Esenboga International Airport is the biggest airport in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara. The distance from Esenboga International Airport to the city center of Ankara is approx.28 km.
Approximately 20 international airlines are provided service in the Esenboga airport which is the first airport in Turkey where domestic and international terminals are designed to be in the same area.
Turkish Airlines currently are flying directly from Ankara to Moscow and Dusseldorf. Beginning from Oct. 1st, the airline will fly directly from Ankara to Frankfurt, Vienna, Baku, Brussels, London, Tehran, and Amsterdam.
A UNCCD COP 12 information counter will be set up in the arrivals hall of the airport for Convention participants. Participants will be presented with a welcome pack that includes maps of the city as well as information brochures on the transport network and facilities. A transport service organized by the host country will be provided on a commercial basis. Up-to-date airport shuttle and transfer information will be made available on the host country website .
Airport buses are operated by Belko Air, who operate a fleet of modern coaches. The bus number is 442 and it stops at multiple locations including Aşti (where intercity buses depart), Kızılay (the city centre) and Ulus (the historical center of the city, close to the museums and baths). The price is 8 TL. Bus 442 runs in a loop and buses depart frequently (roughly every 20 minutes). It is possible to take this bus from any of its stops back to the airport. Tickets can be bought on the bus after boarding.
A taxi drive from the airport to the city center should cost around 60 to 80 TL, depending on your destination.
How to reach the Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention & Exhibition Center
Congresium Ankara-ATO International Convention & Exhibition Center is located, approximately 34 km from the Esenboga Airport. Its exact location is indicated on the host country website .
Local transportation in Ankara
Ankara is well connected by a good public transport network system. Private and public bus operators compete and there are the 'dolmus' minibus transport providers that offer rapid transfers and get you to your connection points.
The Ankara Municipal Buses, named Ankara Belediye Otobüsleri (EGO), consists of an extensive and dense bus network, and is owned and operated by the Ankara Municipality.
The underground subway 'Metro' is highly efficient which runs between outer suburbs and the interstate bus terminal 'ASTI'. The Ankara Metro, named Ankara Metrosu, consists of three metro lines, which are called Ankaray and Ankara Metro which is owned and operated by the Ankara Municipality.
Payment system for municipal buses is based on multi-use magnetic cards which is also used for the metro; starting from the smallest available which is the 2-unit cards which cost 3.50 TL, 3-unit cards which cost 5.25 TL, 5-unit cards which cost 8.75 TL, 10-unit cards which cost 17.50 TL and 20-unit cards which cost 35.00 TL. Transfer with the magnetic cards is possible within a duration of 45 minutes between the bus lines and metro lines with a cost of 0.59 TL . The magnetic cards cannot be purchased in buses and have to be purchased beforehand at kiosks and metro stations.
Dolmuş are private run minibuses. You can get in and out anywhere on their route, and they stop the same way you catch a taxi with your hand. The prices range depending on your departure point and destination, but typically not more than a 2 to 3 TL.
Taxis are readily available and are probably the best way to get to your destination, relatively inexpensive. The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance travelled. The ride will start at 2.20 TL, and the rate is 1.90 TL per kilometre. The rates for day and night are the same.