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Cheap flights to Istanbul

If you are thinking of flying to Istanbul you certainly aren’t alone. Visitors have been arriving here since time immemorial. This magical meeting place, where east and west commingle, has seen the Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans leave their mark.

Walking through the city is very much like traversing history and the unique allure of Istanbul is in many ways testament to its ability to accommodate and mix civilisations and cultures. As the final stage of the legendary Silk Road the city has seen many traders arrive, like what they see and decide to stay. The diversity of Istanbul is just one of the treasures a cheap flight can reveal to you today.

When to book your cheap flight to Istanbul

The most popular time to visit is between April to the start of November. Visitors peak between July and August. Flights to Istanbul will be at their most expensive during this time – you can still bag a bargain if you book early enough but they are pretty thin on the ground.

Istanbul’s winter is very wet and it can be very cold. Flights may be cheap but snow may also cover the ground, and your brolly could be in constant demand.

The months of September and October see tourist numbers gradually trail off, yet the weather remains favourable. This means cheaper flights are not so tough to come by. Another good time to consider booking is March or early April. During this time the Tulip Festival and International Istanbul Film Festival offer plenty of extra attractions in a city that is already crammed with them.

Airlines offering flights to Tenerife include:

  • KLM
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Atlas Global
  • Ukraine International
  • Aegean
  • Swiss
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • easyJet
  • Ryanair
  • Pegasus

Getting to Istanbul from its airports

The busiest of Istanbul’s two airports is Istanbul Atatürk Airport, located on the European side of Turkey, 14 miles from the centre. The second airport, Sabiha Gokcen, is newer, located on the Asian side, and sits 19 miles from the centre.

Reaching the centre of Istanbul is straightforward from either airport. Ataturk has a metro station, which provides an efficient and cheap way to get into the city’s heart.

Both airports offer airport taxis and shuttle bus services – but you are advised to avoid the trams as they tend to be very busy which, with luggage in tow, can make travelling uncomfortable.

It takes about 55 minutes in a taxi to get from Sabiha Gocken to central Istanbul and 30 minutes from Ataturk.

How to get around in Istanbul

The most efficient and cheap way to get around is to avail yourself of the excellent network of metro lines, trams, funiculars and ferries.

Istanbul’s roads can be very busy and all of these help you avoid the inevitable city snarl ups that occur.

If you purchase an İstanbulkart you will save nearly 50% on the standard ticket price every time you travel.

How to find the hidden pleasures of Istanbul

Of course, you want to take in the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Here are some things that you may not know about, but that really make a trip to Istanbul come alive.

Head underground to discover Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern. Underneath the city this cistern was built in the 6th century while the city was still known as Constantinople. The atmospheric lighting and the scary Medusa statues help to make this a trip into ancient history that will stay with you for a long time.

For fantastic views Camlica Hill is hard to beat. This is the place to chill out if you are not in a café drinking apple tea and smoking a shisha pipe. From this hill there are perfect views over the Bosphorus.

