Reaching KU Main Campus from the New Istanbul Airport

1. Taxi

Follow the signs for exit/ground transportation and see the taxi stop right outside the exit doors. You’ll be helped by a dispatcher immediately. The approximate taxi fare from Istanbul Airport to KU will be around 135-165 ₺ and the duration will be 110 minutes depending on the route and traffic conditions. Here is a sample route from the Airport to Koç University from a taxi fee calculator. If you’d like to pay with a credit card, download the Taxi App BiTaksi and pay using the app. If you choose this option, you must call the taxi via the app.


Obtaining an Istanbul Public Transportation Card (IstanbulKart)

If you do not want to use a taxi, you must purchase an IstanbulKart. The card can be used in both public transportation means and airport shuttles (HAVAIST). You can obtain your IstanbulKart from the 24 different IstanbulKart machines (BILETMATIK) on the lower 2nd floor at the airport (arrival public transportation floor) following the signs, the HAVAIST offices, and the contracted exchange offices at the airport.

The cost of the card only is 6 ₺. You can go to the closest change office to get Turkish Lira. You can then load, or ask the keeper to load in HAVAIST of contracted exchange offices, 40-50 ₺ into your card. For all public transit modes, you’ll use the card by tapping it on the readers.


2. Public Transportation (Bus H8 + bus/ minibus/ taxi)

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Take the bus H8 to either Acarlar Bus Stop or Hacıosman Bus Terminal

The last stop of this line is Hacıosman Bus Terminal, and the Acarlar bus stop is the closest stop of this line to the KU main
campus. You can either get off the bus at Acarlar, walk to the taxi station there and get a taxi to the campus, or stay onboard until Hacıosman Bus Terminal.

For the bus route and more details, please click here

Duration to Hacıosman: 120 minutes

Duration to Acarlar bus stop: 100 minutes

Fare: 7 ₺ (Payable only with IstanbulKart)

When you arrive at Hacıosman, choose one of the options mentioned below:

Option A: (Recommended) Find bus no 154 and tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. The fare per ride is 3.5 ₺ and it takes 50 minutes. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus.

Option B: Cross the street and take a minibus (pay cash to the driver 4 ₺) with the KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ sign at the front windshield or side window. The ride takes 1 hour and those minibusses are available every 10 mins from 7 AM-11 PM daily.

Option C: Take a taxi right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting). The ride takes 21 minutes and costs appx. 40 ₺. Only pay whatever the meter reads. Please do not bargain.


3. Airport Shuttle (HAVAIST 5+ M2 Green Line Metro+ bus/ minibus/ taxi)

Havaist Sefer Saatleri Havaist Durakları ve Havaist Fiyat TarifeleriTake HAVAIST 5 to 4. LEVENT CONNECT to M2 GREEN LINE to Hacıosman Station.

Duration: 110 minutes

Fares: 30 ₺ (The shuttle costs 18 ₺ and can be paid by either an IstanbulKart or a credit card, the M2 Line can only be paid by an IstanbulKart and it costs 2,6 ₺).

Click here to view the timetable for HAVAIST- 5 shuttle.

When you arrive at Hacıosman, follow the signs and exit through Otobüs Durakları (Bus Terminal). From here, choose one of the options mentioned at number 2.

Click here to view the Istanbul Rail Network map.


4. Public Transportation (Bus H2 + M2 Green Line Metro + bus/ minibus/ taxi)

Take the public Bus H2 to Mecidiyeköy CONNECT to M2 Green Line to Hacıosman Station.

Duration: 125 minutes

Fares: 10,5 ₺ (Bus H2 costs 7 ₺, the M2 Line costs 3,5 ₺, and they both accept only IstanbulKart)

When you arrive at Hacıosman, follow the signs and exit through Otobüs Durakları (Bus Terminal). From here, choose one of the options mentioned at number 2.

Click here to view the timetable for the H2 line.


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Reaching KU Main Campus from Sabiha Gökçen Airport

1. Taxi

Follow the signs for exit/ground transportation and see the taxi stop right outside the exit doors. You will be helped by a dispatcher immediately. The approximate taxi fare from Sabiha Gökçen Airport to KU will be around 235 ₺, and the duration will be 70 minutes depending on the route and traffic conditions. Here is a sample route for Airport-Koç Üni. from the taxi fee calculator. If you’d like to pay with a credit card, download a Taxi App, BiTaksi or iTaksi, and pay using the app. If you choose this option, you must call the taxi via the app.


Multiple Transfers

2. Airport Shuttle + M2 Green Line Metro + Bus/Minibus/Taxi: 

The airport shuttle is recommended for people with heavy luggage; however, it should be noted that ground transportation will be slower during peak hours (check the Istanbul traffic status map). Otherwise, it is a comfortable option.

