Urban Transport

How to get to new airport of Istanbul?

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

The new airport of Istanbul, Istanbul airport, was commissioned and started commercial service on 29th of October, 2018. Some of the flights transferred to new airport. On 6th of April 2019, all flights to/from Yesilkoy Ataturk airport will be transferred to new airport.

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.

Public buses give service in 5 routes in European site (August 2019).

Airport shuttles are departing from/calling at 47 points in 12 routes (August 2019).

All buses depart from the -2nd floor at the airport. Istanbulkart and debit/credit cards can be used for payment. You can buy Istanbulkart at same floor through ticket machines (yellow or blue). For public buses, only Istanbulkart can be used, debit/credit cards cannot.

The departure points, timetables and public transport connections of airport shuttles are as follows:

Airport shuttles from European side

Public buses from European side

Airport shuttles from Asian side

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  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.


    • Good question. Fastest way is to get to Kozyatagi by airport shuttle, get back to Yenisahra (1 station) by metro and get to Havabus (Sabiha Gokcen shuttle). By next year, it’ll be possible to get to Sabiha Gokcen by metro from Kozyatagi.


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