Istanbul has always been a meeting place, a crosspoint and a destination. With the Ataturk Istanbul International Airport, getting to and from Istanbul has never been easier. With a capacity of over 25 million travelers per year Istanbul is surprisingly within reach – in fact, it’s less than a three-hour flight from most European cities.
The recommended airport is the Atatürk International Airport. It is located on the European side of the city and serves domestic and international scheduled and charter flights 24 hours a day. It is located 24 km west of the city centre. The Ataturk International Airport is served by more than 50 major airlines, flying to hundreds of cities around the world. There are direct flights from over 130 international airports to Istanbul.
In addition to the Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul has a second airport located on the Asian side of the city, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, which is an important arrival point especially for charter and cargo flights and special events.
The city is reachable via ship from Italy, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries, and is in addition a major port of call for cruise lines and chartered yachts. Via land, several rail lines connect Turkey to neighboring countries as well as many bus lines which easily and affordably connect Istanbul to other cities across Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.
Highways represent another increasingly viable alternative to getting in and out of Istanbul.