An authentic hammam experience is invigorating, if a little intimidating. Forget the experiences offered at your swanky hotel and opt for a more authentic experience at one of the many traditional Istanbul steam rooms. Most are separated by gender. You’ll pass through several different rooms of different temperatures and the brave can opt to pay an attendant for a rough and ready scrub-down. To truly exfoliate those pores, try Cemberlitai Hamami or Cagaloglu in the Old Town.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my flight to Istanbul?
For more information about updating your flight to Istanbul or cancelling it, head over to our Customer Service Portal.
How do I find cheap flights to Istanbul that have flexible change policies?
Many airlines offer the option to reschedule your flight without a change fee. All you pay is the difference between the original flight and the new flight you select. When you’re searching for flights to Istanbul, you’ll see a “no change fees” filter for you to select.
Can I fly to Istanbul now?
Make your plane trip to Istanbul take off without a hitch by making your first stop our Covid-19 Travel Advisor. This is a great way to keep yourself up-to-date about current travel restrictions, including quarantine requirements and the latest health advisory info.
What is the name of Istanbul's airport?
Many people choose to fly into Ataturk Intl. Airport (IST) when visiting the lively city of Istanbul. However, this is not the only airport in the region, so keep that in mind when arranging your travel plans.
How far is Istanbul Airport (ISL-Ataturk Intl.) from central Istanbul?
If you’re staying in central Istanbul, it’s a smart idea to organise how you’ll get into the city before you touchdown. The downtown area is approximately 14 kilometers from Ataturk Intl. Airport (IST).
What airport is best to fly into Istanbul?
With plenty of airports to pick from, Istanbul is easy to visit at the eleventh hour. The terminals that see the majority of the city’s air travel are Istanbul Airport (14 kilometers from downtown), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Intl. Airport (31 kilometers from downtown) and IST (32 kilometers from downtown).
How many airlines fly to Istanbul?
Istanbul is serviced by 69 airlines from at least 267 worldwide airports.
Which airlines fly to Istanbul?
Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines operate the most flights to Istanbul. One of the most popular ways to travel there is with a Pegasus Airlines flight leaving from Kaleici.
How many nonstop flights are there to Istanbul?
Organising an amazing Istanbul escape is simple when there are 5771 nonstop flights each week to get you there.
Where are the most popular flights to Istanbul departing from?
The most popular flights to Istanbul leave from Kaleici, Antalya City Centre and Mediterranean Coast airports.
How long is the flight to Istanbul Airport?
Where you depart from determines how long you’ll be strapped into your seat. From Kaleici to Istanbul, the average flight time is 1 hour and 18 minutes. From Antalya City Centre it takes about 1 hour and 18 minutes, and from Mediterranean Coast it’s 1 hour and 18 minutes.
How to book the cheapest flight to Istanbul?
We’ve all come across those fortunate jet-setters who somehow manage to get extremely cheap fares wherever they go. Eager to know how to do it for your Istanbul holiday? Don’t wait until the last moment to secure your flight. Another great way to score the best price is to shop around. If your destination has a few airports, look into the cost of flying into a smaller terminal. Last but not least, another simple way to save a few dollars is be ready to book fast. If you stumble on a good deal, don’t think twice — grab it while the opportunity’s there.
How to survive the flight to Istanbul?
If you’re poorly prepared, travelling can be overwhelming. But there’s no need to panic. Follow these helpful hints and enjoy a trouble-free start to your holiday in Istanbul.What to pack in your hand luggage:

  • Air travel can be easy if you carry the right stuff. First things first, you’ll need basic toiletry items, such as deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a fresh set of clothes and a good book. Secondly, leave space in your carry-on bag for your phone, tablet and chargers, any medications and maybe a comfy neck pillow too. Lastly, and most importantly, don’t forget to bring your passport, travel docs and your bank cards.

Do not pack the following items in your hand luggage:

  • Put all your full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner in your checked luggage. Any liquids or gels in your carry-on bag larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) won’t be allowed on. Sharp or pointed objects, like your Swiss Army knife, and dangerous products which are explosive or flammable, such as aerosols and gasoline, are also restricted.

What to wear on a flight:

  • The goal here is to feel as comfortable as you can. Layer yourself up in natural-fibre clothing and don’t forget to pack a sweater just in case you get cold. Always opt for flat, well-fitting shoes as your feet may swell a little during the journey. Leave the high heels and hiking boots in your main luggage.
  • A condition known as DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a risk on long-haul flights. It’s the result of blood clotting due to poor circulation. Walking around the cabin and doing regular leg and foot exercises in your seat helps to prevent this occurring. Wearing a high-quality pair of compression socks or tights also helps reduce your risk.

How to get through airport security fast when flying to Istanbul?
It’s all about being organised. We’ve pulled together some top tips for a speedy trip through security. Watch out Istanbul, here you come:

  • Be sure to keep your ID and boarding pass easily accessible. They’re the first things you’ll be asked for by airport security.
  • Next up, both you and your carry-on luggage must be X-rayed. To speed things up, take off anything that is likely to trigger the alarm. Personal belongings like your jacket, belt and earphones will be required to go through the machine.
  • Electronic devices like phones and laptops will also have to go on a tray to be scanned. Don’t worry though, you’ll be back online before you know it.
  • Any gels or liquids, such as perfume or hand cream, that you want to bring on board need to be in containers no greater than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters). Also, they all must fit inside a quart-size (one litre), zip-lock bag.
  • There’s a possibility that you’ll need to take your shoes off for scanning, so wearing lightweight sneakers is always a clever idea.
  • Airlines will not allow any sharp items or pocket knives to come on board with you. If you must bring these kinds of items, pack them in your checked baggage.

Flights to Istanbul information
Destination AirportIstanbul
Destination Airport IATA codeIST
Destination City NameIstanbul
Flight PriceRM1,154

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