Istanbul Ataturk Airport
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 (23km) west of Istanbul.
Getting to the city
The Istanbul Metro system provides quick and easy access to the city, including the intercity bus terminal. Tickets cost around TRY 1.30. Use metro station Zeytinburnu and transfer to a tram to reach the Eminonu ferry or Sea Bus docks. The airport Havas 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 and cost roughly $20 into downtown. 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 companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, National and Sixt.
The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 15 miles (23km) west of Istanbul and takes around thirty minutes to reach Taksim Square. Fees depend largely on the destination in Istanbul but should be around US$20. Rates are as much as fifty percent higher at night. Passengers should only take metered taxis and insist drivers turn the meter on. To reserve a taxi in advance contact Taxi Reservations.
Transfer between terminals
Walking through the metro access tunnel only takes 10 minutes. Shuttle buses and taxis are also available.
Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available. A pharmacy, children's playroom, hairdresser, florist, newsstand and medical services are available. Facilities for the disabled are good, but those with special needs should make prior arrangements with their airline. Other facilities include tourist information and hotel reservations, bars, restaurants (very overpriced), duty-free shopping, a conference centre, post office and 24-hour left luggage.
There is a multilevel car park opposite the terminal with fees ranging from YTL 8.25 for the first hour to YTL 26 per day. Long-term parking is in an open parking lot and costs YTL 20 per day or YTL 137 per month.
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.
Free wifi is available in the airport lounges, however wifi in the main terminal is charged by individual providers.
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.