How to Travel From Atatürk Airport to Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul has two airports — Atatürk Airport on the European side and Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Asian side of the city.

Certain airlines, notably Turkey’s flag-carrier Turkish Airlines operate in both airports, so it is possible that a passenger must make a transfer between the two airports in Istanbul if arrival and departure terminals in Istanbul are different. Given the distance between the two airports, allow at least three hours transfer time.

Here are possible methods of transfering from Atatürk Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport and vice versa:

Havataş Airport Buses (via Taksim Square)
From either airports, you can take the airport bus. However, since there is no direct service between the two terminals, you need to change buses at Taksim Square. Havataş operated buses between Atatürk Airport and Taksim Square at TRY 11 ($3.74) and between Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Taksim Square at TRY 14 ($4.76) which makes the total cost by bus TRY 25 ($8.51). It takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to travel the entire stretch of 70-kilometer trp from one airport to another so allow ample time for heavy-traffic hours.

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Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Taksim Departure Times

04:00 – 04:30 – 05:00 – 05:30 – 06:00- 06:30 – 07:00 – 07:30 – 08:00 – 08:30 – 09:00 – 09:30 – 10:00 – 10:30 – 11:00 – 11:30 – 12:00 – 12:30 – 13:00 – 13:30 – 14:00 – 14:30 – 15:00 – 15:30 – 16:00 – 16:30 – 17:00 – 17:30 – 18:00 – 18:30 – 19:00 – 19:30 – 20:00 – 20:30 – 21:00 – 21:30 – 22:00 – 22:30 – 23:00 – 23:30 – 00:00 – 00:30 – 01:00

Taksim – Sabiha Gökçen Airport Departure Times

03:30 – 04:00 – 04:30 – 05:00 – 05:30 – 06:00- 06:30 – 07:00 – 07:30 – 08:00 – 08:30 – 09:00 – 09:30 – 10:00 – 10:30 – 11:00 – 11:30 – 12:00 – 12:30 – 13:00 – 13:30 – 14:00 – 14:30 – 15:00 – 15:30 – 16:00 – 16:30 – 17:00 – 17:30 – 18:00 – 18:30 – 19:00 – 19:30 – 20:00 – 20:30 – 21:00 – 21:30 – 22:00 – 22:30 – 23:00 – 23:30 – 00:00 – 00:30 – 01:00

Public Bus and Seabus (via Bostancı and Bakırköy)
From Sabiha Gökçen Airport: If you are not time conscious, travel light and willing to take multiple transport options to make the transfer more interesting, consider taking the E9 bus at Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Bostancı. Then take a seabus from Bostancı and Bakırköy. Please check seabus travel schedules at IDO (http://www.ido.com.tr/en/) which may change seasonally. At Bakırköy there are taxis you can take to Ataturk Airport.

Private Van Service
You may consider taking a comfortable ride on a Mercedez-Benz or equivalent quality minivan by Efendi Travel for a fastest travel option from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Atatürk Airport. It takes about 1.5 hours in normal traffic (2.5 hours during traffic rush at afternoon and evening weekdays). Total fare is 55 euros but can take up to four passengers and luggage so cost per passenger isn’t much different than taking the bus, but travel faster and more conveniently — without the need to unload and reload luggage at Taksim Square, for example. Check the following rates from www.efenditravel.com.

Istanbul Airports Transfers Price List
Number of pax. From Ataturk Airport to Price
1 to 4 pax Sultanahmet 25 Euro
Taksim 25 Euro
Kadikoy 45 Euro
Atasehir 45 Euro
to Sabiha Gokcen Airport 55 Euro
5 to 6 pax Sultanahmet 30 Euro
Taksim 30 Euro
Kadikoy 50 Euro
Atasehir 55 Euro
to Sabiha Gokcen Airport 65 Euro
7 to 13 pax Sultanahmet 40 Euro
Taksim 40 Euro
Kadikoy 60 Euro
Atasehir 65 Euro
to Sabiha Gokcen Airport 70 Euro
Number of pax. From Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Price
1 to 4 pax Sultanahmet 55 Euro
Taksim 55 Euro
Kadikoy 30 Euro
Atasehir 35 Euro
to Ataturk Airport 55 Euro
5 to 6 pax Sultanahmet 60 Euro
Taksim 60 Euro
Kadikoy 40 Euro
Atasehir 45 Euro
to Ataturk Airport 65 Euro
7 to 13 pax Sultanahmet 70 Euro
Taksim 70 Euro
Kadikoy 55 Euro
Atasehir 55 Euro
to Ataturk Airport 70 Euro

 

Taxi
As with any airport everywhere, taxis are also available outside the airports and can take up to three passengers and light luggage each ride. Rates is between TRY 90 and TRY 135. But be aware of tactics some drivers to to inflate your fare such as taking the longer route or stopping for petrol, etc.