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.

The airport is the second largest in the world (potentially) after Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai. 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.

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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.


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

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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

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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!


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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.


  32 reviews

Have you visited Istanbul New Airport lately? So far, 32 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.

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Less than a minute ago

Avoid this new airport. Taxi time almost 30 mins. Regular delays and far too long distances inside the airport.
Surprisingly it also looks dirty and worn on floors and walls despite being new. Avoud...

Alan Bryant
5 days ago

Used for first time,during April .impressed with building,but on landing it took a further 30 minutes to taxi.The passengers around me were laughing in disbelief at how long this was taking.On entering building,walked and walked and walked to passport control,utter madness.Then walked and walked,for connecting flight.
Have decided to avoid this airport and Turkish Airlines,which I love.In the future direct flights avoiding istanbul.I feel for large families,with imparred difficulties in walking.This is very stressful for them.
I've heard many people have missed connecting flights.Im not surprised !!!!

Richard Stephen
9 days ago

I think I'm going to be repeating what many other people have already said here.
This is a big, impressive airport, so it actually LOOKS good.
However, there's so much that is not good that I'm going to have to recommend that, if you have a very short connection, or a very long connection, you AVOID this airport for now.
I used the old Ataturk Airport a lot and had my routine working beautifully. The problem was that that airport just wasn't big enough and struggled to cope with the volumes.
However, in rushing to switch over completely to the New Istanbul Airport, they've made the mistake of putting the politics first, instead of the customers.
So, sure, the airport's open, but there are a lot of weaknesses that need to be addressed.
Firstly, taxi-ing from and to the runway currently seems to take forever. I'd say it's at least 20 mins and, on a busy morning, I've already experienced much longer.
When you get to the terminal, there are moving walkways but, again, not nearly enough. So you now have to walk forever to get to the transfers area. That itself is fine. However, although it's all new and modern, it's frankly no better than it was before, at Ataturk.
You then walk to the main shopping area, which seems to serve as the 'hub' to continue on to the various 'wings' where the departure gates are located. (And, by the way, please don't waste your time trying to get any meaningful information or directions out of the 'helper' staff. Every one I've spoken to spoke very poor English.)
Also, they don't seem to have given any thought to installing moving walkways through this shopping area, which means that it really does take ages to pass through it.
To give you an example, this morning, the screen told me my departure gate was B9B. I was quite close, so needed only 15 mins to get there. However, just before I arrived, they changed it to F9A, which meant that I have to turn around and walk all the way back to the 'hub' and make my way to my changed gate. Walking time? 30 mins! (And yes, I am very fit and no, I'm not joking!)
Also, as some other people have already said, because they have made the unforgivable mistake of NOT finishing the new Metro link yet to connect to the planned upgraded Gayretteppe station, a lot of people just don't have enough time to leave the airport and make their way to a hotel outside. This means that a lot more people are currently hanging around the airport, making it quite difficult to find somewhere convenient and sit, eat, read etc.
So, the obvious short-term solution is to go to the integral hotel, right? Wrong. FAR too expensive for your average traveller.
The next alternative's got to be a lounge. Wrong again however! They only have three (3). There's one for Gold Members only, another for Business travellers only and only one pay-as-you-go lounge which, I think, was charging around €60. Again, far too much for someone who just wants to relax for a few hours in a comfortable seat, use a reliable WIFI and get something to eat.
On the optimistic side, they will eventually finish the Metro link and I'd expect that hotels will mushroom up around each of the stops between the terminal and the Gayretteppe 'hub' station. However, I my money says it won't be finished late this year as planned, but will be well into 2020.
This is the problem with Turkish Airlines. They're just not very efficient at all.
They've always had a problem with flight delays and cancellations and, based on what I'm seeing right now, I fear that they and that are not getting any better.
So, if you decide to go through this airport, good luck and stay patient! 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.