Esenboga International Airport Guide
The closest airport to Turkey’s capital is 28 kilometres east of the city. Interestingly, the airport’s name means “healthy bull”, and the airport is certainly in a healthy state, having received the Airport Council International award for best airport in Europe this year, the first Turkish airport to receive the accolade. It may also interest you to know that Esenboga Aiport has been designated as an emergency landing site for NASA’s space shuttle.
A new combined domestic and international terminal opened in 2006.
There are six duty free stores in the departures terminal. There are also currency exchanges and a couple of restaurants.
A shuttle service leaves shortly after each flight arrival, and travels to the city centre, taking around 45 minutes. Taxis are also available but are much more expensive.
Fly from Ankara to Amsterdam, Cologne, Bonn, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Kabul, Ercan (North Cyprus), Vienna, Brussels, Tehran and Tripoli. Domestic flights go to Adana, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Antalya, Batman, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakır, Elazığ, Erzincan, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Hatay, İstanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Kars, Malatya, Mardin, Muş, Samsun, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and Van.
Turkey’s capital has plenty of sights even a world-weary traveller will enjoy. The ancient citadel on the hill houses the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, which houses artefacts of up to 7500 years old. Across from the citadel, the Cengel Han Rahmi M Koc Museum houses engineering and scientific exhibits. If you’re lucky you may be able to explore the Seljuk Turkish Ahi Serafettin Mosque and Tomb, built in 1290, but it is usually open at prayer times, and difficult to visit. Near Ulus Square there are several Roman artefacts, including the ruined Temple of Augustus and Rome, and the Column of Julian.