In Istanbul, you don’t need a car to get around the city as there are variety of transportation options. You can easily get around the city by walking, biking or using the public transportation options.
Istanbul’s Yellow, Turquoise & Black Taxis
However, if you will need to get somewhere quickly, such as airports or a meeting, a taxi would be your best option for sure. Here, we put together all the necessary information about taxis in Istanbul.
The taxis in Istanbul are yellow and have taxi signs on the roof. It’s usually easy to find one of the more than 18,000 yellow taxis almost anywhere in the streets.
There are also luxury taxis in turquoise and black colors.
Turquoise taxis are D segment ones (like VW Passat, Skoda etc). Black taxis are E segment and VIP ones (like Mercedes, etc).
Turquoise taxis are 15 percent, Black taxis are 100 percent more expensive than the Yellow taxis.
Istanbul’s Taxi Fares 2019
As of August 2019 (after 22 months), taxi fares in Istanbul has been increased by 25 percent. Below prices are for standard yellow taxis.
* The switch on price increased from 4 TL to 5 TL, so you should see 5 TL upon the taxi driver activates the taxi-meter. (5,75 TL for turquoise taxis)
* The per kilometer price increased from 2,5 TL to 3,1 TL. (3,60 TL for turquoise taxis)
* The waiting per minute price increased from 0,36 TL to 0,45 TL. This can be due to heavy traffic or your request for waiting a thing.
* The Hop-on hop-off (stopover) price from 10 TL to 13 TL. This is to avoid people taking taxi for very very short distances.
* There is no day and night difference.
* If you will take a taxi from Istanbul’s European side to Asian side or vice versa, the taxi has to pay a toll and you will be charged for the toll. It can be bridges on the Bosphorus, tunnel underwater or some highways. And you are not responsible for the return fees of the taxi.
* You can calculate the approximate taxi fare for your journey with the above rates.
* You can pay by credit card in any taxis in Istanbul.
Average Istanbul Taxi Fares from New Istanbul Airport (IST)
- to Sultanahmet (48,9 km) – 156,5 TL
- to Taksim (40 km) – 130 TL
- to Bakirkoy (46 km) – 150 TL
- to Besiktas (39 km) – 130 TL
- to Sariyer (43 km) – 140 TL
- to Mecidiyekoy (37 km) – 120 TL
- to Kadikoy (56 km) – 180 TL plus bridge toll
- to Uskudar (46 km) – 150 TL plus bridge toll
- to Sabiha Gokcen Airport (76 km) – 240 TL plus bridge toll
Average Istanbul Taxi Fares from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
- to Taksim (65 km) – 210 TL
- to Sultanahmet (62 km) 160 TL 200 TL
- to Bakirkoy (74 km) – 235 TL
- to Kadikoy (32 km) – 105 TL
- to New Istanbul Airport (76 km) – 240 TL
Average Istanbul Taxi Fares from Sultanahmet
- to Taksim square (4,8 km) – 20 TL
- to Bakirkoy square (13,5 km) – 47 TL
- to Kadikoy coast (16,3 km from Tunnel) – 56 TL plus tunnel fee
- to Galata Tower (4,1 km) – 18 TL
- to Besiktas square (6 km) – 23,5 TL
- to Ortakoy square (7,5 km) – 28,5 TL
- to Bebek coast (11,6 km) – 41 TL
- to Nisantasi (6,4 km) – 25 TL
- to Istanbul Forum Shopping Mall (Sea life Aquarium) (10,6 km) – 38 TL
- to Florya Istanbul Aquarium (21 km) – 70 TL
- to Eyup Isfanbul Theme Park (12,6 km) – 44 TL
- to Akmerkez Shopping Mall (10,8 km) – 38,5 TL
- to Istinye Park Shopping Mall (16,2 km) – 55,5 TL
Average Istanbul Taxi Fares from Taksim
- to Sultanahmet (4,8 km) – 20 TL
- to Bakirkoy square (14,9 km) – 51 TL
- to Kadikoy coast (16,3 km from Tunnel) – 55,5 TL plus bridge toll
- to Galata Tower (3,3 km) – 15 TL
- to Besiktas square (3,3 km) – 15 TL
- to Ortakoy square (4,1 km) – 18 TL
- to Bebek coast (8,1 km) – 30,5 TL
- to Istanbul Forum Shopping Mall (Sea life Aquarium Istanbul) (13,1 km) – 46 TL
- to Florya Istanbul Aquarium (24,3 km) – 80 TL
- to Eyup Isfanbul Theme Park (12,1 km) – 43 TL
- to Akmerkez Shopping Mall (7 km) – 27 TL
- to Istinye Park Shopping Mall (12,7 km) – 44,5 TL
Bridge Toll and Avrasya (Eurasia) Tunnel Fee 2019
There are three bridges on the Bosphorus. Locals mostly call them 1st (15 Temmuz Sehitler), 2nd (Fatih Sultan Mehmet) and 3rd (Yavuz Sultan Selim) bridge. You will need to cross 1st or 2nd bridge to get around Istanbul. 3rd bridge so far away so that yo should never use it. Bridge toll is one way and when you cross from Europe to Asia. No toll from Asia to Europe.
