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HavaIST Transportation Guide

The HavaIST or the official shuttle bus service that offers 9 different routes and over 50 stops to and from NEW Istanbul Airport to over 50 destinations in the city. Below you’ll find all information you need in regards to available routestourist lines, stops, timetables, ticket prices and more. Do note that during COVID-19, certain safety protocols are in place, and that route timetables can change quickly.

Be sure to read our FAQ as well, for questions such as shopping along the way or how to retrieve lost luggage.

Buses

HavaIST Airport Shuttle Buses offer safe, comfortable, and quality service to the passengers with their Euro6 vehicles with a capacity of 46 people. Buses have the latest technology with quality TV screens, USB-powered charging units, Wi-Fi service, etc.

HavaIST buses look good outside but are even better on the inside. The interior is designed to cater to the relaxing ride of passengers with soft cushioned seats, smart television, WiFi connections, and USB charging ports.

The WiFI is very strong with average speeds ranging from 5-10 Mbps. Some sites are blocked via a DNS server though, nevertheless, all useful ones such as Youtube, Google, Facebook, and Instagram are always accessible.

Moreover, luggage compartments are on the borders of the Havaist Buses’ ceiling. Therefore, you don’t have to think twice about riding these buses even if you have a lot of things. If your luggage is too big to be stored on the inside, another luggage compartment is on the exterior side of the bus, which is more spacious.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on a HavaIST shuttle ranges from 23-37 TL (2,5-4,5 €), with ticket machines found on Platform 15 just. You can also reserve a seat online for 5 € through the Istanbul Welcome Card.

Routes

The HavaIST bus has 9 different routes that will take you to and from different areas of Istanbul. Each route starts with the prefix of HVIST and this followed by a dash “-” and a corresponding route number.

For Tourists

If you’re staying in the touristy areas of Istanbul, you’re likely to either be in Taksim, Sultanahmet, Besiktas, or Kadikoy. Whereas, if you’re connecting somewhere you’ll most likely go through Sabiha Gocken Airport, Pendik Train Station, or the Halkali Train Station.

  • HVIST-14 which passes by Besiktas Pier before stopping in Taksim
  • HVIST-12 to Beyazit Square which is the closest arrival point (1.5 km) from Sultanahmet
  • HVIST-9 which stops at the Faith Sultan Ahmet Bridge before crossing over into Kadikoy
  • HVIST-10 which stops at Sabiha Gocken Airport and Pendik Train Station for those with connecting flight or train
  • HVIST-6 will take you to Halkali Station where you can catch a regional train to Konya or Ankara or the metro to Sirkeci

Notable

The HVIST-13 will take you to Barikoy Pier where you can connect to the Tyrol ferries.

If you’re looking for places to shop before you hit the airport, HVIST-6 from Halkali also stops at the Mall of Istanbul and the ArenaPark Mall.

If you’re scouting out places to live in Istanbul, The HVIST-8 passes through Bahcesehir, while the HVIST-7 stops at Buyukcekmece, as well as the Marmarapark Shopping Mall.

HVIST-5 to Ensenler is mostly for locals or those who need to connect at the Ensenler Bus Terminal.

Taksim — Besiktas

The HVIST-14 to Taksim is the main tourist bus from Istanbul Airport as it also stops at Besiktas Pier, which is just a short walk from Dolmabache Palace, Yildiz Park, and the Maritime Museum.  Levent is also notable for the huge office towers and is one of the nicer places to live in Istanbul.

HVIST-14 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Levent
  2. Zincirlikuyu Metrobus
  3. Besiktas Port
  4. Taksim

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Taksim → Besiktas Port → Zincirlikuyu Metrobus → Levent → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-14 covers a distance of roughly 40 km in around 90 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-14 is 30 TL (3,4 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 € through the Istanbul Welcome Card Shop.

Beyazit — Aksaray

The HVIST-12 bus going to Beyazit has a notable stop in Ayvansaray before continuing to Beyazit Square.

