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)

Public bus H8 is the most convenient and highly recommended option.

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)

Take 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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