How to Get from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet
Ataturk Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul and is considered the biggest airport in Turkey. Tourists often wonder, how to get from Ataturk Airport to the center of Istanbul, especially to Sultanahmet district, the oldest area of the city. Some of them prefer to take a taxi or a bus, while others reserve a transfer in advance.
Taxi from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet
You can easily find a taxi rank outside of Ataturk Airport. The average price of a taxi to Sultanahmet is around 55 TL (10 euros), but the price can be higher because of traffic jams. You can ask a taxi driver about an approximate fee before a trip starts. We do not advice to take a taxi from strangers who offer their service at the terminals, as you will end up paying more.
Transfer from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet
Nowadays more and more people book a transfer beforehand not to lose time in lines. The Kiwitaxi company is ready to provide you with a transfer you need. Thus, a 35-minute trip from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet in a micro-class car, the best option for a couple with a child, will cost you 20 euros, and in an economy-class car - 25 euros. If you travel with a group, you might want to know more about transfers in a minivan or minibus. The price of a journey in a premium minibus from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet for 6 persons is 52 euros. More information about transfers is on our website.
Public transport from Ataturk Airport to Sultanahmet
There is no direct public transport between Ataturk Airport and Sultanahmet. Take the metro from Ataturk Airport to Zeytinburnu, from where you can take a tram to get to Sultanahmet. The travel time is about 1 hour, the whole fare is around 10 TL (2 euros). You will need to pay for tickets in TL, therefore, you will need to exchange money. In case you have bulky luggage, it is better to go to Sultanahmet by taxi or transfer to save time and not become a victim of pickpockets.
The Old City can boast a lot of interesting sights. The Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th century, is also one of the most visited places in Istanbul. Visitors have a chance to deep into the history of the Ottoman Empire, as a great collection of weapons, clothing, and manuscripts of that time is stored in the museum.