Sabiha Gökçen Airport, in short SAW, is located in Kurtköy connected with the Pendik district of Istanbul. Sabiha Gökçen Airport which is the second airport in Istanbul the airport took its name from Sabiha Gökçen, the first female fighter pilot in the world and also the first female pilot in Turkey. The foundation of Sabiha Gökçen, a former airport, was laid in 1998 and completed in 2001. Sabiha Gökçen Airport, located on the Anatolian side, has become distanced, especially for those who live on the European side of Istanbul. For tourists, if they are going to reside on the Anatolian side, using Sabiha Gökçen Airport will make their work easier. However, there are many ways to get to Sabiha Gökçen Airport. In this article, we will explain how to get from Taksim to Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Taksim are approximately 50 km away from each other. And with many options such as IETT, HAVABUS buses, taxis, private vehicles, and airport transfers, you can reach Sabiha Gökçen Airport from many districts of Istanbul, especially Taksim. The distances between the other districts of Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen Airport are as follows: There is 40 km distance with Kadıköy, 12 km with Pendik, 67 km with Avcılar, 54 km with Bakırköy, 44 km with Beşiktaş, 45 km with Eminönü, 85 km with Istanbul New Airport, 11 km with Kartal, 35 km with Kavacık, 45 km with Levent, 22 km with Maltepe, 48 km with Maslak, 46 km with Sultanahmet, 8 km with Tuzla, and 36 km with Üsküdar. We would like to remind you that your journey time will be shortened and extended depending on the traffic situation on the road.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is in a difficult location as transportation, continues to serve thousands of people by removing planes from domestic and international locations every day. Sabiha Gökçen is a preferred airport for many people, although transportation is difficult. The reason for this is that there are more suitable airline tickets. Especially domestic air ticket prices are more suitable than other airports. Even in the off-season, prices fall a lot. Depending on the price you choose, aircraft companies are going to show alteration. Furthermore, many ways to go to Taksim from Sabiha Gökçen Airport:
How To Go To SAW From Taksim
If you are wondering what is the most practical way to get to the SAW Airport, we can tell you the HAVABUS buses. If you want to go both at an affordable price and sitting, the most suitable option for you will be these buses which leave from in front of the airport. HAVABUS has 3 lines. These are: Kadıköy, Yenisahra, and Taksim. It will take 45 minutes to go to Yenisahra on a traffic-free road with these buses, 1 hour to go to Kadıköy, and 1 and a half hours to go to Taksim.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Taksim Havabus Line;
Bus services between Taksim and SAW start at 3:30 in the morning and continue until 10:00 in the evening. The first bus from Taksim will leave at 3:30 in the morning, while buses will continue to move from the stop every half hour until 10:00 in the evening.
The first bus from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim leaves at 6:30 a.m, and the last bus leaves at 00:30 p.m. During the day, buses again serve every half an hour. The bus departure point for those going from Taksim to Sabiha Gökçen Airport is Abdulhak Hamit Street. The journey will take approximately 1 and a half hours, but this time will vary depending on the traffic density. HAVABUS ticket price is 3,24 dollars per person.
Route that passengers will pass on their way: Taksim- Beşiktaş- Boğaziçi Köprüsü- Tem Bağlantı Yolu- Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Route that passengers will pass on their return: Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Kavacık- FSM Bridge- 1. Levent- Zincirlikuyu Metrobus- Dolapdere- Taksim
Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Kadıköy Havabus Line;
For those who want to go from Kadıköy to Sabiha Gökçen Airport or in the opposite direction, the journey will take at least 1 hour, even if it varies depending on the traffic situation. The ticket price for this one-hour trip is 2,42 dollars per person. You can board HAVABUS buses from Kadıköy Pier IETT bus stops.
The first bus from Kadıköy to the airport leaves at 4:15 a.m, and the last bus leaves at 9:15 p.m. Buses run every half hour during the day.
The first bus from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kadıköy leaves at 6:30 a.m and the last bus leaves at 00:30 p.m. And again, it is possible to get on these buses every half an hour.
Route that passengers will pass on their way: Kadıköy- Yenisahra- Tem Bağlantı Road- Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Route that passengers will pass on their return: Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Tem Bağlantı Road- Yenisahra- Kadıköy
Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Yenisahra Havabus Line;
Buses departing from Kadıköy stop at Yenisahra and then go to SAW Airport. For this reason, bus times coming to Yenisahra are going to change depending on the traffic density. But the hours that the bus should be at this stop are as follows: the first bus arrives at the stop at 4:30 a.m, and the last bus leaves the stop at 9:30 p.m. During the day, HAVABUS comes to the stop every half hour. HAVABUS departure point is Yenisahra Metro. The bus departs from Yenisahra and arrives at Sabiha Gökçen Airport in about 45 minutes. The ticket price per person is 2,42 dollars.
Route that passengers will pass on their way: Yenisahra- Tem Bağlantı Road- Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Route that passengers will pass on their return: Sabiha Gökçen Airport- Tem Bağlantı Road- Yenisahra
P.S.1: You can reach current HAVABUS buses times from this link: HAVABÜS (havabus.com)
2- MUNICIPAL BUSES
How do you get to Sabiha Gökçen Airport by municipal buses? Municipal buses are the most affordable vehicles to get to the airport. If you choose municipal buses as public transport to go to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, there are 10 bus lines to the airport for you. With these 10 bus lines, your transportation to the airport is now so easy.
