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 list of the best options available on this page.
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 (only 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 80 euros and 170 euros 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 you are on a budget, 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 30 euros and 90 euros 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 so you shouldn’t worry to find what you like for eating. 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 for those who want to spend a peaceful night in a quiet place before their flight. 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. The value for money (normally less than 50 euros) is excellent and the staff is very friendly.
Near the Durusu Hotel Club in Odayeri, 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 euros for a night with a good breakfast included. Count around 7-10 euros 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 have a worldwide reputation for their good quality. This Park Inn hotel confirm that excellent reputation with its 4 stars. It is located fifteen kilometres away from Istanbul airport, which is about twenty minutes by taxi or shuttle (around 6 euros 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. A room costs around 110 euros. This is a very solid option for business travellers.
Hidden Hills Istanbul Aiport Hotel
Previously named Menalo Suites Express, the Hidden Hills hotel is a nice budget option located at 12 kms and around 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.
Melanj Airport Hotel
This new hotel is located near Istabul international airport in Arnavutköy with a distance of only 6 km. A shuttle service towards the airport is available. The price is quite competitive with a range of 30-40 euros. The rooms are spacious and clean and will provide the necessary confort before taking a flight.
In which city to stay near Istanbul Airport?
Istanbul International Airport (IST) 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 the center of Istanbul. So it is best to find some accommodation in a place 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.
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 with more than ninety million passengers. 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 pods 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/