Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport sits on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, about 30 kilometres southeast of Haydarpasa Station and the Harem intercity bus terminal.
The airport has recently opened a new international terminal, which is expected to serve 20 million passengers each year by 2012.
The airport is named for the world’s first female fighter pilot, Sabiha Gokcen (1913-2001).
You can travel into the heart of Istanbul by city bus, airport bus, taxi and shuttle. The cheapest way is by the E10 city bus, which departs every 30 minutes, or hourly between 9pm and 6am. The fare is less than TL3 and takes you to Kadikoy ferry dock (one hour), which is near Haydarpasa Railway Station. It also stops by the Harem intercity bus terminal. The Havas Airport buses depart 25 minutes after flight arrivals, and travel to Taksim Square on the European shore. If you catch a taxi expect to pay around TL75 to Taksim Square and up to TL100 to Sultanahmet. Night fares are 50 percent higher.
There are plenty of duty free stores, cafes, restaurants and shops to occupy the waiting traveller. There is an internet lounge as well as a bureau de change.
You can fly to London with Easyjet, and there are plenty of other international flight destinations. The domestic links are very strong and you can fly to most of Turkey’s main centres.