Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center

Where is the New Istanbul Airport (IST)?

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.


How to Get to the New Istanbul Airport (IST)? Transportation Services to/from the airport

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).

Getting to/from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) by the IETT Municipal Public Buses

The IETT Municipal Public Buses operate on a regular fixed route departing from Halkali, Mecidiyekoy and Istanbul Ataturk Airport (closed) stops. You may find detailed information about the departure points, routes, route distances, timetables and trip fares of IETT municipal buses from the below link.

https://www.iett.istanbul/tr/main/announcement/yeni-havalimani-otobus-ulasim-hatlari/1603


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.

Service Hours and Stops

  • H-2 New Istanbul Airport-Mecidiyekoy (IETT) → departure from Mecidiyekoy; 05:45, 07:30, 08:00, 10:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 17:45
  • H-2 New Istanbul Airport-Mecidiyekoy (IETT) → departure from New Istanbul Airport; 07:00, 09:15, 09:30, 11:45, 14:15, 15:45, 16:15, 19:30
  • H-3 New Istanbul Airport-Halkali (IETT) → departure from Halkali; 05:45, 07:30, 08:00, 10:00, 12:30, 13:30, 17:00
  • H-3 New Istanbul Airport-Halkali (IETT) → departure from New Istanbul Airport; 07:15, 09:00, 09:30, 13:45, 16:00, 19:00
  • H-4 New Istanbul Airport-Ataturk Airport (IETT) → departure from Ataturk Airport; 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 09:10, 10:20, 11:30, 12:40, 13:50, 15:00, 16:15, 17:30, 18:45
  • H-4 New Istanbul Airport-Ataturk Airport (IETT) → departure from New Istanbul Airport; 07:30, 08:40, 09:50, 10:15, 12:00, 13:10, 14:25, 15:35, 16:50, 18:05, 19:20, 20:35

Getting to and from New Istanbul Airport (IST) / Istanbul City Center

Getting to/from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) by the HAVAIST Shuttles

The HAVAIST (Istanbul Otobus A.S.) private luxury buses also operate on a regular fixed route departing from Taksim, Kozyatagi, Yenikapi, July 15th Democracy Bus Terminal and Tuyap stops.

You may find detailed information about the departure points, routes, route distances, timetables and trip fares of HAVAIST shuttles from the below link.

http://www.hava.ist/en/index.html

HAVAİST Service Hours, Stops, Trip FaresImportant Notice: Payments are made only with Istanbul Kart (IstanbulKart).

  • Yenikapi İDO-Bakirkoy-New Istanbul Airport line (IST-1) – Duration 90 mins., Ticket Price: 18 TL Stops: Başakşehir Metrokent → Yenibosna Kuleli → Bakirkoy İDO → Yenikapi İDO → New Istanbul Airport
  • Tuyap-Bahcesehir-New Istanbul Airport line (IST-2) – Duration 100 mins., Ticket Price: 21 TL Stops: TUYAP → Beylikduzu-Cumhuriyet → Beylikduzu Marmara Park → Bahcesehir center
  • Taksim-Abdulhak Hamit Street-Besiktas-New Istanbul Airport line (IST-19) – Duration 100 mins., Ticket Price: 18 TL Stops: 4. Levent Metro → Zincirlikuyu Metrobüs → Besiktas İETT Perons → Taksim → New Istanbul Airport
  • Esenler Bus Terminal-Alibeykoy Pocket Bus Terminal-New Istanbul Airport line (IST-3) – Duration 90 mins., Ticket Price: 16 TL Stops: Gokturk Police Station → Hasdal → Alibeykoy Pocket Bus Terminal → terminal road Esenler → Esenler Bus Terminal → New Istanbul Airport
  • Kozyatagi Metro-Tepeustu-New Istanbul Airport Line (IST-7) – Duration 100 mins., Ticket Price: 25 TL Stops: Kavacik → Umraniye-Tepeustu → Kozyatagi-Metro → New Istanbul Airport

Getting to/from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) 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.

Getting to/from the New Istanbul Airport (IST) 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 bring you to at the city center and you’ll need to take a taxi 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 New Istanbul Airport (IST) .

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