You can go from Istanbul's
the European side of Istanbul,
55 km (34 miles) to the east on the
Asian side of the Bosphorus
(or vice-versa) by public transport
two hours, and
see a good amount of Istanbul and
the Bosphorus as
you travel. Here's how:
Airport Buses via Taksim Square
There is no non-stop airport bus service
between Istanbul's two airports, but
you can make the trip by changing buses
airport buses between Atatürk
Airport and Taksim
Square (TL11), and Sabiha
Gökçen Airport and
Square (TL14; thus, total fare for the journey TL25). Though the 70-km (44-mile) trip, airport to airport, takes 2 to 2-1/2 hours in light to normal traffic, you should allow more time at heavy-traffic times.
Travel will drive you from
airport to the other in a comfortable Mercedes-Benz or other quality minivan
for not all that much more than a regular
taxi, but the ride is far
more pleasant, assured and safe. It's
the fastest way to go, taking about
1-1/4 hours in normal traffic (up to
2.5 hours during the afternoon and
evening weekday traffic rush, 15:00
[3 pm] to 21:00 [9 pm]).
fare for the van is 55 euros, and it
can take up to four passengers and
their luggage, so if you're traveling
with three others, the fare will be
not much more per person than the fares
for the airport bus, but faster, more comfortable and more convenient, without the need to change airport buses (unloading, waiting, then re-loading your luggage) at Taksim Square.
Your private transfer begins in the
airport terminal at the Customs-area
exit where you will be met by an Efendi
person holding a sign with
your name on it, who will assist you
with your luggage. A professional
take you across the Bosphorus to
the other airport offering snacks and
beverages along the way, and will help
with your luggage when you reach the
other airport. The cost is the same
for one to four persons—it's
not a per-person charge. This is a
great value-for-money service. More...
There are usually Istanbul
at the airport to take up to three
passengers with light luggage to
the city center or the other airport.
Most of the time the trip is uneventful.
Sometimes the driver tries to charge
more than the standard fare, or takes
"the long way round."
the driver will want to stop and usher
you into a carpet or leather apparel
shop from which he earns a commission. More...
In a few years Istanbul's M4 Metro line will come even closer to Sabiha
Gökçen Airport, to Pendik and the ferryboat docks at Kaynarca, but for now, here are the links in your journey between Atatürk
Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport by Metro and Marmaray:
M1A Metro: Atatürk Havalimanı to Yenikapı
Marmaray: Yenikapı to Ayrılık Çeşmesi
M4 Metro: Ayrılık Çeşmesi to Kartal
E10, KM20 or KM22 Bus: Kartal Metro to Sabiha Gökçen Airport
This journey may take several hours: waiting for the bus, walking to and from Metro and Marmaray stations, long walks within some stations, etc., but it is the cheapest way. With an Istanbulkart it should cost less than TL8. Full-fare using tokens would be TL16.
—by Tom Brosnahan