Istanbul Airport Transfers (Private & Shared Shuttles + Advice)

Last Updated on October 2, 2020

Here you can find traveler information and useful guide guide to Istanbul airport transfers and know the most comfortable, fastest and safest way to get from Istanbul’s two airports to your hotel. From private to shared shuttles, you can plan your New Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to city center with ease.


Istanbul has tow major airports. They all offer a range of airport to city center transfer options such as airport shuttles, municipal public buses, taxis or private/shared shuttles.

Airport shuttles and private shared shuttles between the Istanbul airports and city center are good value for money, while private shuttles are by far the most convenient, comfortable, safe and fast way to travel between airports to city center.

New Istanbul Airport Transfers

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.


There is NO direct METRO operating between New Istanbul Airport and city center.

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

New Istanbul Airport Private & Shared 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 the airports or vice versa.

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.

Istanbul Airport Transfers (Private & Shared Shuttles + Advice)

As for private shuttle transfers, we highly recommend Tranigo (a Turkish company operating since 1996, and partnered with renowned names like Hertz, Thrifty, Budget, and many reliable and efficient local suppliers) 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). And they are faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses and taxis.


COVID-19 Coronavirus Prevention and Safety Measures

The safety and health of the guests and the drivers is a top priority. They guarantee that all the vehicles are cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines against COVID-19.

Below you can click on the destination you need an airport transfer or make a search from the search box at the bottom of the page to find your prefect private or shared shuttle transfer service in between New Istanbul Airport and your hotel.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport Transfers

Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is situated on the east of Istanbul, in the Pendik district, on the Asian side.

Average distance from the SAW to major Istanbul city center districts is about 45 km.

Some distances to the districts; Avcilar 67 km., Ataturk Airport 56 km., Bakirkoy 51 km., Besiktas 44 km., Eminonu 45 km., Galata 46 km., New Istanbul Airport 85 km., Kadikoy 30 km., Kartal 11 km., Kavacik 35 km., Levent 45 km., Maltepe 22 km., Maslak 48 km., Pendik 9 km., Sisli 45 km., Sultanahmet 45 km., Ortakoy 45 km., Taksim 44 km., Tuzla 8 km. and Uskudar 36 km.

There is NO direct METRO operating between Sabiha Gokcen Airport and city center.

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

Sabiha Gokcen Airport Private & Shared Shuttles

Below you can click on the destination you need an airport transfer or make a search from the search box under to find your prefect private or shared shuttle transfer service in between Sabiha Gokcen Airport and your hotel.



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3 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent service! We has a painful waiting in the customs for over an hour and than had another waiting for the luggage. The transfer service driver waited for us with a sign and was very helpful. As he gave us a great ride to our hotel, he also did give us updates and answered all our questions about the city. We highly recommend!

  2. Absolutely amazing service, both customer and transportation-wise. Would definitely recommend to anyone in need of airport transport. Price is good,car is clean and comfort drive is very nice.

  3. Took a transfer from Istanbul Airport to Emimonu Sirkeci, the transfer was excellent, driver found our destination no problem. Really helped to make a stressful arrival in a new country very easy for us.

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