Atatürk Airport , IST-coded, the name pays tribute to the man who put Turkey on the map of the modern era. The airport is huge and is more than 20 kilometers west from the center of the Turkish capital.
Mobility is good for the city and at the airport you will find various options to get to the center of Istanbul:
Without doubt, the most economical and fastest way to avoid traffic congestion in Istanbul is to ride the line M1 metro. It costs 2 YTL (1 euro) and about 30 minutes to reach the last stop on this line called Aksaray .
This stop is about 15 minutes walk to the area of the Grand Bazaar and slightly away from the heart of Istanbul understood by the Mosque of St. Sophia, the Blue and the Topkapi Palace. To get there from here you will have to connect to Aksaray stop with a tram line that will also cost you 2 TRY (one euro).
Another option depending on the area where you stay is get off at Zeytinburnu where there are other tram and local bus.
If you stay in the new part of Istanbul around Taksim Square subiros you will have buses operated by the company Havas . The travel time will depend on the traffic on the road with a minimum of 30 minutes. The ticket is 10 euros TL -5 and depart every half-hour.
For the more daring: If you have time and you want a local experience you can get on the bus line 96T also let you in Taksim Square for just a couple of lira and a half. Yes, you should be aware that the bus makes countless stops and the trip can be eternal depending on traffic.
You will find taxis to leave the arrivals. Prices range between 25 and 35 liras (under 20 euros anyway) and the trip usually lasts until the center about 30 minutes.
Importantly, if your flight arrives after 12 pm and before six o’clock there is a taxi service charge of 50%.