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Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST)

Overview

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.

Location

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. 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. Taxi rates are 50 percent higher between midnight and 6am.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +90 212 463 3000.

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

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