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Istanbul Atatürk International Airport

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Introduction

The Atatürk International Airport (IST) is located on the European side of Istanbul, 25 kilometres northwest of Sultanahmet. It is one of the busier airports in Europe and in the top 25 regarding international passengers.

For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.

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Getting there and away

By Train

Light rail service exists between Aksaray and Atatürk International Airport. The line goes through some major parts of the European side of the city; including the intercity bus terminal. The LRT takes the passengers to Aksaray in 30–35 minutes. The approximate cost is €0.75 one-way. It is very easy to reach the Sultanahmet area (centre of historic Istanbul) by public transport (combination of Metro and Tram) and it should not cost you more than 3 YTL. Exit the airport and follow the metro signs to the Havalimai (Airport) metro station. Buy the tokens (tickets) and board a train going towards Aksaray. Get out at Zeytinburnu, the 6th stop and look for the tram platform on the opposite side. Board the tram going towards Eminonu and/or Kabatas and get down at Sultanahmet (16th stop) or any other stop as per your requirement. The approximate time taken for both the legs of the journey is 1 hour.

By Bus

Airport Shuttle services are operated by Havas, which is one of the major ground handling companies within Turkey. The busses run half-hourly to Bakırköy, Yenikapı, Aksaray, Taksim Square, hourly to Kozyatağı (on the Anatolian side), two-hourly to Etiler-Akmerkez. Also, there is a fast ferry terminal in Bakırköy which connects the terminal to Bostancı and Kadıköy. Havaş buses run between the airport and the fast ferry terminal according to the departures and arrivals of the ferries.

Municipality buses also run to Taksim, Etiler and Kozyatağı. This is a slower but much cheaper alternative than Havaş.

By Car

The airport is accessible through the coastal road, D-100 international road and TEM (Trans-European Motorway). If you are short of time or have a lot of luggage, taxi or transfer is your best option.

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Airlines, Destinations and Terminals

There are two terminals for passengers: Terminal A for domestic traffic and Terminal B for international connections. For more information about the airlines also see the list of airlines and the details about using budget airlines.

Terminal A

  • Atlasjet - Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Izmir
  • Onur Air - Adana, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Izmir, Malatya, Samsun, Trabzon
  • Pegasus Airlines operated by IZair - Izmir
  • Sky Airlines - Antalya
  • Turkish Airlines - Adana, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Ankara, Antalya, Batman, Bodrum, Çanakkale, Dalaman, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Elazığ, Erzincan, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Isparta, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kars, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Mardin, Merzifon, Muş, Nevşehir, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Sinop, Sivas, Trabzon, Uşak, Van

Terminal B

  • Adria Airways - Ljubljana
  • Aegean Airlines - Athens
  • Aeroflot - Moscow-Sheremetyevo
  • Aerosvit Airlines - Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa, Simferopol
  • Air Algérie - Algiers, Constantine
  • Air Astana - Almaty, Astana, Atyrau
  • Air Baltic - Riga
  • Air France - Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Air Malta - Malta
  • Air Moldova - Chisinau
  • airBaltic - Riga
  • Albanian Airlines - Tirana
  • Alitalia - Rome-Fiumicino, Turin
  • Ariana Afghan Airlines - Kabul
  • Armavia - Yerevan
  • Atlant-Soyuz Airlines - Moscow-Vnukovo
  • Atlasjet - Dubrovnik, Erbil, Mykonos, Ercan, Sharm El Sheikh, Sulaimaniyah, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
  • Austrian Airlines - Vienna
  • Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways - Vienna
  • Azerbaijan Airlines - Baku
  • Belavia - Minsk
  • B&H Airlines - Sarajevo
  • British Airways - London-Heathrow
  • Buraq Air - Tripoli, Benghazi
  • Caspian Airlines - Tehran
  • Corendon Airlines - Amsterdam, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
  • Croatia Airlines - Zagreb
  • Delta Air Lines - New York-JFK
  • Donavia - Rostov-on-Don, Sochi
  • EgyptAir - Cairo
  • Emirates - Dubai
  • Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi
  • Finnair - Helsinki
  • Freebird Airlines - Madrid
  • Germania - Berlin-Tegel, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf
  • Gulf Air - Bahrain
  • Hamburg International - Hamburg, Stuttgart
  • Iberia - Madrid
  • Iran Air - Tabriz, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
  • Iraqi Airways - Baghdad, Basra
  • Jat Airways - Belgrade
  • Jetairfly - Brussels South-Charleroi
  • Kish Air - Tehran
  • KLM - Amsterdam
  • Korean Air - Seoul-Incheon
  • Kuban Airlines - Krasnodar
  • Libyan Airlines - Benghazi, Tripoli
  • LOT Polish Airlines - Warsaw
  • Lufthansa - Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
  • Mahan Air - Tehran-Imam Khomeini
  • Malaysia Airlines - Kuala Lumpur
  • Malév Hungarian Airlines - Budapest
  • Middle East Airlines - Beirut
  • Motor Sich Airlines - Zaporizhzhia
  • Olympic Air - Athens
  • Onur Air - Barcelona, Bilbao, Bologna, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Ercan, Kayseri, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Tel Aviv, Valencia, Zaragoza, Zurich
  • Pakistan International Airlines - Amsterdam, Islamabad, Karachi
  • Polet Airlines - Voronezh
  • Qatar Airways - Doha
  • Red Wings Airlines - Moscow-Vnukovo
  • Rossiya - St Petersburg
  • Royal Air Maroc - Casablanca
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines - Amman
  • Sky Airlines - Hamburg, Tel Aviv
  • Somon Air - Dushanbe
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines - Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh
  • Scandinavian Airlines - Stockholm-Arlanda
  • SCAT - Aktau
  • Singapore Airlines - Dubai, Singapore
  • SkyExpress - Moscow-Vnukovo
  • Swiss International Airlines - Zürich
  • Syrian Air - Aleppo, Damascus
  • Tailwind Airlines - Dusseldorf
  • Tajikistan Airlines - Dushanbe
  • TAROM - Bucharest-Henri Coandă
  • Tatarstan Airlines - Kazan
  • Tunis Air - Tunis
  • Turkish Airlines - Abu Dhabi, Accra, Addis Ababa, Aleppo, Alexandria-El Nohza, Algiers, Almaty, Amman, Amsterdam, Ashgabat, Astana, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Benghazi, Berlin-Tegel, Birmingham, Bishkek, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Budapest, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chicago-O'Hare, Chisinau, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dakar, Damascus, Dar Es Salaam, Delhi, Dnepropetrovsk, Doha, Donetsk, Dubai, Dublin, Dushanbe, Düsseldorf, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Hamburg, Hanover, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kazan, Khartoum, Kiev-Boryspil, Kuwait, Lagos, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London-Heathrow, Lviv, Lyon, Madinah, Madrid, Manchester, Mashhad, Milan-Malpensa, Minsk, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, New York-JFK, Nice, Nicosia-Ercan, Nuremberg, Odessa, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Riga, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostov-on-Don, St Petersburg, Sana'a, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Sarajevo, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Simferopol, Singapore, Skopje, Sochi, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tabriz, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tokyo-Narita, Toronto-Pearson, Tripoli, Tunis, Ufa, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw, Yekaterinburg, Zagreb, Zürich
  • Turkuaz Airlines - Hanover, Stuttgart
  • Turkmenistan Airlines - Ashgabat
  • Uzbekistan Airlines - Tashkent

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