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Istanbul Airport

General information

Istanbul Airport is one of the most modern and largest airports in the world, situated northwest of the city in the district of Arnavutköy. The airport was officially opened by the Turkish president Erdogan on 29 October 2018, the national day in Turkey. In the weekend of 6 April 2019 it replaced Istanbul Atatürk Airport as the primary passenger airport serving Istanbul.

Today, the airport can handle 90 million passengers per year. In the future, Istanbul Airport will be able to handle 200 million passengers per year. The national flag carrier Turkish Airlines is responsible for 80% of the total number of flights at Istanbul Airport.

Istanbul Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul, the second airport of the city Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport is located on the Asian side.

Book a taxi from Istanbul Airport to your hotel.

Thanks to the Istanbul Airport reviews on our website AirMundo.com we were able to make a list of the pros and cons of Istanbul Airport:

Pros / Advantages Istanbul Airport

  • Impressive terminal (modern architecture)
  • Everything feels new
  • Inexpensive airport buses to the city centre
  • You feel very safe
  • Not overcrowded as Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Cons / Disadvantages Istanbul Airport

  • Not enough seats for those waiting
  • Not enough nearby airport hotels
  • Taxiing from runway to the terminal takes too long
  • Very long distances to walk inside terminal building, chance of missing connecting flight
  • No fast metro or train connection to Istanbul


Where is Istanbul Airport situated?

Istanbul’s biggest airport is located northwest of the city. The roads O-7 and D020 are a short distance from the airport, making it easy to reach the airport by car.

How many terminals does Istanbul Airport have?

Istanbul Airport has one very large and modern terminal, consisting of a Departure Level (Giden yolcu katı) and an Arrival Level (Gelen yolcu katı). The Departures hall of Istanbul Airport is accessible through seven entrance doors, 1 and 2 for domestic flights (İç Hatlar), 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 for international flights (Dış Hatlar). If you fly with Turkish Airlines you should take entrance 3, 4 or 5. The check-in desks of all other international carriers are the easiest to reach via doors 6 and 7.

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Airport Map

Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Istanbul Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in Turkey.

Airport Distance
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport 62km
Burgas Airport (Bulgaria) 177km



The distance from Istanbul Airport to the centre of Istanbul is 50 kilometres. By car, it takes 60 minutes to get to the centre of Istanbul.

From IST Airport to Istanbul City centre by Car
50 km

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Istanbul Airport by public transport. Visit the Istanbul Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Istanbul Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Istanbul is about TRY 500.-. Book your taxi at Istanbul Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From IST Airport to Istanbul City centre by Taxi
50 km
TRY 500.-

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Car rental

At Istanbul Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Istanbul Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

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At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Istanbul Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Istanbul Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Istanbul Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Istanbul Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Istanbul Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Red Wings Airlines
  • Pobeda
  • Saudia
  • British Airways


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Istanbul Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport, Duty free - International Transit area, Istanbul

Located in the transit Duty Free area at the Istanbul Airport main terminal departures floor, YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport, Duty free - International Transit area accommodates guests with international flight connections.


YOTEL Istanbul Airport, City Entrance, Istanbul

Located at the Istanbul Airport and a 5-minutes' walk from the passport control point, YOTEL Istanbul Airport, City Entrance offers rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. The hotel has a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk.



Set in Arnavutköy, MENALO HOTEL PREMIUM ISTANBUL AIRPORT features a garden and terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi.

Hotels in Istanbul

Looking for the best hotels in Istanbul? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Barbera Hotel, Istanbul

Set behind Gulhane Park in Istanbul, Barbera Hotel features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV with D-Smart broadcast and movie channels, as well as an iPhone docking station are available.


Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel, Istanbul

Centrally located in Sultanahmet, Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet Tram Stop.


Peyk Hotel, Istanbul

Located in the heart of Historic Peninsula, Peyk Hotel is within a walking distance from many historic sites such as Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Istanbul Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


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Tour & transport

Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour with Hotel Transfer

Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private 1 or 2-day walking tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street.


  102 reviews

Have you visited Istanbul Airport lately? So far, 102 airport passengers have written an airport review about Istanbul Airport. This airport has an average score of 1 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport reviews

Éric Skelton
3 months ago

Scams everywhere at this airport !
The currency exchange booths charge 20% above the official rate. The airport shuttle « service » costs three times more than a yellow taxi outside the terminal: Shame on the airport managers for cheating visitors to Turkey !

4 months ago

Well it aint weird for racism to occur here for the second time I’ve flown. Im making sure this will be my last time!

My vaccinations are ACCEPTED AND IN THE DATABASE OF THE EU, UK AND NORTH AMERICA; but apparently it aint good enough for Istanbul airport. The staff rejected my vaccination on the soul basis of where i had done it ( North Iraq). She made sure to say that they didn’t accept it for that which is total BS. This experience has honestly made sure that i will never fly to or even over Istanbul because all I have experienced is theft and racism. IF YOU STILL HAVE TIME FLY THROUGH ANY OTHER AIRPORT OR TAKE A HORSE BACK RIDE STILL MORE HONORABLE THAN THIS RACIST AIRPORT.

Syaifuddin Ismail
7 months ago

What more can I say, I can only agree with the other reviewer who give bad comments about this airport.

I was held up on the gate to board my flight. The staff asked to confirm if I had not been away from the UK for the last 2 years when I presented my residence permit (BRP). I said that I was away just for less than 3 months but they could not confirm it because UK Border Force does not stamp your passport when you're away. They asked for my previous ticket which I could not provide - who would bring their previous tickects anyway? It's ridicoulus situation, why would they do what UK Border Force will do when I enter UK border anyway?

To top it up, I was selected for a baggage random check. Surely they should consider what I had been through before deciding I'm the right candidate for the check! What an awful experience.

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