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  • For stays longer than 90 days, please call 866-539-3446.
  • You can only book 550 days in advance.
  • Please double-check your dates.

You'll have plenty of transportation options getting around Istanbul, with taxis available around the clock at both airports and in the city center, and public buses running daily. Allow us to arrange your transportation to and from the airports and the port. Choose between a taxi service or have our concierge reserve a private chauffeured car for you. Our concierge is happy to take care of all the transportation details.

If you are traveling by car, please see driving directions, from the airport or any other location.

Getting Here

Airport

Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

Travel Distance: Approximately 24.0 km/14.91 miles

Options for getting to and from the hotel include:

By Metro & Tram
  • 75 - 90 minutes
  • Take the M1 Havalimani-Aksaray line to Aksaray. Get out at Zeytinburnu and transfer to the T1 Zeytinburnu-Kabatas line. Look for trams marked Eminönü or Kabatas. Get off at the last stop—Kabatas. The Zeytinburnu-Kabatas tram line will soon continue northward past Dolmabahce Palace and Inonu Stadium to Besiktas. The hotel is ten minutes by taxi or a 15-minute walk from Kabatas.

Taxi
  • 25 EUR
  • Please note that most taxis accept Turkish Liras only, and do not support credit card payments.

Private Car Service
  • Rates start at 130 EUR + VAT, each way, based on the number of passengers, time of day, and type of vehicle reserved.
  • 24 hours
  • 45 - 110 minutes
  • (90)(212) 381 2151; Reservation Required
  • Onsite;

    We can arrange a private car service from the airport. Both sedan (Standard / Premium) and Mercedes (Vito / Sprinter) are available. To make reservations, please call or e-mail the concierge at wistanbul.concierge@whotels.com.

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

Travel Distance: Approximately 50.0 km/31.07 miles

Options for getting to and from the hotel include:

Private Car Service
  • Rates start at 180 EUR + VAT, each way, based on the number of passengers, time of day, and type of vehicle reserved.
  • 24 hours
  • 50 - 120 minutes
  • Onsite;

    We can arrange a private car service from the airport. Both sedan (Standard / Premium) and Mercedes (Vito / Sprinter) are available. Pick-up services include greeting at the exit gate, fast-track passport line and luggage assistance porters. To make reservations, please call or e-mail the concierge at wistanbul.concierge@whotels.com.

Taxi
  • 50 EUR
  • 24 hours
  • 40 - 90 minutes
  • Please note that most taxis accept Turkish Liras only, and do not support credit card payments.

Getting Around

By City Rail System

Tram
  • Tram, City Bus, Metro, Funicular: 2 TRY; Tunel, Nostalgic Tram: 1.50 TRY
  • Trams run about every 15 minutes.
    • Sunday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Monday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Tuesday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Wednesday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Thursday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Friday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    • Saturday
      6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Istanbul has several useful tram lines, most very modern. There are transit passes that can be used on all tram lines, as well as on the Metro, Tunel, city buses and ferries. The most useful tram is the Zeytinburnu-Kabatas line and the Kabatas stop is a 15 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from the hotel. This tram goes across the Golden Horn to the old city, Sultanahmet, and connects to the Funicular to go to Taksim.

    A restored 19th century tram goes along Istiklal street connecting Taksim Square with Galatasaray and Tunel Square.

By Taxi

By Taxi
  • 24 hours
  • Taxis are available everywhere in the city. It is recommended to only hire taxis from an official taxi company: they are bright yellow and have a sign on the roof with the word 'taksi' on it. Furthermore, their taxi plate number (and sometimes company logo) should be clearly visible on the front doors and the roof. And most importantly, all official taxis have digital meters.

By Rental Car

Rental Car
  • Who needs wheels? Our Whatever/Whenever® service will be thrilled to hook you up with a rental car and share tips on navigating Istanbul's streets.

By Waterway

Ferryboats
  • Ferries: 4 TRY; Tour Boat: 15 TRY
  • Ferries: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Boats: 24 Hours
  • Boats are one of the best ways to travel in Istanbul. There is a dock in Besiktas, a five minute walk from the hotel, where the traditional ferryboats stop. From this stop, the boats cross to Uskudar and Kadikoy on the Asian side, and go to Eminonu, on the European side. Eminonu is a great place to travel to and explore the Old City.

    Bosphorus Tour Boats are also available. For the Northern Bosphorus, walk 25 minutes or take a 5-10 minute taxi to Ortakoy. You can catch the boats here and enjoy sights such as the the Beylerbayi Palace, Arnavutkoy, the Rumeli Hisari Fortress, the town of Bebek, and more. There are one hour and three hour tours. For the Southern Bosphorus, take a taxi, tram or walk to the Eminonu docks. You can catch the boats here and enjoy sights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Maiden's Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, and more.

Note: Estimated charges, fees and schedules are not guaranteed by hotel. Driving distance may be affected by local conditions and traffic.

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Additional Information

If you require transportation assistance, or if you have any additional requests, please feel free to contact us at (90)(212) 381 2121.