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.

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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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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.


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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

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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.


  79 reviews

Have you visited Istanbul New Airport lately? So far, 79 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

7 days ago

I am puzzled. First, I read the comments above and felt terrible as a Turk about most of the comments written on the new Istanbul Airport. Then I came across this news below. Which one is correct ?

Readers’ Choice: Airport of the Year
Winner: Istanbul Airport
Award winner: IstanbulFor the first time for IAR, the Readers’ Choice Award was launched. From a list of 10, readers voted for the airport that has provided them with the best experience, considering delays, real-time information, connectivity, available amenities, interaction with staff, cleanliness and overall satisfaction.

Istanbul Airport received an outstanding number of votes, beating a world-class group of airports including Changi Airport, Sydney Airport, Copenhagen Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Dubai International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport and Jorge Chavez International Airport.

“Covering an area of 76.5 million square metres, Istanbul Airport serves as a global hub between Asia, Africa and Europe,” said Editor of International Airport Review, Tara Nolan. “I am thrilled our readers have recognised IST as an inspiration to other airports. The airport’s efforts in innovation, creativity, design and passenger experience have won them this award, and in the video below, Istanbul Airport’s CEO details just some of the initiatives that have contributed to this.”

13 days ago

Watch out, guy in the exchange office near visa office steal 8 euros frol us. We were stressed because of the visa issue and didnt calculate, and it looks like he was doing this for long time. We need to pay 567 tlr and he exchange us 110 e. We went to the girl in the visa desk and she pointed us back to the exchange office as we didnt have enough lira from 110euros exchange (we should have 588 lira in our hands but the crook from the exchange office gave us 548). As we didnt expect that someone will try to rob us at the airport we didnt double check. I think that this guy is doing this for a long time as he was cold blooded and his coleague laughed.

18 days ago

I have been thru the old airport many times and never had any problems. This trip was a nightmare. I was only in transit and had little over 2 hrs to catch my flight. I went to the same transit lane I usually went to at the old airport and after over 20mins in line, I was told by passport control that I needed a visa, after showing my flight info and informing him that I was not staying in Turkey, he still insisted that I needed a visa. So after walking to the visa counter I was informed by the lady there , who was extremely rude, that I did not need a visa. ( which was what I thought to begin with) Again, I got back in line and when finally getting back to the passport control officer, he told me that I cannot come thru without a visa. They then sent me to the information desk and lucky for me, a very nice young man went with me to the visa counter( after walking forever) and she became very rude and belligerent to us both but eventually gave me a visa for 25 euros. I got back in line and the passport officers were extremely rude and unhelpful. I was one of the last to board my flight and I am so grateful to that young man that helped me or I would have never made my flight. I was passed from desk to desk by some of the rudest people I have every dealt with while traveling and I have traveled to airports all over the world. I will avoid this airport in the future and I do suggest that if you do use it, pull up the map and familiarize yourself with the layout because it is not user friendly nor are most of the staff helpful or friendly. Worst airport experience ever. One agent when I tried to get help and showed my passport stated that "I am Turkish, you are American, I do not have to talk with you". I was stunned, he worked there and was paid to deal with people from all nationalities. If he could not do his job and keep his personnel beliefs from interfering, then he did not need to be doing that job. However, it appears that the majority of the employees I meet had no desire to help the travelers. Thank God for that young man who helped me!! 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.