Europe : Turkey : Istanbul : Ataturk International


Istanbul Passport Control

by web-administrator (April, 2014)

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(email submission from DL) COMPLAINT: on Monday 28 April we arrived at Istanbul Ataturk to fly to London Heathrow. We entered at 6.55 am. The security check was 14 minutes. The passport check was 34 minutes. We counted 982 people in the passport queue. Of the 14 passport points, only 5 were in use. We spoke to the passport supervisor who simply shrugged his shoulders. This is VERY poor service.

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You can make money here!

by Yas (August, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Just for the fun of it
Where: Landside
Pros: Friendly people and ability to earn a few extra Turkish Lira
Cons: Can be noisy in places

My girlfriend and I stayed here for a few nights after we missed our flight and wanted to save a bit of money. The best thing is how lots of people get a trolley for a lira, but then for various reasons leave them behind before going through security. There are a couple of airport staff stacking trolleys and pocketing the money, but the terminal is big enough that you can also pick up a few lira to pay for dinner etc. The airport has comfy cushioned seats and it is possible to stretch out, but we preferred the floor at the quieter end of the airport as the main problem is the noise level in some parts. The staff (like most Turkish people) are really friendly and are happy to have good banter. There is free WIFI, but for those who prefer to travel tech-free, there is a computer with internet at a mobile stall in the terminal which charges continued >>

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Felt like in refugee camp,but good

by stevehood1 (May, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Airside
Pros: Lot of space for sleeping,comfortably seats,carpet on floor
Cons: Extremely annoying announcements without an second of silence

We arrived 5am and had to wait 20 hour for our connection flight,and we quickly found free seats for sleeping. Seats look like brand new with leather cushioning,comfy,armrests on every fifth seat so good for sleeping. This aiport is super-overcrowded and earphonesearplugs are necessary for sleeping as there are SO SO extremely annoying non-stop callings for passanegers that i couldnt fall asleep while i didnt put earplugs to my ears.Then we slept about 7hours like babies on seats. There is at least hundreds of peoples who do the same but there are really lot of seats so its still not problem to find some place,or you can sleep on carpeted floor where the gates are. I couldnt connect to free wifi but there is an daily paid connecting whoch cost only 1 if you pay online,or check one older review where you can find username and password for continued >>

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Very popular place to sleep

by dutchie (April, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: Nobody bothers you
Cons: Like a refugee camp Hard to find a seat that doesn't have someone sleeping

Spent one night in International departures to catch an early flight. Place is like a shelter or refugee camp. There must have been over 100 people sleeping all over the place. Seats to lie down on, were hard to find as most were already occupied by people sleeping, especially some of the comfortable padded seats. The majority of seats are however cold unpadded steel. On the positive side no officials hassling anyone and some places open 24 hrs. People coming and going all through the night. I'm somewhat prone to think that this airport may be a place where the homeless sleep, as some groups did not appear to have any luggage and their appearance was bedraggled at best. I would definitely do it again. Other than it being so busy it was a hassle free night.

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Free Internet

by fatpossum (March, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Other
Pros: none
Cons: I just hate this Airport

This is not a proper review since i think I am not objective enough, because i simply hate this Airport. I arrive there and depart from there a few times per year and it is always the same. There are only very few people who speak english. If you need help your best chances are the information desk or the personnell at the duty free shops. But i wanted to write something about the internet there. Upstairs you find a Cafe/shop in one corner that gives you the password for their WLAN if you buy something, but the soda i bought was nearly twice the price of the kiosk on the other side. If you already checked in and went through the security check, turn left towards the Starbucks and the Turkish Airlines Lounge. Fast Internet. I don't know how often they change the password but here is the login: Network: THY LOUNGE Username : thy continued >>

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