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Taxi at Istanbul New Airport

You can enjoy a convenient Istanbul Airport taxi service 24/7. Whether you're on a budget, looking for more comfort, or accustomed to a refined ride, you'll find an option to suit your needs. The following types of taxis are waiting for you to hit the road:

  • Yellow or orange C-type offers cars from the economy and compact segments with a capacity of up to 5 people including the driver. This is the cheapest taxi option, so Renault Clio, Fiat Aegea, and similar models are the most typical cars there.
  • Turquoise or blue D-type provides a little more comfort and space inside. This is due to the larger and more expensive cars (Opel Insignia, Toyota Camry, etc.) used in taxis of this class. However, trips are approximately 15% more expensive with turquoise cabs.
  • Black E-type is ready to deliver you with luxury and style. Taxis in this category usually use Mercedes or limousines - need we tell you what kind of ride quality you can expect? For such a top-class trip, you will pay 70-90% more than when traveling in an orange C-type car.

Where to find a taxi at IST Airport?

Catching a taxi at Istanbul Airport is much easier than you think. Cars are parked in a specially designated area located outside the Domestic and International Arrivals exit doors at the Plaza Section. Additional stands are available on the Departures and Arrival floors, near exits 9 and 13. If you have pre-booked a cab, the driver will be waiting for you on the departure floor 2.

Naturally, ordering in advance is the best solution if you want to guarantee a car for the desired time. Use the following contact details for a quick Istanbul Airport taxi booking procedure:

Istanbul Airport taxi cost

There is no flat tariff since the Istanbul Airport taxi price depends solely on the distance you travel. At the same time, UKOME sets certain taximeter rates for members of the Istanbul Airport Cab Drivers Cooperative.

Keep in mind that blue/turquoise and black cabs are more expensive than yellow/orange ones. This applies to both the price per kilometer and the base rate. So, when you start your trip, the initial price on the meter is ₺9.80 for yellow taxis and increases to ₺11.27 for blue/turquoise cars and ₺16.66 for black cars. The rate for each kilometer driven is ₺6.30, ₺7.25, and ₺10.71, respectively.

For example, let's calculate the approximate cost of a taxi from Istanbul Airport to the city center. Considering the distance between the two points is about 50 kilometers (31 miles), you'll pay around ₺324.80 ($11.66/€11.07) for a yellow cab, ₺373.77 ($13.41/€12.74) for a turquoise cab, or ₺552.16 ($19.80/€18.80) for a luxury black cab. Check the following table to get a rough estimate of the cost of travel to various nearby locations. ​​

Approximate Travel Time

Yellow/Orange

Taxi

Blue/Turquoise

Taxi

Black Taxi

Levent

38 min

₺400 ($13.6/€14.4)

₺455 ($16.3/€15.5)

₺675 ($11.6/€11.7)

Maslak

39 min

Aksaray

47 min

₺440 ($15.8/€15.0)

₺505 ($18.1/€17.2)

₺745 ($26.7/€25.4)

Beşiktaş

44 min

Etiler

38 min

Otogar

39 min

Şişli-Mecidiyeköy

44 min

Taksim

43 min

Tarabya

45 min

Yeşilköy

37 min

Bakırköy

41 min

₺480 ($17.2/€16.4)

₺555 ($19.9/€18.9)

₺850 ($30.5/€29.0)

Sultanahmet-Sirkeci

52 min

Beylikdüzü

57 min

₺610 ($21.9/€20.8)

₺700 ($25.1/€23.8)

₺1,035 ($37.1/€35.2)

Kadıköy

1 hr

Sabiha Gökçen Airport

1 hr 5 min

₺735 ($26.4/€25.0)

₺845 ($30.3/€28.8)

₺1,250 ($44.8/€42.5)

Tuzla

1 hr 7 min

₺865 ($31.0/€29.5)

₺995 ($35.7/€33.9)

₺1,470 ($52.7/€50.1)

Additional charges

Keep in mind that day and night rates are the same, so the total amount will be constant regardless of hours. Still, some things can increase the final cost. Consider the extra charges you may encounter in the following list.