HVIST-12 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Nurtepe Viyaduk
  2. Ayvansaray
  3. Ulubatli
  4. Aksaray
  5. Beyazit Square

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Beyazit Square → Aksaray → Ulubatli → Ayvansaray → Nurtepe Viyaduk → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-12 covers a distance of roughly 50 km in around 110 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-12 is 30 TL (3,4 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Kadikoy — Tepeustu

The HVIST-9 going to Kadikoy has only one notable stop at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge.

HVIST-9 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge
  2. Tepeustu
  3. Yenisahra
  4. Acibadem Metro
  5. Kadikoy

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Kadikoy → Acibadem Metro → Yenisahra- Tepeustu → Kavacik Bridge → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-9 covers a distance of 60 km in around 100 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Price

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-9 is 32 TL (3,6 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Pendik — Sabiha Gokcen Airport

The HVIST-10 to Pendik shuttles passengers who have connections at Sabiha Gocken Airport before reaching the high-speed train station.

HVIST-10 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Sabiha Gokcen Airport
  2. Tavsantepe Metro
  3. Pendik Train Station

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Pendik Train Station → Tavsantepe Metro → Sabiha Gokcen Airport → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-10 covers a distance of 100 km in around 110 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-10 is 37 TL (4,15 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Halkali — Basaksehir

The HVIST-6 going to Halkali has notable stops at the Mall of Istanbul, Arenapark AVM before reaching the regional train station to Konya and Ankara.

HVIST-6 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Basaksehir Metrokent
  2. Mall of Istanbul (Demirciler Site)
  3. Arenapark AVM (Ataturk District)
  4. Cimentepe
  5. Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Hospital
  6. Konut Birlik
  7. Halkali Train Station

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Halkali Train Station → Konut Birlik → Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Hospital → Cimentepe → Arenapark AVM (Ataturk Distrctict) – Mall of Istanbul (Demirciler Site) → Basaksehir Metrokent → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-6 covers a distance of roughly 50km in around 60 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-6 is 23 TL (2,5 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Bakirkoy — Yenibosna

The HVIST-13 bus going to has no notable stops (although Atakaoy is a cheap place to live) before it arrives at the Bakirkoy Pier, where you can catch the Tyrol ferry to the Princes Islands.

HVIST-13 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Kuleli
  2. Sirinevler
  3. Atakoy 3 Bus Stop
  4. Bakirkoy Pier

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Bakirkoy Pier → Atakoy 3 Bus Stop → Sirinevler → Kuleli → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-13 covers a distance of roughly 45 km in around 90 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-13 is 26 TL (3 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Beylikduzu — Catalca

The HVIST-7 going to Beylikduzu has notable stops at the Tuyap Fairgrounds and Buyukcekmece before reaching the Marmarapark Shopping Mall.

HVIST-7 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Catalca State Hospital
  2. Tepecik
  3. Buyukcekmece
  4. Tuyap Fairgrounds
  5. Cumhuriyet District
  6. Marmarapark Shopping Mall

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Marmarapark Shopping Mall (Beylikduzu) → Cumhuriyet District → Tuyap Fairgrounds → Buyukcekmece → Tepecik → Catalca State Hospital → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-7 covers a distance of 62 km in around 75 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-7 is 28 TL (3,15 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Avcilar —Bahcesehir

The HVIST-8 going to Avcilar has only one notable stop in Bahcesehir before reaching the Avcilar Mosque.

HVIST-8 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Ispartakule Bloklari
  2. Bahcesehir
  3. Haramidere Beysan
  4. Avcilar Mosque

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Avcilar Mosque → Haramidere Beysan → Bahcesehir → Ispartakule Bloklari → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-8 covers a distance of roughly 60 km in around 100 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses.

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-8 is 23 TL (2,5 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Esenler — Hasdal

The HVIST-5 going to Esenler has stops Hasdal and Otogar Yolu before reaching the Intercity Bus Terminal.

