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Airport of departure: Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Airport of arrival: Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
Flight duration from Frankfurt to Istanbul: Average of 3 hours 10 minutes

DEPARTURE : Frankfurt

There are direct flights to Frankfurt Airport from Ankara Esenboga Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which connects 33 other provinces of Turkey.

About the Airport

The busiest airport of Germany, Frankfurt Airport has served nearly 70 million passengers in the year of 2018. The airport is also the fourth busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schipol.

Frankfurt Airport

Opened in 1936, Frankfurt Airport has celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2016. Located 12 kilometres southwest of the center of Frankfurt, the airport is situated in Rhine-Main region. The complex serves as the major transport for its region and offer many services including restaurants, cafes and several terminals.

Transport from Frankfurt Airport to City Center

There are several transportation options that you can take to get to central Frankfurt.

Train

The train ticket costs 4.65 Euros and it will take you to the center of the city in 30 minutes. The tickets for lines S9 and S8 can be bought from blue ticket machines located in Terminal 1. You can check the train information online and obtain details about the schedule.

Bus

No 61, 72, 58, 62, 77, N81 and N7 will take you to the downtown Frankfurt for 4.35 Euros. The trip will take about 30 minutes and tickets can be bought from the drivers.

Taxi

If you are looking for a faster and a more comfortable ride to the city center, you can book a taxi in advance to avoid unnecessary expenses. Getting to the city center by taxi takes about 20 minutes and costs 52 Euros.

Car Rental Services

If you would like to have a more flexible trip to the center of Frankfurt, you can rent a car through Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

Frankfurt is quite advanced in terms of transportation. The city offers several transportation options to get around.

U-Bahn, buses, Straßenbahn are the main options of transportation and are used both by locals and visitors every day. These vehicles require various types of tickets which vary according to the usage time. You can obtain a daily, weekly or a single ticket to get around in the city.

Frankfurt Karte also features discounts in transportation, tours and museums. You can get a Frankfurt Karte from certain stores and shops.

The city can be discovered by cycling as well. Many of the locals use bicycles to roam around in Frankfurt.

ARRIVAL : Istanbul

Pegasus Airlines provides direct and indirect flights destined to Istanbul through a vast number of connections. There are over 100+ domestic and international direct flights to Istanbul that makes the city easily accessible.

You can follow up with special deals and book your ticket in advance in order to benefit from the seasonal promotions offered by Pegasus Airlines.

About the Airport

Pegasus Airlines connects Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport with various flights from different places in the world. Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is among the two main airports of the city. It is located on the Asian part and within easy reach from the center.

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is named after the first female fighter pilot in the world, Sabiha Gokcen who died in 2001. The airport became operational the same year.  It is situated at Pendik which is about 40 km away from Kadikoy and 50 km away from Taksim. The airport terminal incorporates many facilities including ticket sale offices at departures floor for  both domestic and international flights. The total passenger capacity of the airport has been increased up to 41 million after the recent inclusion of new domestic terminal.

Transport from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to the City Center

The airport is accessed by car, public transport, taxi or shuttles. There are multiple public transport options including the metro and public bus that operate between various destinations. The timetables and bus routes can be reached online.

Metro

İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport metro, which was opened on 2 October 2022, is one of the most convenient ways to reach the İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. This metro line is a part of the Kadıköy-Tavşantepe metro line, which was extended to the airport with four more stops.

The passengers can reach İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport metro line from the central metro connection points such as Kadıköy and Taksim.

  • Passengers from Kadıköy can take the Kadıköy-Tavşantepe metro line from the first stop.
  • Passengers from the European side can take the metrobus line and transfer to Kadıköy-Tavşantepe at Ünalan.
  • The other option for transfer for the passengers from the European side is to take the Marmaray line and transfer to Kadıköy-Tavşantepe from the Ayrılıkçeşmesi stop.
  • Additionally, there is a connection stop at Kurtköy from where the passengers can transfer to the Üsküdar-Çekmeköy metro line.

These connection stops make it easy to reach İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport without spending much time in traffic.

Bus

Bus E-3 operates between Sabiha Gokcen Airport and 4th Levent. Number E-9 departs from Bostanci, E-10,  E-11 and SG-1 connects Kadikoy to the Airport. You can get to Taksim by taking SG-2 line. It is also possible to get to the airport by using Kadikoy-Tavsantepe Metro line. You have to get off at Soganlik stop and take one of the 16-S or E-10 buses. Since the metro is extended from Kartal to Tavsantepe, you can also get to the airport by taking a taxi from Pendik stop at the metro.

Marmaray

If you are coming from the European side, you should take the Marmaray stop from the nearest place (Kazlicesme, Yenikapı, Sirkeci) to cross to Anatolian side and get off at the Ayrilik Cesmesi stop and follow the path described above.

Havabus shuttle operates from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to various points in Kadikoy and Taksim. They provide service from 03.30 am to 01.00 am. Havabus routes and departure  times are available online.

Alternatively, you can book a taxi or consider car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines for a faster solution.

Public Transport

Istanbul is among the world’s biggest cities and there are vast amount of options to get from one place to another depending on your departure point. Traffic can get a bit hectic in the city especially during the rush hours. Hence, it is strongly advised that you plan your trip a couple of hours in advance.

You can benefit from discounted fares with IstanbulKart which is the travel pass used for city transportation. IstanbulKart can be purchased from various vending points and kiosks in the city. It is used in bus, metrobus, metro, funicular as well as  Havabus shuttles.

FAQ

How long does a flight from Frankfurt to Istanbul take?

It takes about 3 hours 10 minutes to fly from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW).

Why should I visit Istanbul?

There is no other place in the world that connects two continents with a rich past renowned as the capital city of one of the world’s most important empires. This unique combination of modern and ancient culture is definitely worth seeing.

When is the ideal time to visit Istanbul?

Spring months of March-May are probably the best time to visit Istanbul to cherish the milder temperatures. Autumn is also a fascinating time to see the Bosphorus with slight rainfall.

How long should I stay in Istanbul?

Istanbul is a huge city with a population of almost 15 million people. It offers a lot to discover to its visitors which is why you should make sure to spend a minimum of 5 days in order to be able to explore it thoroughly.

Is there a travel card for tourists in the city?

IstanbulKart is the main travel pass used for public transportation in the city. It can be purchased and re-loaded at almost every bus, metro, ferry station.

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