Cheap Flights to Istanbul (IST)

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The lowest prices found within the past 7 days to Istanbul were £75 for one-way flights and £108 for return flights, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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.

Tips for finding cheap flights

❓ How much does it cost to fly to Istanbul?

✔️ The price of roundtrip flights to Istanbul ranges from £108 to £163. Travellers looking to book a one-way ticket to Istanbul can find fantastic flights for as little as £75. Bargain-hunters take note: March is the best month to nab a cheap flight to Istanbul.

❓ How do I find the cheapest flight to Istanbul?

✔️ The price of flights to Istanbul can vary greatly, depending on a number of factors. Bagging a cheap flight to Istanbul is easier if you have some flexibility with your departure and arrival dates, while your selection of airports and airlines can also impact ticket prices. To find the best deals, try changing your search criteria to accommodate alternate dates and terminals. ebookers offers big discounts, a huge selection of airlines, and an easy-to-use booking platform, making it easy to find the perfect flight to Istanbul, no matter whether you’re traveling for business, looking for a quick getaway or planning a family vacation. So, window or aisle?

❓ What are the top airlines that fly to Istanbul?

✔️ If you’re looking to book a flight to Istanbul, you’ll discover a number of great airlines to choose from, including British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, LOT-Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France. ebookers makes it easy to compare flights to see which airline best suits your needs, ensuring that you can stretch your dollar further and get the most out of your time in the sky.

❓ Can I cancel my flight to Istanbul with ebookers?

✔️ We get it: life happens, plans change, and you need to change with them. If you need to change or cancel your flight to Istanbul, you can reach out to ebookers through the customer service portal, where you’ll also find useful trip-related help covering everything from flights and rental cars to activities and hotels.

❓ How do I search for a flexible flight to Istanbul?

✔️ To get the most out of ebookers flexible flights option, use the drop-down menu on the ‘Flights’ page. This menu can be found by clicking on the ‘Advanced options’ button. From here, you can customise your search parameters to find your perfect flight. After searching for your flight, you can also compare prices on surrounding dates by clicking on the ‘Show flexible dates’ link at the top of your search results.

❓ What are the cheapest days to book a flight?

✔️ This is one is easy to remember: Flight Fridays. We found that tickets booked on a Friday resulted in the best deal on average in 2020. However, Wednesdays can be the worst days to purchase plane tickets, as it was the day with the highest average ticket price based on flight demand on ebookers in 2020.

❓ What are the cheapest days to fly?

✔️ When analysing flight demand on ebookers in 2020, Monday turned out to be the cheapest day to fly. That’s definitely something to consider when booking your next trip! Weekends may seem like the most logical time to start your holiday, but airline tickets were on average more expensive for flights departing on Saturdays, so keep this in mind when planning for your next trip.

*According to flight demand on ebookers.com from January to December 2020. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.

❓ Can I fly to Istanbul (IST) for a holiday now?

✔️ If you're planning a holiday to Istanbul (IST), our Covid-19 Travel Advisor has the latest info to help you plan your trip.

Istanbul Flight Information

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Destination Airport IATA Code IST
Number of Airlines Serving
Airlines British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, LOT-Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France
Flight Price £108
Earliest Departing Flight
Latest Departing Flight

Which Airlines Fly To Istanbul?

British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, LOT-Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, Air France


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.

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*Savings based on all holiday package bookings with Flight + Hotel on ebookers.com from January 2017 to December 2017, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.

Fare, taxes & fees: Fares were found on ebookers.com and are updated daily. They include all taxes and fees, except baggage fees.

Refunds/changes/cancellations: Itinerary changes, if permitted for the fare, will have a £25.00 / 45.00 Euro service fee charged by ebookers, plus any airline fare and tax increase that may be applicable.

Other conditions: Schedules, fares and rules are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights/dates or in all markets. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly/partially unused ticket. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Fare rules are provided for the selected itinerary before booking.