Cheap Airport Transfer Options in Istanbul

There are two main airports in Istanbul which are serving to millions of passengers for both domestic and international flights: Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Istanbul Airport.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in the Asian side of Istanbul, within the Pendik district. The airport is named after Sabiha Gökçen, worlds first woman fighter pilot. Passengers can travel upto 44 domestic and 128 international destination from Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Istanbul Airport on the other hand is located in the European side of Istanbul, next to the Black Sea coast, and just 35 kilometers away from the city center. The first phase of the project was opened in 2019 with a slogan of “The World’s Air Transport Hub “. Once the project completed, Istanbul Airport will host flights to more than 300 destinations with an annual capacity of 200 million passengers. Istanbul Airport is also known as the main base of the Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier airline company.

In this article; we summarized the cheapest methods of transfers to and from both Sabiha Gökçen and Istanbul Airports.

1) Cheap Airport Transfer to Istanbul Airport

Via Public Bus (Estimated Cost: 5,20 Turkish Lira)

Yellow Color Public Bus in Istanbul

There are 8 different public bus lines from different points of Istanbul to the Istanbul Airport. These public bus lines are operated by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In general, public bus lines to the airports usually cost 2 full fares, which is equal to 5,20 Turkish Liras as of 2019.

Istanbul Airport is accessible via public buses numbered; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-6, H-7 and H-8. Among these 8 lines, “H-2: Mecidiyeköy – İstanbul Airport” line is the most centrally located one because it’s literally in the center of Istanbul. Mecidiyeköy is an intersection point for the metro, metrobus and public bus lines of the city.Therefore H-2 is very convenient for tourists staying in hotels near the city center.

If you would like to see the full routes, schedules and names of the stops of all these 8 bus lines, you may follow the link below to reach the website of the Istanbul’s public bus company:

Via HAVAIST Shuttle (Estimated Cost: 16 to 30 Turkish Liras)

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If you want faster, more comfortable and yet still affordable airport transfer to the Istanbul Airport, than HAVAIST Shuttle Buses are the best option for you. With comfortable seats, air conditioning, USB and Wi-Fi connections, HAVAIST Buses makes airports transfers a little more bearable.

Via HAVAISt, you can easily transfer to and from the main locations of Istanbul such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Kadıköy and Beşiktaş. Other stop name, schedule and fare information of all HAVAIST Shuttle lines are accessible via link below, in the offical website of HAVAIST.

2) Cheap Airport Transfer to Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Via Public Bus (Estimated Cost: 5,20 Turkish Lira)

Even though Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in the Asian side of Istanbul, there are plenty of public bus lines from the city centers of both Asian and European sides of the city.

From European Side, bus lines listed below can be used to reach the Sabiha Gökçen Airport;

  • E3 – 4.Levent – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 122H – 4.Levent – Yenişehir – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport;

From Asian Side, bus lines listed below can be used to reach the Sabiha Gökçen Airport;

  • E10 – Kadıköy – Kurtköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • E11 – Kadıköy – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 16S – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport – Metrobus Uzuncayır
  • E9 – Bostancı – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 130H – Deniz Harp Okulu – Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
  • 132H – Pendik Train Station- Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Follow the link below to see the timetables and bus stop names of all the lines listed above.

Via HAVABUS Shuttle (Estimated Cost: 14 to 18 Turkish Liras)

HAVABUS Shuttle buses are providing airport transfer service to Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is an affordable and convenient option to reach the airport. HAVABUS shuttles are operating to and from Taksim and Kadıköy districts of Istabul, which are the centers of European and Asian sides of Istanbul respectively.

From Taksim to Airport and from Airport to Taksim ticket price for one passenger is only 18 Liras. If you want to use the Kadıköy line, you will only have to pay 14 Liras.

For more information and to see the timetable of the shuttle buses, follow the link below:


Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul

For centuries, Istanbul has been the financial and economic capital of it’s region. As being one of the main stops of the famous Silk Road, Istanbul welcomed thousands of merchants,traders, shoppers and caravans throughout the history. In the old days, bazaars and markets were the main locations were the finest goods from all over the world were bought and sold. Some of those bazaars are still standing today such as the Grand Bazaar, the world’s first shopping mall, and attracts millions of shoppers every year.

In order to keep up with the ever changing dynamics of retail industry and to compete other major shopping destinations in the world, new and modern shopping malls has been built all over Istanbul. With over 100 shopping malls full of local and global brands; Istanbul still maintains it’s positon of being an important commerce center.

It is hard to list all of those over 100 shopping malls in Istanbul in a single blog post. Therefore, we made the list of shopping malls, which we believe are the best shopping malls in Istanbul. Please note that this list only reflects the writer’s opinion and it’s not a sponsored content.

1) Zorlu Shopping Mall

Zorlu Shopping Mall was built as the heart of the Zorlu Center project, which is one of the most expensive real estate projects ever built in Istanbul, consisting of the Zorlu Shopping Mall, Residences, Hotel and Offices and Performance Arts Center (Zolru PSM).  With a leasable area of 73.000 m² and 205 stores, Zorlu is one of the biggest shopping malls in the city. With it’s modern design comprising a main court of 10.000 m², a second court of 12.000 m² and many terraces, Zorlu Shopping Mall provides a cozy atmosphere for it’s visitors.

Zorlu Shopping Mall is home to world famous fashion brands such as; Burberry, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, DSQUARED2, Fendi, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Moncler, MontBlanc, Miu Miu, Prada, Saint Laurent, Sevan Bıçakçı, Sponza, Tory Burch, Urart and Valentino. Pioneers of the Turkish fashion industry also took their places in Zorlu Shopping Mall. World’s most iconic brands like Bvlgari, Balmain, Tiffany & Co., Brooks Brothers, Cos, Lanvin and Apple have choosen Zorlu to enter the Turkish market with their first stores.

