Smoking at Istanbul's New Airport (IST)

Also known as the New Istanbul Airport

Airport Rating


Before Security Smoking

Before passport control/security/ check-in area Smoking areas are located at the either side of the airport.

Information from Glenn B., November 2022: On arrival to Istanbul Airport you can't use the smoking terraces and you can only smoke outside the terminal after baggage claim. Photos are, Sign, Right side and Left side.

IST smoking terrace IST smoking area Smoking Area Istanbul

After Security Smoking

Update from Glenn B., November 2022: Istanbul Airport (IST) November 2022 Great airport with lots of smoking areas called “Terrace” Smoking areas before and after passport control.

Gate D:

Update from Glenn B., November 2022: Gate D terrace - closest smoking area from business class lounge  Photo below:

Gate D Smoking area

Gate E:

Update from Adam P. 20th May 2019: There’s an outdoor smoking terrace on domestic side on the left about 50m after passing Starbucks opposite the tobacco shop.The terrace to the left of E1 for international flights. Photo below.


Gate F:

Update from Felix, June 2023: Istanbul airport is smoker friendly. Lots of smoking dedicated terraces. Smoking terrace between gates F12 and F13. Picture attached. Used right now.

Update from Glenn B., November 2022: After passport control and security Gate F (primarily to US and Europe) there’s a second security check prior to getting into the gate. Image below from Gate F. Between Gate F9 and F10.

Gate F smoking

General Updates

Update from Mike F. on the 7th June 2019: Istanbul has many smoking areas called Teras They are at junction of C, D and E and in F, B and D at the far end of each. Very busy by business lounges quieter elsewhere.

Update from Tom T., on the 8th May 2019: The Istanbul Atatürk Airport is closed for good, as all traffic (as well as the airport code IST) was transferred to Istanbul New Airport on April 6.

The new airport (called just Istanbul Airport or Istanbul New Airport) has covered smoking terraces all over the departure area (airside, after security). There is a smoking terrace in every wing A to F, maximum 6-8  minutes walk from any gate (as well as in the area between the wings). Just follow the TERRACE signs (there is no word SMOKING written on them, but they are terraces designed for smokers, where you can also drink your coffee or beer taken from cafeteria or shop).

Great solution for smokers, compared to the old Atatürk Airport - 9/10.

On landside, you can smoke outside the airport building before entering the terminal - and on airside (after security) on any of those terraces.

Update from Joana 1st May 2019: Just traveling from the new Istanbul airport and from the airport map I saw there are a number of smoking areas after security (around 5 or 6 at least!). There is one next to gate C1 and another one next to gate E1. Look out for the terrace signs (they do not mention smoking area on their signs)

New Airport photos from Rene F, Dec 2018:


Old Airport:

Now Closed

Further Information

Official Website