Choosing one particular airport may be difficult when travelling due to personal needs and wishes.
We have prepared this guide to help you choose between the two airports of Istanbul.
LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION
Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport offer different options as to the transportation. Both airports are not necessarily located in close proximity to the city center. Depending on where you wish to stay, you can start making a choice because the Istanbul Airport is on the European side while the Sabiha Gokcen Airport is on the Asian side of Istanbul. Then, you should consider the fact that Istanbul Airport offers Havaist busses that can take you directly to the city center whether it’s Taksim or Sultanahmet while Sabiha Gokcen offers bus rides only to Taksim, if you are planning to get on a bus instead of a taxi. Reaching the city center takes approximately the same time from each airport.
Both of the airports provide hotels to the travellers. In fact, the Istanbul Airport has the biggest airport hotel in the entire Europe with 451 rooms. Anybody who is travelling to and from these airports as well as those who are passing by can benefit from the airport hotels and all the services that they provide.
If you would like a VIP treatment while you are travelling, Istanbul Airport offers the best one with IGA Pass. IGA Pass offers services such as fast track, priority check-in, lounge, buggy as well as vale and car parking with the allowance of 1-2 guests. The services offered may vary according to the package that you will buy. Sabiha Gokcen Airport only offers fast track as a VIP service which may not suit what you exactly need.
SHOPPING AND RESTAURANTS
Both of the airports have a wide range of duty-free shops as well as restaurants that have the selections from the Turkish cuisine and the world cuisine to meet the expectations of every possible visitor while caring for their needs.
THE COMFORT OF THE CHILDREN
Travelling with children is certainly not easy. It can get very difficult
depending on the age of the child or their health conditions. Istanbul Airport has not forgotten the families travelling with small children. Istanbul Airport includes playgrounds that belong to the Playland for the entertainment and safety of the children without the parents worrying about them at all.
Both the Istanbul Airport and the Sabiha Gokcen Airport include prayer rooms for the the travellers or visitors who wish to carry on their spiritual duties. However, Istanbul Airport offers the most amount of prayer rooms with 44 prayer rooms, 22 of which dedicated to men and 22 of which dedicated to women.
Both airports include a wide range of banks and atm machines for you to benefit from whenever you need. In Istanbul Airport, there are also exchange offices that you can visit.
All in all, it is up to you to choose between Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport as there is not much difference between the two. Depending on where you are planning to stay, the time and money you have, your choice may change.