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Istanbul International Ataturk Airport (IST):
Istanbul Airport has a brand new international terminal active since year 2000, however with some new extensions which was made in 2006, made the capacity of the terminal is now over 20 million passengers in a year. The airport is one of the newest airports in Europe and also representing the modern face of Turkiye. Ataturk Airport is located in Yesilkoy, on the European side of Istanbul and It is 28 kilometers to the city center.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Ataturk airport Baggage claim Monitors When you arrive in to Istanbul Ataturk airport, your first stop will be the passport control. If you need a visa, you can obtain the sticker type visa just before the passport contours. For more info about Visa requirements of Turkey visit VISA Section. After the Visa procedures and passport control, you will be in the arrival hall . See Map

After the new extensions, there are 11 Baggage bands, four on left side and seven on right side and in the walking hall, you can see a digital screen which shows the bands upon flights. You need to insert a coin for the baggage trolleys, it can be a Euro or Dollar also and you can find them easily on each corner.

If you need Luggage storage there are no token boxes for the Luggage, however you can store your baggage in a room on the Arrival floor. Open 24 hrs, and the cost is per daily per piece basis. Around 5 USD for normal size bags and 7 USD for big size. On the arrival floor just behind the passport control there is a duty free shop and also two more behind the baggage claim area and new ones are open on the new extended area. There are also public phones, which also operates by Credit cards.

ataturk airportWhen you have your baggage you can now move to the customs. Unless there is a regular control you can walk and pass the custom. After the customs, you will be in the arrival hall. You will see the locals waiting for their relatives and friends. In Turkish culture fairwells and welcomes are very important, so Turks care about to welcome their friends at the airport. So you will always meet with a crowd at the airport. On the arrival hall there is one meeting point, When you walk to the left side you will see the meeting point sign and it is a good alternative to find somebody at the airport.

On the arrival hall, there are branches of bank offices, exchange offices and ATM Machines. Currently the following banks have ATM machines at the Arrival Hall, HSBC, Citibank, Fortis, TEB, Yapi Kredi Bank, Akbank, Garanti Bank and Is bank. They all aaccept foreign ATM cards with visa or maestro signs. There are also small branches of Akbank, Garanti bank and Isbank located on the arrival floor. They exchange foreign currencies without commission. I strongly suggest to have some Turkish money with you, so better change some of your money at the airport. Exchange offices do not ask for commissions and buying and selling rate is very near.

ataturk airport rent carOn the arrival hall you can also find information desk and hotel reservation offices. If you plan to rent a car, rental car offices are on the left side of the arrival hall. Just take the left side on the exit and soon you will see them in front. Avis, Sixt, Hertz and Budget rent a car companies has their airport offices. Daily charge for a car differs but the rates starts from 50,- USD per day for short bookings.

Also in the arrival hall, there are Gloria Jeans Coffee, Starbucks and Green cafe where you can have some food. Some other important facilities at the arrival hall are the Drugstore, Flower Shop, WC's, Phone boxes and a Mobile phone rental shop..

Important note: When you have a returning flight from Istanbul, please mind the two hours check in Time. Although there are 160 check in counters in total and 64 Passport control points.. Especially morning hours is extremely crowded, and security controls are really though and taking quiet some time.

How To Travel to the City Center after you land in Istanbul..

Follow the link: Travel From The Airport to the City Center



Pictures from Ataturk Airport.


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