And there is an underwater tunnel (Avrasia) for vehicles from Yenikapi to Haydarpasa. Very fast and convenient way to pass the Bosphorus. But it is kinda expensive.
Bridge Toll for taxis & automobiles
- 1st and 2nd bridge – 8,75 TL
- 3rd bridge – 19,15 TL
Avrasya tunnel fee for taxis & automobiles
- 23,30 TL (see it on avrasyatuneli.com)
How to Get a Taxi in Istanbul?
* You can easily take a taxi on the street by waiving your hand. On central Istanbul, you won’t have to wait more than a few minutes for an official yellow taxi in the street.
* You can pick up a taxi at a taxi stop, where you will see line of taxis on the side of a road.
* You can see them in front of the main squares, railway, metro and bus stations, ferry ports, shopping malls, plaza’s, or restaurants.
When to Take a Taxi in Istanbul?
It is very easy to get around Istanbul by public transport options. Especially in the rush hours, and in the city center, taxis can be impractical.
We suggest you take taxi in Istanbul if:
- You’re in a big hurry (airport, meeting, etc),
- There is heavy rain,
- If you’re a group of family or friends of at least three or four and go for a short distance, where the price difference is negligible when compared to public transport,
- Your company pays.
Also, taxis are good at night when buses run less frequently and you will need extra time to relax or sleep. And it might worth extra money to save yourself dragging your luggage in the city.
* Don’t tip the taxi drivers. Though, you can leave the cashback if it is a small about like 2 to 5 TL. This is what locals most do.
* If your hotel is some close to the Istanbul airports, than first ask your hotel to see if they can give you a free shuttle service.
* Make sure taxi heads on the right direction. You can check it from your mobile phone’s map App.
* Some tourist zones such as Sultanahmet Square and the tram line between Sirkeci and Beyazit and Istiklal Street are pedestrian-only. Make sure you check your destination and decide a logical drop-off point to avoid the taxi driver giving you the run-around.
* For passing the Bosphorus by the bridges, ask the driver which bridge he will drive. There are three bridges on the Bosphorus and the third and the latest one (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge) is very far away from the city center, and mostly used by trucks, transporters and intercity buses. Don’t let taxi driver give you this way, or it would cost you really a lot.
Booking Taxis in the city via Apps
Istanbul has a taxi app, iTaksi, that will get you the best fares, routes, and communication. It is provided and backed by the Municipality of Istanbul, and it allows passengers to find and take the nearest taxi. It aims to match drivers and passengers and offers an easy and safe way to enjoy your trip with smart devices.
iTaksi is available both on Apple Store and Google Play Store. You can download and use it to hail your taxi wherever you are in Istanbul. You will also see their logo on the registered yellow taxis.
We recommend this option as iTaksi taxis are registered to Municipality of Istanbul and both drivers and routes are followed and rated. So there is no way the taxi driver can rip you off taking the long way. It also beats standing on the street waiting. Read more on their official website on itaksi.com
Kiwi Taxi – Istanbul Airports Taxi Transfer
Taxis are definitely the quickest way to get to your hotel from the airport or vice versa. Many people also ask about if there are any other fast, safe and reliable taxi booking services with meet-and-greet airport pickups and luggage assistance.
We highly recommend Kiwi Taxi airport transfer services, and by clicking the red button below you’ll get a free trip estimate in just seconds. This is also a great option for the ones who are a group or a family with kids or having lots of luggage.
What’s cool is that upon your arrival to the airport, you’ll see the driver holding a plate with your name on it. And also he will help you with luggage.