Istanbul Ataturk Airport transfers (IST)

are faster and more comfortable than shuttles, buses, trains and taxis from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the city center, hotel, resort, airport, train station or to any other place you need to get to.

Why do tourists book private transfers from Istanbul Ataturk Airport?

Why do people book transfers at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

Transfer is a transportation service which meets and brings you exactly where you asked: a Kiwitaxi driver meets you at the airport (as close to the Arrivals as possible), at the hotel reception or at the exactly given address, helps you with your luggage and brings you fast- track to your destination.

You can pre-order inexpensive taxi transfer to the city center or to the airport, comfortable car transfer for the family with children, Economy minivan for a tourist group or a Luxury transfer. The transfer cost from Istanbul Ataturk Airport is fixed at the time of pre-order and never rises : either when the driver is waiting for the passenger, when the stop is necessary, or because of traffic jams.

Customer feedback

Superorganized in every detail. ....The information before, upgrading the car without extra charge in advance, the fast and nice service at the pick up place and the reasonable price!
Ten out of ten. Both drivers were on time and professional. Would definitely use Kiwi taxis again. Communication was also good Keeping us informed of driver contact details
The driver was waiting for us at the exit, even with the plane arriving late. He was very polite, drove well, we could understand each other perfectly in english (even that it was not our first language). Everything went well and I definetly recommend the service.

Transfers vs. Other Ways to Get from Istanbul Ataturk Airport

There are two airports in Istanbul: one named after Ataturk and the other one named after Sabiha Gokcen. But it is Ataturk Airport which is the biggest in Turkey and receives more than 60 million tourists annually. If you are arriving at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and going to the city or other regions in Turkey: Marmaris, Alanya, Antalya or any other town, study the transport in advance.

How to get from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the city center or the other way round

One can get from Istanbul Airport to the central district Sultanahmet, or to bus stations by:
  • subway (red line). This is a so-called “light metro line”, to which one can easily get from the international and domestic arrival terminals;
  • bus Havatas, which goes from Ataturk Airport to Taksim district in Istanbul;
  • taxi, ordered via the app, or taken on the spot;
  • transfer, booked online in advance.

Every year Istanbul transport is getting more and more convenient: new subway stations emerge, bus park is being supplemented by new vehicles, and competition between app taxi services and local taxi services keeps the prices steadily low.

Transfer vs. Taxi from Istanbul Airport to the city center, ordered via the app

Advantages of a private transfer

You can pay by card. If you are going to use the app BiTaksi (Turkish version of Uber), you will not be able to register your bank card — so, prepare cash.

Order in your native language. BiTaksi interface is mostly in Turkish. Kiwitaxi transfers can be ordered in 5 different languages, including English.

No need to search for a car. Taxi from the app can arrive at any of 3 parking lots of Istanbul Ataturk Airport and you will have a hard time searching for it. And, Kiwitaxi driver is already there by the time you have claimed your luggage.

Bad Uber. All tourists keep saying: Uber service in Istanbul is bad! There are not enough cars, drivers are lazy and the prices are high. Order BiTaksi instead, or better a transfer.

Disadvantage of a private transfer

3–17 dollars more expensive. Call Uber for 27 dollars (100 lira) or BiTaksi for 12 dollars (44 lira). Transfer cost is worth 30 dollars, but it is definitely worth it.

Transfer from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul vs. Taxi, taken on the spot

Advantages of a private transfer

Order minivan or minibus. Standard taxi in Istanbul Ataturk Airport are quite small, and they admit max.4 passengers. With Kiwitaxi you can order a transport even for 19 people.

Pay in dollars or euro. All meters in taxi from Ataturk Airport calculate kilometers in lira, and you can pay only in local currency.

Go directly to your hotel instead of unplanned city tours. From a tourist forum: “By agreeing to pay according to meter, you agree to see the city...», in other words, you will be going circles. In case of a our service, you will go straight to your hotel.

Transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport vs. Subway

Advantages of a private transfer

No cable car or tram. You cannot get to Taksim district or the historical center of Istanbul by subway, you will have to change to a cable car or tram. In case of transfer, you do not have to change.

Leaving the airport at night is only possible by transfer, subway doesn’t operate. Besides, our transfer is safe.

Disadvantage of a private transfer

More expensive. 4 lira (1 dollar) vs. 30 dollars. But, transfer is way more comfortable.

Transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport vs. Buses

Advantages of a private transfer

Twice as fast. Transfer from Ataturk Airport will take you to your hotel in 38 minutes, and a bus will bring you to the city in 1 hour 15 minutes including waiting time at a bus stop.

Avoid traffic jams. During rush hour our driver can find a route without traffic jams, and a bus will keep going on its route. Note, that from time to time Istanbul gets on list of cities with the longest traffic jams.

Disadvantage of a private transfer

There is no transport pass, but there are Istanbulkart or Akbil pass for buses. Buy and ride — it is very convenient.

More expensive, because a bus ticket costs 11 lira (~ 3 dollars).