Stuck on an Istanbul layover at the Sabiha Gökçen International Airport? Along with the Ataturk Airport, Sabiha Gökçen airport serves Istabul, and is located 22 miles from the city center, which makes Istanbul an accessible destination for those on long layovers.If you’re trying to figure out if you are able to leave the airport on your Istanbul layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the Sabiha Gökçen airport during your Istanbul layover, there’s plenty to do to help you bide your time. The airport was voted on of the world’s best and has a number of services and amenities for passengers. The airport has a number of restaurants and cafés, as well as duty free and regular shops. The airport also has a pharmacy on the departure floor, post office in arrival hall, banking and ATMs, and wireless internet.
Premium services including fast tracks (domestic is 20 TL and International is 30 TL), as well as lounges (domestic is 35 TL and International is 45 TL). Tickets for these premium services can be purchased here. Lounges include the LGM CIP Lounge, the THY CIP Lounge, the Wings Lounge and the Lounge Istanbul.
If you’re looking to store you luggage while you explore, there is a Left Luggage facility in the International Arrivals level of the terminal building. Contact +90 216 588 88 02 for more information.
If you land at night or are looking for a place to rest, the airport is host to the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen ISG Airport Hotel, located next to the passenger terminal. For a complete list of Istanbul hotels at varying price points, click here.
If you’re looking to leave the airport and explore the city during your Istanbul layover, there are many forms of transportation available including taxis, rental cars, train, public bus, private bus, and sea bus. Check out the airport’s transportation map for more information. Private transfers can be arranged
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On An Istanbul Layover:
There are many tours available in Istanbul, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, boat rides, day trips, cultural, food, wine, dinner theater, nighttime tours and tons more!
The Blue Mosque
One of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks, this mosque got its name from the color of the tiles inside. The Blue Mosque, with many domes and minarets, was built in order to compete with the Hagia Sophia, just across the street.
Built in 500 A.D., Galata Tower is one of the recognizable landmarks of Istanbul and offers great panoramic views of the city. Originally named the Tower of Christ, it was used as a watchtower but now is a restaurant/club and lookout balcony.
This is the place to come to shop! At what is said to be over 4,000 shops, bargaining is standard practice here, in the largest covered market in Turkey. You can buy anything from pottery and spices to leather.
The Turkish Baths offer it all – soaking, steaming, and tons of different types of massages. You can find listings of the best baths in Turkey here.
This palace is a “historic area of Istanbul” and was the residents of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853. Click here for museum’s contact and visiting information.
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