Cheap flights to Istanbul

Best Anytime fares to Istanbul

Cheap round-trip flights to Istanbul

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
London Istanbul Tue, 22 Sep - Wed, 30 Sep Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines £80
Manchester Istanbul Sun, 27 Sep - Wed, 7 Oct Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £165
Birmingham Istanbul Mon, 28 Sep - Thu, 1 Oct airline logo Lufthansa £164
Athens Istanbul Tue, 1 Sep - Sat, 5 Sep Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines £93
Cairo Istanbul Wed, 16 Sep - Tue, 22 Sep Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines £192
Dubai Istanbul Sat, 19 Sep - Sat, 26 Sep 4-1 version from Alfresco Ukraine International Airlines £217
Prague Istanbul Thu, 24 Sep - Sun, 4 Oct 4-1 version from Alfresco Ukraine International Airlines £93
Antalya Istanbul Wed, 9 Sep - Tue, 15 Sep airline logo Pegasus Airlines £45
Dublin Istanbul Mon, 21 Sep - Thu, 1 Oct airline logo Lufthansa £147
Paris Istanbul Wed, 16 Sep - Thu, 24 Sep Transavia Airlines Transavia £106
Budapest Istanbul Wed, 23 Sep - Sun, 27 Sep airline logo Wizz Air £74
Belgrade Istanbul Thu, 24 Sep - Wed, 30 Sep airline logo Air Serbia £81
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Best weekend fares to Istanbul

Best weekend fares to Istanbul

Departure Arrival Travel dates Airline Round-trip fares
London Istanbul Thu, 24 Sep - Sat, 26 Sep 4-1 version from Alfresco Ukraine International Airlines £131
Manchester Istanbul Thu, 24 Sep - Mon, 28 Sep airline logo Lufthansa £175
Birmingham Istanbul Fri, 25 Sep - Mon, 28 Sep Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £185
Athens Istanbul Thu, 3 Sep - Sat, 5 Sep Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines £93
Cairo Istanbul Thu, 13 Aug - Sun, 16 Aug Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines £199
Dubai Istanbul Thu, 10 Sep - Sat, 12 Sep airline logo Kuwait Airways £226
Prague Istanbul Thu, 24 Sep - Sun, 27 Sep 4-1 version from Alfresco Ukraine International Airlines £97
Antalya Istanbul Fri, 4 Sep - Mon, 7 Sep airline logo Pegasus Airlines £54
Dublin Istanbul Fri, 18 Sep - Mon, 21 Sep airline logo Lufthansa £189
Paris Istanbul Thu, 27 Aug - Sun, 30 Aug airline logo Aeroflot Russian Airlines £236
Budapest Istanbul Thu, 6 Aug - Mon, 10 Aug airline logo Wizz Air £117
Belgrade Istanbul Fri, 25 Sep - Sun, 27 Sep airline logo Air Serbia £95
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Travel to Istanbul

Istanbul is a city that's a mixture of ancient and modern. From the Topkapi Palace in the old city to the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, there's something in Istanbul that will appeal to everyone. Let ebookers help you find cheap flights to Istanbul. The website searches multiple airlines for sales and low-cost tickets that will fit your budget.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport

The Istanbul Ataturk Airport is located 15 miles west of the centre of Istanbul. Since opening its doors in 1924, the airport has grown to become the eighth busiest airport in Europe and serves over 37 million passengers each year. Numerous airlines service the airport, including Air France, China Southern Airlines, British Airways and Delta.

Transportation from the Airport

You can get from the airport to Istanbul via bus, train, taxicab or rental car. Cabs run on meters, so your total cost depends on the length of your trip. Buses and trains transport passengers directly from the airport to Istanbul. If you'd rather have access to a vehicle during your stay, you can reserve your rental car using the ebookers website. The airport houses numerous car-rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, Sixt and Thrifty. The rental-car locations are open 24 hour per day, seven days per week.

Weather in Istanbul

Istanbul experiences four distinct seasons. During the winter, the weather is cold, wet and snowy. If you travel during this time, pack warm clothing, a coat and boots. Average winter temperatures range from 2°C to 8°C. Snowfall tends to be heavy but doesn't usually last long. The weather during the spring and fall varies; average temperatures range from 3°C to 20°C, and the rain is often unpredictable. The best time to visit Istanbul is in the summer. During the summer months, the average temperatures range from 16°C to 23°C, and there isn't a lot of rain.

Highlights and Attractions

If you're a foodie, you'll find numerous dishes that will tempt your taste buds in Istanbul. Develi serves icli kofte, spicy lahmacun and raw cig kofte. If you like to have a bagel for breakfast, hit up the nearest street vendor for a simit. Thinner than bagels, simit is a sesame-covered pastry that goes well with cheese or jam. You can also eat your way through Ortakoy. Head to the vibrant neighbourhood on a summer evening, and find the streets lined with Turkish fast-food stalls that serve everything from stuffed mussels to potatoes. The 500-year-old Grand Bazaar is a place everyone who visits Istanbul should experience. The market is filled with stalls that sell things like carpets and gold. Other popular local attractions include the Blue Mosque, Ayasofya, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and Galata Bridge.

Planning a Trip to Istanbul

The vibrant atmosphere, abundance of attractions and mouth-watering Turkish cuisine make Istanbul an excellent holiday destination. If you plan to shop for a bargain, visit the mosques in the old city or buy tantuni from a street vendor. Ebookers can help make your holiday planning easy. Visit ebookers to find cheap flight to Istanbul, good rates on hotel accommodation and various holiday packages.

Things to do in Istanbul

Labeled the “City of the World’s Desire” in a history of Constantinople, Istanbul, today, fuses the chic and secular with the sacred. It’s home to the world’s greatest Byzantine architecture (read: the Aya Sofya), the Grand Bazaar with more than 4,000 shops, opulent palaces like Topkapi, and a skyline pricked with minarets. The streets breathe traces of its Greek, Roman, Crusader, and Ottoman past. But there’s a hip, modern layer on top of it all: the city’s population has grown to 15 million and shiny skyscrapers taller than mosques have sprouted up. Still, the sidewalks pulse with locals drinking raki in taverns and vendors selling traditional sesame-coated breads. The women here—some in short shorts and carrying Prada bags, some wearing full chadri—capture the city’s contradictions best of all. 

Istanbul When to Go

By far the best times to visit Istanbul are spring (April and May) and fall (September and October), when local kids are on a school schedule, the daytime weather is in the 60s, and the nights cool off pleasantly.

In summer, average temperatures are in the low- to mid-80’s, though on rare occasions it hits 100-plus degrees. Warm weather brings most of the art and music fests: The Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts organizes dance, film, theatre, and puppet festivals (April/May); jazz and music (June/July); and a biennial in the fall.

In winter, it can get cold and wet enough to snow, though the average high is around 50, and the precipitation is usually rain. Thanks to its maritime location at the nexus of the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus, and Black Sea, it can get both windy and humid here—and there’s fog more than 200 days a year (though it usually burns off in late morning).

It’s not just weather to consider: Religious holidays create seasons of their own. During the month of Ramadan (usually around July and August), holy sites can be crowded, traffic right before the evening meal can be heavy, and restaurant service can be irregular. During Kurban Bayramı (around October/November), the most important Islamic festival of the year and a five-day public holiday, hotels fill up, banks close, and ATMs can even run out of money. If you really want the city to yourself (along with cheaper hotel rooms), and can handle some chill and precipitation, travel here in March and November.