Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) (2023 Master Advice Guide)

Here on this page, you’ll find all the necessary information about Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), including the airport services, flights, terminal, connections, hotels in and around, transportation alternatives such as Public Buses, HAVABUS Airport Shuttles, Shared or Private Shuttles, etc, tips for departures, and insider advice.

Some Practical Information for SAW

  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located east of central Istanbul, in the Pendik district, on the Asian side.
  • Sabiha Gokcen Airport Code is SAW, Phone : +90 216 588 88 88 , Web :
  • You can travel between Sabiha Gokcen Airport and central Istanbul directly by municipal public buses, HAVABUS Airport Shuttle, taxi, Shared or Private Shuttles, and indirectly by train and sea bus.
  • The Airport Shuttle from Kadikoy and Taksim is the most practical way, the Private Shuttle (see on bottom page) is the most comfortable and convenient way to travel between the airport and central Istanbul, taking 1 hour from Kadikoy, 1,5 hours from Taksim.
  • There are plenty of short and long-term National Car Parks for people driving to the airport.
  • There is NO direct METRO operating between Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and city center.

Where is the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)?

Located the on east of the central Istanbul, on the Asian side, about 30 km. from Kadikoy, 44 km. from Taksim and 48 km. from Sultanahmet, the International Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is the second busiest airport in Istanbul, with a capacity of 41,000,000 passengers per year. To see Sabiha Gokcen Airport’s exact location, see the Istanbul airports map.

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Sabiha Gokcen Airport Map

Airport Terminal

Sabiha Gokcen Airport is spread across arrivals and departures levels, with shops, duty free, cafes, restaurants, currency exchange facilities, banks, rent a car, information counters, accommodation desks and left luggage facilities.


Sabiha Gokcen Airport Arrivals can be found on the ground floor of the Terminal. After you leave the aircraft, you will pass through the passport control, baggage reclaim and customs. In the arrivals hall, you can find shops, duty free, restaurants, currency exchange, car rental and hotel reservation desks.


Sabiha Gokcen Airport Departures can be found on the first and the top floor of the Terminal. All passengers must clear security control before entering the departure lounge and you’ll find shops, bars and cafes.

Check the Sabiha Gokcen Airport Terminal plan Interactive 3D Map from below.

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Covid-19 PCR Test at Sabiha Gokcen Airport

The Covid-19 PCR test center of Sabiha Gocek Airport (SAW) is situated on the Arrivals International Landside. You can easily see the clinic (Smartlab), wait in the queue and get your PCR test done.

Turkish citizens can get their results from the e-nabiz system on​

It takes about at least 2,5 hours to get your results. Foreign passengers can get their results printed from the information desk on location.

Test price is 250 TL.

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Airport Hotels

The Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport is great that it offers inside Airport Hotel for travelers. ISG Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport Hotel is the only airport hotel operating in the airport, in a 4-storey hotel building with 116 standard rooms and 12 suites, located only 104 meters from the terminal. Very ideal for both business and leisure travelers, as well as very early departures, delayed flights, tedious long transit or layovers.

For the ones who want to spend the night near the Sabiha Gokcen Airport, there are variety of quality hotels around the airport within easy reach and suitable for all budgets. We gathered those hotels’ info on our the Closest Hotels to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport page. You may check them there.

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Airport Parking

If you want to park at Sabiha Gokcen Airport, there are a number of long-stay and short-stay car parks available. The multi-storey car park of Sabiha Gokcen Airport is of four levels and has 4.718 vehicle and 72 bus capacity. Car park is situated in front of the terminal building and within a short walking distance. Sabiha Gokcen Airport Carpark Office Phone: +90 216 588 88 45

Travelling To and From

You can read our below pages with district/neighborhood specific “how to get” guides.

by Public Bus

The municipal public buses runs about every 20 or 30 minutes from and to below several districts of Istanbul, such as Levent, Bostanci, Kadikoy, Pendik and Tuzla. For more information and timetables, visit the Istanbul Municipality Public Buses website.

Bus lines are 4.Levet E3 line, Bostanci E9 line, Kadikoy-Kurtkoy E10 line, Kadikoy E11 line, Metrobus Uzuncayir 16S line, Pendik High Speed Train Station 132H line, Tuzla Naval Academy 130H line and 4.Levent-Yenisehir 122H line.

Municipal Public Buses take 2 tickets price or 1 ticket price 7,67 TL, regarding the route, and you can pay by IstanbulKart, which is the public transportation card for Istanbul.

by HAVABUS Airport Shuttle

The HAVABUS Airport Shuttles runs frequent shuttle services in between Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) and Kadikoy, Yenisahra (metro station) and Taksim. The journey takes about 1 hour from Kadikoy and 1,5 hours from Taksim, depending on the route. The shuttles are white colored and parked in front of the terminal building arrivals level.

Read more from our HAVABUS Sabiha Gokcen Airport Shuttles page.

Please also double check the HAVABUS routes, timetables and trip fares from HAVABUS’s official website

* Read more about all the transportation options for Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) from our Travelling to and from Sabiha Gokcen Airport page.

by 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 HAVABUS 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, 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 Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). And they are faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses and taxis.

Below you can use the search box to find your prefect private or shared shuttle transfer service in between Sabiha Gokcen Airport and your hotel.

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