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The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak may impact travel from United Kingdom to Istanbul Airport.
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When is the best time to fly to Istanbul Airport?

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£145 - £317

How long does it take to fly to Istanbul Airport, Istanbul?

If you are flying to Istanbul Airport (IST) in Istanbul from Heathrow Airport or Stansted Airport in London, you will be able to get a direct flight that has a total travel time of approximately four hours. Manchester offers the same direct flight with approximately the same travel time. Many airports in the UK include one stop in the journey, which increases travel time. If flying from Leeds Bradford Airport, you can reach Ataturk Airport in approximately eight hours and 30 minutes with an Amsterdam stop. From East Midlands Airport, your travel time averages 11 hours. From Edinburgh in Scotland, you can fly directly into Istanbul with a total flying time that averages four hours and 30 minutes.

Where can you fly directly into Istanbul Airport, Istanbul from?

As Turkey is a popular destination from the UK, there are a few different UK airports that offer a direct flight option to Istanbul Airport in Istanbul. Both Heathrow Airport and Stansted Airport in London offer a quick, direct flight, as does Manchester Airport in the north-west of England. Edinburgh Airport in Scotland also offers direct flights. Most other airports offer this journey with one stop, which will be in a European stopover city. The flight changeovers vary greatly in time, so book according to budget and your schedule. Consider a cheaper flight with longer stopover times to save money. At the same time, you can always pop into the stopover city and see the sights to add an extra dynamic level to your trip to Istanbul.

Can you sleep in Istanbul Airport?

Istanbul airport has a few options if you need to catch some much-needed shut-eye that will see you resting comfortably. For shorter stays, consider renting an iGA Sleeping Pod by the hour and catch a quick nap. There are various lounges around the airport that offer all classes of travellers a chance for respite. Both sleeping pods and lounge spaces can be booked beforehand to ensure a space. There is also an on-site airport hotel if you have an overnight stopover. If you are just in need of a comfortable place to relax between flights, there are round couches and lounge chairs with private bamboo screens available at several of the departure gates.

  • What is the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul Airport?

    Travelling from most locations, it is best to book your flight to Istanbul Airport during the month of March for the best deal, although there are other times of the year which offer great deals as well.

  • When is the best time to book a flight to Istanbul Airport?

    From most locations, booking your flights to Istanbul Airport around 59 days prior to your departure date finds the best deals.


Can I fly to Istanbul from United Kingdom right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Istanbul

Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for rt-pcr (naat) and 48 for antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Istanbul.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.

Documents
Form for Entry to Turkey - Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.


Can I fly back to United Kingdom from Istanbul?

Returning to United Kingdom from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to United Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.

If you are planning to travel to Istanbul Airport at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Istanbul Airport flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United Kingdom to Istanbul Airport found recently by users on momondo
Lufthansa
5 Nov
LHR07:30London Heathrow
7h 40m
1 stop
IST15:10Istanbul
15 Nov
IST01:55Istanbul
6h 50m
1 stop
LHR08:45London Heathrow
British Airways
21 Feb
LHR11:30London Heathrow
4h 00m
IST15:30Istanbul
2 Mar
IST02:45Istanbul
4h 30m
LHR07:15London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
2 Nov
STN04:30London Stansted
12h 35m
1 stop
IST17:05Istanbul
6 Nov
IST04:50Istanbul
7h 15m
1 stop
STN12:05London Stansted
Lufthansa
5 Nov
LHR07:30London Heathrow
7h 40m
1 stop
IST15:10Istanbul
15 Nov
IST01:55Istanbul
9h 05m
2 stops
LHR11:00London Heathrow
British Airways
12 Jan
LHR11:35London Heathrow
4h 00m
IST15:35Istanbul
26 Jan
IST02:45Istanbul
4h 30m
LHR07:15London Heathrow
Multiple Airlines
2 Nov
STN04:30London Stansted
12h 35m
1 stop
IST17:05Istanbul
6 Nov
IST04:50Istanbul
7h 15m
1 stop
STN12:05London Stansted

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Istanbul Airport

If you're looking for one-way flights from United Kingdom to Istanbul Airport, view some of our deals below provided by British Airways
British Airways
1 Nov
LHR12:30London Heathrow
4h 00m
IST16:30Istanbul
British Airways
30 Dec
LHR11:30London Heathrow
4h 00m
IST15:30Istanbul
British Airways
28 Dec
LHR11:25London Heathrow
4h 00m
IST15:25Istanbul

Which airlines fly to Istanbul Airport?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Istanbul Airport
  • Which airlines fly to Istanbul Airport?

    Based on our data, the most popular airlines that fly to Istanbul Airport from United Kingdom are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa. There may also be other airline options depending on where in United Kingdom you’re flying from.


Airports near Istanbul Airport

Below you will find all the airports near Istanbul Airport along with their distance from the city center

Istanbul Airport is 21 miles from the city centre


Popular routes to Istanbul Airport

Most frequently searched flights to Istanbul Airport along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
London to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time3h 40m
Cheapest price£76
Manchester to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time4h 00m
Cheapest price£85
Edinburgh to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time4h 20m
Cheapest price£99
Birmingham to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time3h 55m
Cheapest price£104
Bristol to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time7h 40m
Cheapest price£114
Glasgow to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time7h 50m
Cheapest price£126
Leeds to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time7h 45m
Cheapest price£139
Newcastle upon Tyne to Istanbul Airport Flights
Fastest flight time7h 55m
Cheapest price£143

Popular flights from Istanbul Airport

Most frequently searched flights from Istanbul Airport along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Istanbul Airport to Antalya Flights
Fastest flight time1h 15m
Cheapest price£17
Istanbul Airport to Trabzon Flights
Fastest flight time1h 40m
Cheapest price£40
Istanbul Airport to London Flights
Fastest flight time4h 05m
Cheapest price£89
Istanbul Airport to Amman Flights
Fastest flight time2h 15m
Cheapest price£99
Istanbul Airport to Manchester Flights
Fastest flight time4h 15m
Cheapest price£102
Istanbul Airport to Casablanca Flights
Fastest flight time4h 50m
Cheapest price£155
Istanbul Airport to Nevşehir Flights
Fastest flight time1h 10m
Cheapest price£325
Istanbul Airport to New York Flights
Fastest flight time10h 35m
Cheapest price£358

How to travel around Istanbul Airport

How do you get to central Istanbul from Istanbul Airport?

Istanbul Airport is quite a distance away from the city centre and there are several options for reaching inner parts of Istanbul. A popular public transport option is the Havatas Bus. You can catch the bus right outside the airport, and it travels through most of central Istanbul. There are plenty of stops, so you can jump off when you reach your destination. Public yellow taxis are available right outside the Arrivals terminal and are best paid in Turkish lira. There is a Metro rail that travels into central Istanbul directly from the airport, but it is not advised if you have a lot of luggage due to it often being over-crowded. Private car transfers are available for pre-booking, as well as car hire, which could be a fun way to see the city. Both can be obtained at the airport if you haven’t booked in advance.


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