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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."(73 Tips)
    Vincent M.
    "Try the samples of Turkish delight in duty free"(36 Tips)
    Elizabeth S.
    "Double security gates and long lines at passport control."(51 Tips)
    Işıl A.
    "My second home ;) always crowded"(49 Tips)
6,888 Tips and reviews
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • 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
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • 🅰LI🇧🇾🤔 .
    Super airline company, my mother often flies,she underwent a discount card, and now buys a ticket at a huge discount,big thank you for your thoughtfulness technology,health and success of your company
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Davide
    DavideSeptember 1, 2014
    No airport ground terrace/no free wifi/security control for all that want to enter inside/nice Windows over fingers/taxi fee for taksim is 50TL, pay attention to the taxi drivers fees!
    Downvoted 3 days 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 3 days ago
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Keri D.
    Keri DingJanuary 16, 2015
    Turkish airline has one of the best airport lounges in the world, so make sure you stop by if you have the opportunity.Passport control line is always long for foreigners entering,be prepared to wait.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • 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!👍
  • Metehan E.
    Awesome airport. Near to the city center. You can get to center easily using underground train, buses and taxi. There are too much security check points. Arrive to airport 2 hours before your flight.
  • aydin
    aydinOctober 16, 2012
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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..
  • Anas R.
    Anas RHJuly 19
    Well it's a good airport with all the facilities, make sure you are there early because of the immigration long lines sometimes also go to kitchenette restaurant it has plugs for you 2 charge ur phone
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Naveed L.
    Naveed LatifMarch 20, 2015
    A busy airport with below average facilities. WiFi not available everywhere. The Business Class lounges are far away from the gates. Food court is too congested. Airport staff doesn't speak English.
  • Jill F.
    Jill FernandezMay 5, 2015
    IST you can use some signs around the gate areas to navigate arriving passengers towards the main hall, shopping area, & lounges! There aren't always airport staff around to ask which direction to go!
  • Erin P.
    Erin PonsonbyJanuary 4, 2015
    Wifi works but I didn't find it to be free while I was there (10 lira for an hour). Also the e-visa machines don't work so well. Save yourself sometime and go to the counter (make sure you have cash)
  • Romil R.
    Romil RatraMay 11, 2014
    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
  • Murat
    MuratFebruary 9, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • Igor I.
    Igor IsaevAugust 17, 2013
    At international arrivals' waiting spot: on the column to the left there is an electric plug on the bottom, hidden under cover! Ideal to charge your iPhone while waiting to meet someone for long time!
  • Lexis D.
    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
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • John A.
    John AntoniosNovember 24, 2013
    You can buy internet access at the food court - but don't let them trick you into buying more than one access username and password cause it's one and the same ... So you and your friends can share!
  • Ahn B.
    Ahn BustamanteSeptember 28, 2014
    Good, not very comfortable for travelers. More chairs and more screens displaying arrival and departure times would be nice. Some flights get delayed. Busy airport, I hope you won't miss your flight.
  • 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?!
  • 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
  • ilter
    ilterMarch 20, 2011
    Exchange rates are crazy. If you need Turkish Liras for transportation, 50 EUR max. would be sufficient enough to go somewhere central and exchange your money there. Taxis accept EUR and USD as well. Read more
  • 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.
  • Victor d.
    Victor de OliveiraJanuary 24, 2015
    At departures: messy, dirty, overcrowded, huge cue at the security checkpoint at the entrance, no clear information for checkin or staff to clarify, but checkin staff did an amazing job with a smile!
  • Svetlana L.
    Svetlana LashchukJanuary 11, 2014
    If u want to have tax free make sure u have your goods to be presented to custom service. NB Turkish custome service is not the fastest one - keep patient.And one more - Arabic appearance have benefit
  • Marek
    MarekJuly 1, 2015
    Very modern and huge airport. Busy at any hour. You can find anything you can imagine. But if you need something on the other side of the airport, prepare yourself for a long walk.
  • 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).
  • Abu P.
    Abu PlatonMay 3, 2013
    No airport public wifi. To take trolley you need to have a coin otherwise you are a camel. Only one mobile office is Vodafone. 67 dollars just for sim card which will work in 4 hours. Wild place !
  • Andrey N.
    Andrey NekhamkinAugust 30, 2013
    If you need FREE WiFi Internet then go to the direction of Gate 501 and find cafe Eat&Go (right after Emirates and Skyteam Lounges). WiFi password: instanbul. Not so crowded like others. Enjoy! :)
  • Murat Can B.
    Murat Can BuluzAugust 28, 2014
    Fancy but tiring one. 2 times security check, there is no free wifi and wherever you land you need to walk to passport control desks because there is only one area for it! Get ready to walk.
  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris TzourisNovember 17, 2014
    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.
  • Hakan .
    Hakan 🐝December 25, 2013
    The wifi used to be free years ago but witch charge today! In other international airports as like Amsterdam or Hong Kong it's free!!! Toilets a disaster, very expensive shops! Triple price or more!
  • Andrea O.
    Andrea OssiNovember 20, 2013
    Staff generally unpolite, from info desk to cafe to security. No airport wi-fi, can only buy for add. charge in a cafe in the hall BUT go to eat&go on gates route near emirates lounge, they have wifi.
  • 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
  • Aakhmed
    AakhmedSeptember 24, 2014
    It was Atatürk International Airport. 17th busiest airport in d world. Term 1 for domestic, 2 for int'l, 3 for cargo. Metro, havaalanı transfer, belediye otobüs ya da araba ile şehir merkezine seyahat
  • n7even
    n7evenApril 30, 2014
    When the passport control VISA 1 is too crowded go to VISA 2. Though it is usually only for some african countriesy the custom officers do not seem to care and it might save you an hour of waiting.
  • A.
    A.July 15, 2013
    Free public WiFi does not work at all. Hordes of personnel, nobody can tell you where you should go to see the city before next transfer flight (lost a couple of hours due to this). Otherwise ok.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LeverDecember 10, 2013
    Great airline and airport has great duty free. However, does seem to have a major problem with passenger volume at peak times. Not recommended for short transit no matter what they say.
  • 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.
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