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How to get to high speed train stations in Istanbul?


Istanbul Airport

Metro is under construction from Istanbul Airport to Halkali HST station. Currently the only transport solution is Havaist shuttles. The closest HST station is Bakirkoy.

High risk of traffic
Frequency: Every 30-60 min
Service hours: 07:30-21:40
Avg travel time: 100 min

Go to Bakirkoy with Havaist shuttle (90 min)

Walk (or get a taxi) to Bakirkoy station (1 km, 10 min)

Only some of the HSTs depart from European side of Istanbul. If you want to take one of the others, take Marmaray to Sogutlucesme HST station (29 min)

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  1. Am I correct to take Marmaray from Sirkeci station to Sogutlucesme and connect to HST ? Will it be the same building? or need to walk for long time?

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    • Hello Mihai,

      I can’t fully answer this question, but I’d like to extend it.

      There is no rail line to Antalya, but you can take the YHT from Söğütlüçeşme station in Istanbul to Konya and the connecting bus from there to Antalya. There seem to be two connections each day – look at the last table in this document: http://www.tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr/files/3/yolcu/19_05_2019_yht_tren_otobus_baglantilari.pdf

      I’m not sure though how reliable the first connection is where the train is scheduled to arrive at 17.15 and the bus is supposed to leave at 17.30, or whether the bus waits for the train in case of a delay (and otherwise, what your rights are if the train is delayed). I’m also not completely sure whether the new station in Konya has been inaugurated now and, if so, whether the busses have moved over. And finally, according to the RailTurkey page about Konya station, it should be possible to connect from the first Istanbul-Konya YHT (arriving at 12.02) onto a bus to Antalya (leaving at 13.30), so I’m wondering why this connection is not mentioned in the table by TCDDT.
      Perhaps Onur knows more?

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    • Very good extension indeed. For the mentioned connections at TCDDT links, bus waits for train, unless there’s a big delay. You don’t buy bus ticket from the beginning, so no right. New station is not opened yet, but bus will depart grom new one when opened. 13:30 is a good suggestion.

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  2. very useful information! Thank you for that
    Where can i buy a bus ticket (MR60) and what is the average price?

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