You can find cheap flights to Istanbul from anywhere in the world and from any major city in Turkey.
There are several ways to find budget flights to Istanbul. It depends on where you come from, in which season and how flexible your schedule is.
Everyone has a unique situation. You’ll find tips for all the different scenarios here and you will be able to compare flights to Istanbul.
If you have a flexible agenda and you are on a budget, last-minute flights to Istanbul allow you to find more flexible schedules to save even more.
If you are on a strict schedule and on a budget, I advise you to book your ticket upfront.
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For domestic flights you can use the local airlines. The airlines flying domestic routes are;
The airlines in Turkey, flying domestic routes are;
Again, if possible fly with THY (Turkish Airlines).
But if not, others are okay to fly with too. Domestic flights won't take too long afterall..
All major and most of the minor airline companies have flights to Istanbul.
I recommend you to book your flight in advance and fly with THY (Turkish Airlines). THY (Turkish Airlines) is an award-winning airline company and has a very wide range of destinations on each continent.
You can find cheap flights to Istanbul with THY (Turkish Airlines) if you buy your ticket in advance.
THY (Turkish Airlines) is by far the best airline company that I flew with to and from Istanbul. Staff is really polite, the service is excellent and the food is plenty and delicous.
It will be a long flight so comfort matters more than price here. Even if you have a stopover somewhere in Europe, you’ll be on a plane for at least 5-6 hours. So make sure you will be on a comfortable plane and service is good.
If I were you, I'd go with THY. The seats are comfortable, the service is good, food is delicious and plenty, you can choose a nice DVD between a wide range of movies.
It will be a shorter flight than a flight from USA. So you might look for a budget-friendly option because it will be a 4-5 hours flight at the most. And there is a good possibility it will only take 2-3 hours.
If you will fly from the UK, the cheapest option is usually Easyjet flights. (www.easyjet.com) Easyjet has daily flights from London Luton Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (on the Asian Side of Istanbul)
THY (Turkish Airlines), AtlasJet, Pegasus Airlines, Onur Air, and Sun Express, operate cheap flights to Istanbul and some other cities in Turkey.
It flies from Germany, Holland, France, Greece, Denmark, Austria, UK, Russia, Switzerland and Cyprus to Istanbul.
It flies from Sweden, Denmark, Cyprus to Istanbul.
It flies from Greece, Israel, Cyprus to Istanbul.
It flies from France to Istanbul.
It flies from Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Austria to Istanbul.
Corendon offers low cost flights from Eindhoven, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium to Istanbul (SAW).
All major airlines fly to Istanbul.
Several small low-cost European airlines operate cheap flights to Istanbul and some other cities in Turkey.
But remember, most of the low-priced flights go to the second airport in Istanbul; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) on the Asian Side. Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is much farther from downtown.
EasyJet flies from London (Luton and Gatwick Airports) and Basel to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
It operates flights from Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart to Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir.
Operates low cost flights between Italy and Turkey.
Norwegian is Scandinavia's largest low cost airline.
Condor flies from all regions of Germany to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Lufthansa flies to Istanbul from a bunch of major cities in Europe and USA.
British Airways flies from London Heatrow to Istanbul.
Aeroflot, Iberia, KLM, Alitalia, AirBaltic and Airfrance fly to Istanbul too..
You can find cheap flights to Istanbul that land to both Istanbul airports. They are both within an hour to downtown Istanbul.
But before you book your cheap flight to Istanbul, remember that there is a difference for the taxi ride to and from the airports.
If you will use airport shuttle service (Havas), you have no problems. But taxi cost can be higher if you will land to the Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian Side of Istanbul.
Istanbul's main airport, Ataturk International Airport, is 20km west of the city centre.
The second airport is Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, on the Asian Side. It is approximately 70 km east of the city center.
Istanbul Airport Information
ATATURK INT. AIRPORT
Distance (km, miles): 20 km, 13 mi
Time: 25-60 min.
Taxi Fare to Istanbul+ Bridge Toll:
$20-30 + $0
SABIHA GOKCEN INT. AIRPORT
Distance (km, miles): 70 km, 25 mi
Time: 45-60 min.
Taxi Fare to Istanbul+ Bridge Toll
Taxi Fare to Istanbul+ Bridge Toll:
$45-50 + $2
Fees are for 1 taxi, not for 1 person.
A taxi can hold 4 people. The more, the merrier and cheaper!!
Now Book Your Cheap Flight to Istanbul:
two options for Istanbul airports is an advantage for finding cheap
flights to Istanbul. You can choose arrive and depart from two different
airports if it is more convenient for you, financially..
When to Travel to Istanbul?
High Season in Istanbul:
The high season is between May and September. But you will see the most crowded tourist groups in July and August.
If possible, plan to visit in May and September and it will be easier to book a cheap flight to Istanbul.
If you are planning to visit in high season, I advise you to search for cheap flights to Istanbul, weeks, if not months before.
Low Season in Istanbul:
The low season is between October and April. You will see fewer tourists and lower hotel room prices accordingly.
The overall price of your Istanbul trip will be lower than a high season Istanbul trip. But be prepared, the weather will be cold during the low season.
What Time Should Your Flight Be During the Day?
Traffic jam during business hours is catastrophic in Istanbul.
If possible, try to avoid flights that; Arrive between 07:00 – 09:00 and 18:00 – 20:00Depart between 09:00 – 11:00 and 19:00 – 21:00
Because between these hours, you will be in heavy traffic, trying to reach the airport or trying to go to downtown on the busiest traffic hours.
And believe me, it is not a memory you'd like to have!
Where to Buy or Change Your Tickets in Istanbul?
Most of Istanbul’s airline offices are on the streets around Taksim Square, particularly on Cumhuriyet Street.
THY (Turkish Airlines) has offices all around the city. Travel agencies can also sell airline tickets and make reservations.
Booked your cheap flights to Istanbul? Great!
Now you need a place to stay.
On a budget or not, you'll find the best deals and options here.
Let’s move on to choose the best "Istanbul Hotel" for you…
Which means of transport?
All about airports, train stations, bus stations and cruise docks. Istanbul welcomes you whether you arrive by air, by sea or by land. Here you will find the easiest way to “Getting There”
How to go downtown?
You got on one of the cheap flights to Istanbul and landed. Now what?
The easiest and most convenient way is to take a taxi to downtown.
But there are several other options too. If you decide to use public transportation (bus, shuttle, metro), which includes several transfers and carrying your luggage up and down stairs, “Istanbul Airport Transfers” will show you how to do that.