Which airports in Turkey are among the most popular?

List of airports

  • Istanbul (IST)
  • Ankara Esenboga (ESB)
  • Izmir (ADB)
  • Antalya (AYT)
  • Internal (DLM)
  • Gazipasa (GZP)
  • Etimesgut (ANK)
  • Adnan Menderes (ADB)

Istanbul Airport

If you are heading to Istanbul, you can use Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW).

Istanbul Airport (IST)

Istanbul Airport (IST) is located approximately 50 km from the center of Istanbul and is the largest Turkish airport with ambitions and prospects to become the largest airport in the world.

For transfers from the airport to the center of Istanbul, you can use the buses of HavaIst, which operates 20 routes, 24 hours a day, or the buses of IETT, which offer 3 routes. The ticket price is in the range of 17 - 19 lire.

If you want to be transported from the airport by bus, you have to buy a recharging card Istanbulkart, which you can buy directly at the airport and its price is around 6 lira.

The card can then be recharged at vending machines located at bus stops or at the airport. It can be topped up in cash in lira or by credit / debit card.

If you want to get to the center by taxi, we recommend you use the Uber service, which is much cheaper than a classic taxi.

Sabiha Gokcen Airport

Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) is located in the Asian part of the city, about 35 km from the historic center of Istanbul.

This airport is used mainly by low cost airlines.

The best way to get there from Sabiha Gokcen Airport is with Havabus buses. The buses are white and can be found on the left, at the exit of the airport. The ticket price ranges from 14 to 18 lire per trip.

You can also use public transport. This alternative is the cheapest mode of transport - the ticket costs 2-3 lira, but also the slowest, because the bus has many stops on the way to the center.

If you want to comfortably transport to the center with a taxi, the price is around 200 lire.

Antalya Airport

Antalya Airport (AYT) is located just 13 km northeast of the center of Antalya.

From the airport to the city center, you can easily reach either by bus or tram. If you opt for a bus, you will find a stop directly opposite Terminal 2 and the ticket can be purchased directly from the driver, paying in cash.

The tram stop is located near terminals 1 and 3 and runs every 10 to 20 minutes. It runs every day from 06:00 to 12:00 and the ticket price is around 4 to 5 lire.

You can also get from the airport by taxi, which costs about 100 lire and the journey takes about 25 minutes.

Ankara Airports - Esenboga and Etimesgut

Etimesgut is a military airport of the Turkish Air Force. However, its ANK code is also confused with the designation of the city of Ankara. If we are looking for a flight to ANK, we mean Ankara Esenboga public airport.

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