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Ankara Esenboğa Airport

Balıkhisar Mh., Özal Bulvarı, Akyurt/Ankara, Turkey
+90 312 590 40 00
+90 312 590 40 00 (Lost + Found)
Ankara Esenboğa Airport - All Information on Ankara Esenboğa Airport (ESB)

Ankara Esenboğa Airport (IATA code: ESB, ICAO code: LTAC), also locally known as Ankara Esenboga Havalimanı, is the international airport of Turkey's capital city, Ankara. It has an elevation of 3,125 feet or 953 meters Above the Mean Sea Level.

Ankara Esenboga Airport has an average of 280 aircraft landing and taking off on its airstrip, providing service to approximately 40 thousand passengers daily. The airport also has 20 international airlines that assist at the airport.

The airport has one large passenger terminal that houses domestic and international facilities. It has distinctive features, intricate designs, and modern architecture that would likely satisfy foreign visitors' first impressions. The tourism sector has been growing recently as a capital where culture and art integrate with politics.

Its domestic and international terminals started to operate on October 16, 2006, with a capacity of approximately 20 million passengers. It is the first airport in Turkey to serve domestic and international flights in the same area.

Ankara Esenboga Airport has the most modern facilities in Europe. It has an enclosed bridge that enables passengers to access the terminal building without enduring terrible weather conditions.

Each piece of luggage from the terminal is loaded onto the aircraft after being checked carefully through 100% baggage screening by the Explosive Detection System (EDS).

EDS has been used since the Domestic and International Terminal at Ankara Esenboga Airport was implemented. The luggage arriving at the terminal reaches passengers within 3 minutes via the latest technology in the baggage system.

One of the airport's significant architectural designs is that the terminal is lit by natural daylight throughout the day.

In 2007, the environmental-friendly "Cogeneration Station" was utilized at the airport, generating its electricity through the cogeneration system, which is not a standard system in Turkey compared to Europe.

The cogeneration system allows power generation from natural gas, which provides affordable and safer electricity. In addition, the Cogeneration Station also has a Wastewater Heat Recycling System, which supports the terminal's heating system during the freezing season.

History of Ankara Esenboga Airport

The airport has been operating since 1955 and is located northeast of Ankara, 28km from the city center.

Ankara Esenboga Airport ranked fourth in total passenger traffic next to Antalya Airport, Sabiha Gökçen Airport, and Atatürk Airport. It is also third in terms of domestic passenger traffic next to Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Turkey.

The airport is linked with Kızılay (the city center) and Ankara Intercity Bus Terminal by EGO city bus number 442, which operates from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

In the summer of 2006, the road between Esenboğa airport and the Ankara ring road was expanded. The expansion made the driving time to the airport faster than usual.

The airport's name was derived from the village of Esenboğa, which is pronounced with a silent ğ. Esenboğa means "Wind flowing Bull" or "Serene Bull."

Esenboğa International Airport got awarded as the best airport in Europe by ACI Europe (Airport Council International). The award was presented to airport officials in Manchester on June 17, 2009. It was given in 4 categories yearly, and Esenboğa was in the 5 to 10 million per annum category. It is the first time a Turkish Airport has received an ACI award.

According to ACI-Europe, ESB airport excels in all the significant areas of operations. The judges find the facility modern and unique through its work in environmental innovation, securing 25% energy savings from recycling exhaust gases to power its air conditioning plants.

In 2020, Airports Council International also awarded Esenboga Airport as the best European airport, having a capacity of 15 to 25 million passengers.

Transfer Services at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Transfer services such as Car rentals, taxis, shuttles, and buses are available at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Transportation at the airport has been more convenient and easy for every passenger.

All flying guests in Ankara Eseboga Airport are advised to check the requirement on what items are allowed for hand-carry and check-in baggage.

Also, personal belongings must be secured before enplaning and deplaning the aircraft.

Rental Car Services at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Car Rental outlets in domestic and international terminals are located at the Arrivals Hall.

Note that there are minimum age requirements and necessary documents to comply with before renting a car at the airport. See and compare all rental car companies at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

Foreign renters must show a passport with a valid visa, or an official identity card will do if from European countries.

Renters must also show a valid driver's license or an international driver's license permit and be credit and debit cardholders to pay the rental fee.

Renters must be at least 21 years old to rent a vehicle. However, some companies require an age of 23 to rent one. For high-end car models, renters must be at least 27 or 28 years old.

Along with a completed agreement form, submit all requirements to your selected car rental company.

Booking cars online through the official websites of the airport's car rental partners is also possible. However, online payment is required for convenience.

Car Rental Rates may vary depending on the company and the selected vehicle.

Ride Shares at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Rideshare cars are unavailable at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Taxis at Kaunas Ankara Esenboga Airport

Taxis in Ankara Esenboga Airport are available and accessible 24/7.

