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Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul Airport (IST)

Overview

Located 25 miles (40km) northwest of Istanbul, Istanbul Airport is the biggest airport in Turkey. With its construction being done in stages, it will be the busiest airport by far on its completion in 2027. Its predicted annual capacity will be around 200 million people. Considered a major travel hub, flights to and from Istanbul Airport will be available on most major international airlines, but so far Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, and Air France are the biggest airlines in operation here. The airport has a great selection of restaurants and duty-free shops too.

Location

The airport is situated 25 miles (40km) northwest of Istanbul.

Getting to the city

While there are plans to connect the railway, shuttles are currently the only form of public transport serving the airport. Havaist and IETT offer shuttle services and tickets/smartcards can be purchased at the airport. Taxis are also readily available.

Time

GMT +3

Contacts

Tel: +90 444 1 442.

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Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)

Overview

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. The newly built terminal handles over ten million passengers annually.

With a wide selection of shopping opportunities and range of transport options to get passengers to and from the airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is a convenient entry and exit point for those holidaying in Istanbul. In 2010, the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London awarded the title 'World's Best Airport' to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

Location

The airport is 22 miles (35km) south-east of Istanbul.

Getting to the city

Buses connect the airport to various parts of Istanbul. Tickets are TL 1.65 and the journey into Istanbul takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Shuttles to the historical centre of Istanbul run every half hour between 5am and midnight. Tickets are TL 18 for the 40 minute trip.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +90 216 588 88 88.

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

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