Transports & Car in Istanbul

Discover comprehensive details on transport and car rental options at Istanbul Airport [IST], including reliable transfer services by the official airport carrier, information on public transport, taxis, Uber, and more.


Shared Transfers

The Shared Transfer provided by the official airport carrier Havalines is a cost-effective way to reach central areas such as Taksim or Sultanahmet from Istanbul Airport, and vice versa. This is a great option for travelers who want to save money and avoid the hassle of taking a taxi.

With the Shared Transfer, you'll be picked up from the airport and transported to various destinations in Istanbul in a luxurious minibus. The service ensures unlimited luggage capacity, allowing you to travel with ease.

  • To use the shared transfer by the official airport carrier, simply make a reservation in advance and proceed to the transfer desk located at the arrival hall of Istanbul Airport. The shuttle will promptly transport you to your destination, ensuring a quick and comfortable journey. Take advantage of the -5% discount by booking through the provided link:

Private Transfers

Booking a private airport transfer with the official airport carrier offers a convenient, reliable, comfortable, and flexible transportation option, especially for those who are unfamiliar with local transportation, have heavy luggage, or require specific preferences and needs.

Discover two of the most popular private transfer options from/to Istanbul Airport below:


1. Private Airport to City Transfer

The private airport transfer is the most convenient way to travel between Istanbul Airport and your hotel in the city center. Enjoy a relaxed and hassle-free journey as you are picked up by a professional driver in a late-model van and taken directly to your accommodation. This competitively priced service is available for hotels on the European side of Istanbul and can accommodate groups of up to 8 people.

  • To book your private airport transfer and benefit from a -5% discount, simply use the provided link:

2. Luxury Van Transfer to/from Galataport

This transfer is ideal for those seeking a hassle-free and convenient transportation option between the Galataport Cruise Terminal and Istanbul Airport. Choose from one-way or round-trip transportation for added flexibility.

The luxury transfer service ensures a stylish and comfortable start to your cruise journey. Travel in high-end vehicles, such as the Mercedes Vito, and enjoy amenities like complimentary bottled water, enhancing your overall travel experience. Rest assured that your driver will arrive on time and efficiently transport you to your destination. 

  • Secure your luxury airport transfer with a -5% discount by making your reservation through the provided link:

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Taxis in Istanbul Airport [IST]

Taxi service is available 24/7 at Istanbul Airport. Passengers can find taxis at the main stop point near the passenger exit doors of the domestic and international flights, as well as on the second floor (departures level).

Three types of taxis are offered: black "E" type, turquoise „D“ type, and orange (yellow) „C“ type. See here the difference of these types of taxis:

  • The orange (yellow) taxis are the regular taxis in Istanbul. 
  • Turquoise and black taxis are luxury taxis with more passenger capacity (8+1), larger boot space, wider seat legroom and similar features.
  • Turquoise taxis have a 15% higher fare than orange taxis, while black luxury taxis have a 70% higher fare than orange taxis.

Tip: You can check approximate transfer rates by taxi to/ from Istanbul Airport from/ to Sultanahmet, Taksim and other popular destinations in Istanbul by clicking this link.

Taxi fare: In Turkey, taxi fares are set by city or county authorities. Taxi rides in Istanbul are comparatively cheaper than in Europe. The current switch-on price is 9.80 TL, and the price per kilometer is 6.30 TL. It's important to make sure the taxi meter is always turned on.

Please note that, in addition to the regular taximeter fee, customers will also be responsible for paying any highway, toll bridge, and tunnel toll fees.

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Uber in Istanbul Airport

Uber is a ride-sharing company that connects passengers with drivers through a mobile app.

You can use the Uber app to request a ride from Istanbul Airport. However, it could be a regular taxi that is ordered for you when you request an Uber.

Prices: Uber prices at Istanbul Airport can vary depending on factors such as time of day, demand for rides, and distance to your destination. You can check the estimated fare for your trip on the Uber website or in the app before you request a ride.

How to request a Ride from Istanbul Airport via Uber?

To use Uber at the airport, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Uber app on your mobile device and enter your destination in the "Where to?" field.
  2. Select the type of ride you want from the options available (UberX, UberXL, etc.).
  3. Confirm your pickup location at the airport. The app will automatically set your pickup location to the airport, but you can change it if necessary.
  4. Tap "Request" to book your ride.
  5. Wait for your driver to arrive. The app will show you the driver's location in real-time, so you can track their progress as they make their way to the airport.
  6. When the driver arrives, confirm their name and the make and model of the car, and then hop in the vehicle.
  7. Enjoy your ride! The app will automatically charge the fare to the payment method you have on file, so you don't have to worry about paying the driver directly.

