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Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)

(İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı)
Yeşilköy, Bakırköy
  • Kenan B.
    "Turkish airline VIP lounge is one of the best in the world."(76 Tips)
    Andrii G.
    "Restaurants and one of the best duty free shoppings!"(42 Tips)
    "Tip: there is a smoking place after passport control."(58 Tips)
    Işıl A.
    "My second home ;) always crowded"(71 Tips)
1,437 Tips and reviews
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  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesSeptember 27, 2013
    Discover the very best of Turkish herbs and spices while you’re in town! Read more
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesMay 13, 2014
    Welcome to Istanbul! If you haven’t planned out your stay here yet, consider starting with The Hagia Sophia. Cathedral, mosque, and museum; one of the World’s Great Wonders!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaOctober 29, 2012
    Istanbul is famous for traditional Hammams. Visit the Cemberlita Hammam in the old town of Istanbul for example. It was built 400 years ago and renovated lately - but the historic flair still remains.
  • Turkish Airlines
    Turkish AirlinesJune 10, 2014
    Welcome to Istanbul, the meeting place of East and West! A ferry ride along the Bosphorus is a spectacular view point for watching the capital of empires.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Darren P.
    Darren PeggNovember 3, 2016
    Bosphorous region is beautiful, boat tour for 2 hours, followed up with freshly caught fish for dinner.If you like Shisha Alibaba is top notch - even the owner sat with me and it was packed! Loved it!
    Upvoted Aug 6
  • Lufthansa
    LufthansaJune 4, 2014
    When visiting Istanbul you should take a look at the Hagia Sophia and the former sultan’s palace Topkapi Sarayi. Both very impressive! Find more tips in our Travel Report Istanbul! Read more
  • Zviad T.
    Zviad TsotskolauriAugust 28, 2016
    Huge airport. There's a terrace on 2nd floor to smoke. Free wifi next to terrace, at Carluccios bar. Just enter any hotmail address to register, no need to enter private details
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherFebruary 26, 2015
    My recent experience was pleasant. Visa on arrival was quick. Fyi there is a cash machine that dispenses dollars by visa area. Good shopping & dining choices. Only complaint: no free WIFI?! What?!
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlhamoudSeptember 11, 2016
    Pretty decent airport. Excellent shopping options, would love to see better restaurants though.
  • Bella M.
    Bella MNovember 19, 2015
    Always make sure u use the passport control for business class( if u travel business) & after u checkin. This is just on your left as you enter the airport😊. So fast and easy. lounge food the best!👍
  • Pablo D.
    Pablo DiasMarch 9, 2015
    I've been in dozen lounges across the world and I can admit Turkish Airlines lounge is best lounge I've ever stay: the spaces, variety of snacks, deserts, drinks and meals, baggage storage, kids zone
  • Murat
    MuratFebruary 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A very big airport with a quite big DutyFree area. Very crowded, expect delays and add more time for check-in and customs with long lines in passport control. It has the best lounge in the world.
  • Abdul S.
    To everyone see my post here.. Hello :) , if u need free internet .. You have to came near the smoke side and open your wi-fi .. You will see network named"BTA_guest" here is password and username
  • Wassan M.
    Wassan MJanuary 23
    Been here 25+ times
    Tax free/ 1-either u get the stamp before Passport control with your stuff on luggages, or after with stuff on hand bag@gate219 (they ask u to show them the goods) 2- to get the money go to food court
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysJuly 22, 2013
    Consecrated in the thirteenth century,Church of St. Mary of the Mongols is the city’s only church never to be converted to a mosque. It is one of Istanbul's most significant historical places.
  • Romil R.
    Romil RatraMay 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If u have aFlight in the morning get there early as the lines to check in are long though Turkish staff are excellent and efficient - passport control is always a serpentine queue and takes a while
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YangMarch 1, 2015
    If you have a long layover, get thee to the Prime Class lounge. 25€ gets you a hot shower, food, booze, and wi-fi. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!
  • AP d.
    AP du PlessisNovember 20, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Uber is amazing here. 100 Turkish Lira in a luxurious Mercedes Vito (or equivalent) will get you anywhere on the European side of Istanbul.
  • Antigoni S.
    Antigoni Str 🌟 🐾October 25, 2014
    Amazing huge airport,clean with metro outside, always taxis wait and busses!U finish check out and passport check very fast! the only bad is that the stuffs working in airport don't know good english
  • Cenker K.
    Cenker KöseJanuary 7
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the biggest hub in the world. Connecting not only countries, but also continents and cultures!
  • Peter R.
    Peter RobinettOctober 2, 2016
    If you're taking the Metro, check out the discount market literally called Discount Market outside the entrance. They have cheap drinks and a deli counter where they make very affordable sandwiches.
  • Bahram M.
    Beautiful and vast, with easy access to metro makes this airport the perfect airport with kind staff. Moreover, people help you around with hospitality even though they might not understand English.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • Nikolay G.
    Nikolay GashevAugust 10, 2015
    Scan your boarding pass for 2hr free wifi at starbucks (you can be sneaky and do it without a purchase). Additionally log-in in THY lounge wifi network next to Starbucks. User: thy Pw: investinTurkey
  • Buybuyturkey B.
    Buybuyturkey BuybuyturkeyNovember 19, 2012
    If you have a chance to visit Istanbul, see history with your own eyes, taste sish kebabs and fight pushy salesmen of Grand Bazaar, you must do as it is. Otherwise we will be waiting for your orders. Read more
  • Ibrahim A.
