How to get from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Istanbul International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport are located 86 km from each other, in different parts of the city. To get from one airport to another, you need at least 1.5 hours only on the road. This article will help you save time or money - to get from one Istanbul airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport faster or cheaper.

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Where are two international airports of Istanbul on the map

The largest airport in Istanbul and Turkey is located north of the centre of Istanbul almost on the Black Sea coast. Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located in the Asian part of Istanbul.

To get from one airport to another, you need to cross the Bosphorus and overcome about 90 km.

Read more about all Istanbul airports in the article All Istanbul airports - names, location on the map, airport hotels.

Istanbul's international airports on the map
All Istanbul's international airports on the map

How quickly to get from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

The fastest and most convenient way to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to New Istanbul Airport is a private transfer (taxi). A driver will meet you at the exit from the arrivals airport area, help with your luggage and take you from one airport to another by the fastest route.

The cost of the transfer is fixed and cannot increase during the trip. You can pay for the trip in advance and not waste time on unfavourable currency exchange at the airport.

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Airport taxi with metered fare

Taxis at Istanbul airports can be found at any time of the day or night by following "Taxi" signs. It is better to have cash Turkish lira to pay for a taxi. Many taxi cars have card payment terminals, but there is no guarantee that payment by your bank card will be successful.

Tip: do not change a lot of cash at the airport because the exchange rate is worse than in any exchange office in the city.

According to the rules, taxi drivers must turn on the meter and the fare must correspond to the amount calculated by the meter plus payment the bridge pass over the Bosphorus.

Taxi cars in the Istanbul airport
Taxi cars in the Istanbul airport

The estimated cost of a taxi from Istanbul New Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport is ~35 Euro. But nobody can say which route the taxi driver will take, whether he will wind up extra kilometres, whether his meter counts fare correctly.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Trip between two Istanbul airport by bus will cost you only 65 Turkish lira, but you have to adapt your plans to the bus schedule, solve the issues of paying and hope that the bus is not cancelled.

Over the past year this bus number has changed several times, so be guided by the bus direction, not the bus number.

Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gönçen Airport Bus Timetable (valid at the time this article was updated)
Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gönçen Airport Bus Timetable (valid at the time this article was updated)

A Havaist bus runs between two Istanbul airports (read more about buses from the airport this article):

  • route number is HVİST-13 (be sure to check if the bus goes to Sabiha Gokcen Airport),
  • estimated duration of the trip - 110 minutes,
  • ticket price 65 TL,
  • the bus runs every 1.5 hours around the clock, but couple of night buses go to Kadikoy, not Sabiha Gokcen Airport,
  • the actual bus schedule can be checked on the Havaist website (in English).

How to pay for the bus:

  1. by cash Turkish lira to buy a ticket at a kiosk at the bus stop,
  2. when entering the bus, pay with a contactless bank card.

Istanbul airport hotels

For long flights connections you can use hotels at the airports:

If you have time to walk around Istanbul, I advise you to look into the Mosaics Museum or take a guided tour in Istanbul.