Istanbul Airport
Public Transportation

Public Transportation
to the City Center

istanbul airport (isl) public transportation service

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

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

Both buses are waiting you at the exit of the Istanbul Airport (IST) international arrivals terminal to take you to the city centre.

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


Istanbul Airport HAVAIST Buses

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

HAVAIST busses serve more than 50 different destinations in Istanbul. Taksim Square and Sultanahmet are the most preferred destinations for tourists. (Hotels are usually located in these regions.)

The fare of the HAVAIST buses from Istanbul Airport (IST) to Taksim is 30 TL. (about 4-5 dollars, 4-5 euros)

The fare of the HAVAIST busses from Istanbul Airport (IST) to Sultanahmet is 30 TL. (about 4-5 dollars, 4-5 euros)

You can pay the bus fare by cash or credit card on the HAVAIST busses.

HAVAIST buses are available every half hour for 24 hours.

We recommend HAVAIST buses to you to go downtown from IST Airport.

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.

To go to Taksim from IST Airport, you can come to Mecidiyekoy from Istanbul Airport (IST) by IETT buses. After Mecidiyeköy you can go Taksim Square by metro or bus from Mecidiyekoy. The line number of the IETT bus from the Istanbul Airport (IST) to Mecidiyekoy is H-2.

The fare of the IETT busses is from Istanbul Airport to city center is 7,00 TL (2 full fare-about 1 dollar) (full fare is 3,50 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 IST Airport. And you can upload credits to “Istanbulkart” in buffets and 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, 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.)

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 Tariff” on that website:

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New Istanbul Airport

The new Istanbul Airport (IST) opened on October 29, 2018. Istanbul Airport (IST) is one of the largest airports in the world. Since its opening, it has been used by close to 100 million passengers on domestic and international routes. Istanbul Airport (IST) is used by close to 200,000 passengers per day. More than 1000 flights a day are available at Istanbul Airport (IST).

IST Airport ↔ City Center
Transportation Options

Here are the options you can use to get from Istanbul airport to the city centre:

Click here to see between Istanbul Airport and City Center Transportation informations.

Istanbul Metro & Tram Lines Map

Istanbul Airport metro is unfortunately not currently in use. Construction is underway. Istanbul Airport metro will be in service towards the end of 2020. It's very easy to reach the city center (Taksim Square) from the Istanbul Airport by metro.

Click here to see Istanbul Metro Map and Istanbul Airport Metro Line informations.

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Touristic Places in Istanbul

You should definitely see these touristic places in Istanbul.

These are only a few. There are hundreds of “must see” places in Istanbul with its thousands of years of history.

Click here to see Istanbul Touristic Places Map on Google Maps.

How To Go To Taksim from IST Airport?

Click here to find out how to get to Taksim from Istanbul Airport (IST).

How To Go To Sultanahmet from IST Airport?

Click here to find out how to get to Sultanahmet from Istanbul Airport (IST).

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