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Sabiha Gökçen International Airport

Istanbul, TR

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Getting around the airport

Domestic and international in one building

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is Istanbul's second airport, and is located 35km south-east of central Istanbul on the Asian side of the city. It's a hub for Pegasus Airlines, as well as a base for Turkish Airlines and Borajet, and is smaller than Ataturk Airport, though fliers report that it's not always well organised, it's grown busier in recent years, and queues can be long.

The airport has one main terminal building, with different entrances for domestic and international:

  • The domestic area has one level
  • The international area has two levels: Arrivals on the ground floor, with baggage claim, passport control and car hire; Departures on the upper floor, with check-in counters, security and access to gates.

There's also a VIP Terminal with business lounges.

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Lounges

Open to all

Anyone, not just card holders, can buy a pass to these two lounges. Make sure you buy them 24 hours in advance:

ISG Domestic CIP Lounge
Light snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, pay-at-the-door.
Location: Domestic Departures, after security, Upper Level
Cost: Approx EUR 15 for a day pass

ISG Domestic CIP Lounge
Light snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, pay-at-the-door.
Location: International Departures, after security, Upper Level
Cost: Approx EUR 18 for a day pass

Lounge Istanbul International
Accessible to Turkish Airlines Business Class passengers, Elite and Elite Plus card holders. Offers showers, TV, music, hot and cold food, Wi-Fi, newspapers and magazines, billiard hall and private rooms for passengers with children.
Location: International Departures, Mezzanine Level

Turkish Airlines Lounge (domestic)

The business lounge serves Turkish Airlines Business class passengers, and the Elite lounge serves Elite and Elite Plus card holders. It offers hot and cold food, drinks, nursing room, children's playroom, computer room and prayer rooms. You can also board directly from the lounge.
Location: Domestic Departures, next to VIP building

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Center Point

Good food with a great view

In an airport with limited dining options, this is a fairly reliable place for a meal. It serves a variety of Turkish and international dishes, included kebabs, fajitas, pizza and pasta. You can sit outside to watch the planes, or inside in the spacious dining area. 

Location: Departures hall, before security

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Simit Sarayi

Turkish bakery for a quick bite

This international chain is popular with regular SAW travellers. It sells freshly baked simit rolls, sandwiches and cakes and pastries, as well as tea and coffee. Prices are little over the odds, but it is an airport. Handy if you're running by on your way to your gate.

Location: Arrivals hall, before security

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Transiting?

Leave plenty of time

There have been reports of difficulties transiting between domestic and international flights.

Be aware that you have to check your luggage out, go out of the building, and in through the other entrance, then check in again, to transit between domestic and international flights. This can take time, so don't hang around between flights. 

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