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by web-administrator (January, 2016)


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(Guest Review) Depending on your waiting time or time of the travel, indeed this airport is way too much crowded. Therefore I would recommend to wait in one of the lounges, as otherwise you may still having some spending (water, sandwiches etc). Instead, consider staying in one of the lounges, especially Millennium Lounge close to food court is recommended. Price is cheaper than others (30 USD vs 40 USD vs official flight company lounges). Included is selection of drinks, simple pastries.

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by web-administrator (December, 2015)


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(Guest Review by tinkole) Turkish Airlines arrange you a stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel if your layover in Istanbul is longer than 10 hours, and there is no shorter connection. I purchased my tickets in good faith that the flight I chose was the only one available. Tired from a long flight, wearing the same smelly t-shirt for the 4th day in a row I happily asked at the Turkish Airlines desk if I can stay at a hotel. They happily told me that there is an earlier flight, but it turns out it was full at the time of my booking. Screw that, I'll sleep at the airport, then. Won't be the first, or last time. In arrivals, landside, there's a single padded bench without armrests at the baggage claim no.10, near the mosque. Other than that all the benches are metal, uncomfortable, and too few. The announcements go off all the time, and people w continued >>

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I survived the Purgatory

by web-administrator (October, 2015)


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(Guest Review by Andre Souza) When I die I know I'll skip purgatory line because I already faced it, here in Istanbul ataturk, starting with their great national airlines system that doesn't work I could not check for my flight online, as I had the metro unlimited pass decided to come one day earlier to get my boarding passes, I AM SO GLAD I did that, cause people told me you'll face at least 3 x-rays and lines only to get your boarding pass, and they were right! lots of people, they carry like 8 suitcases each, little staff to process them, no english spoken, who said there's free Wifi here? well time for an update, while there the only Wifi working was the paid one! Wrong information given by the staff, change your left over turkish lira before security, otherwise you'll need to spend it on the overpriced 'duty free'. Food appalling and continued >>

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Get yourself to a lounge if you can!

by web-administrator (September, 2015)


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(Guest Review by mlynnc) 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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Absolute hell. Worst than Bagdad.

by BrianAnderson (April, 2015)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: Absolutely nothing
Cons: Everything


I have spent one night in this airport and I would rather swim in a pool full or razor blades than doing it again. There was no place to seat, no place to sleep. The tables were all dirty, covered in ketchup or mayonnaise and sparkled with breadcrumbs. Not to mention the toilets. Suspicious looking people everywhere staring at my wife. Piles of luggage left behind by exhausted people who where sleeping on the floor. I do not recommend this airport.

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