Metro is another option that can bring you to Taksim. As for travel time, it’s approximately the same amount when travelling by taxi or bus. But there is one thing that is different: You can’t really squeeze yourself and your heavy luggage in a crowded metro. If you’re traveling light, that’s definitely a good way to get to the city centre.
The Airport Railway station is only a few minute walk from the airport. Take the metro (M1 red line) to Yenikapi and then transfer to the M2 green line, and the train will get you to Taksim.
Travel time: 45 minutes
Cost: 4 TL (2.3 TL via Istanbulkart) = $1.3 ($0.77)
Service hours: 06:00 – 00:00 daily
Service schedule: Intervals are 3 minutes during rush hours and 6-9 minutes during off-rush hours.