Arriving by plane

From the airports to the city

Istanbul is served by two international airports. ATATÜRK AIRPORT (IST) is on the European side of the city. It is closer to the symposium venue and to the hotel districts TAKSİM and SULTANAHMET. Booking a flight to Atatürk Airport (IST) is recommended. SABİHA GÖKÇEN AIRPORT (SAW) is on the Asian/Anatolian side of the city.

For detailed information regarding transport from the airports please visit the following websites:
http://www.ataturkairport.com/en-EN/Transportation/Pages/AirportTrasnportation.aspx
http://www.sabihagokcen.aero/passengers-and-visitors/transport-and-parking/transportation
For the Istanbul Railway Network Map please visit:
http://www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/media/24900/ag_2200px_1546px-01.jpg

Warning: Depending on traffic and time of day, journey times may far exceed the estimated times given below.

ISTANBULKART (Istanbul Card) is recommended for travel in Istanbul.  You can use it when travelling by Metro, Tram, IETT buses, boats and ferries, funiculars as well as in Havataş busses. Although ticket machines also sell tickets valid for 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 trips, traveling with an Istanbulkart is less expensive. It is possible to buy an Istanbulkart at the ticket offices available at major bus stops for about 6 TL (2 Euros) and have it topped up to the desired amount. A single ticket (one-way) is approximatively 4 TL (1,3 Euros).

FROM ATATÜRK AIRPORT (IST) to TAKSİM

1-Havataş direct bus to TAKSİM
This direct bus leaves the airport half-hourly between 04:00 and 01:00.
A one-way ticket for 11 TL (Turkish Liras) (approx. 4 Euros) per person can be purchased in the bus or you can use your Istanbulkart.
Travel time: 40 – 50 minutes.
2-Metro (Line M1) + Metro (Line M2)
Take the M1 train which leaves the Airport Metro Station every 5 minutes between 06.00 to 00.00 (every 10 minutes late at night) and takes about 35 minutes to YENİKAPI. Change at YENİKAPI for the Metro Line M2 bound for HACIOSMAN. TAKSİM is the 4th station.
3-Taxi
Payment by meter. Costs about 60 TL (Turkish Liras) (approx. 20 Euros)
Travel time: About 30 minutes
4-Shuttle services
A number of hotels have shuttle services to and from airports.
Please contact your hotel for prices and departure times.

 

FROM ATATÜRK AIRPORT (IST) to SULTANAHMET

1- Metro (Line M1) + Tram
Take the M1 train which leaves the Airport Metro Station every 5 minutes. Change at ZEYTİNBURNU (6th station) and take the tram (T1) bound for EMİNÖNÜ or KABATAŞ. SULTANAHMET is the 15th stop.
2-Metro (Line M1) + Taxi
The M1 train leaves the Airport Metro Station every 5 minutes and arrives at YENİKAPI in 35 minutes.
Upon arrival at YENİKAPI, take a taxi to SULTANAHMET which takes about 8 – 10 minutes and costs about 12 TL (4 Euros).
3-Taxi
Costs about 60 TL (approx. 20 Euros)
Travel time: About 30 minutes
4-Shuttle services
A number of hotels have shuttle services to and from airports.
Please contact your hotel for prices and departure times.

 

FROM SABİHA GÖKÇEN AIRPORT (SAW) to TAKSİM

1-Havataş direct bus to TAKSİM
This direct bus leaves the airport half-hourly between 03.00 and 01.00
One-way tickets for 14 TL (approx. 5 Euros) per person can be purchased in the bus or you can use your Istanbulkart.
Travel time: About 60 minutes
2- IETT Bus E11 to KADIKÖY + Boat to KABATAŞ + Funicular to TAKSİM
The E11 bus leaves every 20 minutes from the airport. It arrives at KADIKÖY in 70 minutes. Then, take a boat to KABATAŞ (10 min) and then the funicular up to TAKSİM (10 min).
3-Taxi to TAKSİM
Payment by meter. Costs about 120 TL/Turkish Liras (approx. 40 Euros)
Travel time: About 50 minutes
4-Shuttle services
A number of hotels have shuttle services to and from airports.
Please contact your hotel for prices and departure times.

 

FROM SABİHA GÖKÇEN AIRPORT (SAW) to SULTANAHMET

1-Havataş bus to KADIKÖY +  Boat to EMİNÖNÜ + Tram to SULTANAHMET
The Havataş bus leaves the airport every 30 minutes and takes 60 minutes to KADIKÖY. One-way tickets cost 9 TL (3 Euros). Tickets can be purchased on the bus or you can use your Istanbukart.
From KADIKÖY, take the boat to EMİNÖNÜ. The boat leaves every 20 minutes and the journey takes 20 minutes. Change to the tram at EMİNÖNÜ. The tram running toward BAĞCILAR or CEVİZLİBAĞ will take you to SULTANAHMET (4th stop).
2- IETT Bus E11 to KADIKÖY  +  Boat to EMİNÖNÜ + Tram to SULTANAHMET
The E11 bus leaves every 20 minutes from the airport and takes 70 minutes to KADIKÖY.
From Kadıköy, take the boat to EMİNÖNÜ. The boat leaves every 20 minutes and the journey takes 20 minutes. Change to the tram at EMİNÖNÜ. The tram running toward BAĞCILAR or CEVİZLİBAĞ will take you to SULTANAHMET (4th stop).
3-Taxi to SULTANAHMET
Payment by meter. Costs about 120 TL (Turkish Liras) (approx. 40 Euros)
You will need to pay extra 5 TL (approx. 2 Euros) as bridge toll.
Travel time: About 60 minutes
4-Shuttle services
A number of hotels have shuttle services to and from airports.
Please contact your hotel for prices and departure times.