The international acronym for flights to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport is SAW.
The Airport is located in Pendik. The distance between the Airport and Taksim is 50 km. The airport is named in honor of Sabiha Gökçen, who was the first female pilot in Turkey and the world's first female fighter pilot.
Details of all airport services are provided on the website of Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
There are many ways to transfer from Sabiha Gökçen airport to the city center. You can take the bus and ferry, airport bus, taxi or private transfer.
Public transport buses are the cheapest way to go to city centre, however you need to transfer to the ferry and tram and it can take a long time.
IETT (Istanbul Public Transport Authority) has a bus line, E-10, which departs from Sabiha Gökçen Airport and stops in Kadiköy on the Asian Side. From Kadiköy, you can take the ferry to Eminönü in order to reach Sultanahmet. From Eminönü, you can take the T1 tram in the direction of Zeytinburnu and get off at the Sultanahmet stop.
If you want to go to Taksim, take the ferry to Karaköy from Kadiköy. Then take the T-1 tram in the direction of Kabatas, get off at the last stop at Kabatas, and, finally, take the funicular to Taksim.
The schedules of the E-10 line and other IETT lines can be found in the website of IETT.
Airport Bus (Havas)
Havas is a private bus company which provides transport services between Istanbul airports and the city center.
Havas Airport Buses travel from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim.
Havas buses are timed to the arrival of all flights, departing the airport 25 minutes after flight arrival time. The trip to Taksim takes approximately 1 hour.
Similarly, Havas provides transport services from Taksim to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, departing from in front of the Metropolitan Art Gallery in Taksim.
Schedules of the Havas Buses can be viewed on its website.
Taxi is another option for traveling to the city centre.
The Sabiha Gökçen Airport taxi service is quite reliable and transparent about its prices. The taxi company, SS 127, clearly indicates the prices on its webpage to different locations in Istanbul. You can check the prices to Taksim, Sultanahmet or any part of the city on its website.
There are numerous travel agencies which provide transfer services to and from the city center. They provide a useful service with a competitive price, but we advise you to be cautious when choosing one of them.
Airport shuttles may be low in quality, so it is important to ask other travellers for a tested shuttle service or you should reserve your shuttle ride through a reliable agency.
Sabiha Gökçen to Atatürk Airport
The best way to get from Sabiha Gökçen to Atatürk Airport is to use the Havas Buses from Sabiha Gökçen-Taksim and Taksim-Atatürk Airport. You can find the schedules of the buses on the website of Havas.
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