Your visit to Istanbul will start at Sabiha Gokçen 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.

Public Transport

Sabiha Gokçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul and there are no direct buses to Sultanahmet. However, if you don’t mind a little bus/ferry adventure, public transport is still a good way to get to the historical peninsula. You first take the E-10 bus to Kadıköy. This bus leaves every 30 minutes outside the arrivals area. You can download the timetable here. In Kadıköy you take the Kadıköy-Eminönü ferry, which leaves every 20 minutes. In Eminönü you take a tram to Zeytinburnu. Get off at the ‘Sultanahmet’ stop.

  • Price: +/- 7 TL per person
  • Total travel time: +/- 2 hours

istanbul sabiha gokcen airport transfer

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: 50 Euros (one way transfer up to 4 people together provided with a private van)
  • Total travel time: +/- 90 minutes (depending on traffic)


Taxis are available outside the arrivals area.

  • Price: 75-80  TL
  • Total travel time: +/- 1 hour (depending on traffic)


Havaş is a private airport shuttle service. They have buses to Taksim. Their buses leave outside the arrivals area. Buses run every 30 minutes between 05:00 and 00:00. After 00:00 the service is less frequent and dependent on the number of flight arrivals. In Taksim you can take a taxi to Sultanahmet.

  • Price: 12 TL per person for Havaş, 12 TL for a taxi
  • Total travel time: 90-120 minutes (depending on traffic)


Havataş is another private airport shuttle service. They have buses to Taksim and Kadıköy, leaving right outside the arrivals area. Buses run every 30 minutes between 04:00 and 01:00. To get to Sultanahmet, you can take a taxi from Taksim, or a ferry/tram from Kadıköy.

  • Price 12 TL per person for Havataş, 12 TL for a taxi from Taksim, 4 TL for ferry/tram from Kadıköy.
  • Total travel time: 90-120 minutes (depending on traffic)

Other Airport Routes:

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