Istanbul Airports, IST , SAW, ISL

There are three airports in Istanbul city. One in the Asian side Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW ) and the other two in the European side Istanbul Airport (IST) and Ataturk Airport (ISL)

Istanbul Airports, IST , SAW, ISL
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Istanbul Airports

There are three different airports in Istanbul. One on the Asian side Sabiha Gokcen Airport(SAW) and two on the European side Istanbul New Airport (IST) and Ataturk Airport (ISL). The Ataturk airport is not active anymore for public flights, it is mostly in use for Cargo and Private flights after the IST airport was built, So please be careful not to select this airport when you want to make an airport transfer reservation. On our website, if you select this airport you won't get any confirmation. It is very easy to reach your hotel from both other airports, But in the high season, it's too hard to find an airport shuttle service and other airport transfer options.


Istanbul Airport Code (IST)

The international flights by Turkish Airlines mostly land in Istanbul New Airport, recently named Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Airport Code is IST. The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Location Identifier is a unique 3-letter code (also commonly known as IATA code) used in aviation and also in logistics to identify an airport. To make a reservation on airport transfer websites, it would be best to write this 3-letter code to avoid any mistakes. Here is the official website for Istanbul Airport

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Sabiha Gokcen Airport Code (SAW)

Meanwhile the international flights by Pegasus airline mostly land in Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The international code for Sabiha Gokcen Airport is SAW. Most of the historical places and hotels are on the European side and almost at the same distance from both airports around 45-50 Kilometers, but as the SAW airport is on the Asian side of the city, it takes more time to reach to airport than IST airport. There is a lot of traffic in the morning and in the evening from or to Sabiha Gokcen airport so you must consider arranging your airport transfer. Here is the official website for Sabiha Gokcen Airport

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Ataturk Airport (ISL)

The third airport in Istanbul is Ataturk Airport or ISL airport. This airport is not active anymore and there aren't any domestic or international flights in this airport anymore. In the past, this airport was the main airport in Istanbul with IST code, but after the new airport was built, this airport was diactivated and the code for this airport changed. Please be careful to not make any reservations from this airport if you have a flight from/to Istanbul.


We have airport transfer service in all Istanbul airports, ISL airport is closed for international public flights but still in use for Cargo and private flights so we have service at that airport also. You can make a reservation for airport Pick-up from all Istanbul airports on our website.

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Here you can find answers about airport transportation services

Istanbul airport code is IST, for more information about Istanbul airport codes you can check our blog about Istanbul airports.

ISL airport code is for the old airport in Istanbul named Ataturk Airport, in the past code for this airport was IST but now is ISL. This airport is not active anymore and already is closed

  1. Istanbul Airport (IST) 
  2. Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  3. Ataturk Airport (ISL) Closed

In the past Ataturk Airport ( Now with ISL code ) was the main airport in Istanbul. But now Istanbul Airport ( New Istanbul Airport with IST code ) is the main airport in Istanbul

It stands for Istanbul Ataturk airport

Yes, there is free WIFI in Sabiha airport, But to connect wifi in Sabiha airport you need to enter your phone number and enter the code that comes to your phone number

Istanbul has 3 different airports, Istanbul Airport (IST), Sabiha Airport (SAW), Ataturk Airport (ISL)

The 3 letters ISL code stands for Ataturk airport which is an old airport in Istanbul

Sabiha Airport is located 32KM southeast of Istanbul city in the Pendik District, Here is the address (Sanayi, 34906 Pendik/İstanbul ) and location ( https://maps.app.goo.gl/WiiWa9qVnu36ot149 )

You can use this link to the SAW airport map ( https://inmapper.com/sabihagokcen/en/ )

In the past Ataturk Airport (Now with ISL code) was the main airport in Istanbul, But now the new airport, Recently known as ISTANBUL AIRPORT with IST code is Istanbul's new airport

The 3-letter code for Sabiha Gokcen Airport is SAW

You can check for the airport map in the link ( https://www.istairport.com/en/airport/maps/airport-map/?locale=en )

In the past the 3-Letters code for Ataturk Airport was IST, But from the time that Istanbul's new airport was established, the code changed to ISL.

The address for New Istanbul Airport Is (Tayakadın, Terminal Caddesi No:1, 34283 Arnavutköy) and the location is ( https://maps.app.goo.gl/zRVWioc7cVWisFbFA )

Istanbul Airport is the new international airport in Istanbul that opened on 29 October 2018. Before its construction, Ataturk Airport was the busiest airport in Turkey. However, due to a lack of space for expansion, the new Istanbul Airport was built. Before Istanbul Airport was constructed, the IATA code IST was used for Ataturk Airport. After the opening of Istanbul Airport, the code for Ataturk Airport was changed to ISL and IST was assigned to the new Istanbul Airport.

There are two hotels inside Istanbul Airport: Yotelair on the airside and Yotel Hotel on the Landside. Also, there are many hotels in the Arnavutkoy area, just 15-20 minutes away from Istanbul Airport.

We offer 24-hour staff at Istanbul Airport to assist with luggage storage, Meet and Greet Service, Istanbul City transfers, and buy a sim card.

There are hotels near SAW airport, including the ISG Airport Hotel inside the airport and the Cevvo Hotel just outside.

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