You can able to use the bus line SG2 to get from Taksim to Sabiha Gökçen Airport. This line has 2 color buses. They are red and black. The only black ones are IETT buses. So it belongs to the municipality. These buses depart from Sabiha Gökçen Airport based on passenger density. The journey time is 112.5 minutes.
- 10 Bus lines that you are able to use to get to Sabiha Gökçen Airport:
E-3 Bus Line- 4. Levent Metro/ Sabiha Gökçen
E-9 Bus Line- Bostancı/ Sabiha Gökçen
E-10 Bus Line- Kadıköy/ Kurtköy/ Sabiha Gökçen
E-11 Bus Line- Sabiha Gökçen/ Kadıköy
16S Bus Line- Sabiha Gökçen/ Uzunçayır Metrobus
SG1 Bus Line- Kadıköy/ Sabiha Gökçen
SG2 Bus Line- Taksim/ Sabiha Gökçen
122H Bus Line- Sabiha Gökçen/ Yenişehir/ 4. Levent Metro
132H Bus Line- Pendik/ Sabiha Gökçen
131C Bus Line- Sabiha Gökçen/ Sultanbeyli/ Ümraniye
Even if getting to SAW Airport by bus is less comfortable than other transport routes, it is much cheaper than other transport routes. To get on municipal buses, you must either use an Istanbul card which is called an “akbil” or you must buy an electronic ticket if you are a tourist. As of 2021, the single-pass price for adults in Istanbul is $ 0,47 and the single-pass price for students is $ 0,23. If you are someone who does go and come very often and stays for a long time, it makes more sense to take a monthly card. The monthly card price for adults is $ 37,32. The student monthly card is $ 6,79. If you are a tourist and will only take the bus to go to the airport or to travel, there are also electronic tickets for you. So, this is an affordable price from Taksim to Saw Airport. Prices change by the number of passes:
Single ticket- $ 0,94
Two pass ticket- $ 1,53
Three pass ticket- $ 2,00
Five pass ticket- $ 3,07
Ten pass ticket- $ 5,43
P.S.2: You can check current bus prices from this link: İETT Toplu Ulaşım Ücret Tarifesi (iett.istanbul)
Taxis have always been a more expensive option for transportation. You can both sit comfortably and not be in a crowd like on public transport. Especially if we assume that you have suitcases on the way to the airport, using HAVABUS buses or taxis rather than municipal buses re going to make you more comfortable. Well, this situation is valid in case if you don’t have a private car. However, to get from Taksim, on the European side of Istanbul, to Sabiha Gökçen Airport which is located on the Anatolian side, you have to go about 50 km. In addition, in case of traffic, your waiting time on the road is going to increase, and since the taximeter continues to work during that time, the price you will pay is going to change depending on your waiting time. On average, the taxi fare from Taksim to SAW Airport will be around $ 20,07.
4- AIRPORT TRANSFER
Another way to go or return to the airport is airport transfers. Many different companies offer services at varying prices. You can adjust these vehicles, which you could choose its capacity according to your request, before landing at the airport. As long as you tell them about the time of your plane’s landing, even if your flight is delayed, you know that someone will meet you at the airport, and you will not encounter any surprises. Due to you rent these vehicles from the company, which are one click more expensive than taxis, you travel reliably, comfortably, and smoothly. Another difference from taxis is the fact that the price you are going to pay is obvious from the beginning. As in taxis, there is no change in the price you will pay depending on your waiting time in traffic, and maybe that’s why it may even be cheaper than a taxi. Such airport transfer services usually include many services such as free baby seats, water, luggage assistance. For this, we can say mostly, yet we recommend that you contact with the company which you will make a deal with and make sure that they have these services or not. If you have arranged such a vehicle, someone will be waiting for you at the exit after receiving your luggage with a paper in their hand with your name on it. And then they will take you right in front of your destination and drop you off. When you use airport services or public transport, the situation can be challenging if you are a crowded group, family with children, or have many items of baggage. In addition, you will have the opportunity to divide the price, as you can choose the car that you will rent based on the number of people. This, in turn, will allow crowded groups to travel both at an affordable price and comfortably.
- Average Price Forecast For Airport Transfers
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Taksim-Beyoglu-Galata (or opposite direction), the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 4 passengers is $ 59,07, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 8 passengers is $ 70,89, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 13 passengers is $ 82,70.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Yeşilköy- Bakırköy- Ataköy (or opposite direction), the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 4 passengers is $ 82,70, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 8 passengers is $ 94,52, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 13 passengers is $ 118,15.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Sultanahmet- Laleli- Sirkeci (or opposite direction), the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 4 passengers is $ 59,07, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 8 passengers is $ 70,89, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 13 passengers is $ 82,70.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Kadıköy- Üsküdar- Beykoz (or opposite direction), the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 4 passengers is $ 47,26, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 8 passengers is $ 59,07, the price of a one-way vehicle with a capacity of 13 passengers is $ 70,89.
P.S.3: These prices will show alteration depending on the company you choose.