How to Get from Taksim to Other Destinations
At the heart of the European part of Istanbul, it is a popular destination both for locals and tourists due to its transportation, shopping, nightlife, art, and parades. Istiklal Street, the famous street from Taksim Square to Beyoğlu, is lined with restaurants, hotels, galleries, and consulates as well. A nostalgic tram runs through the street and offers a glimpse of old days. During the day and night, you can see a lot of street performances. You can always find an open place to try Turkish fast food or visit one of the high-end restaurants along the street as well as international food chains. Historical peninsula with traces of Byzantium and Ottoman Empire is also 5km away.
Taxi from Taksim
Official taxis in Turkey are yellow with signs on top of them. You can flag one down on the street in Taksim. Be careful of people who might approach you with offers and, in the official taxis, make sure the meter is running. To Atatürk Airport in the European part, the taxi fare is ₺75, around €14. To the Asian side air hub, Sabiha Gökçen, it costs ₺106. But the traffic jam is a huge problem in Istanbul almost at any time and to go from the European side to Asian, you have to cross the bridge which is famous for its traffic jams as much as its scenery. Keep in mind taxi fares will be higher with travel time as well.
Public Transport from Taksim
Public transport is the cheapest option. Besides, you have the options of buses, trams, and metro to travel from Taksim. You can’t pay in cash and have to buy an Istanbulkart that costs ₺6 and you can top up at ticket machines. From this district to Sultanahmet, you can take the funicular F1 to Kabataş station and take the tram from there to Sultanahmet. It costs ₺5.2 and takes 25 minutes. To Atatürk Airport, there is a direct metro line from Taksim Square and it costs ₺2.6 and takes 12 minutes since it is underground and unaffected by the traffic jams.
Transfer from Taksim
As long as you are using the railway system of public transport, it is a huge advantage but keep in mind Istanbul is a very crowded city with locals and tourists especially on the weekend. If you are worried about taxi fares, a private transfer from Taksim with its fixed prices might be a convenient option for you especially if you have heavy luggage. At Kiwitaxi.com, you can book your private transfer to Sultanahmet District for €22, Sabiha Gökçen and Atatürk Airports for €42 and €22. Your transfer price will not be affected by waiting time, traffic or different hours. You can pay in advance on the website or after your transfer. Your transfer driver will pick you up and drive you to your destination.