Nave of Ayasofya
If your Istanbul
Square, Elmadağ, Talimhane, Cihangir, Galatasaray, Tepebaşı, Tünel, or
in another district on the north side
of Istanbul's Golden
how to travel there from Istanbul's Atatürk
By Airport Bus
buses connect Atatürk
Airport with Taksim
Square. If your hotel
is within an easy walk of Taksim (as are the hotels in Elmadağ and
this is a fine way to go. If, however,
your hotel is on or off İstiklal
Tepebaşı, Tünel, Harbiye, Nişantaşı or
Şişli, you may want to use a private
The airport buses depart the Arrivals
level of both the International and
Domestic terminals at Atatürk
Airport. The Taksim bus stop
is in front of The Point Hotel, on the west side of Cumhuriyet Caddesi across from the Divan Oteli (map).
The trip takes between 45 and 65 minutes,
depending upon traffic, and costs TL10
per person, one-way, payable on the bus
airport buses depart
Airport and Taksim
Square on the
hour and half-hour from 04:00 am
to 01:00 am (ie, no buses from
01:30 am to 3:30 am). More...
From Taksim Square, Havataş runs buses east 42 km (26
miles) to Sabiha
Gökçen Airport on
side of the Bosphorus. More...
Many travelers staying in Beyoğlu prefer the comfort, convenience and
security of a private transfer
service to reach their hotel.
If your hotel is not within
an easy walk of the Taksim Square/Elmadağ airport bus
stop, if you have three or
more people in your group, or if you have more
than two suitcases, a private transfer
is the logical way to go. More...
A taxi from
Airport to Taksim
Square may cost about TL40
and take between 35 and 75 minutes,
depending upon the exact location of
your hotel, the weight of traffic at
the time, and the honesty (or lack
of it) of your taxi driver. First, read
about Istanbul taxis.
Taking a taxi from your
hotel—a reliable one
summoned by your hotel—is
a better bet than taking one from
the airport. More...
By Metro, Tram & Funicular
You can take the Metro right
from the Atatürk
Airport terminal to Zeytinburnu,
change to the Kabataş tram,
ride that all the way to the terminus
at Kabataş, then take
the Füniküler up the
hill to Taksim.
Start by following these
instructions for going
from the airport to Sultanahmet,
but don't leave the tram at Sultanahmet.
Stay on the tram to the last
stop, at Kabataş,
then take the Füniküler.
An alternative is to take the tram from Zeytinburnu to the Yusufpaşa stop, then walk south along to the M2 Metro Yenikapı station (map) and take the Metro to Taksim.
The entire trip from the airport to Taksim may
take nearly two hours, at a cost of
TL9, but you may have to carry your
luggage up and down some stairs.
By City Bus
IETT express city bus 96T
Airport and travels along the shore
of the Sea
of Marmara stopping at the Yenikapı
Fast Ferry Terminal and Aksaray Square on
its way to Taksim Square.
This is among the most inexpensive
ways to go, but also the slowest and
—by Tom Brosnahan