HVIST-5 Stops

Starting from New Istanbul Airport the stops are:

  1. Hasdal
  2. Otogar Yolu
  3. Esenler Otogar

To Airport

When heading to IST, the bus stops are in reverse order.

  • Esenler Otogar  → Otogar Yolu →  Hasdal → New Istanbul Airport

Schedule

The HVIST-5 covers a distance of roughly 45 km in around 60 minutes and runs from midnight until 10:30 pm, with only a short window late at night where there are no buses

Tickets

The price for a one-way ticket on the HVIST-5 is 23 TL (2,5 €), but you can reserve a seat in advance for 5 €.

Schedules

In general, the HavaIST buses run from every 30, 60, or 90 minutes depending on the route and time of you day you take it. Running times are also generally from midnight to 10:30 pm with just a short window late at night where the gap is longer between departures.

COVID Notice

Schedules changes are based on available flights, so there have been frequent changes due to the coronavirus affecting travel in 2021.

Be sure to double-check the HavaIST website for updated timetables, stops, and especially the payment options, if you’re not booking a HavaIST Ticket through the Istanbul Welcome Card Shop.

FAQs

Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about the HavaIST shuttle bus that takes passengers to and from the Istanbul New Airport.

HavaIST Airport Shuttle

Yes, but you’ll have to clear customs if you won’t want to shop at the airport. The HVIST-6 to Halkali will take you first to the Mall of Istanbul in about 30-40 minutes and then the ArenaPark Mall in about 40-50 minutes.  You can also take the HVIST-7 to Beylikduzu which will take you to the Marmara Park Shopping Mall in about 60-70 minutes. If it’s street shopping you’re after you can take the HVIST-14 to Taksim and just walk right on to Iskital Avenue, one of the most famous streets in all of Istanbul.

Yes, but you’ll have to purchase two tickets as there are no transfers, or you can meet the bus take the bus directly from the mall. The two last stops on the HVIST-6 from Halkali are ArenaPark Mall and the Mall of Istanbul, which will require 30-50 minutes from there to the airport.  The HVIST-7 from Beylikduzu comes directly from Marmara Park Shopping Mall and is about 60-70 minutes away. You can also do a ton of street shopping on Iskital Street and then just hop on the HVIST-14 at Taksim Square.

No, the HavaIST is an airport shuttle bus, but you can connect with the sightseeing Big Bus at all major tourist attractions. If you’re on a layover, you can take the HVIST-14 directly to Taksim Square where you can easily walk to Iskital Street or the Galata Tower. For Sultanahmet, the closest option is the HVIST-12 to Beyazit Square, which a 1.5 km taxi ride away from Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.  If you wanted to see Dolmabalche Palace, the HVIST-13 will drop you off just a short walk away at Bakirkoy Pier.

Yes, kids can ride HavaIST Buses with you, but they pay the same adult fare with prices varying from 21–37 TL (2,5–4,5 €) depending on which route you take. Kids must take their own seats, and are not allowed to stand in the aisle or sit on the lap of their parents during the trip.

If you’re wondering, what is the HavaIST Bus, or why it’s called that, it’s simply a play on words. Havalimani means airport in Turkish, with Hava being a slang short form, while IST is simply the designated IATA airport code of the New Istanbul Airport. Put the two words together and you get the HavaIST shuttle bus

There are 105 airport shuttle buses in the HavaIST fleet that transports passengers of the New Istanbul Airport to and from various points in the city.  Some of the more popular routes go through Taksim, Kadikoy, Besiktas, and Bakirkoy.

Belongings left on HavaIST airport shuttle buses as generally returned to the HavaIST desk at your routes’ respective airport. If you’ve lost something during your trip, notify the Lost and Found Department immediately through the Call Center at 0850 888 33 34.

In general, they throw out perishables, hold valuables and currency in an airport safe, and return identification to the proper authorities within 5 days. It is, however, possible to have items returned on the same route you lost them on. You can view more details in Turkish on their lost good page, or use Google Translate on the link. Their FAQ page simply mentions calling the number above.