Urban Transport

How to get to new airport of Istanbul?

Istanbul’s new airport will start service on 29th of October.

The new airport of Istanbul, Istanbul airport, will be commissioned and start commercial service on 29th of October, 2018. All flights to/from Yesilkoy Ataturk airport will be transferred to new airport until mid 2019.

Istanbul airport is 50 km away from Old City (Sirkeci) and 65 km from Kadikoy (Asian side).

Currently, 2 metro connections to Istanbul airport are under construction. First is Mecidiyekoy-Airport metro. The metro line is expected to be ready in 2020.

The other metro line is Halkali-Airport metro, which will start from the main Marmaray station on west. The target commission date for this metro is 2021.

Istanbul Airport will also be connected to Halkali and Sabiha Gokcen (the other airport in Asian side) by a new high speed line in the future. The construction has not started yet.

Yet, only public transport to Istanbul Airport is by bus. As of January 2019, buses are departing from 20 points in Istanbul.

Istanbul Airport shuttle departure points

The exact departure points, timetables and public transport connections for airport shuttles are as follows (as of Jan 2019):

Airport shuttles from European side

Airport shuttles from Asian side

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3 replies »

  1. We will arrive to Istanbul on the first day of November, and after 12 hours the flight will continue. How can you best get into the city center from the new airport?


  2. Uskudar is like the “ugly girl” of Istanbul. Even though it is a high population area, whenever it comes to airport connections, they are always pathetic. The private Havas Bus line goes to Taksim and Kadikoy, forgeting Uskudar, the regular bus line also goes from Kadikoy to the Sabahinden, again forgetting Uskudar (it would be very easy to start from Uskudar, stop in Kadikoy, and continue) and now the new airport again they forget Uskudar. I have the feeling either Uskudar people don’t travel, or as I suspect they are used to take crap and swallow all of it without complain. They have been constructing the metro area for nearly 6 years, having chaos everyday in the port area, and no one seems to mind. They are content with it as long as you construct a huge unnecessary humongous square.


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