The cheapest way to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim Square
In preparing for our recent trip to Istanbul, we learned that the cheapest way to get from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to the area near our hotel, which happened to be Taksim Square, was by shuttle bus. Not finding a clear set of instructions on where to find the bus and how to purchase tickets, we’ve compiled our own. So, here’s a step-by-step guide for getting from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim Square via the Havataş shuttle bus:
Step 1: Exit the airport baggage claim area.
Step 2: Follow the signs to the Otobüs (Public Transportation), and then exit the airport terminal.
Step 3: Make your way to the Havataş bus stop, directly in front of the airport exit (on the same level as the baggage claim).
Step 4: Find the bus going to Taksim (there should be a LED sign on the bus; you can also verify the destination with the driver).
Step 5: Stow your luggage in the compartment.
Step 6: Board the bus and have a seat.
Step 7: Prior to departure, the bus driver will make his way through the bus collecting fares. You can pay in Turkish Lira or Euros. It’s best to have the exact amount in hand. If paying in Euros and you do not have the exact amount, it’s likely that you will receive change in Turkish Lira.
Step 8: Sit back and enjoy the ride. The trip takes about 50 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.
Step 9: The last stop is ‘Taksim’; the bus lets you out in front of the Point Hotel Taksim, about 5 minute’s walk from Taksim Square.
Step 10: Exit the bus at ‘Taksim’, claim your luggage, and make your way to Taksim Square.