Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) is one of two international airports serving Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. Located 35 km (22 mi) southeast of the city center.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which got its name from the first women fighter pilot in the world, started to serve its passangers in 2001. While the owner of Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is a civil airport, is HAEŞ, its operation belongs to Malaysia Airports. Sabiha Gökçen Airport serves its guests with ISG Airport Hotel and there is also a VIP Terminal.

How to get to the town center from Sabiha Gökçen Airport?

Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in Pendik, on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Therefore, it is very close to many regions. It is possible to go to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is 31 km from Kadıköy, 33 km from Üsküdar and 41 km from Taksim on the European side, by public transport or by private vehicles. If you get on BURULAŞ from the airport, you can go to Bursa for 30 TL during the same day. This also answer for question “How to get to Bursa from Sabiha Gökçen Airport ?” For Izmit, you can get to Izmit Bus Terminal by taking the bus number 250 of the Ulaşımpark. The full ticket costs 13 TL, the student ticket costs 8 TL, and the smart ticket costs 13.50 TL.

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Transportation Guide

When you come to Istanbul, no matter which side you spend time on, various transportation options will be waiting for you. You will not get lost in this big city thanks to the applications you download to your smartphones. While subways, public buses, private public buses, minibuses and taxi buses are the most preferred ones for Istanbul transportation, Marmaray, tram and sea buses (IDO) will be the alternatives of your journey.

Public Transportation to / from Sabiha Gökçen Airport

IETT Busses

Buses, which are one of the most affordable transportation modes from the airport, serve during the day. In these buses, which you can get using the Istanbul Card, the full fare is 2.60 TL, and the student fee is 1.25 TL. If you do not have a card, you can get one from the sales points for 6 TL. Note that you must load in this empty card. If you are going to use the bus or metro only a few times, then it is better to buy an electronic ticket. Electronic tickets are sold as one-time, two-time, three-time, five and ten-time tickets. 5 TL is paid for one pass and 8 TL is paid for two passes, while others cost 11 TL, 17 TL and 32 TL.


HAVABUS, which provide a little more expensive service than regular buses, are a kind of private passenger service with the same working system as HAVAŞ and HAVATAŞ. You can go to Kadıköy and Taksim from Sabiha Gökçen Airport with these buses. Kadıköy shuttle serves passengers for 10 TL and Taksim shuttle serves passengers for 15 TL. If you want to go to Kadıköy, this bus, which proceeds by passing to Yenisahra via TEM, runs every half an hour from 4 am to 1 am.

Havabus shuttle departure times from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Kadikoy
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Route : Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Tem highway access road – Yeni Sahra – Kadıköy

Havabus shuttle departure times from Kadikoy to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Route : Kadıköy-Yeni Sahra -Tem highway access road -Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Havabus shuttle departure times from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim
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Route : Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Kavacık – FSM Bridge – 1.Levent – Zincirlikuyu Metrobus station – Dolapdere – Taksim

Havabus shuttle departure times from Taksim to Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Route : Taksim – Beşiktaş – Bosphorus Bridge -Tem Highway access road – Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Private Transportation to / from Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Yellow cabs in Sabiha Gökçen / You can take a taxi from the airport if you do not want to use public transportation. In Istanbul, the taximeter starts at 3.45 TL and adds 2.10 TL per kilometer. You can query the distance of your destination via the site of the airport taxi stop and calculate approximately how much it will cost. Bridge prices or tolls are not added to these prices. In addition to that, you can find out how much time it will take to your destination before taking a taxi from the airport.

Rent a Car in SAW Airport / If you prefer to rent a car instead, there are many car rental companies that serve on Sabiha Gökçen Airport Arrivals floor. Avis, Bostancı, Central, Budget, Çizgi, Europcar, Sixt are some of them. If you consider this option, you can apply directly when you get off.

Private transfer to / from Sabiha Gökçen Airport / You can request a transfer with a driver that suits your needs with the ProGo application you download to your phone or on the website. Prices vary depending on the vehicle and the service you choose. They determine the best way to your hotel before you even get off the plane.


How to get to Sabiha Gökçen Airport from the town center or Asian side?

On your way to the airport if you would like to use IETT buses, Istanbul Card offers a discount on the road fare. In the first transfer, it is 1,85 TL for those who will pay the full price, but it is 0,55 TL for students. For the second transfer, 1.40 TL and 0.50 TL are charged, while for the next transfers, 0,90 TL and 0.45 TL are charged.


Furthermore, the Kadıköy-Sabiha Gökçen Airport shuttle also takes passengers from Yenisahra. You can take the HAVABUS from this stop between 04:30 and 01:00 in the morning. In normal traffic, the journey with HAVABUS takes 1 hour 30 minutes from Taksim and 1 hour from Kadıköy. After Yenisahra, there is only 45 minutes left. Remember, whether you take a ride from Kadıköy or Yenisahra, the fee you will have to pay in any case will still be 10 TL.

Private Transportation Vehicles

Yellow cabs /  The taximeter information we provided above is valid for all of Istanbul. Therefore, you can call a taxi to your address at any time of the day to go to Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Rent a Car / You rented your car and made a nice stroll in the city. It’s time to return and you have to deliver the car you rented. If you chose one of the companies mentioned above at the airport, you can return the vehicle to the points here when you arrive at the airport with the rented car.

Private transfer /  You can also use the transfer options we mentioned earlier to reach the airport. Please note that these transfer services only wait at the specified addresses. If you wish, you can use your own vehicle for transfer and leave the car at the parking lot by paying the fee. When you leave your car in the car park for an hour, you need to pay 14.50 TL, 18.50 TL for 3 hours, 29 TL for 6 hours, 34.50 TL for 12 hours and 46 TL for a whole day.