Turkey's YHT High-Speed Trains from Ankara, Eskişehir and Konya arrive at Istanbul's Pendik YHT Gar (High-Speed Train Station) on the Asian side of the Bosphorus near Sabiha Gökçen Airport (map).
In the future, the terminus for high-speed trains will be closer to the city center, but that may not happen for years. Public transport to and from the Pendik YHT Gar includes Marmaray trains, buses, private transfers, and taxis.
Here are your local transport choices to travel between the Pendik YHT Gar, the city center, and Istanbul's airports:
In March 2019, the Marmaray suburban train line was opened to operations between Halkalı on the west side of Istanbul (the station for trains to Europe), to Gebze to the east, making travel between Pendik and both shores of the Bosphorus fast, easy and inexpensive. More...
Obviously the easiest way to travel from one transport terminus or hotel to another is by private transfer, a car or van reserved for you and your travel companions. It's more expensive than public transpotr if you're traveling alone, but more comfortable and secure, and it may be faster. The larger your travel group, the more a private transfer makes economic sense.
Companies that do airport and port transfers can also take you to the Pendik YHT Gar.
Pendik YHT Gar to Kadıköy
Take the Marmaray toward Halkalı to Ayrılık Çeşmesi, then the Metro to Kadıköy.
By City Bus
Walk from the Pendik YHT Gar south along Gazipaşa Caddesi (map) toward the sea and the İDO İskelesi (İDO Ferry Dock: ask anyone) to the İETT bus stop at the ferry dock. E-9 buses traveling from left (east) to right (west) will take you to Kadıköy, from where you can take a ferry to Eminönü near the center of Old Istanbul.
Pendik YHT Gar to Old Istanbul
Take the Marmaray toward Halkalı to Sirkeci, then the Bağcılar Tram to Sultanahmet.
By Ferry & Tram
Follow the instructions above to reach Kadıköy, take a ferry toEminönü, then the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram toward Bağcılar to reach your destination in Old Istanbul.
Pendik YHT Gar to Beyoğlu
Take the Marmaray toward Halkalı to Sirkeci, then the Kabataş Tram to Karaköy and the Tünel to Tünel Square, or take the tram to Kabataş and the Füniküler to Taksim Square.
By Ferry & Tram
Follow the instructions above to reach Kadıköy, then take a ferry to Karaköy and take the Tünel up to İstiklal Caddesi, or the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram toward Kabataş, then the Füniküler to reach Taksim Square.
An alternative, probably faster and certainly more comfortable (though you do miss the cross-Bosphorus ferry voyage), is to follow the instructions below to go to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, then take the Havataş Airport Bus to Taksim Square.
To Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW)
Follow the instructions above to reach the İDO İskelesi bus stop, cross the boulevard to the bus stop right near the İDO ferry dock and take the E-9 bus going east to reach the airport.
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport
IETT city buses depart from outside the Arrivals level of the airport terminal. Buy tickets or an Istanbulkart transit passfrom the kiosk near the buses.
IETT Bus E-9: Take the E-9 bus and get out at the Pendik İDO (PEHN-deek EE-doh) stop, the one for the İDO ferryboats to Yalova. The ride takes about 20 minutes.
From the Pendik İDO bus stop, walk inland through the parking lots and to the right of the small Police Station, then continue inland along Gazipaşa Caddesi to the Pendik YHT Gar, a 10-minute walk.
IETT Bus KM20: The KM20 bus from Sabiha Gökçen Airport also takes you near the Pendik YHT Station, but it runs only every 50 minutes (9 buses daily). The YHT Gar stop for the KM20 bus is on Abdülhak Renda Caddesi on the north side of the station (map).
Yalova & Bursa
Walk south from the Pendik YHT Gar along Gazipaşa Caddesi to the İDO İskelesi (ferry dock) to board a ferry to Yalova on the southern shore of the Sea of Marmara. More...
From Yalova, buses leave frequently for Bursa. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan