- On 20/05/2020
- In Tips for travellers
Are Istanbul Airport Taxis Safe?
Istanbul was always quite popular with unpleaseant experiences with the taxi drivers. Needless to say, tourists try to avoid getting taxis unless they have another choice. Considering that the new airport is outside the city center and the public transportation is not fully integrated, getting taxis seem to be the most convenient way to get to the downtown. But the question about the taxis remain and hesitation still goes on, remembering that Uber is not operating in Turkey anymore. Are the taxis that we take from the airport will just be fine? What are the things that we need to be aware of? These are the questions that need to be clarified.
What Should We Be Aware Of When Getting A Taxi From Istanbul Airport?
It is not like hailing any taxis on the street, the airport has it’s own taxi station which means that they will be much more organised and thrustworthy. What you need to be aware of is just the sign of the Airport Taxi Station which is generally placed on both sides of the car. Having one company seems to be simple but this does not mean to have one standard service. There are different colors of taxis presenting different level of comfort and capacity. You should look for the one which matches with your bugdet and expectation.Yellow ones are the regulars, while the blue ones have better quality cars, lastly the black minivans have more capacity and they are little bit pricey for sure. Thay have all meters and they run correctly. Still, having an idea about the probable cost is always welcome, not to face any problems.
The amount which the meter shows is the amount related with the distance, however there are some toll roads which you may encounter when running from the traffic jam. Furthermore, you should remember that the bridges to cross to the Asian Side also require payments which should be paid to the driver seperate from the meter. Normally there is no baggage fee or tip is asked for for the regular taxi ride, but as a mark of a good will you may give some extra money to the driver.
Are There Any Other Options To Travel To The City Center Besides The Taxis?
The public transportation does not seem to be getting completed soon that is why you do not have many options to travel to the inner city. The more reasonable way seems to be the Havaist Bus which has shutlles every half an hour to the major hubs in the city center. Another option is to book private transfers via the travel agencies or online, which will save you from the hassle at the airport.
If you are in transit and looking forward to discover the city in a short while, you may also book the layover tours departing from the airport which is much more practical for you to wander around looking for the vehicles. One last thing, some hotels offer free transportation in the booking process, while booking, you may check these options as well.