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For an international-to-international transit, IST is ridiculously easy to navigate, albeit often crowded. Things get a lot more complicated if you're transferring to or from a domestic flight, but you won't be. So, this actually starts in Toronto. You're going to check in with Turkish Airlines here. Since both of your flight segments are on a single ...


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I'm Swedish too, and I tell you, you will not be able to board without a passport, because Turkey is outside of the Schengen Area You can usually use your driving licence within Schengen (though not with Ryanair, Wizz or easyJet), because it counts as a single country, so flights from Göteborg to Greece (for example) are effectively domestic. Turkey, ...


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As you're traveling with Turkish Airlines and have a long layover, you can ask for a free tour of the city, hosted by Turkish Airlines. Here's some info: http://www.istanbulinhours.com/tour-schedule You should confirm this with the airline beforehand, as what's available depends on your schedule. Depending on the time and duration of your layover, you ...


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You won't be able to board in GOT unless you have your passport; they'll check your documents for RUH at that point. Maybe you can talk them into checking you in for the GOT-IST leg without issuing a boarding pass for the IST-RUH leg, but I wouldn't count on it if I were you, especially not on the strength of advice from strangers on the internet. In fact, ...


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Don't panic! Istanbul airport is generally just fine (much nicer than most American airports, in fact) and in my experience quite friendly. 1.5 hours should be OK as long as your incoming flight is not delayed. If you do miss the connection, and you have a single ticket for the whole trip, you'll be put on the next flight to Izmir and there are plenty (...


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I'm from India, but have flown often through Istanbul. Istanbul has 2 airports, check which one you are landing in and if your connection is from the same airport. 1.5 hours is fine, even in the bigger airport (Ataturk) and there are plenty of flights to Izmir if your incoming flight is delayed. I found the airport staff and Turkish people in general to be ...


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If you look at Istanbul Atatürk airport on Google Maps, you'll see that it only has a single terminal measuring about 1.6km between the most distant gates - 1,5 hours layover is plenty of time. So pretty much the only thing that can make you miss the connection is if your first flight is delayed. In that case, since you booked the flight as one, the airline ...


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Istanbul Ataturk airport is open 24 hours. I have personally gone through transfer in the international zone at 4 or 5 in the morning several times. I believe the domestic zone is the same. Note that the gate information likely won't be available until about two hours before departure of your second flight. Please edit your question and add details of your ...


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Michael Hampton pretty much covered it all. I just want to add that, depending on where the original flight came from, you may or may not need to go through the security again. There are three options, although the first two end up basically the same: When you leave the plane, you're directed toward the "exit" and "transfer" door is explicitly kept closed ...


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Yes. If you want to enter inside Turkey, you'll definitely need a visa prior to your entry i.e. visa on arrival is not applicable (phased out). The situation with the Turkish visa for Nigerian nationals is a little bit more complicated than one might expect. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website reveals, Nigeria: Ordinary and official passport holders ...


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There is a booth at the arrival terminal of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The company is called IUGO. They are renting WiFi modems, smartphones, tablets and GPS navigators. The service became available in June 2014. WiFi modems and smartphones cost 6EUR/day to rent. Here's a photo of the location (sourced from IUGO's official Twitter page):


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IST has a sterile transit area and transit desks precisely for this purpose. From the official website: Transfer Passengers:(International Transfer Passengers With An International Connection Flight) A boarding card is issued for the passenger (if not issued in the country of origin) at the transit desk of the relevant handling company on the ...


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The visas used to be 15€ or 20$, and paying in Turkish liras was not an option. There was an ATM right next to the visa booth. However, as of the 10th of April this year, visas are now applied- and paid for online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. EU citizens can get the visa at electronic booths in the airport, but getting it online prior to arrival is ...


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There are three public transport options if you are trying to minimise costs. Take the direct bus between Atatürk airport and Taksim square. This bus is a double fare bus and can be slow. In the early hours of the morning, it can be very fast, however. I travelled from Taksim to the airport in about 20 minutes on this bus once. Take the metro to Aksaray and ...


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According Turkish Airlines's transfer passenger procedures, for all passengers transferring between international flights, there is no passport procedure. This is consistent with the fact that nobody needs a transit visa for Turkey. If the connecting flights are both on Turkish Airlines, a codeshare or an allied (Star Alliance) airline, then you'll have ...