    Long queue on passport control 👮🏻, good variety of restaurants🍔🌭unfortunately some people are using the tables in the food court for sleeping not eating 🤦🏻‍♂️also the smell there is unbearable.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Balasu Dundaralp
    Balasu DundaralpAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The world's famous dream city #Istanbul is waiting for visitors..Here you will find out lots of history, delicious traditional Turkish meals, the wonderful Bosporus and warm, friendly Turkish people.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysAugust 2, 2013
    One of Turkey’s major tourist attractions, Topkapi Palace was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years. It is full of amazing examples of Ottoman architecture.
  • Somya G.
    Somya GulatiApril 13, 2012
    one should definitely eat at TTNET. you get free internet with good food. :-) also.. do try hazer baba's turkish delights. they are amazing and something you will want to come back to istanbul for!!
  • abe l.
    abe linMarch 30, 2015
    In Terminal I ( international ), the best food court is the one the employees eat at. Before passport control, take elevators behind 'E' check-in counter to 2F. Pasta was good.
  • Ovidiu
    OvidiuJuly 6, 2013
    Tip: there is a smoking place after passport control. Its on the terrance, close to the Kitchenette. There are some several places where you can find free wifi. The best connection to centre is metro.
  • Khaled H.
    Khaled HijabSeptember 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best transit stop for travellers going to Europe or even North Africa (if you fly Turkish Airlines). Duty-free offers an excellent selection of souvenirs/tech gadgets and cosmetics.
  • Omi B.
    Omi B.March 1
    This airport is bigger than ever and walking to your gate is listed on the boards, out gate was listed as 8-10 minutes. Good walk before a long flight. Lounge is good, especially THY lounge is great.
  • A. Can P.
    A. Can PolatkanAugust 19, 2014
    Lounge entry prices are much cheaper than in the European Airports. Duty Free shops have great offers for good cigars. If you don't want to wait follow the 'Turkish Citizens' 4 the passport queues..
  • Tobechi N.
    Tobechi NkereSeptember 13, 2015
    Either get free wifi by withdrawing close to the international transfer desk or go upstairs and pay an excruciating $15 USD (1-day access but which you can share with as many people as you like :D)
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryJanuary 17, 2015
    Nice Airport, a lot of nice restaurants and good lounges. Food court is full of different selections. Upper floor have great restaurants.
  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris TzourisNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Passport control lines are usually very long. You can use the fast line if you have a gold Star Alliance miles card. You're supposed to get a Fast Track Card from the Celebi Transfer Desk first.
  • HotelITGuy
    HotelITGuyAugust 6, 2013
    If you want some quiet space while you wait go to the area in front of the terminal hotel. Quiet and tables to sit and work. Good court is on one end of the terminal, the hotel at the other end.
  • Waldemar A.
    Waldemar AdamsSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    2 fast track for immigrations, left one for one world, and right one for star alliance and Turkish airlines. Worth to add the 20m and dramatically cut the line :)
  • Lexis D.
    Lexis DavidsonJune 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Arrive earlier because u might be stuck at the security point at the entrance, then check in,then passport control and then security check again.Other than that not bad at all.Nice shops, best lounge
  • Ali A.
    Ali AlromaihMarch 2, 2016
    Hundreds of people queuing up for passport check. Officers are quick to process data. If you have an e-visa, head to counters 2 to 5. You will finish in less than a minute.
  • Oleg D.
    Oleg DavydovJune 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Doruk Net - Free and fast Wi-Fi after easy registration. Many many power sockets at Starbucks. What else do you need at airport ?
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 15, 2015
    If you're flying to the US/Canada/Israel/UK, arrive at least 3 hours early, if not more--you'll pass through 2 security checkpoints (with long lines) and get questioned twice (check-in and gate).
  • aydin
    aydinOctober 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    For first comers; try to get or ask your hoster to send you a red card given on board for biz class to bypass long passport que of foreigners through the biz counter on far right end on your arrival!
  • Brommabo
    BrommaboApril 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very crowed and also chaotic can be one best airport to try pay lounges. If you fly Turkish Airlines business or are *A gold member CIP lounge are fantastic.
  • Ania
    AniaJune 8, 2014
    Best airport in the world!I lost/forgot my vallet in Dutyfree and it was returned to me a few days later by airport services,of course, with all money in! I was very surprised.Maybe I am just lucky)))
  • Cristiana G.
    The VIP lounge of turkish Airlines is the Best I have seen in my life. You have cinema lounge entertainment And breakfast lunch dinner. That's huge And Amazing!!!!
  • Boriana G.
    Boriana GenovaAugust 10, 2014
    Kitchenette on the second floor + smoking terrace right around the corner. 7 hours of transfer waiting done with amazing coffee, internet and good service. Happy :)
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SartinMay 11, 2014
    Give yourself extra time here. Double security gates and long lines at passport control. Also, if you're not from the EU don't forget to get your Visa before you enter the passport line upon arrival!
  • Nasser M.
    Nasser MNovember 14, 2014
    Airport is well-organized, however most of people are unfriendly. If you wanna refund your taxes, bring what you bought with you. Don't forget to arrive early also.
  • Pelin D.
    Pelin DuraJune 1, 2015
    it is a very crowded airport that has many many delays. go early for check in cause there is always a line. they have self check in service maybe thats good to know :)) have a nice flight
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