Do you have a connection in Turkey? You are passing through Istanbul and would like to sleep one night there? Or your flight may be delayed or cancelled? If this is the case, or if your departure is early the next day, the best thing to do is to find some accomodation near Istanbul Airport. You can find a short list of the best options available here.
Important : Be careful about choosing one in that list as some old airport hotels you can find on the internet are located at Ataturk airport which is now closed and very far from the new international airport (opened since 2019). In case you are in transit, there is only one hotel you can book without leaving the airport and going through the immigration process : the Yotel Istanbul Hotel Airside.
Hotels located inside Istanbul Airport (IST)
It is easy to book a hotel night in advance directly on the internet. Establishments within the airport like Yotel have a rate between $90 and $170 per night. The Yotel Landside is located before the immigration line whereas the Yotel Airside is located after the immigration line (good in case you are in transit). If your budget is smaller, we advise you to choose a hotel nearby. Taxis and hotels are not very expensive in Turkey. Therefore, if you travel a few kilometers away from the airport, you will find hotels at attractive prices. You can expect to pay between $40 and $90 for a spacious room outside the airport.
YOTEL Istanbul Hotel Landside
The Yotel Landside is located inside the airport terminal before security and passport control. You can easily check in for your flight after your sleep with absolutly no stress as you are already inside the airport. It has 277 rooms with air conditioning and private bathroom. The cabins are elegant, very well soundproofed and equipped. In addition, the restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and Turkish specialities 24 hours a day. A fitness centre and Wi-Fi are also available free of charge.
YOTEL Istanbul Hotel Airside
The Yotel Airside is located in the Duty Free area of the airport after security and passport control. It is possible to check in directly from a vending machine. Like Yotel Landside, it is possible to book a cabin for as little as four hours. In addition, Wi-Fi and coffee are free of charge for travellers. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have a restaurant, but there are many restaurants in the shopping area. It is the perfect solution for those who have a long time between two flights without having to deal with all the security and passport checks. And it is the only option you can safely book in case you are in transit without visa and your passport doesn’t allow you to get a visa exemption on the Turkish territory.
Best hotels near Istanbul Airport
Durusu Club Hotel
The Durusu Club Hotel may be the best compromise to spend a peaceful night. Moreover, it is only twelve kilometers from the airport on the west of the airport: to reach it, all you have to do is taking a taxi.
It is a wonderful establishment in a green setting. The view is incredible with large forests and the sea in the background. It is a delight for travellers who want peace and quiet after long hours of flying. In addition, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a cocktail bar. Also, you will have access to a restaurant serving Turkish specialities and international dishes. Finally, the value for money (normally less than 50$) is excellent and the staff is very friendly.
Near the Durusu Hotel Club, the new Kule Hotel is another interesting option for those who want a relaxing stay before taking their flight.
The hotel is very confortable and quiet. The price is also really reasonnable. You normally should pay around 50$ for a night with a good breakfast included. Count around 7-10$ for a taxi and you will arrive fresh at the airport without much hassle. It is outside the animation of the city but for those who want some fresh air and calm before a flight and without exploding the budget, it is probably one of the best hotels to stay.
Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Airport Odayeri (4 stars)
The Radisson Group’s Park Inn brand hotels are always very good quality. This one is located fifteen kilometres from Istanbul airport, about twenty minutes by taxi or shuttle (around 6$ per person).
The hotel is modern and very well equipped. It has a gym, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar. And you will enjoy a nice and quiet natural space to relax. Rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. In addition, the balcony offers a view of the swimming pool and the beautiful gardens. Wi-Fi internet access and free parking are also provided.
Hidden Hills Istanbul Aiport Hotel
Previously named Menalo Suites Express, this hotel is a nice budget option located at 15 minutes by taxi from the airport. There is also a shuttle service.
Nothing really special about this hotel. It is basic and the district is not particularly interesting to visit but the rooms are spacious and it will do the job for just one night if you want to be at a reasonable distance from the international airport on a budget.
In which city to stay near Istanbul Airport?
Istanbul airport is far from the city center. Public transport is still scarce and the metro is under construction. Therefore, a taxi ride takes about fifty minutes. The bus line that makes the connection is slow, taking about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Istanbul. So it is best to find accommodation in a city close to the airport before taking your flight.
Please note that if you have a delayed flight and are travelling with Turkish Airlines, it is possible to ask the company for a free room in a Yotel cabin directly in the terminal.
Odayeri is a small and peaceful village located twenty minutes by taxi from the airport. Natural parks and lakes surround the town. It is very well served, as it is located near the large ring road. Moreover, this small village of three hundred inhabitants is in full expansion since the construction of the new airport. In particular, Radisson and its Park Inn Hotel are helping to develop this small town. Indeed, projects for a school and a health centre are under construction.
Arnavutköy is nicknamed “the village of the Albanians”, it is a historical district of Istanbul. However, this non-tourist area does not offer museums or other activities. Nevertheless, the buildings have a European style, the city centre is charming and is home to a small fishing village. Moreover, it is in the Durusu district that you will find the Durusu Club Hotel.
Good to know
The new Istanbul Airport (IST) replaces Atatürk Airport (which doesn’t work anymore so you should avoid booking a hotel close to Atatürk Airport at all cost) . It aims to be the largest Eurasian air hub. Its goal is to handle ninety million passengers in its first year. It is located fifty minutes by car from the city centre and the famous Taksim Square. Today, the connection between the airport is only by taxi or bus. As for the metro, it is still under construction.
There is another airport located in Istanbul located at the opposite side of Istanbul International Airport in the Asian side of the city called “Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)“. This secondary airport is mainly used by lowcost companies or for short flights inside the Turkish area. Read carefully your flight ticket informations in case you are not completly sure where your departure is. In case you are departing from Sabiha Gökçen airport and would like to sleep as close as possible to the airport the night before your flight, we strongly recommend you to book a hotel here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a hotel inside the terminal?
Yes. The Yotel Istanbul Hotel Airside is located right inside the terminal after the security control. The Landside one is located near the airport entrance before the security control (you can’t access this second option if you are not allowed to enter the Turkish territory during a transit).
How do you go to the city center?
The metro is still under construction. So you have to take the bus or the taxi to go to the center. There are 35 kilometers between the airport and the center.
Can you get outside the airport during a transit?
Yes you can. But you must have a valid visa depending on your nationality. European citizen are exempted from visa and can get easily stamped to leave the airport.
Is Istanbul airport open at night?
Istanbul airport is open at night. If your connection is short, you can take advantage of the “Nap Zones” to get a few hours sleep. The berths are comfortable and are located in the international terminal. However, if you want to get a good night’s sleep, staying in a hotel is ideal. There are a few establishments in the airport and others right next door. Some like Yotel even offer rooms with an attractive rate for four hours.
Some useful links
Official website of Istanbul Airport : https://www.igairport.com/en
Istanbul Tourism Board Website : https://goistanbulturkey.com/