There are two international airports in Istanbul, which is rich in cultural heritage from its history as a Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital; New Istanbul airport on the European side of the city and Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Kurtkoy on the Asian side
ISTANBUL AIRPORT – THE BEST OF THE WORLD
Nominated – Recommended and the Winning
New Istanbul Airport started to operate by the end of 2018 which is the biggest airport in the whole Europe. When all the phases are completed until 2027, it will be the largest in Europe with 6 runways and a capacity of 200 million passengers per year.
Being one of the largest and busiest airports in the world and offering its guests an unforgettable travel experience, IGA Istanbul Airport is chosen to be the best airport in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the world-renowned luxury travel magazine based in New York & London.
According to the survey result determined by Condé Nast Traveler’s reader votes, IGA Istanbul Airport took over the leadership from Singapore Changi Airport. Leaving it behind, it rose from second place to the leader and settled on the top of the world.
You can access the full list of “World’s Best Airports”, which is included in the November 2022 issue of the magazine, from the link below;
THE LOCATION OF NEW ISTANBUL AIRPORT
The airport is located 35 kilometers north of the city center (Taksim Square), in Arnavutkoy district by the shores of the Black Sea. Inside the Airport terminals there is a hotel with a total of 451 rooms for overnight and hourly accommodation, several international and local restaurants, cafeterias and bars, a huge Duty Free area, several CIP – VIP and other lounges, a wide car park, several kiosks, conference halls, left baggage, lost and found, hairdresser, photography service, shoe shiners, news stands, grocery, florist, medical services, pharmacy, rent-a-cars, travel agents, airline ticket offices, banking offices and ATM’s etc.
HOW TO GET FROM ISTANBUL AIRPORT TO ISTANBUL CITY CENTRE
Traveling from Istanbul Airport to Istanbul city center (Sultanahmet) is possible by a wide number of transportation means. You can find a wide selection of companies at IST Airport if your choice is private transfers and car rentals. Numerous taxis are 7/24 available at the airport. Moreover, HAVAIST elegant buses travel to Sultanahmet every 30 minutes while the new Istanbul Airport Metro line is available for your transportation.
CAR RENTAL AT THE AIRPORT
All the car rental agencies are located on the land side of domestic arrivals. All companies provide services 7/24.
You can find the list of car rental companies from the link below:
İstanbul Airport Car Rental >>>>
ISTANBUL AIRPORT SERVICES
PRIVILEGED SERVICES FOR +65
Support staff identified by their yellow vests, are available throughout the terminal to help our elderly guests.
SPECIAL PASSENGER SERVICE POINT
Special needs guests can relax at the special places with facilities such as charging electric cars and removing prosthetic limbs for their comfort.
You can find the list of services provided at the airport below: – Airport Library – Baggage Service – Beauty Services and SPA – Branches and ATMs – Car Maintenance Services – Charging points – Child and Family Friendly Airport – E-passport system – Fast Pass Zones – Foreign Exchange Office – Health Services – Istanbul World Connect – Lost and Found Services – Museums and Exhibitions – Napzone and more…
IS THERE A HOTEL IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT?
There are two hotels in Istanbul Airport, one of which is on the landside and the other one is on the airside. YOTEL Istanbul Airport which is on the landslide is one of the largest airport hotels in the world and the largest in Europe with 171 cabins (rooms) on the land side and 280 on the air side, 451 cabins (rooms) in total.
Everyone can stay in YOTEL Landside, while only passengers passing through passport control or international passengers who travel to Istanbul or depart from Istanbul can stay in YOTELAIR air side.
YOTEL and YOTELAIR are the most popular hotels in Istanbul Airport which provide accommodation service for both local and transit passengers. The hotel is designed with the latest technology not only for the passengers who travel for the purpose of business and fun and for the flight crew in Istanbul and all the companies located in Istanbul.
For online reservation at YOTEL Istanbul Airport(Landside)
For online reservation at YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport(Airside)
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SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT
Sabiha Gokcen was the first woman pilot of Turkey and the first woman war pilot in the World during the late 1930s that the airport is named after. She was also one of the stepdaughters of Ataturk, who is the founder of Turkish Republic, and she lived between 1913-2001. The airport is located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul at Kurtkoy in Pendik district, at a distance of 12 kilometers to Pendik, 40 kilometers to Kadikoy, and 50 kilometers to Taksim Square. It’s also only 10 minutes away from the Istanbul Park Formula 1 race circuit.
International airport code is SAW. Some of the international and local airline companies land at Sabiha Gokcen airport.
Istanbul Airport is located on the European side of Istanbul, approximately 40 kilometers northwest of the city center.
Istanbul Airport officially opened on April 6, 2019, and it serves as the main international airport for Istanbul, replacing Atatürk Airport.
Transportation options include taxis, private shuttles, and public transportation such as buses and the Istanbul Airport Metro.
Istanbul Airport serves as a hub for Turkish Airlines, and numerous international airlines operate flights to and from the airport.
The airport offers a wide range of facilities, including lounges, duty-free shops, restaurants, car rental services, prayer rooms, and medical services.
Yes, Istanbul Airport provides free Wi-Fi access throughout the terminals.
Istanbul Airport has a main terminal building and two satellite terminals (Concourses A and B), connected by a shuttle train system.
Visa requirements depend on your nationality. It’s recommended to check with Turkish authorities or your airline to ensure you have the necessary documentation.
Yes, Istanbul Airport has an on-site hotel, the YOTELAIR Istanbul Airport, offering accommodation for travelers with varying durations.
Yes, currency exchange offices and ATMs are available at various locations within the airport.
Yes, public transportation options, including buses and the metro, operate during late hours to accommodate different flight schedules.