Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)
Location: The airport is situated 15 miles (23km) west of
Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to
Walking through the metro access tunnel only takes 10 minutes.
Shuttle buses and taxis are also available.
The Istanbul Metro system provides quick and easy access to the
city, including the intercity bus terminal. Tickets cost around TRY
1.30. Use metro station Zeytinburnu and transfer to a tram to reach
the Eminonu ferry or Sea Bus docks. The airport Havas Bus leaves
from the Departures terminal gate and connects to Taksim Square or
Kozyatagi. Shuttle buses depart from 4am to 1am, and take 40
minutes into the city. Taxis are also available and cost roughly
$20 into downtown. Taxi rates are
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo,
National and Sixt.
The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 15 miles (23km) west of Istanbul
and takes around thirty minutes to reach Taksim Square. Fees depend
largely on the destination in Istanbul but should be around US$20.
Rates are as much as fifty percent higher at night. Passengers
should only take metered taxis and insist drivers turn the meter
on. To reserve a taxi in advance contact
Banks, ATMs and bureaux de change are available. A pharmacy,
children's playroom, hairdresser, florist, newsstand and medical
services are available. Facilities for the disabled are good, but
those with special needs should make prior arrangements with their
airline. Other facilities include tourist information and hotel
reservations, bars, restaurants (very overpriced), duty-free
shopping, a conference centre, post office and 24-hour left
There is a multilevel car park opposite the terminal with fees
ranging from YTL 8.25 for the first hour to YTL 26 per day.
Long-term parking is in an open parking lot and costs YTL 20 per
day or YTL 137 per month.
Departure Tax: None.