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Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main airport that serves the sprawling, ancient metropolis of Istanbul, and acts as a gateway to the popular tourist destination. Seeing over 50 million passengers pass through the airport each year, Istanbul Airport is the biggest airport in Turkey and the 10th busiest in the world, and has recently been awarded Airport of the Year and Europe’s Best Airport in its class. HAPPYCAR offers various attractive options for an Istanbul airport car hire so that wherever you decide to go, your stay in Turkey is stress-free from day one. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!

Background information

Formerly known as Yesilkoy International Airport and opened in 1924, the airport was changed into its current incarnation in 1980, named after the founder and president of the modern Turkish Republic. The airport has seen a quadrupling in total traffic over the past 10 years, but despite this Istanbul Airport still remains many of the hallmarks of a world-class airport. The airport houses four terminals, two used for passenger flights, one for cargo flights, and the other for general aviation. The international terminal, the most recently inaugurated terminal, is praised for its efficiency despite massive crowding issues that occasionally occur.

Inside the airport you can find a number of amenities that befits an airport of this size. For business travelers there are two fully equipped conference halls, a post office and seven lounges, including one with a capacity of 2,000 people, and there are also a number of mosques and hotels to take advantage of.


The outstanding location of the airport, located just 14 miles west of Istanbul, means that you can immediately take advantage of the primary road network with a car rental Istanbul airport and through into Turkey, a colorful and vibrant country that straddles Europe and the Middle East. Istanbul is most certainly worth a few days to steep yourself in culture and enjoy the many shopping and eating opportunities on offer, and you can also easily access roads that lead into Turkey and all of the major cities such as Ankara, with a speed, convenience and personal freedom that public transportation just can’t beat. There is so much to see in this part of the world, and a car hire Istanbul Airport can make this journey a reality.