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 Taksim? Have a look at the options below and simply select the one that fits your situation and budget best.

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Public Transport

Sabiha Gokçen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul and there are no direct buses to Taksim. However, if you don’t mind a little bus adventure, public transport is still a good way to get there. You first take the 16S (long route, 2 TL ticket) or E-10 (short route, 4 TL ticket) bus. Both buses leaves every 15-30 minutes outside the arrivals area. Get off at ‘Yenisahra’. From here you can take bus 129T to Taksim.

  • Price: 6-8 TL per person
  • Total travel time: +/- 2 hours

Airport transfer

There are several companies offering airport transfer to Taksim, we mostly suggest Backpackers Travel Agency‘s airport transfer services. This option is especially attractive when you are travelling in a group. Make sure to book your transfer in advance though.

  • Total costs: 50-75 Euros (per group, depending on the size of the group)
  • 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. Their Taksim 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.

  • Price: 12 TL per person
    Total travel time: +/- 90 minutes (depending on traffic)


Havataş is another private airport shuttle service. Their Taksim buses also leave outside the arrivals area. Buses run every 30 minutes between 04:00 and 01:00.

  • Price 12 TL per person
  • Total travel time: +/- 90 minutes (depending on traffic)