Taxi’s in Istanbul

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he first time I rode a taxi in Istanbul was a true adventure! I was holding on tightly the handle above the door while my driver zigzagged 100 miles per hour through the streets…. Since I only spoke a few words of Turkish then, I told my friend sitting next to me to tell the driver that he had to slow down because we wanted to get out of here alive.

About two years later, I knew this was a driving rule rather than an exception in Istanbul and that you should just surrender to it.Goedkoop met de taxi

Unlike the Netherlands, taxi rides in Istanbul are very cheap and you hardly need to do anything to find one on the streets since in Istanbul alone, there are some 18,000 taxis driving around. The starting rate is about 3.20 Lira (€1.50) and a ride from the Ataturk airport to the city center Taksim (30 km) is about 53.00 Lira. A taxi from the Sabiha Gokcen airport to downtown will cost you around 85.00 Lira.

Turkish taksiIstanbul is a busy city with over 14 million inhabitants, causing massive traffic jams during rush hour.This can ensure that  sometimes you are going to sit in the taxi for a long time. Keep this in mind, give yourself enough time when you have a plane to catch.

Also never ask the price in advance. The price the driver gives you will always be higher than the rate on the meter. Make sure you have enough change so that you can pay the the price appropriately. Turkish taxi drivers can sometimes draw a switcheroo so be on your guard. Personally, I always say the amount I hand so there can never exist any misunderstandings.

Do’s and dont’sMissistanbul in de taxi

Taking a taxi in Istanbul feels like a luxury. For a few Liras you can be dropped off at the shopping mall or picked up after a night out. Look for more do’s and don’ts to enjoy Istanbul, written by Marc Guillet.

Taxi rates

Below rates (estimated) are for taxi rides to and from the most famous neighborhoods of Istanbul.

Taxi fares from Ataturk airport (and vice versa)

  • Sultanahmet – 43 TL
  • Taksim – 53 TL

Taxi fares from Sahiba Gokcen airport (and vice versa)

  • Sultanahmet – 98 TL
  • Taksim – 85 TL

Taxi fares from Sultanahmet (and vice versa)

  • Akmerkez Shopping Mall – 27 TL
  • Bebek – 33 TL
  • Beşiktaş – 20 TL
  • BuzAda – 29 TL
  • Cehavir Shopping Mall – 17 TL
  • Dolmabahçe Palace – 15 TL
  • Fatih – 12 TL
  • Galata Tower – 15 TL
  • İstiniye Park Shopping Mall – 35 TL
  • Kadıköy – 46 TL
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall – 25 TL
  • Metro City Shopping Mall – 25 TL
  • Nişantaşı – 19 TL
  • Ortaköy – 25 TL
  • Pierre Loti Cafe – 19 TL
  • Reina – 27 TL
  • Rumeli Hisarı – 37 TL
  • Taksim – 13 TL
  • Yıldız Park – 23 TL

Taxi fares from Taksim (and vice versa)

  • Akmerkez Shopping Mall – 21 TL
  • Bebek – 25 TL
  • Beşiktaş – 8 TL
  • BuzAda – 19 TL
  • Cehavir Shopping Mall – 11 TL
  • Dolmabahçe Palace – 7 TL
  • Fatih – 14 TL
  • Galata Tower – 12 TL
  • İstiniye Park Shopping Mall – 32 TL
  • Kadıköy – 39 TL
  • Kanyon Shopping Mall – 22 TL
  • Metro City Shopping Mall – 22 TL
  • Nişantaşı – 9 TL
  • Ortaköy – 17 TL
  • Pierre Loti – 39 TL
  • Reina – 17 TL
  • Rumeli Hisarı – 23 TL
  • Sultanahmet – 13 TL
  • Yıldız Park – 13 TL

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