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Airport of arrival: Rize-Artvin Airport (RZV)
Flight time from Istanbul to Rize: 1 hours 40 minutes

The direct flights offered by Pegasus Airlines between İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Rize Airport (RZV) are the easiest and most comfortable way to reach the eastern part of the Black Sea region. Travelers can fly to Rize, which is one of the main hubs in the region, to reach nearby cities such as Artvin, Bayburt and Gümüşhane.

Rize Airport

Rize Airport which is also known as the Rize-Artvin Airport is one of the most important hubs in the East Black Sea region in Türkiye. After taking your flight to Rize Airport, you can start discovering the beauties of the Black Sea region as this region offers incredible mountain views with green highlands.

Transportation from Rize Airport to City Centre

Travelers who take a flight to Rize Airport can travel both to Rize city centre and Artvin city centre since the airport is constructed to serve both of these cities. The travellers can take the HAVAŞ services from the airport to Rize city centre and Artvin city centre. More information about the HAVAŞ airport shuttle for both of these cities can be found here. Another option to travel between the airport and city centres is to take a taxi or rent a car.

Public Transport

Rize offers a few public transport options to travel between the different districts of the city. The public buses work between different districts such as Alipaşa-Bozkale, Bağdatlı, Çamlıbel-Balsu, Çorapçılar and many more. Also, there are public buses that run between Rize and Trabzon. More information about the bus lines and schedules for Rize can be found here. The other public transport option in the city is the taxi dolmush which is a type of minibuses. These minibuses have 7 different routes which provide transportation between the city centre and Hayrat, Kavaklı, Yeniköy, Timya Valley, Ziraat, Kale and Hospital. More information about the minibuses in Rize can be found here.

Rize comes with different accommodation options ranging from 5-star luxury hotels to smaller bed and breakfast hostels. While some of the hotels in Rize are spread across the coastline, it is possible to find luxury hotels on the highlands to enjoy the greenness of this region. To learn more about your hotel options in Rize, you can look at our hotel website.

Rize shows the best examples of the Black Sea cuisine. Some of the most famous dishes in the region are Mıhlama which is prepared with a special type of cheese and corn flour, Rize pide which is kind of like a pizza and black cabbage soup. In addition to the main dishes, Laz Böreği which is a type of sweet pastry is another famous dish in the region. Travelers can also try fried anchovy and different dishes prepared by anchovy since this fish is the symbol of Rize.

The following information will provide you more details about Rize and how to visit Rize.

About Visa

Foreigners who want to visit Rize must comply with the requirements of the Republic of Türkiye. Travellers from the US, the EU area as well as numerous other countries can enter Türkiye without a visa and stay in the country for 90 days for a total of 180 days. More information about visa requirements for Türkiye can be found on the official website.

Neighbouring Cities

  • Trabzon (Türkiye) – 75 km
  • Artvin (Türkiye) – 161 km
  • Bayburt (Türkiye) – 254 km
  • Erzurum (Türkiye) – 259 km

Essential Numbers

Ambulance: 112

Police: 112

Rize is mostly famous for its incredible nature and hidden highlands. The main touristic attractions in the city are based on visiting these highlands for trekking or spending time in nature. Fırtına River and the ancient bridges on the river are among the most important touristic attractions in the city. Gito Highland, Kaçkar National Park, Pokut Highland, Anzer Highland, Hemşin Organic Valley, Gelin Tüllü Waterfall and Akyamaç Waterfall Natural Park can also be listed among the natural beauties that can be visited in Türkiye. Travelers who want to visit some of the historical attractions can go to Rize Museum, Atatürk House and Ethnography Museum and Rize Castle.

For more information about the places to see in Rize and in the district, you can check our comprehensive Rize Travel Guide.


How long does the flight between İstanbul and Rize take?

Pegasus airlines offer direct Rize flights from İstanbul. The direct flight between İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) to Rize Airport (RZV) takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.


How can I find cheap Rize flight tickets?

Pegasus Airlines offer cheap Rize flight tickets from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. You can book your Rize flight early to benefit from the best Rize flight prices.

Which cities offer direct flights to Rize Airport?

Currently, Pegasus Airlines only offer direct flights between İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and Rize Airport. It is possible to choose a connecting flight from any of the destinations in Europe or other cities in Türkiye to reach Rize.

Is there a travel card for tourists in the city?

There is no special travel card for tourists in Rize. Tourists can buy bus tickets to use the buses and pay in cash to use the taxi dolmush. Also, it is best to carry cash if you want to use the taxi since some of the taxis in Rize do not accept credit cards.

What is the ideal season to visit the city?

Rize is known for its rainy and humid weather throughout the year. The winters can be harsh and snowy, especially around the highlands. In some cases, the snow is so heavy that the roads to the highlands and villages might be blocked. For this reason, the best season to visit Rize is summer since summer is often warm and less rainy.

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