Turkey By Air and Sea

Find out how to travel to Turkey by plane or boat, plus useful information on airport hand luggage rules...

Air Travel

There are a number of international airports in Turkey which include:

Atatürk International

Serving Istanbul, Atatürk Airport has four terminals and was originally opened in 1924. It is situated 24 Km to the west of Istanbul city centre. It is amongst the top 40 airports in the world in terms of passenger numbers and was Europe’s eighth busiest airport in 2010. As well as domestic flights there are many options to fly to long-haul destinations.

Parking is plentiful with open car parks and a multi-storey car park.

There are a number of transport options to and from the airport:

  • Havas Shuttle Bus – Runs from the airport along various routes around the city. 
  • Bus – Comprehensive links to the surrounding areas. For timetables and fees: Click here
  • Taxis (bright yellow) – Available from taxi ranks in front of the airport. The official airport carrier is Atatürk Havalimani Taksi
  • Metro – The airport is at the end of the M1 Metro line and has its own dedicated stop running to the city centre. For further details and maps: Click here

Antalya Havalimani Airport

Antalya Havalimani Airport is a large, modern airport built to serve Turkey’s tourist coastline. The airport is situated 13 Km to the northeast of the city of Antalya and operates flights to other Turkish cities including Ankara and Istanbul. In the summer there are regular flights to European destinations.

  • Havas Shuttle Bus – Runs from the airport along to the city. For further information: Click here
  • Taxi – There are numerous taxis at the ranks in front of the airport. It is advisable to negotiate a price before boarding

Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Sabiha Gökcen Airport is Istanbul’s second airport and is named after the world’s first female pilot, Sabiha Gökcen. It is located 35 Km to the southeast of Istanbul. There are domestic and international flights to other European destinations and the Middle East.

The airport can easily be reached by car along the E80 motorway and parking at the airport is plentiful with capacity for nearly 5,000 vehicles.

Transport links to the airport are numerous:

  • Havas Shuttle Bus – Runs between the airport and Taksim, Kozyata?? and Izmit. For further information: Click here
  • Taxi – Available from taxi ranks in front of the airport. The official airport taxi company is SS 127 Koop
  • Bus – Bus routes that serve the airport include E3-4, E9, E10, 16S and 132
  • There are plans to extend the Kadiköy Kartal Light Rail transport system to include a stop at Sabiha Gökcen

Ankara Esenboğa International Airport

Ankara Esenboğa Airport is located 28 Km to the northeast of the capital and has been operational since 1955. As well as many domestic flights to other Turkish cities, there are flights to Europe and the Middle East.

The airport is easily reached by car from the D180 road towards Cubuk. There is a multi-storey and open car parks with ample space for parking.

  • Havas Shuttle Bus – Runs between the airport and the city centre. For further information: Click here
  • Bus – The airport is served by EGO Otobüs and is on line 442. It runs from 06:00-23:00 and stops outside the Arrivals Terminal
  • Taxi - Available from taxi ranks in front of the airport. The official airport taxi company is Esenbo?a Taxi

Other major airports in the country include:

Domestic flights

Due to its size, domestic flights within Turkey are a convenient way of travelling around the country. Some of the main domestic airlines include:

Travel by Sea

Ferries and sea buses are a popular form of domestic and international travel in Turkey due to the country's extensive coastlines and proximity to other countries.

A number of domestic ferry routes are operated along the Gulf of Izmir, the Dardanelles and Bosphorus. From Istanbul there are long-distance boat services along the Aegean coast to Bodrum and Çesme, a popular spa resort. These services are run by Denizline. Car ferry routes operate across the Dardanelles, with more frequent crossing available in the summer.

A number of ferry portals to help plan trips by sea can be found below:

For Eastern Europe:

For the Black Sea coast:

Istanbul

Boat services including fast ferries, sea buses, passenger ferries and car ferries travel between various points in the Istanbul urban area. These are run by IDO and Turyol. There are a number of different kinds of boats, including catamarans that operate during rush hour, across the Sea of Marmara and on longer routes. Other boats provide ferry services to Kadiköy, Beşiktaş, Karaköy, Eminönü and other destinations.