They are located at designated taxi bays outside the Arrivals and Departures Hall of Domestic and International terminals.

The airport is approximately 27km or about 30 to 35 minutes drive to and from Ankara City Center via the Ozal Bulvari route. See more information about taxis at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

The taxi fare from the Ankara Esenboga Airport to the City Center area and vice versa ranges from ₺180.00 to ₺190.00 (Turkish Lira).

Passengers should be aware that taxi fares may vary without notice.

Buses at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Bus line no. 442 is the only public bus transit that serves Ankara Esenboga Airport to Ankara City Center and vice versa. It operates from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Bus stops within the airport premises are outside the Arrivals Hall of domestic and international terminals.

The one-way regular bus fare to and from the city center is ₺8.00.

An Airport Shuttle Bus by Havas is also available at the airport. It serves passengers taking intercity and intracity routes. More information about buses to and from Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

The shuttle bus stops are located at platforms 129 and 130 within the airport premises.

A one-way ticket to the city center is ₺11.00.

Trains at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Train transit is not available at Ankara Esenboga Airport. However, a railway station in the City Center is about 29km or 30 to 35 minutes drive from the airport property.

Train tickets are available at the ticketing office inside the railway station. More information about train services near Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

Ticket prices vary depending on the passenger's location.

Hotel Shuttle Services at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Your selected accommodation can provide Hotel Transfer Services in Ankara. Therefore, all traveling guests are advised to confirm their shuttle bookings before arrival or departure at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

For non-complimentary shuttle transfers, price rates vary depending on your selected hotel.

Parking at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Ankara Esenboga Airport provides safe and accessible car park areas for clients.

They have an Open Car Park and a Multi-Storey Car Park. See more information about short and long term parking at Ankara Esenboğa Airport.

Parking rates vary depending on the type of vehicle, duration of stay, and chosen car park area.

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WiFi at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Free WiFi is available for passenger guests throughout the airport terminal.

ATMs at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Automated Teller Machines are available in international and domestic terminals.

Currency exchange at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Two currency exchange services are openly available for assistance. They are located inside the international area; one is in the Departures Hall, and the other is in the Arrivals Hall.

Nursing Stations at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Baby Care Rooms are available in domestic and International terminals.

Restrooms at Ankara Esenboga Airport

There are restrooms throughout the airport premises.

Food and Beverages at Ankara Esenboga Airport

There is a food and beverage section in domestic and international terminals.

Smoking at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Smoking is only permitted in the assigned outdoor areas of Nero Cafe and Seferi Cafe, both located inside the domestic terminal.

Pet-Relief Area at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Ankara Esenboga Airport does not provide pet-relief sections for traveling service animals or pets.

Lost and Found Section at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Lost and found items within the premises of Ankara Esenboga Airport are stored in its Lost and Found Office, located at the Arrivals Hall of the International Terminal.

The office is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. During off hours, Terminal Operations Management takes over in providing service. Passengers may contact them at +90 312 590 40 00 ext. 4388 or email them at

For lost, incomplete, and damaged baggage from the carousel and left items on the aircraft, passengers may contact their respective airline provider or the ground handling service facility.

The facility is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. They are closed every weekend.

When approaching the concerned facility, please show an identification card, the damaged baggage, and flight information.

Airport Communication Center at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Information desks are available in three accessible areas at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

They are located in the Arrivals and Departures Hall of Domestic Lines and the Departures hall of the International Lines.

Ticketing Services at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Ticketing Services are given to each airline company's responsibility. Therefore, flight tickets can be purchased directly from your chosen airline carrier, whether it is a domestic or international flight.

Baggage Claim at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Baggage retrieval is located at the Arrivals Hall of Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Baggage carts are provided for passengers who need assistance with luggage transport.

In case of damage and missing, please contact your respective airline provider or the ground handling service management.

Disabled Passengers at Ankara Esenboga Airport

Comfortable and convenient facilities are provided at Ankara Esenboga Airport for passengers or persons with disabilities (PWD).

There are special ramps, elevators, and particular parking areas for PWDs.

The airport is open 24 hours daily. Therefore, passengers with special needs should contact their airline provider or the airport information center ahead of time to prepare the necessary types of equipment before their arrival.

For further details and assistance, please call the airport's information center at +90 312 590 40 00.

Ankara Esenboga Airport Contacts

Address: Balıkhisar Mh., Özal Bulvarı, Akyurt/Ankara, Turkey

General Phone: +90 312 590 40 00


Lost and Found Phone: +90 312 590 40 00 ext. 4388

Official website:

Local Information

Drive on: Right

Electricity: 230V/50Hz

Plug: C and F

Currency: Turkish Lira, TL, Lira, ₺

WiFi at Airport: Complimentary WiFi is provided for all passengers and clients of Ankara Esenboga Airport.

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