Sleeping in Airports

Ankara Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Ankara Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

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ESB Airport Overview

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(Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller / 16Mar2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

What to Expect

Ankara Airport (code: ESB) consists of two spacious, modern terminals (Domestic and International) connected within one building. There are up to two dozen eateries and shops in the airport, primarily located on the airside, but they are reportedly quite expensive. WiFi is available to help you pass the time. And additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Sleeping in Ankara Airport

We have only one review from a traveller who has experience sleeping in this airport. This reviewer apparently had difficulties finding appropriate sleeping spots and was repeatedly questioned by airport security and staff (though language comprehension difficulties may have been partly to blame). For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Ankara Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Ibis Ankara Airport Hotel – (5 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle is available. The hotel suggests a taxi to the hotel for 10TL and return to the airport for 20TL. » Check Rates
  • Anadolu Hotels Esenboga Thermal  – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Ankara Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

International Departures

Primeclass Comfort Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Mezzanine, opposite Gate 116. Hours: Open 24 hours. Showers are available. Lounge Access:  Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Comfort Lounge – Location: International Departures Floor, Upper Level, Airside, After Passport Control. Showers are available. Hours: Open 24 Hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Anadolu Jet Primeclass Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures Floor, Lower Level, Airside, After Passport Control. Hours: Open 24 Hours. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

Millennium Lounge – Available for passengers of select airlines and holders of an İş Bank Card or TAV Passport Card. Hours: 24 hours. Location: Airside, International Terminal, Mezzanine Level, Departures Area.

THY Domestic CIP Lounge – Available for Turkish Airlines passengers. Hours: 24 hours. Location: Airside, Dometic Terminal, Arrivals Level, between Gate 106 and Gate 107.

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at Ankara Airport for free in the airport lounges, and for a fee throughout the rest of the airport.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Aqua Park – If you have your bathing suit, there is an Aqua Park at the nearby Büyük Anadolu Airport Hotel.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: the Arrivals and Departures floors of the Domestic and International Terminals.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are baby care rooms. Locations: Arrivals and Departure floors in both the Domestic and International Terminals.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available.

Currency Exchange – There are 2 currency exchange offices: International Departures and International Arrivals area.

Duty-Free & Shopping – A variety of retail shops are available. The Duty-free shopping area is located on the Arrivals level in the International Terminal. Hours: Unknown.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:

  • International Terminal (Departures): Teras Cafe • Vadi Cafe
  • Domestic Terminal (Arrivals): Caffe Nero
  • Domestic Terminal (Departures): Caffe Nero • Cakes & Bakes • Restro Eat ‘n Fly • Starbucks (2 locations) • Tadında Anadolu • Sbarro • Burger King • Bomonti Brasserie • Seferi

Hair Salon – Parisli Cemil offers hairstyling services for men and women. Location: International Arrivals floor mezzanine, near the food court. Hours: unknown.

Information Desks – Location: Domestic Arrivals • Domestic Departures • International Departures.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Fees vary, and are charged on a daily basis. Location: Domestic Arrivals floor. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Luggage Wrapping – Location: Domestic and International Check-in areas. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Medical Services – PortClinic is available to attend to minor medical emergencies. Location: Arrivals Level, in between Domestic and International Terminals.

Mobile Charging – A reader (September 2018) tells us that the pillars in the Domestic Departures (near Burger King) are equipped with power outlets for charging your mobile devices.

Pharmacy – Havalimanı Eczanesi. Location: Domestic Arrivals floor mezzanine, near the food court. Hours: unknown.

Prayer Area – A total of 12 “mescits” (Muslim prayer rooms) are available throughout the airport, with two each in these locations: Domestic Arrivals, landside, behind the Property Room • end of the Domestic Departures lobby • end of the International Departures lobby • International Terminal mezzanine (airside) • VIP building • CIP building. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Smoking – Smoking is permitted on the outdoor terrace of the Nero Cafe (Domestic Terminal, 2nd Floor, Landside).

Showers – Showers are available in the Comfort Lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Ankara airport is served by the following airlines: Anadolu Jet • Azerbaijan Air • Iraqi Airways • Lufthansa • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Saudia Airlines • SunExpress • Turkish Airlines.


Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Airport Shuttle

ESB airport is connected to the city center and surrounding areas via shuttle bus. At least 2 providers service the airport. Visit the Havas website or the Belko Air website to plan your route.


City bus route 442 (Aşti – Havaalani – Kizilay) runs in a circuit between the airport and Ulus, Kizilay and Aşti Bus Station. Pick-up from the airport is located on arrivals level outside both terminals. For schedules, route information and fares visit the bus website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located onsite:

  • International Terminal, Arrivals Hall: Div Rent A Car • Eco Rent A Car • Garenta • Payless • Thrifty.
  • Domestic Terminal, Arrivals Hall: Almira Rent A Car • Avis • Budget • Central • Europcar • Garenta • Hertz • National • Payless • Rent Go • Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

The following hotel offers a shuttle as a courtesy to its guests: Sahinbey Hotel.


Taxis are available in the ground transportation area of both airport terminals on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2020-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.