The World’s Biggest Airport – Istanbul Airport is starting operations from 6th April 2019. All existing passenger flight operations have been moved from current Ataturk Airport to the Istanbul Airport. The above video provides you a quick tour inside the new Istanbul Airport. The airport took just 42 months to build and it represents an investment of over 10 billion Euros. After reaching full operational capacity it will be able to serve 200 million passengers annually.
Transportation to and from the New Istanbul Airport
The distance from the the Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet Square is 50 kilometres / 31.1 miles. Due to the long distance and depending on traffic density, a trip to Sultanahmet Square by car will approximate take an hour.
Since 29 October 2018, public shuttle bus services run from and to the Istanbul Airport. According to the agreement signed by government, between 2018 and 2028 bus transportation will be operated by HAVAİST and İETT. Every day, a total of 150 buses run between Istanbul Airport and the European and Asian side of Istanbul. There are 20 HAVAİST routes and 3 İETT routes. Travel time is from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your destination.
At the Istanbul Airport, bus station is on floor -2 and can be reached by using elevators and escalators. At the bus station you can choose bus stop according to your route and purchase tickets. You can use a rechargeable Istanbulkart (6 TL) or a 5 Pass Card (17 TL) or a 10 Pass Card (32 TL). We recommend travellers to buy an Istanbulkart.
In near future, Istanbul Airport will be accessible also by metro. The new M11 metro line will become operational at the beginning of 2020, it will run from the airport and pass through İhsaniye, Işıklar Otogar, Göktürk, Kemerburgaz and Kağıthane to metro station Gayrettepe in the district of Şişli.