Istanbul Airport (IST)

Istanbul International Airport (IST) is a state-of-the-art airport and the primary gateway of Turkey. It served over 64 million passengers in 2022 and over 100 million in 2018 and 2019, putting it in the Top 10 busiest and largest airports in the world. The airport has five runways and one of the largest terminal buildings in the world, which is divided into Arrivals and Departures sections. The main hub for Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Airport hosts over 45 international airlines including Emirates and Lufthansa, and at least eight domestic airlines such as Pegasus Airlines.

Istanbul Airport Services

iGA Fast Track

iGA Fast Track

IGA Istanbul Airport offers a premium Fast Track service to save time and make your journey more comfortable. With an iGA Pass membership package, you can take advantage of Fast Track checkpoints at the security and passport control points. These services are available in both international and domestic areas, with prices depending on the type of package and number of passengers. 

Special Assistance

Special Assistance

iGA Pass at Istanbul Airport

iGA Pass at Istanbul Airport

Istanbul Airport Lounges

Istanbul Airport Lounges

Free WiFi Kiosks

Free WiFi Kiosks

Baggage Services

Baggage Services

Left Luggage Offices and Storage Lockers

Left Luggage Offices and Storage Lockers

Istanbul Airport Parking

Parking at Istanbul Airport is easy with its large multi-storey covered car park, providing guests with 24/7 security surveillance, car wash services, and both long and short-stay price options. There’s also an open parking area for those looking for cheap rates.

Open parking (uncovered)

8-minute walk to terminal

Free of charge for up to 15 minutes, then the first hour costs €2.15 (TRY 70)

Great budget option

Multi-level parking (covered)

5-minute walk to terminal

24/7 security

Prices start at €2.75 (TRY 90)

Ideal for short and long stays

Valet Parking

Drop your car off at the Valet Points and walk straight into the airport.

*Book in advance or pay at the airport.

*You should use the Turquoise and Green Parking for domestic flights and the Yellow, Red, and Blue Parking areas for international.


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Istanbul Airport Terminal Information

Istanbul Airport currently has five runways and one modern terminal for domestic and international flights. The terminal is considered the biggest terminal building worldwide, under one roof and is divided into a Departure area and an Arrival zone, with five piers. A, B, D, and F are for international flights while Pier G and some boarding areas of Pier F are for domestic passengers.


All areas have lifts and escalators, baby changing rooms, toilets and accessible facilities, cash services, waiting areas, charging points and medical facilities. There are also plenty of shopping options, a selection of restaurants and cafes, and even a museum, a library, prayer rooms, and a stunning terrace!

Two people walk through an airport terminal.
Terminal Information

Terminal Information

Details for each floor

Transportation options from and to Istanbul Airport

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By metro

Take the Metro to Taksim Metro Station in 40 minutes.

*Departure every 10 minutes.

By Bus

Hop on the HVIST-16 Bus to Taksim Square for 1 hour and 50 minutes.

*Departure every 20 minutes

By Taxi

Get an Istanbul Airport taxi from the ranks to take you anywhere in Istanbul.

Or, for a more personalised experience, pre-book an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups.

By Car

Rent a car at Istanbul Airport and drive to Istanbul in 40 minutes.

*Trip durations vary depending on your final destination​ and traffic.

More connections from Istanbul Airport

Urban Buses

Havaist provides various bus routes from Istanbul Airport to the city and destinations within Istanbul including Taksim Square and Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

iETT offers five routes connecting the airport to Istanbul city centre.

Intercity Buses


Taxis and Private Transfers

Istanbul Airport Hotel

If you’re planning on staying close by because you have an early flight or even a layover, there is a hotel at Istanbul Airport, which guests can access on the Departures floor:

Yotel Istanbul Airport

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Practical Information

Opening Hours

Istanbul Airport is open 24 hours a day.


Shops: Monday-Sunday 07:00 to 22:00 (except for Duty-free and certain stores that are open 24/7).


Food & Drinks: 07:00-22:00 (24-hour options available).

Recommended Arrival Times

International Flights: 3 hours 

Domestic Flights: 1.5 hours

Airport Codes

Istanbul Airport Code: IST (IATA)


Contact Information

24/7 call centre & Whatsapp: +90 444 1442

General Airport Email: [email protected] 

Lost Property: Online form


Frequently Asked Questions

How big is Istanbul Airport?

Istanbul Airport is the largest of two international airports serving Istanbul, Turkey and boasts the biggest terminal building worldwide, covering an area measuring approximately 1.440.000m2.

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