The city of Istanbul, Turkey is serviced by two major International Airports and one smaller Internationally recognized private airport (the Istanbul Hezarfen Airfield). The biggest of them is Atat?rk International Airport (IST) which services 30 million passengers a year and is the eighth busiest airport in Europe. The airport is located at Yesilkoy, 24km or 14 miles from the city in the European sector of Istanbul. Most of the major airlines of the world have flights into and out of IST, airlines like British Airways, KLM, Air France, Alitalia and many others, and this is where most Internationalvisitors to Istanbul land first. Another major International Airport in Istanbul is the Sabiha G?k?en Airport (SAW) in the Asian side of the city, some 55km or 34 miles east of IST. Sabiha G?k?en Airport services some 11 million passengers a year.
For traveling from Atat?rk International Airport to the city you have several options. One is the Hafif Metro or the Light Railway System. The line takes you through most of the major parts on the European side and links up with the intercity bus service. The price is 0.7 euros one way. The other option is the Airport Shuttle Service operated by Havas with buses departing half-hourly for Taksim Square and major destinations around Istanbul or hourly to other destinations. Other options include the ferry service and the Municipality Buses which are slower but cheaper than the Havas Shuttles.
Or you could opt for the convenience and comfort of travel by car. Atat?rk Airport is accessible by car through several routes, the coastal road, the D-100 Internationalroad and the Trans-European Motorway or TEM. One airport transfer service is offered by Backpackers Travel Agency. But for private car hire your best option will be to use the service offered by Anycahire.com where you get to select a car and a provider that best meets your requirements, all quick and easy.
A number of car hire companies operate out of Atat?rk International Airport, among them are Alamo, Avis, Budget , National, and Sixt . Use the service offered by Tripindicator.com to compare the prices and any special accommodations for your unique requirement before you commit to a provider.
To contact Atat?rk International Airport use this address: Ataturk Havalimani, 34149 Yesilkoy, Turkey. Tel: + 90 212 465 5555 or Fax: + 90 212 465 5050