Transportation to and from Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Car

What is the distance from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the centre of Istanbul?

Istanbul has three airports, of which Istanbul Atatürk Airport is closest to the centre. The distance between the airport and the old city (Sultanahmet) is 19 kilometres / 11.8 miles, which by car requires about 30 minutes of travel time.

From ISL Airport to Istanbul City centre by Car
19 km
30 min

Public transport

Metro and tram to Istanbul (Sultanahmet)

The old city of Istanbul (Sultanahmet) can be reached by metro M1A (red, every 6 minutes) in combination with tram T1 (blue, every 5 to 10 minutes). After arriving at Istanbul Atatürk Airport follow the signs Metro / Light Rail to get to metro station ‘Atatürk Havalimanı’. From there the metro leaves in the direction of Yenikapı, at the 6th stop Zeytinburnu you can transfer to the tram. Trams in the direction of Kabatas will take you to Sultanahmet, which is the 15th stop. A journey by public transport from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Sultanahmet (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultan Ahmed Mosque / Blue Mosque) takes around 45 minutes.

Tickets
You need one ticket for both metro and tram. These tickets (Jeton tokens) are avalable from the Jetonmatik machines. It is only possible to buy a ticket with cash (coins and small banknotes of 5, 10 and 20 TL). A ticket costs 4 TL each, to be used to get through the turnstiles at the metro station and the tram stop.

You can save on public transport in Istanbul if you are in possession of an Istanbulkart, this card costs 6 TL and can be charged with money. If you have an Istanbulkart, the price from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Sultanahmet, Eminönü, Karaköy or Kabatas is only 3.95 TL. It is also possible to travel by metro M1A from the airport to the main bus station in Istanbul (Otogar), the journey time is 20 minutes. Please consult website Metro Istanbul for more information.

Make a reservation for the Istanbul Guided Tour with Lunch and visit the most famous sights in Istanbul accompanied by a professional guide: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace.

Bus services

Havabüs to Istanbul (Taksim)
You can also use the Havabüs shuttle bus service, travel time to Taksim is about 40 minutes. This neighbourhood is known among tourists for its large number of hotels, shops, restaurants and bars. The stop in Taksim is located 500 metres from Taksim Square, close to the Point Hotel.

Every 30 minutes from early in the morning until late in the evening buses run in both directions, the prices can be found below. Previously, the shuttle services were carried out by Havas and later Havatas. Please consult website and timetable Havabüs for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults 12 TL 24 TL
Children 12 TL 24 TL

Tickets

Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

€ 75

Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street.

The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

€ 18.15

See the stunning Mevlevei Sema ceremony in Istanbul. Known for its whirling dervishes and dances, enjoy a complex musical repertoire called ayin and go on a mystical journey representing man’s spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.

Istanbul City Tourist Pass for 30+ Top Attractions/ Services

€ 115

Explore Istanbul at your own pace with a 3, 5 or 7-day Istanbul Tourist Pass, providing access to 30+ top attractions and services. Enjoy free guided access to Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia and other top museums or visit the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.

Activities

Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

€ 54

Cruise between 2 continents as you dine on Turkish meze on a 3-hour Bosphorus cruise of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and enjoy a full program of entertainment, such as folk and belly dancing.

Full-Day Turkish Bath Experience in Istanbul

€ 46

For a cleansing spa experience, the Turkish Bath is perfect for those looking for calm and relaxation on their holiday. Expect to feel revitalized after your treatment.

Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Shopping Mall Tour

€ 35

Experience the world’s largest thematic aquarium on an 5-hour tour of Istanbul. See marine life from the world’s rainforests to the Black Sea at Istanbul Akvaryum. Watch stunning 5D films and more. Then, enjoy some free time in the Aqua Florya Mall.

Tours and transport

Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

€ 75

Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street.

Full-Day Tour and Cruise of Istanbul and the Bosphorus

€ 70

Explore Istanbul and the Bosphorus on a full-day tour and see the main sights, including the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Camlica Hill. Then take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus and ride by cable car to the highest point of the city.

Istanbul City Sightseeing Tour & Turkish Dinner & Show

€ 129

Enjoy a combination of 2 of the best-selling tours in Istanbul. See the city’s top attractions and landmarks on a sightseeing tour. Then you’ll experience Turkish culture and cuisine on a cruise featuring a 4-course dinner and traditional entertainment.

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