Airports in Istanbul
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, 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 metro system, or Otgar for the international bus system. The airport 96T Bus of IETT connects the airport to Taksim Square. Shuttle buses provide transport to the Seabus port at Bakirkoy. Taxis are also available. Taxi rates are 50 percent higher between midnight and 6am.
Tel: +90 212 463 3000.
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.
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.
GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
Tel: +90 216 588 88 88.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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