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About Flights to Istanbul

Summary info about Istanbul flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price

£41

Best Return Price

£80

Fastest flight time

3h 40m

Operated By

2 airlines
The best one-way flight price to Istanbul from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £41 (London Stansted to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen).
The best return flight price to Istanbul from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours is £80 (London Stansted to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen).
The fastest flight to Istanbul from United Kingdom takes 3h 40m (London Stansted to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen).
There are 2 airlines operating flights to Istanbul, including Aegean Airlines and Pegasus Airlines.

Cheapest flights to Istanbul airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Istanbul airports from your nearest city or airport
London Heathrow Airport
Istanbul Airport

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM London TO Istanbul

London Stansted Airport (STN) to Istanbul Airport (IST)

Typically, flights to Istanbul from London are cheaper when flying from London Stansted to Istanbul, which has an average price of £190

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTJanuary20% cheaperFlying from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul costs on average just £177 in January
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTDecember25% more expensiveIt costs about £275 for flights to Istanbul from London Heathrow Airport in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORTAugust298% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Istanbul from London Heathrow Airport in August than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Flights to Istanbul, Turkey, from the UK are frequent and take around four hours on average from London. You can also be touching down in Istanbul Airport, Istanbul, from Manchester in just over four hours too. Flights from Edinburgh don’t take much longer, with the flight time taking around four and a half hours to get to this mesmerising city.

There are many airports in the UK which you are able to fly to Istanbul directly from. With several direct flights taking off from London airports, including Stansted Airport, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport, you can choose Istanbul flight deals based upon location and which work best for you. There are also other options for direct flights if you live further north in the UK. Manchester Airport offers direct flights to this Turkish delight, whilst Edinburgh Airport also offers a non-stop route to the fascinating city of Istanbul.

£29 is the cheapest deal found on momondo in the last two weeks for a flight to Istanbul. This flight is from Izmir and is 88% cheaper than most flights to Istanbul. To find the cheapest price to Istanbul from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

The month of March is, on average, the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul from United Kingdom, with most prices found around £150. If you aren’t able to travel to Istanbul during the month of March, then flying in January is also cheap. Prices for this month can be found on momondo for an average of £156.

The best time to book a flight to Istanbul from United Kingdom is 60 days out, which is when prices tend to be around £198. Keep in mind that you might also find cheap flights to Istanbul outside of this time window. In fact, momondo users recently found flights from United Kingdom to Istanbul for £80.

If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Istanbul for April, May, and June. Parks like Gezi Parki are popular hot spots in those months.

Finding an alternative and possibly cheaper destination airport near Istanbul is possible. If you are planning a flight to Istanbul, consider booking flights to Istanbul Airport (21 mi from Istanbul city centre), Tekirdag Corlu Airport (55 mi from Istanbul city centre), İzmit Cengiz Topel Airport (61 mi from Istanbul city centre) or Bursa Yenişehir Airport (62 mi from Istanbul city centre).

You can find deals at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport for £227pp on average, but that price can change based on your departure airport. To save money, try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

Yes, you can travel to Esenyurt via a flight to Istanbul airport in Istanbul (Esenyurt is 17.5 mi from the airport).

The airport which is nearest to Taksim Square is Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen. It is 19.4 mi away and is in Istanbul.



Istanbul flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Istanbul found recently by users on momondo
Pegasus Airlines
12 Nov
STN05:45London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW09:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
30 Nov
SAW03:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
4h 05m
STN07:30London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
1 Nov
STN11:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW15:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
25 Nov
SAW05:45Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
4h 05m
STN09:50London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
2 Nov
STN19:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW23:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
25 Nov
SAW03:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
4h 05m
STN07:30London Stansted
Multiple Airlines
12 Nov
STN10:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW14:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
30 Nov
SAW09:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
8h 05m
1 stop
STN17:30London Stansted
Multiple Airlines
4 Nov
MAN08:40Manchester
4h 00m
SAW12:40Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
25 Nov
SAW05:40Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
8h 55m
1 stop
MAN14:35Manchester
Multiple Airlines
13 Nov
STN18:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW22:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
30 Nov
SAW09:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
8h 05m
1 stop
STN17:30London Stansted

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Istanbul

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Istanbul, view some of our deals below provided by Aegean Airlines and Pegasus Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
5 Nov
STN19:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW23:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
1 Nov
STN11:40London Stansted
3h 40m
SAW15:20Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
5 Nov
STN02:40London Stansted
7h 10m
1 stop
SAW09:50Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen

Which airlines fly to Istanbul?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Istanbul

Which airlines fly to Istanbul?

Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, British Airways and Atlasglobal are the most popular airlines that fly from United Kingdom to Istanbul on a routine basis, according to our data. You should be able to find flights to Istanbul with these airlines and other airlines flying from United Kingdom.


Best first class flights to Istanbul

Compare and see reviews for airlines with premium cabins that fly to Istanbul
AirlineRatingFirst ClassPrice
Turkish AirlinesPriceFrom £154First ClassRating
8.2
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British AirwaysPriceFrom £116First ClassRating
6.7
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AnadoluJetPriceFrom £103First ClassRating
0.0
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  • Depending on where you fly from and which dates you’d like to travel, the average price for a First class ticket to Istanbul is approximately £344. If you fly from London Heathrow Airport, you may be able to secure a First class seat at just £208 - price last found on 15 May.

  • Travelers who want to upgrade from Economy but find First class tickets too expensive can try flying Business class. Business class flight tickets to Istanbul usually cost £667 per person, which is still a hefty 0% savings for comfortable seats and some premium services (compared to First class seats for this destination).

  • Looking to upgrade from Economy? The most popular airline with flights to Istanbul, Turkish Airlines, has the following Premium Cabin options: First, Business, Premium economy. Departing from another origin or choosing a different airline may open up more travel alternatives, if you are still undecided.


Airports near Istanbul

Below you will find all the airports in Istanbul along with their distance from the city centre

How to get to the city centre of Istanbul from the airport

Taxis are the quickest and easiest way to reach the city centre from Istanbul Airport. With around a 50 minute journey time, you can locate the taxi rank directly outside the terminal building, next to the arrivals hall. Alternatively, you can book a taxi service through one of your mobile apps. There is also a shuttle bus service available if you wanted a cheaper option. These buses take about one hour and 15 minutes on average and are a fraction of the cost of a taxi. There are several airport shuttle buses you can catch, including the IST-19, IST-3 and IST-8, which will all take you to different parts of the city, so check where you want to go at the ticket office. Tickets can be bought from where the buses depart on floor -2, which can reached via the lift from the main terminal building.


Popular routes to Istanbul

Most frequently searched flights to Istanbul along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
London to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time3h 40m
Cheapest price£80
Manchester to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time4h 00m
Cheapest price£95
Birmingham to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time6h 30m
Cheapest price£154
Edinburgh to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time4h 25m
Cheapest price£133
Paris to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time3h 10m
Cheapest price£198
Dubai to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time4h 55m
Cheapest price£252
Glasgow to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time7h 00m
Cheapest price£155
Copenhagen to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time3h 10m
Cheapest price£179
Newcastle upon Tyne to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time6h 45m
Cheapest price£150
Bristol to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time6h 35m
Cheapest price£138
Belfast to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time9h 15m
Cheapest price£202
Leeds to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time12h 40m
Cheapest price£207
Bucharest to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time1h 20m
Cheapest price£162
Berlin to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time2h 55m
Cheapest price£203
Cardiff to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time8h 05m
Cheapest price£221
Liverpool to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time6h 20m
Cheapest price£162
New York to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time9h 55m
Cheapest price£654
Aberdeen to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time14h 30m
Cheapest price£232
Athens to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time1h 20m
Cheapest price£95
Nottingham to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time11h 00m
Cheapest price£199

Visa requirements for visiting Istanbul

You can travel to Istanbul for 90 days in any 180 day period without a visa. If you plan to stay longer, you will need to apply for a longer visa at the Turkish consulate before you travel. Your passport will also need to be valid for at least six months upon arrival into this beautiful country.


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Best things to do and see in Istanbul

A city that has fascinating architecture and a constant buzz surrounding it, Istanbul will enchant you from the moment you arrive. Start with a tour at the Dolmabahce Palace and take a step back in time to the Ottoman Empire. Then check out the hugely impressive Hagia Sophia which was constructed in the sixth century and boasts 30 million gold tiles inside. Straddle the edges of two continents and take a boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait, the body of water that separates Istanbul’s European and Asian districts. If you’re visiting the city in October, why not check out the Akbank Jazz Festival, which is held annually. Attracting some of the finest musicians from around the world, it’s a great-value addition to your itinerary.


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