Terminal Drop-Off Charge

From 1 November 2021, a £5 charge will apply for vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

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  • Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Guide

    Full Name: Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
    Location: The airport is 22 miles (35km) south-east of Istanbul.
    Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

    Tel: +90 216 588 88 88.

    Transfer to the City:

    Buses connect the airport to various parts of Istanbul. Tickets are TL 1.65 and the journey into Istanbul takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Shuttles to the historical centre of Istanbul run every half hour between 5am and midnight. Tickets are TL 18 for the 40 minute trip.

    Car rental:

    Rental companies operating at the airport include National Alamo, Sixt, Payless, Central, Hertz, Europcar, Nord Travel, Budget, Avis, and Bostanci.


    The airport has ATMs, shops, restaurants, a first aid centre, pharmacies, a prayer room, hair salon, shoeshine stand, and meeting facilities. Currency exchange facilities and a post office are also available and there is a left-luggage desk.


    Parking rates start at TL 8 for the first hour, TL 10 for 1-3 hours, TL 16 for 3-6 hours, and TL 35 for the day. Long-term reduced rates are also available.