Airport Passage

STOPOVER

Flying internationally from any point on the Turkish Airlines network essentially guarantees flying over “en-route” to a destination. Raising the likelihood of stopping at the Turkish Airline primary hub in Istanbul, encouraging people to explore Turkey superbly by enjoying the stunning views of the Bosphorus or even visiting Istanbul’s legendary palaces and shops, as well as the experience of staying at some of the greatest hotels free of charge.

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How to Get a Free Hotel in Istanbul?

Flying internationally from any point on the Turkish Airlines network essentially guarantees flying over “en-route” to a destination. Raising the likelihood of stopping at the Turkish Airline primary hub in Istanbul, encouraging people to explore Turkey superbly by enjoying the stunning views of the Bosphorus or even visiting Istanbul’s legendary palaces and shops, as well as the experience of staying at some of the greatest hotels free of charge.

Free accommodation can be available for flights operated by Turkish Airlines:

Passengers can take this advantage by using their

ticket number issued only by Turkish Airlines stock number starting 235

Business-class trips are permitted to relax in a five-star hotel for two days. Economy class trips are permitted to relax in a four-star hotel for one day, all free of charge.

Types of Stopovers

At the Airport

Less Than 1-12 hours

Having less than 10 hours until the next flight, in this case leaving the airport is permitted, as finding ways to spend and enjoy the time until the next flight can be very simple with the great selection of services and amenities provided at the New Istanbul Airport (IST), Including:

  • Kid’s playground.

  • IGA Galleries – Two exhibition areas.

  • Ara Güler / Istanbul Exhibition: The photo exhibition of Ara Guler, the iconic American-Turkish photojournalist, nicknamed “The Eye of Istanbul” or “The Photographer of Istanbul”

  • A Victory Monument Exhibition: The photo exhibition revealing the construction story of New Istanbul Airport (IST) that took a total of 42-months.

  • Duty-Free: Designed for passengers to feel the sense of being in Istanbul. Consisting of nine sections that cover different concepts, such as Fashion Garden, Family Palace, High & Lux Hills, and Style Beach.

  • Food & Beverage.

  • Shopping.

More Than 10-12 Hours

If the stopover time is more than 10-12 hours, it gives the chance to pass through customs and hit Istanbul's city center.

Noting the essence of time, as it takes a total of two hours to and from Istanbul city center, indicating a limited time frame to experience everything at once.

Carry-On Suitcase

Where to Leave Your Luggage?

If the luggage is on hand, carrying it around while touring the city will be undoubtedly inconvenient, as it can be left securely with the designated luggage service at the airport.

It is pretty easy to find, either by looking for the sign (BAGAJ EMANET) or opening the airport map.

The cost of storing luggage in the general access zone is approximately 40 Turkish lira (≈€5) for small items and 60 lire (≈€7) for large baggage. All can be stored for up to 12 hours, after which it gets charged the same amount per day.

Knowing that the prices in the international zone are as follows (payment by card only):

Up to 3 hours: from €2 to €5      |     3–6 hours: from €3 to €9      |     6–9 hours: from €6 to €16

Fashionable Lady at Airport