Type of cars for airport transfers and their capacity
This post explains the different types of cars available for airport transfers. VIP cars are small sedans for 2 people, while minivan cars are for families or bigger groups of up to 6 people with 6 big luggage.
There are different types of cars available for airport transfers in Istanbul. We will explain all the types and details here for you. If you are searching for a taxi, shuttle, or airport transfer in Istanbul, you will find numerous options depending on the size of your group. One important factor to consider when making your reservation for an airport transfer is to determine which vehicle is best suited for your needs. It's worth noting that there are also small yellow sedan cars serving as taxis at both Istanbul airports, but we will not discuss them here. You can find photos of each vehicle to help you choose the best option.
These types of cars are rather economic for families or bigger groups of people. There are mostly two kinds of cars for this purpose and both have 8 seats. First, VITO cars from the MERCEDES brand and second, the TRANSPORTER from VOLKSWAGEN. Both are almost the same but VITO car is more popular. On the other hand, the transporter is more comfortable, if you are a bigger group, like 5 or 6 people. Transporter cars are a little bigger than Vito and if you are 5 or 6 people, who want to sit on the opposite side of each other, transporter cars are suggested. Both cars have the same capacity and mostly come in Black or White colors. Both can have a maximum of 6 people with 6 big luggage. If you are a family or a group of friends, these cars are the best for you for airport transfer and there is not a big difference with even public transportation. Even If you are 7 people, these cars could be suitable for you, but not suggested. Also, you mustn’t have more than 6 pieces of luggage and it won't be comfortable for you. If you are 7 or more people, you need to select the next bigger type of car, which we will explain in the next part.
These cars are the same Vito but designed inside, So if you want to have a VIP Minivan Vito with TV and Refrigerator inside you can select this car. Normally suitable for a group max with 4 people and 4 luggage.
Mercedes E Class
These cars are normally SEDAN cars and are mostly from BMW or MERCEDES brands. They are normally requested by high-class or business-related customers as they are so expensive, more than 150 Euros for almost the shortest routes, for example from IST airport (Istanbul New Airport) to Besiktas or Sisli. The best capacity for these cars could be considered as 2 people, as these cars are small and with a small space for cargo, so the group of passengers can have like 2 big luggage or 3 small-size luggage.
If you need a VIP sedan car to do your airport transfer and with a good price, you can request for Mercedes E class, but you must be max 3 people with 2 big luggage or 3 small luggage.
Mercedes S Class
If you need a VIP sedan car to do your airport transfer and need a luxury one, you can request a Mercedes S class, but you must be max 3 people with 2 big luggage or 3 small luggage.
If you are a group of 7-15 people, you need to select these kinds of cars as small minibuses. These cars also come in 2 brands mostly, one the SPRINTER from MERCEDES and the other one CRAFTER from VOLKSWAGEN. These kinds of minibuses have between 15 to 19 seats and can have a capacity of 15 big luggage. If you are a group smaller than 6 people, but you have more than 6 luggage, we suggest getting these types of cars instead of minivans. These vehicles are normally used for city tours or shared shuttles.
Big Minibus and Bus
The next vehicles that are used for big groups, are not so common for airport transfers. If you are a group of more than 15 people or you have more than 15 pieces of luggage, you need to use these cars.