Istanbul Ataturk Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Istanbul Ataturk Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
Metal seats make it quite drafty, so buy a newspaper to spread over the seats and get a coat out of your luggage before putting it in storage. -Polonius
September 2015 - Istanbul Ataturk airport is filled to the rafters with passengers and the food sold in the food court is appalling. There are so many people that seats provided are inadequate. Every one is sitting just about anywhere. It's like a refugee camp. I stayed in the lounge and it made my 6 hour layover bearable. The food isn't a lot better, but at least I got a modicum of peace and quiet, with strong, free wifi. Outside the lounge wifi is charged.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Istanbul Ataturk airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Primeclass Lounge - Location: Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor. Hours: 4:00AM - 12:00AM. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
- Comfort Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Mezzannine Level. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
- HSBC Club Lounge - Location: International Terminal, airside, 2nd floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
- Primeclass Lounge - Location: International Terminal, airside, above the food court. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
WiFi is available at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in the Arrivals and Departures Terminals for a fee.
If sleeping in Istanbul Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and near the airport:
- TAV Istanbul International Airport Hotel - Located inside the terminal in two sections (landside and airside). The airside location is located on the right after the passport control point at the departure floor of the international terminal. The landside is located next to the VIP Lounge in the international terminal. The airside location provides hourly rates and is not for passengers transiting from domestic to international flights, or vice versa. Guests for airside location must present boarding card at check-in. Hourly rates are offered in 3 hour blocks. Airside rates from € 95 (single) / € 110 (double) for up to 3 hours. For 15-24 hours, the rates are € 195 (single) / € 220 (double) plus VAT.
- WOW Airport Hotel - (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 6:30am to 10:30pm.
- WOW Istanbul Hotel- (5 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs from 6:30am to 10:30pm.
- Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel Istanbul - (8 min from the airport) Located adjacent to the airport. Free shuttle available from 5:30am to 1am. Shuttle leaves on the hour from the hotel to the airport, and every half-hour from the airport to the hotel.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Ataturk Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - There are 30 ATMS located throughout the airport.
- Currency Exchange - There are 5 currency exchange offices located on the Departures Floor, Landside • Arrivals Hall, Airside • Arrivals Floor Landside.
- Food & Drinks - There are several food concessions that are open 24 hours. I've listed them below:
»International - Landside: Caffe Nero • Starbucks • Simit Sarayı Mobil
»International - Airside: Restro • Caffe Nero • Simit Sarayı • Cakes & Bakes • Turcuisine • The Greenport • Starbucks • Coca Cola Cafe • Millenium Lounge • Coca Cola Bus Gate
»Domestic - Landside: no 24 hour food/beverage options
»Domestic - Airside: Kokpit Cafe • Tadinda Anadolu • Starbucks • C&B
- Information Desks - Locations: International Terminal, Landside, Arrivals Floor and Departures Floor • International Terminal, Airside, Transit Area • Domestic Terminal, Landside, Arrivals and Departures Floor. Hours: open 24 hours.
- Layover Tours - Turkish Airlines provides free sightseeing tours to travellers with a layover 6 - 24 hours in duration. Visit the Hotel Desk in the International Arrivals terminal at least 30 minutes before the tour starts. Tours take place from 9am – 3pm, 9am – 6pm and noon – 6pm daily. Read our blog post "Top 6 Airports Offering Free Layover Tours!" for more info.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Location: International Terminal, Arrivals Floor• Domestic Terminal, Arrivals Floor. Hours: open 24 hours. Rates: from 20.00TL (suitcase) to 45.00TL (extra large baggage).
- Medical Clinic - Location: Landside in both Domestic and International Terminals. Hours: 24 hours a day.
- Mosques - There are 8 mosques in the airport. Locations: International Terminal, landside, check-in area (2) • International Terminal, transit area, airside (2) • International Terminal, arrivals floor (2) • Domestic Terminal, airside, departure gates (2). Hours: open 24 hours.
- Pharmacy - Location: Günay Eczanesi, Arrivals Floor, landside.
- Showers - Available in the Comfort and Primeclass Lounges in the International Terminal. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
City-owned Havataş Airport buses offer service from Atatürk Airport to Taksim Square and the Yenikapi Fast Ferry Terminal. Buses between the airport and Taksim run daily from 4:00AM - 1:00AM, with departures every 30 minutes. The pick up point at Taksim is in front of Point Hotel. Travel time between the airport and Taksim is 40 minutes, and at the time of this update, a one-way fare is ₺ 11. Buses between the airport and Yenikapi run daily at 9:05AM (10:15AM on Sunday), 11:45AM, 4:45PM and 7:45PM. Times may be adjusted according to ferry schedule. Yenikapi pick-up point is at the 1st port, and a one-way fare is ₺ 5,5. If traveling to Sultanahmet, take the Atatürk-Taksim bus to the stop at Aksaray, and take a taxi from there. For further information, go to the Havataş website.
Car rental agencies are available in both Domestic and International Terminals of the airport. The following major car rental agencies are located in the International Terminal: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty. Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Thrifty have rental desks in the Domestic Terminal. Local Turkish agencies also operate in both terminals, offering both self-drive and chauffeured vehicles for hire.
Several area hotels provide airport shuttle service free or for a small fee. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability. The following hotels offer airport shuttle service: Airport Inn Hotel • Elite World Business Hotel • Istanbul Gonen Hotel • Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel • Ramada Encore Istanbul Hotel • Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel • Sapko Airport Hotel • WOW Istanbul Hotel • WOW Airport Hotel.
The M1 (Red) Line starts at Yenikapi and ends at the airport at Atatürk Havalimani station, just a short walk from the airport terminals. Connections to the T1 and T2 tramway are available from Zeytinburnu, a metro station along M1. The T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş tram goes to Sultanahmet and Taksim (via Kabataş). If heading to Taksim, stay on the T1 tram to Kabataş station and take the F1 Taksim-Kabataş füniküler (funicular) to Taksim, or take the M1 to Vezneciler station and switch to M2 (Green) Line, taking that to Taksim . The Metro, and other modes of public transportation, requires the purchase of tokens or rechargeable Istanbulkart. At the time of this update, a single ride token costs ₺ 1,5. For information on Metro routes, fares and schedules, go to the Istanbul Ulaşım website.
Metered taxis are readily available 24 hours a day at both terminals. Fare includes a flag drop charge plus charge per km, as well as charge per minute during traffic jams or if the passenger requests that a driver stop and wait. At the time of this update, taxis in Istanbul charge a flag drop flat rate of 3,2 TL plus 2 TL per km. You can calculate an estimate of your ride by using this airport-endorsed Istanbul Taxi Price Calculator before hailing a taxi.
Last Updated: 27 July 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.