few steps from the Burger King, and there you’ll be guided to your transfer coach by IWC team.

Price: €21 (only available for hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim)

Notice: Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount. Just click the red button below and make sure you see the discounted price on the official page.

Book Your New IST Airport Shared Transfer

by Private Shuttles

If you are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend you to take private shuttle transfers for your hotel as they offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance to your hotel from New Istanbul Airport (IST) or from your hotel to the airport.

The IETT or HAVAIST airport shuttles will drop you off at the city center and you’ll need to take a taxi or walk from there again which will harder for you with your kids and luggage. But private transfers drives you just to the entrance of your hotel.

As for private shuttle transfers from or to the New Istanbul Airport (IST), we highly recommend Kiwi Taxi as we recently booked with them had a great trip to our hotel. It offers low-priced, fixed rate private shuttles that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance.

Their large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses can match any need while ensuring quick and safe travels to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST).

Faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses and taxis. Free cancellation up to 5 hrs before pickup. All prices include fees & tip. Below you can make a search to find the prefect private shuttle and transfer service from New Istanbul Airport (IST) to your hotel and from your hotel in any region of Istanbul, to IST.

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