Here are Turkey’s principal airports.
For transfers from Istanbul‘s Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport, the best value in terms of comfort and security is the Airport Transfer Service operated by Efendi Travel. For Cappadocia‘s airports (Kayseri and Nevşehir), the airport shuttle vans offer the best value:
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Completed in 1999, Gazipaşa Airport (GZP), 33 km (21 miles) southeast of Alanya was built too close to a mountain and could not be used until extensive rectifications were completed in 2009, but it is now in use. Havaş airport buses serve Alanya and Anamur. Flights & fares
Esenboğa Airport (ESB), which serves some international but mostly domestic flights, is 33 km (21 miles) north of the city center. Havaş airport bus (every 30 minutes from 4:30 am to midnight, 50-minute trip to AŞTİ, the main bus terminal), EGO city bus 442, and taxi get you into the capital. Flights & fares
The big, modern Antalya Airport (AYT), 10 km (6 miles) east of the city center along the shore highway, has daily flights to and from Ankara, Istanbul, and in summer several foreign cities (map). Transport to and from the city is by Havaş airport buses. If you don’t get on one of these buses, you must go by taxi, which can be expensive (TL35 to TL50). Flights & fares
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), with daily flights to and from Istanbul, is 33 km (21 miles) north of the city on the way to Milas (map). Havaş airport buses to and from Bodrum are coordinated with all flights. Flights & fares
Yenişehir Airport (YEI) is 53 km (33 miles) east of Bursa, 10 km (6 miles) west of Yenişehir, and 69 km (43 miles) south of Yalova. It serves some Anadolu Jet flights. It is particularly active in winter with international charter flights bringing skiersto the slopes of Uludağ. Flights & fares
Tekirdağ-Çorlu Airport, 14km (9 miles) southeast of the center of Çorlu, 61 km (38 miles) northeast of Tekirdağ, and 107 km (66 miles) west of Istanbul, receives some regional flights. Flights & fares
Just outside the small town of Dalaman, 50 km (31 miles) NW of Fethiye and 120 km (75 miles) SE of Marmaris, Dalaman Airport (DLM) serves the western Mediterranean coast with daily flights to Istanbul and Ankara, and charter flights to foreign cities, in summer (map). Note: Havaş airport buses run very infrequently west to Marmaris and east to Fethiye. Transport to and from the airport by taxi can make a trip via Dalaman quite expensive. Flights & fares
Denizli Çardak Airport (DNZ), served by daily Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Air flights from Istanbul, is 64 km (40 miles) east of Denizli city center, 71 km (44 miles) east of Pamukkale (map), past Bozkurt then south of the D320 highway. More…
Most long-haul international flights to Turkey land at Atatürk International Airport (IST), 23 km (14 miles) west of the city center at Yeşilyurt on the European shore of the Sea of Marmara (map). More…
The new Istanbul Grand Airport is scheduled to open at the end of October 2018, at which time the air traffic that went to Atatürk International Airport will go to the new airport, the world’s largest. More…
Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB), 18 km (11 miles) south of the city, is also well positioned for travelers going to Selçuk(Ephesus), Şirince, Kuşadası, and Pamukkale, with many flights daily to and from Istanbul and Ankara (map). İzmir city buses run between the airport and the city center, but the train is the better way to go. Havaş airport buses serve the city center if İzmir (Alsancak and Karşıyaka), and also the nearby cities of Aydın, Çeşme, Kuşadası, Manisa and Söke (but not Selçuk/Ephesus—go there by train). More…
Erkilet Airport (ASR) receives daily nonstop flights from Istanbul morning and evening. Airport shuttle services to Cappadocian towns and villages are operated by Argeus Travel & Events. Havaş airport buses serve the Kayseri city cente, as well as Talas. (See also Nevşehir’s Kapadokya Airport, below.) Flights & fares
Zafer Airport, a large regional airport 51 km (32 miles) south of Kütahya near Altıntaş, opened in January 2013, serving Kütahya, Afyonkarahisar, Uşak and nearby towns. You can take Havaş airport buses between the city and the airport. Flights & fares
Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport (NAV) at Tuzköy, near Gülşehir (map), hosts daily flights from Istanbul by Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Air, and thrice-weekly flights from Antalya by Anadolujeet. Airport shuttle services are operated by Argeus Tourism & Travel. Cappadocia is also served by Kayseri‘s Erkilet(see above). Nevşehir-Kapadokya Airport is closer to the main towns of Cappadocia (Ürgüp, Göreme, Uçhisar, etc.) than is Kayseri‘s Erkilet Airport. Flights & fares
Built on 1.8 million square meters of filled land offshore from the town of Ordu, Ordu-Giresun Havalimanı (OGU) serves towns along the central Black Sea coast. Havaş airport busesconnect to Ordu and Giresun. Flights & fares
Samsun’s Çarşamba Airport , 24 km (15 miles) southeast of the center of Samsun, serves Ordu, Samsun, and nearby Black Sea towns. Havaş airport buses take passengers between the airport and Fatsa or Ordu bus terminals. Flights & fares
Şanlıurfa’s GAP Airport takes its name from the Güney Anadolu Projesi (GAP), a mammoth irrigation and hydroelectric dams-and-lakes project that has changed the face of the region. Havaş airport buses connect the city center and Siverek with the airport. Flights & fares
Trabzon Airport (TZX), 8 km (5 miles) east of the city center, has several daily flights to and from Istanbul and Ankara. Use Havaş airport buses to get to the Trabzon city center, Ardeşen, Hopa, Rize and Tirebolu. Flights & fares
See also my full list of Turkish city airport codes.
Note that many travelers have complained about high prices for food and drink at Turkey’s major airports. My own quick comparison showed that the price for a cup of coffee at Istanbul‘s Atatürk Airport was 40% higher than the relatively high price at Frankfurt Airport, and twice as high as at Paris‘s not-inexpensive Charles de Gaulle Airport.
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