  • Driving on toll roads, bridges, or passing through a bus terminal exit increases the cost of your trip by the corresponding amount.
  • If your route includes travel between the Anatolian and European sides of the city, you will have to compensate the taxi driver for crossing the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge or the 15 July Martyrs Bridge on his return trip.
  • Get ready to add ₺0.8 ($0.03/€0.027) for every 5 minutes you wait in the traffic line. This is why you risk paying more when traveling during peak times.

Istanbul New Airport rental cars

Using a taxi from/to Istanbul New Airport is convenient, but unfortunately expensive. Alternatively, opting for a rental car is more cost-effective. Indeed, a 1-day rental is equal to or even cheaper than a single taxi ride. What’s more, you can make many more trips with a personal auto, and you won’t have to pay money for waiting.

If you want to rent a car at Istanbul New Airport, you don't need to go anywhere. Simply fill out the search form on our website and select the vehicle that suits your needs. We offer a wide range of deals from international and local companies. The list of available categories includes small economy models through large full-size cars, SUVs, minivans, luxury vehicles, and other classes.

Also, you can enjoy the affordable prices on our platform. The cheapest offer at Istanbul New Airport is Compact Toyota Corolla Hydrid for $29 per day from GREEN MOTION. The minimum weekly rate for an Economy vehicle is $169. At the same time, average rates fluctuate around $46.9/day and $272.3/week.

Compact

green motion

Toyota Corolla Hydrid

Toyota Corolla Hydrid

from $29.1 per day

Mini

sixt

Citroen C1

Citroen C1

from $31.4 per day

Economy

ok mobility

Dacia Logan

Dacia Logan

from $34.1 per day

5 seat carrier

ziraatfilo

Ford Tourneo

Ford Tourneo

from $37.6 per day

FAQs about Istanbul [IST] Airport Taxis

How much is taxi from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet?

Due to the distance of approximately 43 km (27 miles), a taxi from Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet costs around ₺480 ($17.2/€16.4) for a yellow cab, ₺555 ($19.9/€18.9) for a turquoise cab, and ₺850 ($30.5/€29.0) when riding in a luxury black cab. Approximate travel time ranges from 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic intensity.

How much is a taxi from Istanbul Airport to city centre?

When traveling from Istanbul Airport to the city center, taxi cost is approximately ₺324.80 ($11.66/€11.07) for a yellow cab, ₺373.77 ($13.41/€12.74) for a turquoise cab, or ₺552.16 ($19.80/€18.80) for a premium black cab. You will spend about 1 hour on this trip.

How much is taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim?

Taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to Taksim depends on the color of the car you get into. A trip in a yellow cab costs ₺440 ($15.8/€15.0), in a turquoise one - ₺505 ($18.1/€17.2), and in a black one - ₺745 ($26.7/€25.4). The 39-kilometer-long (24 miles) route will take you about 45 minutes.

How much is taxi from Istanbul Airport to Fatih?

The shortest distance from IST Airport to Fatih is 46 km (28 miles). Consequently, you will pay about ₺400 ($13.6/€14.4) for a ride in a yellow taxi, ₺455 ($16.3/€15.5) - in a turquoise one, and ₺675 ($11.6/€11.7) - in a black one.

Is Uber in Istanbul Airport?

Yes, Uber is available at Istanbul Airport. You can order a car through the application upon arrival.

Which taxi is cheaper in Istanbul?

If you are looking for a cheap taxi at Istanbul Airport, prefer yellow cabs. Typically, these are compact cars like the Renault Clio, which can accommodate up to 4 people (not counting the driver) and 1-2 pieces of luggage.

You can also try the option of using BlaBlaCar to cooperate with locals, who are driving to a certain location. The advantage is a cheaper price than normal taxis or Uber, but this method is for your own risk because the driver can cancel the ride at any moment or fool you if you are a foreigner and don’t speak Turkish.

Is there any taxi app in Istanbul?

Yes, Uber and Bitaksi are apps that work in Istanbul and around. Moreover, you can call orange and turquoise cabs through Bitaksi.

Do you tip taxi drivers in Istanbul?

You are generally not obligated to tip the taxi driver in Turkey. However, there’s a practice of rounding up the fare if you like the service received. For example, if a trip costs ₺65, the driver will charge you ₺70 and leave ₺5 as a tip.

Can I pay with euros in Istanbul?

Yes, you can. However, check with the driver in advance before boarding. Still, we recommend exchanging at least some cash in the national currency (Turkish lira) for convenience.