Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Sabiha Gokcen is the international airport on the Asian side of Istanbul. It is named after the daughter of Ataturk, who was a fighter pilot during the First World War and a national hero in her own right. The airport is organized with plenty of signs to show you where to go, and it is equipped with all of the trappings of a modern airport. It is a big place, so you can expect to do some walking between your gate, the visa/passport control desks, and the baggage pick-up. Also, be aware that during peak travel times throughout the year, you can expect to spend some time in the visa and passport processing lines.
Getting to the City from Sabiha Gokcen
Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) is located on the farthest reaches of the Istanbul, but it is connected to the city by private and public buses, and there’s no shortage of taxis around the airport. The public bus will take you all the way to 4. Levent on the European side, where you can catch the main metro line through the city. Public buses require an IstanbulKart, which is the city-wide transport card that are sold at the airport and can be topped off throughout your stay in Istanbul. The card can be used on all public buses, trams, metros, and ferries.
The fastest and most cost-effective way to travel into the city is via HavaBus, the private bus line that runs between the Istanbul airports and the city center. From Sabiha Gokcen, you can take a HavaBus either to Kadikoy (a city transport hub on the Asian side) or to Taksim (a transport hub on the European side). From there, you’ll be connected to all the points in the city with very little hassle.