In terms of dining options, Zorlu Shopping Mall offers variety of choices for sophisticated palates; from famous world cuisines to the best examples of local Turkish foods. Inside the mall, there are plenty of fast food, cafe, bistro, fast casual and self-service restaurant options scattered around the food court and other floors.

Zorlu Shopping Mall is open to visitors between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week. The mall is conveniently located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul with convenient metro, bus and metrobus connections. You may click this link to find out more about the Zorlu Center.

2) Kanyon

Kanyon is one of the most prestigious real estate projects in Istanbul consisting of offices, residences and a shopping mall. Located in the Levent district of Istanbul, Kanyon is one of the most conveniently located malls in the city, accessible by both metro and public bus.

Kanyon’s state of the art archtitecture and design allowed itself to become one of the coolest places in the city. The name Kanyon is derived from it’s 600-foot-long canyon shaped courtyard connecting the office, retail and residentals areas. The form of the building with soft curves, open spaces and terraces gives it’s visitors an enchanting canyon effect.

With it’s 117 stores, 26 restaurants, 9 movie theaters, healt and sport club spread across 4 floors; Kanyon has been one of the hottest places for shopping, dining and relaxing in Istanbul. Wide selection of local and global brands are at your service at Kanyon Shopping Mall.

Kanyon shopping mall hosts different kinds of events, workshops and attractions throughout the year, making it a popular meeting point for visitors from different demographics. The stores in Kanyon are open every day of the week between 10:00 and 22:00. Some restaurants and cafes in Kanyon are also serving to their visitors for early breakfast or late dinners outside the operationg ours of the mall hours.

Click here to find out more about the Kanyon Shopping Mall and it’s event calendar.

3) İstinye Park

Opened it’s doors in September 2007, İstinye Park is one of the biggest shopping malls in Turkey in terms of retail area. Thanks to it’s 87.000 m² retail space with 300 stores, İstinye Park offers endless choices for its visitors.

İstinye Park’s unique archtitecture with glass ceilings lets sunshine into to indoor space and creates a roomy atmosphere. If the glass ceilings are not enough for you to fell cozy, large outdoor spaces are also available around the mall with different stores, cafes and bistros.

İstinye Park is located in one of the wealthiest areas of Istanbul, in Sarıyer district. The mall is very close to the Maslak district, which is the financial centre of Istanbul.

İstinye Park is home many luxury brands across the world such as; Cartier, Rolex, Jo Malone, Armani, Bottega Venetta, Brooks Brothers, Chanel, Etro, Furla, Fendi, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and many more.

You may click this link to find out more about the İstinye Park and information about transportation and the free shuttle service.

4) Akasya

Akasya is another huge real estate project built in İstanbul consisting of offices, residences, apartments and Akasya Shopping Mall. Akasya is one of the most prestigious shopping malls in the city and the best one in the Asian side of Istanbul.

Thanks to it’s central location and public transportation accessibility, reaching to Akasya is very convenient. Akasya Shopping Mall has both Metro and Metrobus connections.

Some of the well-known brands have chosen Akasya as their market entry in Turkey such as Hamley’s, Hogan, Victoria’s Secret Pink. Other notable stores of the most iconic brands in Akasya Shopping Mall are; Apple, Burberry, Tod’s, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Longchamp, Kipling, Sketchers, Vans, Brooks Brothers, Maje, Molu, Under Armour, Guess, Swatch, Jo Malone, Furla, Guess, Weekend by Max Mara, Aveda and Armani Collezioni.

Akasya Shopping Mall features lots of entertainment venues for all ages. For example, worlds largest edutainment brand KidZania has opened a branch in Akasya with the “Children’s Country” theme on an area of 9,900 square meters. In this huge environment specially designed for the future professionals, kids are learning through experience.

For the cinephiles, Akasya has one of the biggest movie theater sections among all shopping malls in Istanbul; with a total capacity of 2500 seats, 15 theaters, one of Europe’s biggest Imax screen and two VIP venues. In addition, thanks to it’s “Akasya Arts & Culture Center”, Akasya Shopping Mall hosts unique events of theatres, acoustic concerts and art exhibitions throughout the year.

Click here to find out all the information you need to visit Akasya Shopping Mall.

5) Emaar Square Mall

Emaar Square Mall Istanbul was built by Dubai based Emaar Properties which is one of the most famous and largest real estate development brands in the world. Opened in 2017, Emaar Square Mall was designed as a shopping, entertainment and gastronomy center in the Asian Side of Istanbul.

As one of the youngest shopping malls in the city, Emaar Square has become an important destination since its opening, thanks to it’s multipurpose concept. Visitors of the Emaar Square will not only find the luxury brands and stores in the complex, but will also enjoy the other entertainment venues such as; the first 4DX theatre of the Asian side, aquarium, underwater zoo, spectating terraces, more than 100 restaurants and cafes and the traditional Turkish market.

Click here to find out the location information and list of the stores in Emaar Square Mall.

6) Aqua Florya

Aqua Florya Shopping Mall is located in and named after the Florya district of Istanbul, which is one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the European Side of the city. Opened it’s doors to visitors in 2012, Aqua Florya’s main attraction is the biggest thematic aquarium in the world built in it.

Another point in which Aqua Florya stands out among other shopping malls in Istanbul is it’s seaside location. Thanks to their fantastic seaside views, cafes and restaurants in Aqua Florya are offering unforgettable dining experiences. Throughout the year, Aqua Florya Shopping Mall hosts and organizes unique events and workshops for it’s visitors from all ages.

Click here to find out all details,including the list of stores of Aqua Florya Shopping Mall.