Stuck on a Turkey layover at the Antalya Airport (AYT)? Located roughly 8 miles from downtown Antalya, the airport is the gateway to Turkey’s Mediterranean beach destinations and an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Antalya layover in Turkey, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the Antalya airport during your Turkey layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport offers duty free shopping (the stores are open 24 hours each day) in the Arrivals, Departures and CIP Terminal. There is also a large range of food and beverage outlets in both terminals, and a large selection of services including banking and currency exchange, medical services, baby changing rooms in both terminals, a post office in Terminal 1, a kids playground in the Departure Hall, a comfortable CIP lounge and special services, and a 24-hour prayer room. Unfortunately, due to security reasons the airport does not provide luggage storage.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels and resort near the Antalya airport in Turkey. For a full listing of Antalya hotels of varying price points, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport and exploring Antalya during your layover, there are quite a few transportation options. Taxis are available throughout Antalya and outside Arrivals at the airport. In addition, there is a Light Rail service, public buses and minibuses (known as dolmus). Car rental, as well as jeeps and motorcycles, are available at the airport.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On An Antalya, Turkey Layover:
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Hierapolis & Pamukkale is a top tourist attraction to the Antalya area of Turkey. Hierapolis was once a Holy City and the ancienty city was settled in an area around and underground water source, Pamukkale with its terraces and thermal centers.
Ancient Perge Ruins
Considered to be one of the better preserved archeology sites in Turkey, the Perge Ruins are along the Antalya-Alanya highway and are the ruins of a city built after the Trojan War. Check out the impressive theater, the U-shaped stadium, and fortification towers.
The Antalya Bazaar is a great place to pick up some gifts or souvenirs, especially jewelry. Wander through the shops and stalls of this roof-covered bazaar and pick up a bite of traditional food while you shop.
A day trip from Antalya is Koprulu Canyon where you can hike, raft, and explore some archaeological ruins.
A few miles outside Antalya is the Duden Waterfalls, a group of waterfalls formed by the Duden River. You can picnic in the park and walk along the river, taking in the beautiful cascades.
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