Your visit to Istanbul will start at Atatürk Airport and you’re looking for the best way to get to your hostel or hotel in Sultanahmet? Have a look at the options below and simply select the one that fits your situation and budget best.

Istanbul Ataturk International AirportPublic Transport

It’s easy to get to Sultanahmet using metro and tram. Follow the ‘M’ signs inside the terminal to the metro station. You need to buy a ‘jeton’ (2 TL) to be able to access the platforms. Take the metro to ‘Aksaray’ and get off at ‘Zeytinburnu’ (6th stop). In ‘Zeytinburnu’ you have to take a tram to ‘Kabataş’. You need another ‘jeton’ (2TL) for this trip. Get off at ‘Sultanahmet’, or alternatively, at Çemberlitaş, Gülhane or Sirkeci, if your hotel/hostel is closer to one of these stops.

  • Price: 4 TL per person
  • Total travel time:  +/- 45 minutes

Airport transfer

There are several companies offering airport transfer to Sultanahmet, we mostly suggest Backpackers Travel Agency‘s airport transfer services.  Such VIP services are great if you don’t want to be bothered with looking for a taxi and carrying all the luggages. Just make sure to book your transfer in advance though.

  • Price: 20 Euros (one way transfer up to 4 people together provided with a private van)
  • Total travel time: 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic)


Taxis are available outside the arrivals area.

  • Price: +/- 35 TL
  • Total travel time: 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic)

Other Airport Routes:

– Atatürk Airport to Taksim
– Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Sultanahmet
– Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim