Istanbul International Airport

Istanbul International Airport

Found 35 km from the North of Istanbul, the new International Airport is designed to be the most important airport in the city. Discover how to get to the centre from the airport.

General Information

The Istanbul International Airport was inaugurated in 2018, although it began to receive flights in June of that year. It's found in the Arnavutköy district, on the European side and has a capacity of 150 million passengers.

How to get to Istanbul?

Although transport links to from the Istanbul airport are still being completed, there are various options to get to the centre of the city:

  • Car: If you're thinking of renting a car at the new airport, the journey to the centre of Istanbul it will take you between 60 and 90 minutes depending on your destination. If you're heading to the European side you'll find Avcilar 53 kilometres away or Maslak 35 km away and on the Asian side you'll find Üsküdar 47 km away and Kadıköy 52 km away.
  • Taxi: In the arrivals terminal you'll also find taxis which will take you to the centre of Istanbul.
  • Bus: There are several bus lines that leave from the new Istanbul Airport to various points in the city. Their frequency is between 30 and 60 minutes, due to the recent construction of the airport and the few flights.
  • Metro: In 2020 it's said that the M11 metro line which takes you to the north of Istanbul will reach the airport.