Istanbul New Airport

General information

Istanbul New 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 New 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 New 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 New Airport to your hotel.

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

Pros / Advantages Istanbul New 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 New 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 New Airport situated?

Istanbul’s newest airport is located northwest of the city. The national road D020 is a short distance from the airport, making it easy to reach the airport by car.

How many terminals does Istanbul New Airport have?

Istanbul New Airport has one very large and modern terminal, consisting of a Departure Level (Giden yolcu katı) and an Arrival Level (Gelen yolcu katı). A second smaller terminal will be opened in 2025.

The Departures hall of Istanbul New 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 New 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 Atatürk Airport 31km
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen Airport 62km
Burgas Airport (Bulgaria) 177km



The distance from Istanbul New 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 New Airport by public transport. Visit the Istanbul New 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 New Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Istanbul is about TRY 200.-. Book your taxi at Istanbul New Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From IST Airport to Istanbul City centre by Taxi
50 km
TRY 200.-

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Car rental

At Istanbul New Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Europcar, National (Enterprise Holdings), Enterprise, Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Hertz, Budget, Avis, 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 New 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 New Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Istanbul New 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 New 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 New Airport?

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

  • Turkish Airlines
  • AtlasGlobal
  • Onur Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Air France


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Istanbul New 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 (Airside), Istanbul

Located in the Duty Free area at the Istanbul Airport, YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport (Airside) accommodates guests with international flight connections. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant.


YOTEL Istanbul Airport (Landside), Istanbul

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


Lucas House Hotel, Birmingham

Lucas House is part of the University of Birmingham conferences and events portfolio of conference venues and services, located at the historic University of Birmingham.

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 New 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!


Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

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.


Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

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Tour & transport

Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

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.


  74 reviews

Have you visited Istanbul New Airport lately? So far, 74 airport passengers have written an airport review about Istanbul New 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

Jane Hepburn
2 days ago

My husband and I arrived in your beautiful country this evening (3/10/2029) for a two week holiday to celebrate 26 years of married life only to be met with rudeness, a couldn’t care less attitude from your border staff and an inexplicable fine of 567 Turkish lira!
We had a valid Turkish visa which was issued in May 2019 and valid for 180 days. We had a holiday in Istanbul in May/June this year and loved the city so much we thought we would go again for our celebrations before our visa finished. We still had more than one more month left on the visa. When we ordered the visa, at no time did your staff inform us there would be a problem.
It seems that because my husband’s passport expires in four and a half months there was a big problem.
The visa was still valid.
His passport was still valid.
We only wanted to stay for two weeks.
We could not believe our eyes when we were told we had to pay 567 Turkish lira!!
My husband’s visa was still valid and so was his passport!
But this amount is outrageous!
And the worst thing was that no one in your visa office told us there could be a problem, even though we had entered my husband’s passport details when getting the original visa back in May.
After paying this absolutely extortionate amount of money this evening... the border guard CANCELLED the visa my husband already had and just gave him 15 days!!
He didn’t even ask what date my husband had booked a flight back to the UK.
Turkey has been one of our most favourite destinations... we love the friendly people, your amazing culture and delicious food.
It has always been so easy to get a visa, jump on a plane and enjoy a holiday here.
We had such a terrible experience today being treated like criminals and having to pay an unbelievable amount of was 11 pm at night and we were exhausted. My husband is 75 years old.
We are very very disappointed and start our anniversary holiday in an extremely angry and sad mood.
We will think twice about coming to Turkey again and tell everyone about this outrageous treatment.
We are both old age pensioners and having to pay out more than £70 for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has been a shock, right at the beginning of our lovely celebrations.
We will pass on news about this terrible treatment to all our friends and describe what happened today on Trip Advisor.

8 days ago

I have had the worst experience and I wouldn’t wish this to my worst enemy. I flew from London and supposed to meet my mum who was coming from Bucharest early morning. Her plane landed and she didn’t show up although I spoke with her minutes before her plane took off. I have spent 8 h on that bloody airport trying to find my mom. Two lovely Turks tried to help me and that’s it. No one speaks proper English, you are not allowed to make announcements. Worst 8 h of my life. They literally do not care, they send you from desk to desk and that’s it. The signage is awful and my poor mum didn’t even get to passport control and she got lost on the other side of the airport. No one helped her. What I experienced in those 8 hours, thinking that something happend to her. In the end I took a cab and went to the police and after 2 hours of watching CCTV’s and a nice Russian woman that showed my mum the right way i managed to find her. Never again will I fly to this airport. I am scared for life.

10 days ago

Extremely rude personnel !!! Worst experience ever!!! offers free airport information through its own websites and partners. The use of this data is only permitted for non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is mentioned. Use for commercial purposes requires permission from, see the disclaimer.