“How to get from New Istanbul Airport (IST) to Besiktas, and vice versa?” is one of the most common questions for those both living in Istanbul and visiting Istanbul. Here, we put together all the transportation alternatives with our insider tips, to help you plan your New Istanbul Airport (IST) to Besiktas trip with ease.
Some Practical Information
* New Istanbul Airport (IST) is situated on the north eastern part of Istanbul, on the Arnavutkoy district, close to the Black Sea coast.
* Distance from the IST to Besiktas is about 48 km.
* It takes about 75 mins to get to Besiktas from IST, and vice versa.
* You can travel between New Istanbul Airport (IST) and Besiktas directly by;
- HAVAIST Airport Shuttle,
- Private Shuttle.
* There is NO direct Municipal Public Bus operating between IST and Besiktas.
Insider Advice for Departures
* For getting to New Istanbul Airport (IST) from Besiktas; 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.
* You’ll possibly wait in the queue on the main entrance, airline’s counter, check-in process, passenger lounge entrance, flight ticket and passport control.
* Since the airport is very huge one, you’ll need to walk from one point to another inside the airport, about at least 15 minutes.
* For International flights; if the check-in process is not completed at the latest 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time, than the passenger loses all rights on the ticket and the flight.
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* Therefore, we highly recommend you to go to the airport early.
* Regarding the minimum transfer time from Besiktas to New Istanbul Airport, of average 90 minutes plus 30 minutes possible traffic, etc, you should take your transfer to New Istanbul Airport from city center, at least 3 to 4 hours before your flight.
IST to Besiktas Transport Options
HAVAIST Airport Shuttle/Bus
* HAVAIST Airport Shuttle Number, operating in between New Istanbul Airport and Besiktas is HVIST-16.
* You can also take HVIST-16 Bus for getting to Levent, Etiler, Zincirlikuyu neighborhoods.
* Average duration is 75 mins.
* HAVAIST Buses take maximum 46 passengers at once.
Where is the HVIST-16 Stop in Besiktas?
It will drop you off at the Besiktas Square. On the Besiktas coast. (see location map)
HVIST-16 (Taksim – Besiktas – New Istanbul Airport)
Stops: Taksim – Besiktas Square – Zincirlikuyu Metrobus – 4.Levent – New Istanbul Airport
Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 48 km.
1-Way Price: 170 TL
Notice: Please double check the HAVAIST routes, timetables, trip fares and payment options from HAVAIST’s official website on hava.ist as all changes frequently due to this pandemic year’s situation.
HAVAIST Ticket Price
* HAVAIST average one way ticket price between Besiktas-New Istanbul Airport is 170 TL.
* You can’t buy tickets in advance. You need to pay it just after you enter the bus.
How to Pay?
* You can pay by credit or debit card inside the vehicle. You can also take HAVAIST bus via QR Code by online through Havaist Mobile Application or website.
* Cash is only accepted at the cash payment points when you land at the airport.
Get QR Code via Credit Card
* If you want to pay by Credit Card, than you’ll need to download and install HAVAIST Mobile Application to your mobile phone, or from HAVAIST website (https://hava.ist/en), deposit credit via your credit card.
* And than you enter the bus by scanning the QR code that you’ll receive to your mobile phone, to the device on the bus.
Istanbul Airport Metro
- Take the M11 Kagithane – Istanbul Airport Metro
- Get off at Kagithane station (24 minutes)
- Take the M7 Yildiz – Mahmutbey Metro Line
- Get off at Mecidiyekoy station (2 stops/5 minutes from Kagithane)
- Take the Public Bus directly to Besiktas
You can also get to Besiktas directly by public buses from Kagithane.
* You get from New Istanbul Airport (IST) to Besiktas by the local taxis.
* Average taxi fare from New Istanbul Airport to Besiktas will be around 720 TL.
* Read more on our Istanbul Taxi Guide page for Istanbul taxis.
Private & Shared Shuttles
* If you are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggage with you, than we highly recommend private shuttle transfers for your hotel in Besiktas as they offer a fixed rate, comfortable and safe transfer that include meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance to your hotel in Besiktas from New Istanbul Airport (IST) or from your hotel to the airport.
* When you take HAVAIST airport shuttle, it will drop you off at the Besiktas Ferry Port, and you’ll need to walk or take a taxi from there again which will be difficult for you with your kids and luggage. But private transfers drives you just to the entrance of your hotel.
* As for private shuttle transfers to Besiktas, we highly recommend KiwiTaxi as we recently tested them and had a great trip to our hotel. We didn’t see any bad comments on internet.
They have large selection of comfortable taxis, minivans, luxurious cars and 6-19+ passenger minibuses. It is so easy to make a booking: you just choose a vehicle, specify time and place of departure and destination. The driver will meet you, help with baggage and take you to the agreed address.
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