2- Public Transportation Services from / to new Istanbul Airport (IST)



istanbul airport (isl) public transportation service
istanbul airport (isl) public transportation

There are two public transportation alternatives between Istanbul Airport (ISL) and the city center. These are HAVAIST and IETT buses.

The Yellow buses are called the IETT bus. And the White buses are called the HAVAIST bus.

Both buses await you at the exit of the Istanbul Airport (ISL) international arrivals terminal to take you to the city centre.

Now Let’s give detailed information about these two different public transport alternatives.

On the Google map below you can see the Istanbul Airport’s (ISL) 360 degree image and buses waiting for passengers.





Street View from Istanbul AirPort (ISL)

HAVAIST BUSSES

HAVAIST buses (the white one) take you directly from Istanbul Airport (ISL) to specific locations in the city center. (e.g. Taksim Square)

HAVAIST buses serve more than 60 different destinations in Istanbul. Taksim Square and Sultanahmet are the most preferred destinations for tourists.

The fare of the HAVAIST buses from Istanbul Airport (ISL) To Taksim is 18 TL. (about 3 dollars, 3 euro)

The fare of the HAVAIST buses from Istanbul Airport (ISL) To Sultanahmet is 18 TL. (about 3 dollars, 3 euro)

Cash or credit card on HAVAIST busses is not valid, you can only pay with “Istanbulkart“. You can buy Istanbulkart from the buffets at the airport. And you can upload credits to Istanbulkart in buffets and vending machines.

In the continuation of the article we will give more detailed information about Istanbulkart.



IETT BUSSES

IETT buses (the yellow one) are cheaper than the HAVAIST buses, but less comfortable. There are also too many stops on one line. For This reason, it takes more time to go to the city center than the HAVAIST buses.

You can come to Mecidiyekoy from Istanbul Airport (ISL) via IETT buses, then from Mecidiyeköy to Taksim Square by metro or bus. The line number of the IETT bus from the Istanbul Airport (ISL) to Mecidiyekoy is H-2.

The fare of the IETT busses is from Istanbul Airport to city center is 5,20 TL -2 full fare-. (about 1 dollar) (full fare is 2,60 TL)

Cash or credit card on IETT busses is not valid, you can only pay with “Istanbulkart“. You can buy Istanbulkart from the buffets at the airport. And you can upload credits to Istanbulkart in buffets and vending machines.

In the continuation of the article we will give more detailed information about Istanbulkart.



ISTANBULKART

istanbulkart vending machines
istanbulkart vending machines

IstanbulKart is a payment method used in public transport in Istanbul. Only Istanbulkart is valid in all public transport system in Istanbul (IETT buses, HAVAIST busses, Metrobus, ferry, subway, tram, funicular). Money or credit card payment is not possible.

(Cash payments are available in Taxis. In some taxis, credit cards are also valid. Even in some taxis, payment by credit card is also available.)

Istanbulcard can be purchased and credit loaded from the buffets on the streets or from automatic machines at metro/bus stops.

You can see the “Istanbulkart ” fare tariff below.

istanbul public transport fares tariff istanbulkart
istanbul public transport fares tariff istanbulkart



In Istanbul, you will pay 2.60 TL for the first time you take the public transport. Then, when you transfer to another public transport (e.g. bus, metro, tram, ferry) within 2 hours, you pay less.

The transfer discount is valid for 2 hours. And it must be 10 minutes past the first and second public transport.

First you upload money (How much you want to install) to your istanbulkart, then your credit decreases as you use public transports.

If your istanbulkart does not have enough funds to ride a public transport, You will receive an “Insufficient credit” alert. In This case, you need to make a new installation to your istanbulcard. For This, you can use the Istanbulkart vending machines located in the stations.

When getting to the bus or the subway, it is enough to bring the istanbulkart closer to the reading device. Istanbulkart is working contactless.

Getting on the IETT bus..
Getting on the subway, tram or ferries..





If you do not have an istanbulkart, you can also take a token or 1-2-3-5-10 pass ticket from the kiosk. (Token is valid for Metro, tram or ferry. Not available on Buses. Tickets are valid for all public transports)

We recommend you to buy Istanbulkart. Istanbulkart is more advantageous for tourists. Because The token and ticket fare is more expensive and there is no transfer discount.

istanbul public transport fares istanbulkart token
istanbul public transport fares istanbulkart token

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