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I've heard how terrible this airport is, how rude people are to the Americans, and seriously delayed flights. If you look up reviews for any airport in the world on the Internet, you'll always find some horror stories by some wronged passengers. It's unfortunate, but it happens all across the world, and cannot be otherwise considering how many millions of ...


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The primeclass CIP Lounge allows paid access for what appears to be 30 Euro. Access is also available via PriorityPass. It's a long time since I've been in that specific lounge, but I seem to remember that it was one of the nicer airport lounges I've visited. There is also a hotel which offers both airside and landside rooms. If you have the ability to go ...


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As naive as it sounds, here is my shot: Take a taxi from the airport to the Bakırköy‎ (it's less then 10 km). From there take a ferry to Yenikapı‎ (first stop, Istanbul direction, it should be pretty fast) and then take a ferry to Bandırma, which would take about 1 hour 45 minutes. Here is the timetable for this last part. After arriving to Bandırma take ...


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Even though I still believe that using WiFi at the airport might be a better solution for your data needs you can a MiFi device from places like: Global WiFi Rental, which is available for pick up and return at the airport. And similar discussion on TripAdvisor. There is also Cell Hire in UK that also offers the MiFi Rental service.


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Anybody travelling with Turkish Airlines can get a free tour of the city, including lunch and sometimes breakfast. Turkish Airlines can't arrange a visa for you, you must have the right to enter Turkey. Because the tours have fixed departure times, this will only work if you arrive in the morning in Istanbul. If no earlier connection was available, you can ...


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The last time I went to IST there was no xray customs inspection on the way out of the airport (if there was one I was not selected to go through it), but there is one on the way in at the airport entrance before the check in desk and a second xray scan at the real security check point. Information from July 2014


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I have no first-hand information but this is what I can gather online: Turkish Airlines currently has the following in their website, which you already know: Flight operations at İstanbul Atatürk International Airport have been restarted. We kindly ask our passengers to check the latest flight information through flight status service at our official ...


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You can check all mobile wifi rental companies by yourself and see the list of companies offering the rental service in Turkey. As your travel plan suggests, buying a SIM card is not the best option to solve the connection problem. According to the new law of duties, cell phones from outside Turkey will be blocked between 7-10 days if they are not ...


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Whether or not you need a transit visa depends on 2 factors: Which country your passport belongs to If you need to leave the airport transit lounge Information for Cuban citizens going to Turkey is provided here. I live in Ottawa (Canada) and as per the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa: Transit visa is valid for up to three months and allows the person to ...


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You've got three sensible options: taxi, bus, or train. Taxis are taxis, and they're generally fine, although I've heard the occasional horror story; get a regular cab from the rank and use the meter, the fare should be 35-40 TL. Non-stop airport express buses are operated by Havataş, charging a flat fare of 10 TL. They serve a variety of places in the ...


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Yes, if you're traveling on the same ticket, 1:30h is enough for you not to worry about the connection. You may still miss the next flight if the first leg arrives very late, but Turkish Airlines will do everything in their power to deliver you to your final destination and compensate generously for any inconvenience. In case you're traveling on two ...


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The other answers are really awesome. To me it looks a bit like all your asking is are you allowed to leave the airport on this layover? Given that you hold a passport which does not require a visa to enter Turkey You are basically a free person in Turkey, you are not being held in the airport etc, you can go where you like. There are no border ...


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Just flew yesterday. Everything In Istanbul airport is as if nothing has happened. The incident wasn't even mentioned once. And there was no security check for international to international transfer. All in all, it took us 15 minutes to get from gate 223 (arriving flight) to gate 206 (departing flight) - with three little children in tow :)


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Of course your question is very subjective and there won't be a correct answer, but I want to give you some details on the safety layout of the airport in Istanbul. I went through the airport this January (before the bomb attack in central Istanbul) and as opposed to other airports that I have been too, there was an additional security check right at the ...


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Most likely, NO. Not a chance you should rely on. Because GOT-IST is an international flight, the Turkish gate staff will verify all passengers have travel docs, almost always a Passport, during boarding. They might not actually check it, just seeing that you have it.


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