Transfers perhaps the most convenient way to reach hotel after the flight. In addition, it is relatively inexpensive and you can order transfer from any Istanbul airport. Official taxis can also be used. You will find their yellow cars at the exit of the arrivals area at both airports. However, contacting taxi drivers at the terminals often turns out to be more expensive: the Turkish authorities have been fighting cases of tourist fraud for many years, but they are still not uncommon.
Very few taxi drivers in Istanbul speak English. Therefore, a situation may arise in which assistance with translation is required, or even a situation in which the police will have to be called. In order not to get involved in all these moments on the spot, many travelers prefer to book a transfer from Istanbul Airport in advance via the Internet, because this is a working way to fix the cost of the trip.
Luckily, there are many companies operating in Istanbul that specialize in airport transfers. Therefore, the question of choice often comes down only to price.
Note that there are 2 main airports in Istanbul – New Airport (IATA code IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (IATA code SAW), so when ordering a car, be careful to specify the correct airport.
Transfer by KiwiTaxi
KiwiTaxi is one of the most famous companies that have been providing transfers from airports in almost all countries of the world for many years. You can order a transfer to the city center both from Sabiha Gokcen Airport and from the New Istanbul Airport.
You will be met with a sign at the exit from the arrivals area and will be helped with luggage, and in case of traveling with a small child, you can indicate the need for a child seat at the time of booking.
The price of a trip at the beginning of 2022 started from just 40 Euros for a transfer from the New Istanbul Airport (to the Sultanahmet area) and from 45 Euros for a trip from Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
This price includes the whole car, so if there are three or four of you, then the transfer may well be even more profitable than public transport.
One of the features of KiwiTaxi is the ability to order not just a car, but also choose its class. For example, you can order a VIP car or minibus if you are traveling in a large group. The latter option is especially advantageous, because in terms of each traveler, the trip will be even cheaper.
It is better to book a car at least 24 hours before arrival, and in terms of payment, there are both online and cash-to-driver options.
To meet passengers, the service tries to send drivers who speak English, and the price of the trip will not change even in case of significant traffic jams. In an ordinary taxi from the terminal, the meter will “tick”, regardless of the traffic situation.
You can order transfers by KiwiTaxi on the website or on the form below: