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IST Airport to Central Istanbul in 33 Minutes by Metro Begins January 22

Istanbul’s long-awaited M11 Metro line which links Istanbul’s IST Airport to central Istanbul is due to open in eight days on January 22. The new high-speed line will travel from IST Airport to the Gayrettepe Metro station in 33 minutes. From its terminus at the Gayrettepe metro station, Taksim Square can be reached in just eight minutes by transferring to the M2 Metro line and travelling three stations. Transfers to other destinations in the city linked to the M11 metro line also are possible.
The new route means travelers now will have a fast and reliable option to get into central Istanbul from IST Airport by public transit. Istanbul’s IST Airport, which opened in 2019, is located about 30 miles from Istanbul’s center. Traffic in Istanbul—with its 15 million residents— has made the journey to and from the airport a lengthy one that could take up to two hours in congested traffic. Istanbul’s IST Airport handles the second largest number of international passengers in the world, with Dubai having the most.

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This is great news. I look forward to reading a trip report for this new train service!

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Very good news, I'm hoping to return to Istanbul in 2024 so thanks for this info!

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It took 60 years (yes, 60 years!) since its opening to tie Dulles Airport (IAD) in Northern Virginia to the metro line. The IAD-Dulles Airport stop finally opened late 2022 after many delays and decades of planning (

Meanwhile, within 3 years, IST Airport is already served by the Istanbul metro system. Unbelievable "US exceptionalism"...LOL. It would be funny were it not so sad.

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Agnes- Ego driven infrastructure is always built faster in dictatorships, as Erdoğan‘s Turkey has become.

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Woohoo!!!!! I have an overnight layover in Istanbul in April and have been debating whether to venture into the city or just book a night at the Yotel. The opening of the M11 was going to be the deciding factor. (And you are sure it's going all the way to Gayrettepe and not ending at Kagithane?)