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Shuttle or public transport from the airport

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Shuttle or public transport from the airport

I've booked a last-minute trip to Istanbul next week, staying at the Rast hotel in Sultanahmet. Usually when I travel, I book a local shuttle service to get from the airport to my hotel.

Can anyone recommend a reliable service? Or is it just easy to get into the city via public transport?

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1. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

jibbi, check with Rast Hotel and see if they offer free transfers from the airport. If you have light luggage, take the public transport. First the metr from the airport to Zeytinburnu and then the tram (T1) from Zeytinburnu to Sultanahmet stop. Your hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop. This trip cost 4 TL.

If you rather prebook a shuttle, you can use companies like "www.istanbulairportshuttle.com", and "www.istanbulairportexpress.com" or "www.ataturkairportshuttle.com". They will meet you at the arrivals hall at the airport.

good luck,

enigma...

Edited: 21 February 2012, 18:09
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2. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

Thanks for the swift response engima.

I think the hotel does do free transfers if you book with them direct but since we are going as part of a package this does not apply.

Do you know how long approximately the journey would take via public transport?

Cheers

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3. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

jibbi, metro-tram combo transfer will take about 40-50 minutes.

enigma...

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4. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

I've been checking out some private shuttle companies and they charge around 20 Euro which seems reasonable. Do I have to tip the driver?

Thank you.

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5. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

Tipping driver is up to you

They are expecting you to tip them but it is not obliagatory

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6. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

If you book a shared shuttle, it would be half that cost.....

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7. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

Airport shuttle will cost you 20 lira person and takes 30 minutes

Tram will cost you 3.5 lira per person and takes 45 minutes

Taxi will cost you 45 lira and takes 25 minutes

If you are alone shuttle or tram will work out better

If you are a couple anyone will suit

If you are budget conscious and want to have a feel of the city take public transport

If you want convenience take a taxi

You're call, good luck.

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9. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

A taxi for 45TL doesn't sound too bad. Can you just pick them up at the airport or is that sort of fare if you pre-book?

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10. Re: Shuttle or public transport from the airport

Just pick them up at the airport. They are lined up waiting for customers.

enigma...