Arriving at Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Istanbul Atatürk Airport (Turkish: İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı) is Turkey´s largest airport. It is located on the European side of the city, approx 24 km west of the city centre and serves as the main hub for Turkish Airlines.
The airport consist of 2 different units:
Terminal 1: Domestic departures and arrivals, check-in counters, with security checkpoints, shops etc.
Terminal 2: International departures and arrivals, with immigration. This is where you will land when arriving to Turkey in an international flight.
You can walk from the domestic to the international terminals within 5 minutes or so. The International terminal also offers near the escalator direct access to the Metro Station.
Here are our tips for a stress free arrival to the airport:
Remember that prior to departure, your airline/cruise ship check-in agent will ask to see your e-Visa for Turkey before checking in. You can apply at www.ivisa.com and receive your tourist visa within 24 hours. It is also advisable that you take a hard copy with you as proof of visa payment as failing to show this can sometimes result in you missing your flight connection. Check the stamp in your passport as this indicates how long you can stay in the country.
Overstaying in Turkey is not recommendable. You can get you into a lot of trouble, paying fines and unnecessary stress.
You can take a taxi, use public transport or arrange a pickup to the city center. There are ATM´s located inside the airport so make sure to have Turkish Liras before leaving the airport.
IMPORTANT: The yellow fever vaccination, hepatitis and rabies vaccines are not required for visiting Turkey but it's suggested that you consult your medical doctor in time to get the correct vaccination and take your vaccination card with you as proof.