Airport Transport to /from City Center (Taksim Area)

Most flights arrive at İstanbul Atatürk Airport, which is located 24 km west of the city centre. From this airport, there are several ways to get into İstanbul.

Havataş Shuttle Services leave every half hour (between 4 am and 1am) and run between Atatürk Airport and the city center (Taksim square). Depending on traffic, it can take about 40 minutes to travel between the airport and Taksim. Departure/arrival point in Taksim is across Divan Hotel, in front of Point Hotel.
Routes are as follow;
Departure:Taksim-Aksaray-Coast Road-Atatürk Airport
Return: Atatürk Airport- Coast Road -Bakırköy-Yenikapı-Aksaray(Marmaray)-Taksim
Ticket Price: ₺ 15-20
You may visit for the timetable
Private transfer could be booked through the conference secretariat.

The Metroline (subway) is located inside the airport and connects with the city’s rail transit system.

Taxi rides (please see note on taxis below) between the airport and city center (e.g. Taksim) currently cost around 60TL.

The 96T city bus operated by IETT also goes downtown but has fewer departure times.

İstanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gökçen, is located in the Anatolian side of the city. From Sabiha Gökçen, there are also several ways to get into the city.

There is the Havataş shuttle bus service to Kadıköy and Taksim. Departure/arrival point in Kadıköy is Kadıköy Rıhtım İETT Bus Stops. Depending on traffic, it can take approximately 1.5 hours from/to the city center (Taksim square) to/from Sabiha Gökçen.
Routes are as follow;
Departure: Taksim-Beşiktaş- Bosphorus Bridge -Tem Access Road-Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Return: Sabiha Gökçen Airport -Kavacık-FSM Bridge-1.Levent-Zincirlikuyu Metrobus- Dolapdere-Taksim
Ticket Price: ₺ 15-30

You can take the public bus run by IETT. The E10 line goes to Kadıköy. From there you can take a ferry if you plan to continue to the European side

For more information about Sabiha Gökçen transportation, please click here.


All taxis are yellow in Istanbul and they all have taximeters. Please make sure that the taxi driver turns on the taximeter at the beginning of the rid. The opening charge is about 8 TL and charge per km. is about 3 TL. This is a 24h flat rate. There is no central taxi dispatch service in Istanbul. Each neighborhood is served by its own list of taxi dispachers. It is not uncommon to flag down a taxi cab on the street.

For more information about how to transport within the city, please click here.