Istanbul Airport Transfers:
Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Will you be arriving to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport? Which transfers should you use? Istanbul airport transfers can be intimidating at first, but when you get the basic idea, the puzzle will be solved easily..

You will find here all necessary info for your arrival and departure.

Transfers from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

SAW is far from the city center and hard to get to and from. If you don’t have a hotel pick-up service, you have three options here for istanbul airport transfers..

Transportation from SAW:

a) Havas shuttle bus

b) Airport Taxis

c) Private Shuttles

a) Havas shuttle bus:

Airport Shuttle Bus (Havas is the name of the company) is a good choice. It is cheap, fast and takes you to the main areas like Taksim and Aksaray (which is close to Sultanahmet by taxi).

Havas buses are running to several main destinations.

But you might have to wait for some 15-20 minutes for the next one to take off.

You will find Havas shuttle buses right out of the airport. The trip takes 1 hour to 1,5 hours, depending on traffic.

You will be paying in the bus and it costs TL 12/person.

The route of the bus is through the Trans European Motorway to “Kavacik” and to Taksim.

You can check the timetable from

Steps for Havas Airport Shuttle Bus:

  • If your destination is Sultanahmet, get off at “Taksim.”
  • You can either take a taxi to Sultanahmet or use the tram.

    If you will use the tram, take the funicular from Taksim Square to “Kabatas”. Then switch to tram in Kabatas, get off at the Sultanahmet stop.

My advice?

Take a taxi, because it is very close and you will pay nearly the same amount to the public transportation.

Beware of the traffic hours though..

b) Taxi:

Taxi is a good option especially if you are not alone. The expense will be lowered if you are accompanied by 1-2 people.

It takes 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to reach the city, depending on traffic.

But keep in mind that a taxi trip from SAW with four passengers and their luggage can be an uncomfortable one. If the taxi is a big one 4 is okay but if it is small one 3 will be better.

Don’t forget to have your destination address written out for the driver.

Taxis are waiting outside the airport and the metered fare is around TL 70 (approx. € 30)

c) Private Shuttles:

And there is another choice for istanbul airport transfers from Sabiha Gokcen airport. There are a couple of a private companies that run shuttle services. Here is one of them;

Their minibuses look very comfy.

It costs only €7 (£6) and it offers drop-offs at central hotels. I didn’t use their service before, so check it out for yourself.

Transfers to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

Doesn’t matter from which Istanbul airport, leaving this magnificent city is always hard.

Hoping you can come back soon, here are some details which will be handy on your istanbul airport transfers;

If you don’t have a hotel pick-up service, you have the same 3 options for reaching Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

a) Havas shuttle:

Havas shuttle buses take off from Taksim, next to Turkish Airlines office and Mc Donalds. It is easy to recognize both.

You can check the timetable from the website of the

b) Taxi:

Simply get in and have a scenic trip to the smaller of the two Istanbul airports.

c) Private shuttles:

Arrange a specific time with the company and you're good to go..

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