International Airport (IST) has several
quite good, moderately-priced hotels
within 1 to 8 km (5 to 20 minutes
by taxi, TL15
Depending upon your flight
an airport hotel may or may not save
and money. If you must travel to the
airport during the morning or afternoon-evening
rush hours, an airport
hotel may make sense.
But if you've found a good lodging
Istanbul or Beyoğlu that
fits your budget, and you will be going
to the airport at night or early
in the morning, you might
as well stay where you're already comfortable.
A taxi from
the city can reach the airport in 35
minutes between 10 pm
and 5 am, 45 minutes to an hour at
most other times (here
are typical taxi fares).
A private airport transfer takes about the same time, but is more reliable, comfortable and safe. More...
The Bağcılar-Kabataş tram and
Metro line will take you from Old
Atatürk Airport terminal in an hour at best. You should allow more time, perhaps 90 minutes or even more, in case of delays.
You should be at the airport one
hour before a domestic flight,
before an international flight,
to get through security, check-in for
your flight, and the second security
So here are the best hotels near Istanbul's
Atatürk Airport (see the bottom of this page for hotels near Sabiha Gökçen Airport):
Located less than 1 km east of the
airport and even nearer to the World
Trade Center (Dünya
Ticaret Merkezi) and
the CNR Convention & Exhibition
Center, this luxury high-rise
360-room hotel offers free airport shuttle
service, free Wifi, and surprisingly
moderate prices. It's near the
DTM/CNR Metro station,
making it fast and easy to get into the
city. It's your first choice. More...
On the E-5 highway just north of the airport (3 km,
1.9 miles), this is a largeish modern place with 245
rooms, swimming pool, restaurants, bars and of course
conference rooms. Airport runway views and comfortably moderate
This fairly new 300-room, 5-star hotel has comfortable guest rooms, an indoor swimming pool, and free hotel shuttle service to and from Atatürk
Airport. on request (a 10-minute drive). More...
A modern tower right on the Sea
of Marmara shore in nearby Yeşilköy,
the Polat has all the 5-star services
and Marriott hospitality in
a quiet location just 4 km (2.5 miles)
from the airport, a 15-minute TL10
taxi ride. Prices are moderate, sea views
are good. More...
Among the oldest deluxe hotels in Istanbul,
it has been renovated and kept up-to-date over the
years, and still boasts a good seaside location (near
the aforementioned Renaissance Polat), a swimming pool,
restaurants and bars, and quite moderate prices for
what you get, 4 km (2.5 miles) from the airport. More...
Seaside high-rise with 285 comfortable
rooms, views of the Sea
and only 4 km (2.6 miles) from Atatürk
Airport. Rates are
higher here, but so is the standard. More...
The location is curious: at the seaside
6.8 km (4.2 miles) east of the airport
and about halfway to the city center,
it offers Sea
of Marmara views and
easy access to the coastal highway,
but nothing is within walking distance,
so you must ride. Luckily, a free
shuttle bus takes
you to Sultanahmet to
see the sights. Guest rooms can accommodate
up to three persons,
and are moderately
Adjoining the aforementioned Novotel,
the Ibis offers the same location,
simpler rooms and services, and
lower prices. More...
The airport hotel, right in the International
Terminal, is small, with a restaurant,
bar, and business facilities. It's certainly the
closest, but not perhaps the best value.
The 48 "airside" rooms
are within the airport's security area
and thus open only to international
passengers arriving, departing, or
in transit. The airside rooms can be
rented for an hour or two, two
to four hours, four to six
hours, six to nine hours,
depending on your needs: perfect for
nap, a shower, or a few hours' work
time. Prices are fairly high, but so is the convenience.
The 85 "landside" rooms
outside the security area are open
to travelers as well as to the general
public, and may be rented for day use
One hotel is on the airport property, the 128-room ISG Airport Hotel. More...