We have an 0620 hrs (6:20 AM) international flight from Ataturk the morning we check out. We will each have a large suitcase and a roll-on, so I am fairly certain that we will need to use a Taxi rather than the subway. What time should we plan on leaving the hotel so as not to have problems reaching the airport and processing tickets and security? How long does it take for the taxi to travel from the hotel to the airport?
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Our plane also departed at 6:20AM, so we scheduled the wonderful hotel shuttle (26 euros total) to leave at 3:30AM. Since the drive to the airport only took a half hour, we had more than ample time to check our luggage go and go through screening.
We left the hotel at 7:15am and arrived at the airport by 8am. Early in the morning there is no traffic. We travelled Air Canada- so were allowed 50 lbs each. When we got to the airport - you go thru security when you arrive, and when you check in. We were 3 hrs earl for our flight and went thru check in quickly.
The Ataturk airport can be confusing. That early in the morning, there shouldn't be too much traffic but I'd allow at least an hour for the taxi ride plus two hours for check in. Your best bet is to arrange for a taxi in advance through the concierge at the hotel. I'd also double check your air ticket to make sure the fare you booked entitles you to check baggage. Some discount airlines offer very cheap fares with baggage restrictions. This happened to us when we booked a flight from Istanbul to Athens on Aegean Airlines, What we thought was a very good deal turned into a real hassle at the airport, necessitating our having to go to several different ticket counters in order to have our ticket reissued.
You should leave the hotel by 0330-0340 latest. At that hour shouldn't mord than 30 minutes to reach. To be safe get the Citadel guys to book you a cab
I did not fly out of Turkey. We went on a cruise. The staff at the hotel are wonderful. They will arrange for a taxi to pick you up and give you excellent advice as to what time to leave.
When I flew into Istanbul I arranged for a transfer to the hotel with the hotel. My flight arrived shortly before midnight and it took over an hour to clear immigration. The taxi was waiting for me and being late at night the ride to the hotel did not take too long. The Citadel couldn't have been more helpful.
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If you allow the recommended 2 hours for checkin/security at the airport you'll be taking a taxi very early so traffic should be light. 30 minutes for the trip should be plenty (it's basically one straight road between the hotel and airport, and less than 20km). I'd ask the hotel to book a taxi for me for 03:40.
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