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With the end of the move from Ataturk Airport, Istanbul Airport started to operate at full capacity. Here are the tips for transportation to Istanbul Airport, terminals, VIP services, shopping, lounges and more.   

The airport which is located under a single roof, consists of a single building and 3 floors.

1-The top floor is for the Domestic and International departure terminals
2-The middle floor is for the Domestic and International arrival terminals (Taxis are on this floor)
3-The first floor (HAVAIST busses, transfer cars and shuttles are on this floor)

We prepared some tips for you about how to get to Istanbul Airport easily, which roads can be used, where to eat, where to shop and how many hours ago you should be at the terminal.

Consider the distance of the airport to the city
According to different points of Istanbul, the average distance of the airport varies between 34-45 km. Those who come from Asian side (or Sabiha Gokcen Airport) can use the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and North Marmara Highway to reach the airport. As an alternative, you can cross the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Kemerburgaz-Gokturk connection. Likewise, those who will come from Sultanahmet, Taksim and Besiktas can also use this route.

Be at the airport 2-4 hours before the international flights
To whom, who is planning to go to the Istanbul Airport by taxi or a transfer vehicle, we recommend to use mobile applications. Due to the large structure of the terminal, it’ll be of benefit to those who are traveling abroad, especially USA or UK which has some additional security, to go to the terminal at least 4 hours before.

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Check-in beforehand
The terminal is a huge structure under one roof. On the departure floor, the first two doors are used for domestic lines and the other four doors are used for international lines. It would be beneficial to check in before going to the airport.
There are self check-in kisoks inside the terminal. If you are not carrying suitcases, the kiosks will save you lots of time.

Save more time with Buggy’s
Buggy service in Istanbul Airport buys you so much time! The Buggy shuttle service (vehicles have a capacity of 3-5 people), which will operate on the floor for domestic and international passengers, is a service that can be used by all passengers until the boarding gate. To benefit from the Buggy shuttle service between the Buggy stops and flight gates, you can visit the Buggy stops on the map of Istanbul Airport mobile app. Moreover, you can easily purchase the service through the website or app, and you can take the service by simply scanning your QR code at the stop.

An extraordinary experience of immigration: i-GATE
In the first stage you scan your passport and a glass door opens. Then, your fingerprint and face are scanned for the second stage. After the passport pairing is completed, the second door opens and you pass through the customs.

Take your time to shop at Istanbul Airport
A unique shopping experience blended with exclusive brands and modern store concepts is waiting for the passengers at Istanbul Airport. In addition to Unifree Duty Free, stores with exclusive brands that are spread over an area of 18.000 m2 out of 55.000 m2 in total, 34.000 m2 of classic Duty Free stores and approximately 3.000 m2 of bazaar area devoted to local products

Are you hungry, yet?
At Istanbul Airport, there’re many cafes and restaurants serving different tastes from Turkish and Global cuisine.

Free WI-FI
Free Wi-Fi is available wherever you go in Istanbul Airport. After you touch the Wi-Fi icon on the Istanbul Airport application, you can log in and connect to Wi-Fi.

YOTEL is now in Turkey
YOTEL Istanbul Airport is world’s one of the biggest airport hotels and biggest on in Europe with its 451 cabins (rooms), 277 of which are on the land side and 174 of them on the air side. While anyone can accommodate on the YOTEL land side, only the ones who will go through passport control and who will travel internationally via or to Istanbul Airport.

Personalized airport experience
Feel special at the most prestigious airport in Europe! To further enhance your experience, benefit from our special services. We look forward to present our special services to you like Check-In priority, Fast-Track Passport Control, limousine Buggy service that’ll make you move faster in the terminal, the largest and most enjoyable lounge in the world, personal assistance service, greeting at the jet bridge and in front of the terminal.

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