Public Transport to Istanbul Airport [IST]

There are several options for getting to Istanbul Airport using public transportation:

  • Shuttle Bus: One of the most popular ways to get to Istanbul Airport is by using the Havaist Airport Shuttle Bus. The shuttle bus operates 24/7 and the buses are comfortable and air-conditioned. It features 9 lines, which runs between the airport and various locations in Istanbul, including Taksim Square, Sultanahmet, and other key locations. You can find the shuttle bus at the transport floor -2. The fee for using the Havaist airport shuttle bus in Istanbul is in Turkish lira and varies depending on your destination. To learn more about prices and timetables, visit the Havaist website. Book through this links and get a -5% discount:
  • Public Bus: Municipal public buses are currently the only public transportation option for getting to and from the airport. Several bus lines (H-1, H-2, H-3, H-6, H-8, and H-9) operate between the airport and various parts of Istanbul, including the city center, the Asian side, and other neighborhoods and districts. The bus stops are located near the arrivals terminal. I For the latest information on bus routes and schedules, visit: iett istanbul. In order to use public transport, you will need to buy a public transportation card.
  • Metro: Since January 2023, the Istanbul Airport (IST) has been connected to the city by the new metro line M11 Gayrettepe - Istanbul Airport. However, it is important to note that the metro line is still undergoing construction and involves multiple transfers, making it less advisable for tourists at this stage.

Car Rental in Istanbul Airport [IST]

You can find several car rental companies at Istanbul Airport, located on the land side of the domestic arrivals floor.

These companies are available 24/7, and include AVIS, SIXT, Europcar, Hertz, Enterprise, and many others.

Car Park at Istanbul Airport [IST]

Istanbul Airport boasts the world's largest multi-story car park under a single roof, featuring a total capacity of 40,000 vehicles.

The airport's car parks offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and a range of top-quality service to its guests. These include:

  • Parking
  • Valet Service
  • Car Maintenance, such as car wash, tire change, mini maintenance, and refueling
  • 24/7 surveillance with cameras
  • The "Where is my Car" application to help you locate your vehicle
  • The ability to pay for lost parking tickets with your driver's license or ID card at manual payment points on the third floor of the red and green car parks.

Tips for Parking at Istanbul Airport [IST]

  • Do not leave your ticket or parking ID card in your vehicle
  • Go to the payment point within 1 hour of entering the parking lot to take advantage of short-term subscriptions
  • Only make payments at the man sual or automatic payment points
  • Take note of the color and column number of your parking space
  • Note that if you do not leave the parking lot within 30 minutes after making payments, a fee will be charged according to the the tariff for periods over 30 minutes
  • Get an additional 10% discount on top of specified discounts when you use the Istanbul Airport mobile app to pay for parking
  • Press the Live Support button if your subscription card is not working properly
  • Parking for less than 30 days is charged at the highest price of the subscription terms.
  • The first 15 minutes of parking in the open car park of Istanbul Airport are free of charge.
  • Motorcycles should use manual payment points at level P3
  • Handicapped individuals and veterans can use parking lots for free for up to 15 days, as long as they are present in their vehicles and can provide required documents upon request

Please note:  Drivers who violate parking rules may be subject to fines.

Istanbul Airport Car Park Prices

You can see the current parking fees for the multi-story car park well as the fees for the open car park of Istanbul Airport on the official website.

Just click on the „car park fee regulator“ and fill in the relevant fields.

Subscription at Istanbul Airport

Short-term subscription fees are available for periods of 4 days, 7 days, 15 days, and 30 days.

  • To take advantage of these fees, you must either visit:
  • The manual payment kiosk on the third floor (P3) of the Green Car Park,
  • The information desk on the departures floor,
  • Or use a mobile payment option within one hour of your arrival at the car park and complete the subscription process.

Valet Service at Istanbul Airport

There are two valet pick-up points at Istanbul Airport:

  • One on the departing passenger floor across Gate 3 (Green Car Park Floor P6),
  • And the other in the CIP Car Park.

The valet delivery point is on Green Car Park Floor P3, across the arriving passenger floor gate 9.

Valet Parking Fee: The valet service fee is 100 TL. Note that it does not include fees for car parking or additional services such as car washing or detailing. To request short-term valet services (for 4, 7, 15, or 30 days), speak to the valet advisor.

Payment: To pay for valet services, use the Domestic Valet Payment Point inside the terminal at gate 9 of the arrivals floor, the Manual Payment Kiosk inside the car park at Floor P3 of the Green Car Park, or mobile payment.

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