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Airport of departure: London Stansted Airport (STN)
Airport of arrival: Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
Flight duration from London to Istanbul: Average of 3 hours 55 minutes

DEPARTURE : London

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport constitutes one of the busiest routes at London Stansted Airport. Pegasus Airlines offers frequent direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

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About the Airport

London Stansted Airport is situated about 68 km away from London city center.

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport became operational for the first time in 1943 for military means. It was utilized as the airfield by United States Army Air Forces. In the post-war era the airport presumed its civil use under British control. Currently, it is listed among the busiest airports in the UK. A new arrivals terminal has been planned as part of a project that foresees redevelopment of the  arrivals and departures buildings.

Transport from London Stansted Airport to the City Center

Stansted Airport is easily connected to London and nearby cities through Stansted Airport railway station located right at the airport. Stansted Express train departs on a regular basis, every 15 minutes and provides direct service to central London. The journey that terminates at London Liverpool Street takes about 50 minutes. You can pre-book your ticket online. Furthermore, the rail network enables access to all major cities throughout the UK.

As an alternative there are shuttle buses that operate on scheduled hours and through various routes. Airport Bus Express departs every half an hour between Stansted to Liverpool Street and Stansted to Victoria Bus/Coach Station. On the other hand, National Express offers low-cost options on four different routes. You can check out the complete list of travel destinations and book your place online.

You may also consider taking a taxi or benefiting from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

London has one of the worlds’ most extensive but also complicated urban transport network. Even though getting around in London might feel a bit hectic for the newcomers,  with the right tips and tricks you’ll get used to it immediately. The underground or so-called the tube, iconic double deckers, DLR, river bus services, trams, local trains as well as airline cable car are available options to travel around the city. There are a number of travel passes such as Oyster Card or Travel Card suitable for every need.

You can reach all the relevant information online and plan your journey beforehand. If you feel lost, you can find Visitor Centres situated at designated points to ask for advice.

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.

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.

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.

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