Istanbul Airport (IST)

By | July 2, 2020

Istanbul Airport is the most important international airport in Istanbul. The airport guide contains information on important contact details, terminal facilities, public transport and accommodation options on site.


On April 6, 2019, all commercial passenger flights were moved from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, the city’s former main airport, to Istanbul Airport.


Information desks (Tel: +90 (0) 444 14 42) are located on every floor of the airport. Information on airport facilities, hotels and tourist attractions in Istanbul is available from the staff .



From the center of Istanbul you drive on Divan Yolu Caddesi, to Ordu Caddesi and then on Adnan Menderes Boulevard to Avrupa Otoyolu / O-3. Follow the O-3 motorway to the Ataturk Olimpiyat Parki exit, where you take the O-7. You stay on the O-7 until the junction to the O-6. Follow the signs to the airport on the O-6.


Airport information

IATA airport code: IS

Address: Airport is located in the Arnavutköy district on the European side of Istanbul.

Location: Istanbul

Number of terminals: 1

Phone: +90 (0) 444 1442.

Public transportation

Public transport – street:

Bus: Public buses connect the airport to Istanbul city center. Further information can be found on the IETT website (tel: +90 (0) 212 444 1871) and the airport website. The journey time to the city center is approximately 50 minutes.

Shuttle bus: Havaist offers transfers in the luxury segment on 20 different routes, to 65 stops and with a fleet consisting of 150 buses. The Havaist buses commute on their respective routes either every 15 or 40 minutes.

Taxi: Taxi service is offered around the clock at Istanbul Airport. There are three types of taxis available: the black “E” taxis, the blue “D” taxis and the orange “C” taxis. Taxi ranks are located in the plaza in the national and international arrival areas, on the departure level and on the floor for other arrivals. Taxis can be ordered from Istanbul Airport Taxis (Tel: +90 (0) 533 252 0036).

Facilities in the terminal


In the national and international areas of the terminal there are several banks with money exchange service and numerous ATMs available on both the arrival and departure levels.

Means of communication:

Free WiFi can be used by travelers in the lounges in the departure and arrival areas.


There is a wide selection of bars, snack bars, fast food restaurants, cafes and restaurants in the airport terminal.


You can shop around the clock in the airport. The constantly open sales areas also include the authentic bazaar area and the duty-free shops in the international part of the terminal.


Information about lost items can be obtained from the lost property counter. These are located on floors E and F.

Other facilities:

The airport also has 44 prayer rooms, a playground, two exhibition areas and a smoking area. In the future, a mosque will open at the airport.

Airport facilities

Conference and meeting rooms:

The YOTEL Airport Hotel (Tel: +90 (0) 212 942 66 66), located outside the security area, has conference rooms and business facilities.

Accessibility facilities:

Istanbul Airport is equipped with elevators, numerous disabled toilets and disabled parking spaces. Disabled passengers who need boarding assistance should notify their airline in advance. Wheelchairs are available at the airport, but must be reserved in advance through the airline.

Parking spaces:

There is a car park at Istanbul Airport with 40,000 spaces, including a multi-storey car park consisting of 5 blocks and with 18,000 spaces. Valet service is offered. There are three Valet Service acceptance points at the CIP Lounge and on the departure levels in the national and international areas of the terminal. Two valet service delivery points are located between the parking lot and the plaza.

Car rental:

International car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis , Budget , Enterprise , Europcar and Hertz . In addition, some regional car rental companies offer their service at the airport. The rental car counters are located in the arrival areas.