Ankara airport: Ankara Esenboğa International Airport (ESB)

Ankara Esenboğa International Airport

Ankara International Airport is named after its location. The village, Esenboğa, means 'healthy bull'. The new terminal was opened in 2006, making Ankara Esenboğa Airport an extremely modern airport. Three years later the designers were rewarded the predicate 'Best European airport in the category 5-10 million passengers per year'. The airport is located near Ankara, in the Asian part of Turkey.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: ESB
ICAO airport code: LTAC


Local transport


There's no train connection with Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

Car and bus

Ankara Esenboğa Airport is situated 28 kilometers northeast of the Turkish capital's center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car; from the ring road (O-20) around Ankara, Özul Blv leads to the airport. The way is clearly signposted.

City busses (line 442) maintain the connection between the airport and Ankara's central bus station. Bus company Havas maintains a shuttle bus service with the Turkish capital, with stop-overs in Cubuk, Pursaklar, Haskoy, Kecioren and Etlik (traveling time: approximately 50 minutes).

Car rental Ankara Airport

Counters for car rental can be found in the Arrivals Hall. Four rental companies are present at Ankara Airport: Avis, Budget, Hertz and National. You can also book a rental car using the services provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.


Outside the Arrivals Hall there are many taxis which all have a meter. A taxi ride from Esenboğa Airport to Ankara Center costs about 45 Turkish lira.

Airport Parking

The large parking garage at the airport is directly connected with the terminal. There's also a large open-air parking lot. On the airport's website you can calculate how much you need to pay to park at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.




There's one hotel at the airport, the Esenboğa Airport Hotel‎ (Tel. +90(0)312 399 4700). The Büyük Anadolu Hotel (Tel. +90(0)312 841 6464) lies nearby the airport. In Ankara's center there are business hotels, including the Sheraton Hotel (Tel. +90(0)312 457 6000), Dedeman Ankara (Tel. +90(0)312 416 8800) and Ramada Ankara (Tel. +90(0)312 428 8000). For more hotels and to book online you can go to They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.

Shops and restaurants

There's a good range of eating and drinking facilities at Ankara Esenboğa Airport, including restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and ice-cream parlors. The range of shops is also extensive, with duty free shops, souvenir and gift shops.


There's a lost and found desk in the Arrivals Hall (Tel. +90 312 590 4388). Right next to it you can deposit your baggage. In addition there are machines to have your baggage wrapped in plastic.


Both in the Arrivals and Departures Hall of the domestic terminal, and in the Departure Hall of the international terminal there are information desks for inquiries about Ankara Esenboğa Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There's also a kiosk of the Turkish Tourist Office in the Arrivals Hall of the international terminal.


The airport has three VIP lounges: the Millennium Lounge, the CIP Lounge (Turkish Airways) and the Wings Prime-Class Lounge. Apart from refreshments and snacks these lounges offer facilities such as faxing, copying and internet access. There are also two meeting spaces and a conference room available (Tel. +90(0)312 590 4056).

Disabled services

Ankara Esenboğa Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones.

Other services

Scattered around the terminals there are banks, exchange offices and ATM's. The First Aid station (PortClinic) is located in the central hall. Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available at a cost. Spread out over the terminal there are prayer rooms for Muslims, 12 in total.




Ankara Esenboğa International Airport

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +90(0)312 590 4000
Fax: +90(0)312 590 4041
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: ESB
ICAO airport code: LTAC