When you travel with Pegasus Airlines from England to Ercan airport in north Cyprus, you first have to land at Istanbul Sabiha airport.
Istanbul Sabiha Airport is a modern airport in the Asian part of Turkey, east of Istanbul. The airports name is an honor of Sabiha Gökçen, the world’s first female military pilot.
There is a hotel on Istanbul Sabiha Airport, ISG Airport Hotel (tel: +90 (0) 216 588 5000). Other hotels nearby include The Marmara Pendik Residence (tel: +90 (0) 216 362 1010), Divan Istanbul Asia (tel: +90 (0) 216 625 0000), Kent Hotel Istanbul (tel: +90 (0) 212 638 2985) and Baliktasi Hotel (tel: +90 (0) 452 223 0611). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com. They have a wide selection of hotels at competitive internet prices.
Shops and restaurants
The airport has a large duty free area with many stores like Nike and Victoria’s Secret. There is also a wide range of specialist shops, as well as souvenir and gift shops. Additionally, there are several restaurants, such as Burger King, Turkish Kitchen, cafes, bars and coffee bars, for example, Gloria Jean’s Coffee.
In the departure hall you will find the luggage lockers and a counter where you can hand in your luggage, tel: +90216588 8802nd There is a counter for lost and found items, tel: +90216588 8650, in the arrival hall. You can also get your luggage wrapped in plastic.
In both the arrival and departure halls of the international terminal there are information desks for inquiries about flight times and airport services. You can also get tourist information here. You can also ask the staff at the airport for help.
In the international terminals departure hall there is a business center that offers facilities such as faxing, copying and internet. The business center is connected to the so-called CIP Lounge and Wings lounge.
Istanbul Sabiha Airport is very handicap friendly. All gates and all services are on the ground floor and there are adapted elevators, low-hanging telephones and ATM machines adapted for the handicapped in the terminal. The parking garage has places reserved for disabled travellers, who can park for free. For assistance, you can call +90216588 8329th
There are banks, Türkiye Is Bankasi and Akbank, exchange offices and ATM machines scattered throughout the terminals. There is also a nursery room, a post office, a pharmacy and internet cafes. Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) is available.
There is no rail service to Istanbul Sabiha Airport. However, there are proposals to extend the new line, which runs between Kadikoy (on the Asian side of Istanbul) and Kartal, to the airport.
Car and bus
The airport is located 25 miles south-east of Istanbuls Asian center (Kadıköy) and 28 miles south-east of the European part. The airport is easy to reach by car. The airport is located along the road that connects the two highways to each other: the so-called TEM highway (E80), and E5, both leading to Istanbul. The road to the airport (or Istanbul) is clearly signposted on both roads.
Airport buses connect Sabiha airport with both the Asian and the European side of Istanbul. More information by phone +90216411 8600 There are also several regular buses operated by the company IETT include Levent, Bostancı and Kadıköy.
You will find many disks belonging to different car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. Nine car rental companies are available at Istanbul Sagiha airport: Avis, Bostanci, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, North, National, Payless, and Sixt.
There are taxis outside the Arrivals Hall (tel: +90216588 0035). They all have a taximeter. For a trip to the center of Istanbul, you pay about 90 lira. You will find the most common rates online at the airport’s interactive website for transportation (including bus connections).
There is a parking garage with places for nearly 5000 cars. For the first hour, you pay 8 lira, to park 1-3 hours 10 lira, to park 3-6 hours, 16 lira and 25 lira for a full day.