The conditions required for public transport:
To facilitate the monitoring and management of the health crisis, the Turkish authorities have developed a “Hayat Eve Sığar” (HES) code.
Thus, if you want to take public transport (bus, metro, ferry, tram, etc.) during your stay in Turkey, you will need a transport ticket (Istanbul Kart for the city of Istanbul, strictly individual) and a HES code.
For intercity transport (planes, buses, sea shuttles, etc.), a reservation, a transport ticket, and a HES code are required.
Online form which automatically generates a HES code before travelling to Turkey: https://register.health.gov.tr/.
Activate the HES code on the Istanbul Kart: https://kisisellestirme.istanbulkart.istanbul/.
Istanbul New Airport
The new Istanbul Airport (IST) is as of 7 April 2019 the main international airport of Istanbul. The airport is located next to the Black Sea on the European side, about 40 km away from Taksim and 49 km from Sultanahmet.
Havaist Airport Shuttle: To get to Taksim square you have to take the line HVIST-16: New Istanbul Airport – Taksim (which also stops at Nürtepe Viyadük and Piyalepaşa) and you get off at the last stop, in front of the Point Hotel, close to Taksim square. The fare for the bus lines is 42 TL per person, one way, luggage included. The buses are operated during the whole day, you can book your ticket here. Select “Taksim'' as your departure, and “İstanbul Havalimanı '' as destination.
Municipality Bus: Municipality buses run to Mecidiyeköy, H-2 line. This is a slower but much cheaper alternative than Havaist.
Taxi: Taxi currently costs a minimum of 150 TL to Taksim, and 190 to Sultanahmet. In case you must take a taxi, just walk to the official taxi ranks located just outside the terminal.
Car: The airport is accessible by the O-7 and D020 road.
Airport Web: https://www.istairport.com/
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Sabiha Gökçen Airport International Istanbul Airport is located in the Pendik - Kurtkoy district on the Asian side. It is 50 kilometers from Taksim. Sabiha Gökçen International is connected to the city of Istanbul and that city's wider metropolitan area through a number of transport corridors.
Havabüs Service: The buses provide service between Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Kadıköy and Taksim. The fare for the bus lines is 37,5 TL per person, one-way, luggage included.
KM22 – ISG International Airport – Kartal Metro Station (transfer for Istanbul Metro line M4). The quickest way to reach Istanbul Metro.
E3 – ISG International Airport – 4.Levent (transfer for Istanbul Metro)
E9 – ISG International Airport – Bostancı
E10, E11 – ISG International Airport – Kurtköy – Kadıköy (transfer for Haydarpaşa Station and İDO ferry services to Eminönü and Karaköy)
16S – ISG International Airport – Yenişehir – Kozyatağı- Metrobüs Uzunçayır (transfer to Metrobüs).
132 H - PENDIK YHT - SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT line.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is 14 km away from Pendik Sea Bus Terminal.
Airport Web: https://www.sabihagokcen.aero/
Transfer from both airports: https://www.istanbulairporttransfer.net/
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Since the 6th of April 2019, Istanbul Atatürk Airport (ISL) is open only for cargo, maintenance, general aviation, air taxis, business flights, and state and diplomatic aircraft.
Rent a car
There are a number of rent-a-car companies desks at both airports which are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can drive in Turkey with an EU, US, or International driving licence. You should have your driving lic, your passport, and insurance documents of the vehicle with you in the car at all times, as you will need it if you are involved in an accident. All of the major international car rental companies, as well as a number of local ones, have offices at airports and all major centers.
Driving in Turkey is on the right, as in continental Europe. Turkish road signs conform to the International Protocol on Road Signs and archaeological and historic sites are indicated by yellow signs. Turkey has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a 50 km per hour speed limit within urban centers and 90 km outside urban centers (120 km on Motorways). Petrol stations are fairly easy to find and on main highways, they are often open 24hrs and have restaurants and other facilities attached. Unleaded (kurşunsuz) petrol is easily available. Garages for repairs are often concentrated on certain streets within a town or can be found on highways.
If you are planning on driving to Turkey, as well as your passport, you will need to take your international driving licence, car registration documents and international green card (insurance card) with the TR sign clearly visible (NB: This can be purchased on arrival at the border). You can bring your own car into the country for up to six months. If you wish to keep your car in Turkey for more than six months, you are liable to pay import tax.
Istanbul is full of taxis. All taxis have digital meters and must run them, but some of these drivers ask for a flat fare, or pretend the meter doesn’t work so they can gouge you at the end of the run. The best way to counter this is to tell them no meter, no ride. If you catch a taxi over either of the Bosphorus Bridges, it is your responsibility to cover the toll. The driver will add this to your fare. It’s best to get a cab from a stand or hotel, or by using an app like Uber or BiTaksi.
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An excellent tramway (tramvay) service runs from Zeytinburnu (where it connects with the airport LRT) to Sultanahmet and Eminönü, and then across the Galata Bridge to Karaköy (to connect with the Tünel) and Kabataş (to connect with the funicular to Taksim Square). Trams run every five minutes from 6am to midnight. The fare is YTL 1.30 and Akbil can be used. A two-stop antique tram runs along İstiklal Caddesi between Tünel and Taksim Squares in Beyoğlu.A tram also runs between Kadıköy Square on the Asian side and the exclusive residential suburb of Moda.