Follow these steps:
  1. Purchase the Istanbul Public Transportation Card called “IstanbulKart” from a newsstand inside the airport (cost of plain card: 6 ₺ or equivalent foreign currency; if foreign currency is not accepted go to the closest change office and get Turkish Lira) and ask the keeper to load 40-50 ₺ into your card.
  2. When exiting the airport from the baggage claim area and following the signs for the airport shuttle, you will see white buses with HAVABUS written in blue (see image) lined up in the middle lane outside the airport. There are electronic signs in front of the buses indicating the location they are going to. Take the one that reads TAKSIM. Upon boarding, tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. One person per ride fare is 18 ₺. They also accept cash and give you a receipt. If you pay with the card, be sure to notify the fare collector or the driver. Arrive Taksim. Schedule: //www.havabus.com/
  3. Look for the Metro entry that is located right next to your shuttle arrival point and take M2 (Green Line Yeni Kapi-Haciosman) to HACIOSMAN (last stop in this direction).
  4. When you arrive at Haciosman, follow the signs and exit through Otobüs Durakları (Bus Terminal). From here, you have several options to reach the KU Main Campus: 

         Option A: (Recommended) Find bus no 154 and tap your IstanbulKart to the machine. The fare per ride is 3,5 ₺ and it takes 50 minutes. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus. The final destination on this bus will be KU Main Campus and the name of the stop to get off on campus is “SAĞLIK MERKEZİ“. This is one stop before the last stop since it is close to the S building, where you must check into your dorm room or off-campus apartment.

         Option B: Cross the street and take a minibus (pay cash to the driver 4 ₺) with the KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ sign at the front windshield or side window. The ride takes 1 hour and those minibusses are available every 10 mins from 7 AM-11 PM daily. Tell the driver KOÇ ÜNİVERSİTESİ ANA KAMPUS.

         Option C: Take a taxi right in front of the bus terminal (you will see the uniformed dispatcher and taxis waiting). The ride takes 21 minutes and costs appx. 40 ₺. Only pay whatever the meter reads. Please do not bargain. Click here to view the Istanbul Rail Network map.

3. Public Bus + M4  Pink Line Metro + Marmaray + M2 Green Line Metro + Bus/Minibus/Taxi

Follow these steps:
  1. Purchase the Istanbul Public Transportation Card called “IstanbulKart” from a newsstand inside the airport (cost of plain card: 6 ₺ or equivalent foreign currency; if foreign currency is not accepted go to the closest change office and get TL) and ask the keeper to load 40-50 ₺ into your card.
  2. Exit the baggage claim area and reach the street where ground transportation is available. Across the street, you will see public bus lines and people waiting in the lines. Find the line for E10 (Express – business hours) or E11 (6 AM-1:10 AM) (fare 7 ₺ per ride for both lines). Reach the last stop on this route to KADIKOY.
  3. Transfer to M4 Pink Line Metro towards Kartal. Get off at the next stop called AYRILIK CESMESI and transfer to underwater Subway Marmaray to Yenikapi Station (Marmaray fares and hours).
  4. At Yenikapi transfer to M2 Green Metro Line toward Haciosman. Get off at HACIOSMAN (last stop).
  5. When you arrive at Haciosman, follow the signs and exit through Otobüs Durakları (Bus Terminal). From here, choose one of the options mentioned above.

Students

Upon arrival to campus, you will be welcomed by security. Please be prepared to present a picture ID (i.e. passport) and a copy of your acceptance letter. Please note that the security guards speak little to no English. However, they will guide you so you can proceed to the housing office to complete your check-in procedures. Please cooperate with security as they might need you to fill out a guest form and check-in your ID until you leave campus.

To make things a little faster you can also give them a slip that reads “YENİ ÖĞRENCİYİM” (I’m a new student).

Check-in and dorm/apartment key acquisitions for all students and non-student residents must be made at the main campus Housing Office located in S Building. Graduate students must also visit the main campus housing office to select their apartments from a draw (lottery style), sign their housing contracts, and pick up their apartment keys. Housing office personnel will assist graduate students in calling a taxi to take them to their off-campus apartment complex located within 5 minutes from the main campus.

Undergraduate students will be shown their rooms and will be able to check in on the premises right away.

All new students must arrive on the dates specified on the academic calendar, the pre-arrival guide, and the housing department’s website.

Faculty Members

Entering the University: Security Gate on Main Campus

Upon arrival to campus, you will first be welcomed by security guards at the security gate of the main campus. Please be prepared to present a picture ID (i.e: passport) and a copy of your employment letter. Be informed, security guards speak little or no English, but they will guide you so you can proceed to the housing office to complete your check-in procedures. Please co-operate with the security guards as they might need you to fill out a guest form and check your ID in until you leave the campus.
To make things a little faster you can also give them a slip that reads “YENİ ÖĞRETİM ELEMANIYIM” (I’m a new faculty).

Retrieving Apartment Keys

New faculty must visit and retrieve their apartment keys from the Housing Management office on main campus S Dorm. Arrangements such as your check-in date, location, and features of your residence will be communicated to you by Human Resources and your faculty office in advance. Please stay in touch with respective contacts from these offices about these matters until your arrival. Once you sign your housing paperwork and receive your keys, the housing personnel will assist you to call a taxi and be taken to your residence. Faculty housing is available both on and off-campus. Off-campus apartments (KU arranged ones) are only a few minutes from the main campus. For any questions, technical emergencies, or work requests you can email housing@ku.edu.tr.

Currently, entries to the main campus are restricted due to the pandemic. People without appointments can not enter the main campus. The department you have an appointment with must inform the security office first. Otherwise, you can not enter the main campus.