Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST)


Located 15 miles (24km) west of Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport is the biggest airport in Turkey and among the busiest in the world. Considered a major travel hub between the east and the west, flights to Ataturk International Airport are available on most major international airlines, with routes to far-flung cities like Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Amsterdam, Chicago and Singapore.

The terminal is an attractive place to spend a layover, with colourful mosaics covering the walls and luxury products adorning shop windows. Ataturk International Airport has a great selection of restaurants and duty-free shops as well.


The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) west of Istanbul.

Getting to the city

The Istanbul Metro system provides quick and easy access to the city, including the intercity bus terminal. Use metro station Zeytinburnu and transfer to a tram to reach the Eminonu ferry or Sea Bus docks. The airport Havatas Bus leaves from the Departures terminal gate and connects to Taksim Square or Kozyatagi. Shuttle buses depart from 4am to 1am, and take 40 minutes into the city. Taxis are also available. Taxi rates are 50 percent higher between midnight and 6am.


GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).


Tel: +90 212 463 3000.

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, National and Sixt.

Airport Taxis

The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is west of Istanbul and it takes around thirty minutes to reach Taksim Square by taxi. Fees depend largely on the destination in Istanbul. Rates are as much as fifty percent higher at night. Passengers should only take metered taxis and insist drivers turn the meter on.

Transfer between terminals

Escalator walkways as well as travelators connect Terminal 1 (domestic flights) to Terminal 2 (international flights). The transfer takes about 10 minutes.


Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available. A pharmacy, children's playroom, hairdresser, florist, newsstand and medical services are available. Other facilities include tourist information and hotel reservations, bars, restaurants, duty-free shopping, a conference centre, post office and 24-hour left luggage.


There are both open and roofed car park options available close to the terminal buildings. These both have long and short-term parking options available.

Departure Tax





Flights to Ataturk International Airport are available on Aegean Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, British Airways, Air Malta, Emirates, Alitalia, Atlasjet, Pegasus Airlines, IZair, Sky Airlines Austrian Airlines, EgyptAir, Iberia, KLM, Delta, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.


Wireless internet connections are available in the Arrivals, Departures and General Aviation Terminals. This service is free at the lounges of the Arrivals and Departures Terminals. Additional wifi access spots within the terminal are available for a fee.

Business Lounges

Individual airline lounges have business services like printing, internet and fax for passengers, and Ataturk International Airport has a fully-equipped conference centre.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.