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Getting to Istanbul
  • Turkey’s unique geographical location makes it easy to reach from anywhere in the world.  Turkish Airlines has over the years built one of the world busiest travel hubs and are now offering flights to more than 270 cities in 110 countries. 

    Istanbul is one of the world’s biggest travel hubs. It is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe. Recent developments in Istanbul’s transportation infrastructure have made getting around the city easier than ever before. 

    The distances between the arena, hotels and airport are short and with new public transportation services, we can ensure a smoothly run tournament for teams, officials and fans.  

    There are two international airports in İstanbul. 

    Ataturk International Airport

    Ataturk International Airport is located in Yeşilköy, only 13.8 km away from the Abdi Ipekci Arena and 5 km away from the Sinan Erdem Dome. The transportation to Abdi İpekçi Arena and the Sinan Erdem Dome will take between 25-45 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively, depending on arrival times.  The airport is one of the busiest in the world. Istanbul airport has won several titles as Airport of the Year. It offers state of the art luxury lounge facilities and the longest haul flights of any airport internationally. 

    Teams and officials arriving for the tournament will be greeted at a welcome desk at the airport and transported to their hotels. 

    For spectators arriving for the tournament Atatürk Airport offers airport transfer services, car rentals, taxis and public transportation, such as metro and bus.        

    Sabiha Gokcen Airport 

    Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located in Pendik/Kurtkoy on the Asian side of Istanbul. The distance to Abdi Ipekci Arena and the Sinan Erdem Dome is approximately 50 km and 57 km respectively.  The typical travel time to the Abdi İpekçi Arena and the Sinan Erdem Dome by car in peak hours is one-and-a-half hours to three hours depending on arrival time. Public transportation is also available from Sabiha Gokcen to the Abdi Ipekci Arena and the Sinan Erdem Dome. 

    Istanbul Train Station        

    The terminal constitutes the main connection node of the Turkish railway network with the rest of Europe. The two main lines of connection are provided by the line running between Istanbul and ThessalonikiGreece, and the Bosporus Express, which runs daily between Sirkeci and Gara de Nord in BucharestRomania. Connections to Sofia and Belgrade are established with wagons attached to the Bosporus Express train. 

    Sirkeci Terminal is 10.7 km away from Abdi Ipekçi Arena and it takes between 20-40 minutes by car to reach the Arena. The Marmaray also connect at the train station and can take you to the both arenas easily.

  • Istanbul has accommodation to suit the needs of every fan come September 2017, from five-star boutique hotels to multiple-bed dormitory rooms.