Transportation

Airport Transfer

There are two international airports in Istanbul. The biggest and the most used one is called Ataturk International Airport and it is located at Yesilkoy district on the European side of Istanbul. The other airport, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Sabiha Gokcen Airport is 20 minutes drive away from the Sabancı University Campus, and there are many charter flights from Europe arriving at Sabiha Gokcen.

You will find that going through passport and customs control is fairly easy as long as your passport and work visa are in order and you are not bringing in goods that are prohibited by Turkish law. Do check with the Turkish Consulate before coming, particularly if you are planning to bring in electronic equipment.

If you do not have Turkish liras with you, you will need to exchange some foreign currency at the airport. There are money exchange windows conveniently located near the entrance doors.

How to get to the campus: 

From Atatürk Airport to Sabancı University Campus

(By Public Transportation & Shuttle)

You should first go to Taksim from the Airport. In Taksim, you should take Subway M2 to arrive 4. Levent. Then from 4. Levent, you will take Sabancı Shuttle to our campus. Click here for the shuttle time table.

We recommend you to exchange money while you are at the airport since you will need it to get on the transportation services.

First Step--->  From Ataturk Airport to Taksim:

There are 2 options:
1) Istanbul Subway (M1A) – it costs approximately 5 TL. You should get off at the last station, Yenikapı. From Yenikapı, you
should take Subway M2 to arrive 4. Levent. Then from 4. Levent, you will take Sabancı Shuttle to our campus. Click here for the shuttle time table.
2) HAVATAS shuttles – (this bus waits in front of the terminal’s exit, it says HAVAS in big letters) it costs 17 TL.  (Paid on the bus)
In Taksim, you should take Subway M2 to arrive 4. Levent. Then from 4. Levent, you will take Sabancı Shuttle to our campus. Click here for the shuttle time table.

Second Step--> From Taksim to SU Campus:

There is one option which is Gursel Shuttle (Sabancı University Shuttle)
On these shuttles, it says Gürsel in big letters.  For timetable please click here.

The departure place of Gürsel in 4. Levent:
Please see the interactive map of the departure point in 4. Levent:

Map (pdf.)

Time: From Taksim to SU Campus, it takes approx. 90 minutes.
Cost: The shuttle costs 13 Turkish Liras per person; the payment is made on the bus upon arrival to campus.

From European Side / By Taxi / Private Car & Bus

If you are planning to come with a private bus/car, please give the attached directions* to the bus driver.

Depending on the traffic, from the old city, it approximately takes 70 minutes to SU Campus.

Also, we have a shuttle service from Kadıköy and 4. Levent, below please see the timetable:

International Relations Office is located in the Faculty of Management. Please make sure that you get off at the second stop – which is FMAN (Faculty of Management / YBF – Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi) parking lot (P12).
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* Below, there are directions to give to the driver in Turkish.
Directions to give to the driver coming from European side.

Atatürk Havaalanı yönünden gelirken:
İstanbul yönünden gelirken Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsünden yaklaşık 38-39km sonra Şeker Pınar çıkışından çıkılacak.Gişelerden 400m sonra ilk sağa dönülüp düz devam edilecek. Bu sırada sağda Suzuki tabelasını göreceksiniz. Yaklaşık 150m sonra Shell Benzin istasyonunu görür görmez hemen sağa dönülecek. Düz yolu takip ederken 700m sonra solunuzda Opet Benzin istasyonunu göreceksiniz. Düz devam ederek otoyolun altından geçip BOSB girişini görür görmez ışıklardan sola dönülecek. Bankalar sağda kalacak şekilde 3 trafik ışığı geçildikten sonra Sağda Sabancı Üniversitesi görülür.

In addition here is an English version, so you can get a sense of how what the driver is doing:

From the airport, take the TEM freeway. After you cross Bosporus via the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge you will drive for approximately 39 kilometers.  Exit the TEM freeway at the Seker Pinar exit (you will actually see the university from the freeway as the exit is a bit beyond the university).  400 meters after passing through the Sekerpinar tollgate turn right. You will see a Suzuki sign, keep going until you see the Shell gas station where you need to turn right. Keep on this road for 700 meters until you see the Opet gas station. Keep going until you see the entrance to BOSB, then turn left at the lifts. There will be several training offices of banks on your right.  The entrance to Sabanci University is at the third traffic light.

Welcome!
International Relations Office is located in the Faculty of Management. Please make sure that you get off at the second stop – which is FMAN (Faculty of Management / YBF – Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi) parking lot (P12).

SU Campus Plan

From Asian Side / Kadıköy to SU Campus
There is a regular shuttle service from Kadıköy, on these shuttles, it says Gürsel in big letters. (Attached please find the logo of Gürsel) For timetable please click here and please see the interactive map of the departure point:

The departure point is in front of Simit Sarayı which is next to Rıhtım Hotel.
Time: From Kadıköy to SU Campus it takes approx. 60 minutes.
Cost: The shuttle costs 11 Turkish Liras per person; the payment is made on the bus upon arrival to campus.

International Relations Office is located in the Faculty of Management. Please make sure that you get off at the second stop – which is FMAN (Faculty of Management / YBF – Yönetim Bilimleri Fakültesi) parking lot (P12).

From Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Sabanci University Campus:

All international staff coming to Turkey through Sabiha Gokcen International Airport are recommended to take a taxi to Sabancı University campus. It may take 15-20 minutes.

Staff Service Busses

Sabancı University provides a comprehensive personnel shuttle service free of charge for the Anatolian and European side. The buses depart from the campus at 17:40 from the park area opposite to the Information Center.

Shuttles: Except for personnel service buses there are also shuttles to 4. Levent, Kadıköy and Mutlukent to and from the campus. For the schedule, please see the web page.

You can consult the Transportation Services Specialist (Phone: 9906) for the routes and detailed information.

Car sticker

If you wish to drive your own car to Campus, you need to obtain a car sticker. If you fill out the Car Information section in your Personnel Information Form (PIF) when you start work, you will automatically get your sticker with your Personnel ID Card. Those employees, who did not fill out this section, can contact University Operations / Security.

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