Last year, while headed to Athens, Greece, I had a seven-hour layover at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. I decided to pay the 18€ (about $24 then) for entrance to the Prime Class Lounge…not really a “splurge” when you consider that it included my lunch, supper, snacks and beverages (including an open bar). Plus, I had wi-fi, a comfortable and relatively quiet place to relax, and a locker to store my stuff when I took walks. On my return trip, I had a two-hour layover at Atatürk but decided against the lounge. Instead, I went to the Food Court, which was warm and crowded, and I spent 37 TRY (almost 17€) for Asian stir fry, a large Turkish ice cream, and 2 bottles of water. If you get stuck on a layover at a major airport—yes, even with a tourist-class ticket—do yourself a favor and check out the lounges.
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