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Exclusive Information to Help You Book Your London to Istanbul Flight

Exploring the world is meant to be magical, but sometimes booking travel can get in the way of that. With 50 airlines, and 3,422 flights available each week, finding the best available flights to Istanbul might feel like a chore.

There are many airports in the area to book your flights from London to Istanbul. The most popular airports to fly from are:

  • Heathrow (LHR)
  • Gatwick (LGW)
  • London City (LCY)

You can touch down at any of these popular airports in Istanbul to save time and money:

  • Ataturk Intl. (IST)
  • Sabiha Gokcen Intl. (SAW)

We want you to travel on your own terms. That way, when your flight arrives in Istanbul you are ready to be amazed by the spectacular sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer.

50 airlines offer cheap flights from London to Istanbul. What are some of the most popular?

Out of the 50 airlines interested in helping you break free from your everyday routine with a cheap flight from London to Istanbul, some of the most popular operating in the London area are:

  • Flights from Heathrow (LHR) to Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • British Airways
    • Lufthansa
    • KLM
  • Flights from London City (LCY) to Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • British Airways
    • KLM
    • CityJet
  • Flights from Heathrow (LHR) to Sabiha Gokcen Intl. (SAW)
    • British Airways
    • Lufthansa
    • Air France

What airlines fly from London to Istanbul most frequently?

Below you will find the airlines flying from London area airports to Istanbul most often. Larger airports and airlines with more frequent flights on a route tend to have more available seats, though flying out of a smaller airport may be more affordable.

  • Heathrow (LHR) - Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • British Airways - 393 flights per week from LHR to IST
    • Lufthansa - 95 flights per week from LHR to IST
    • KLM - 42 flights per week from LHR to IST
  • London City (LCY) - Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • British Airways - 83 flights per week from LCY to IST
    • KLM - 35 flights per week from LCY to IST
    • CityJet - 27 flights per week from LCY to IST
  • Heathrow (LHR) - Sabiha Gokcen Intl. (SAW)
    • British Airways - 73 flights per week from LHR to SAW
    • Lufthansa - 46 flights per week from LHR to SAW
    • Air France - 14 flights per week from LHR to SAW

What London area airports offer flights to Istanbul every week?

Every week, there are over 3,422 flights from London to Istanbul flown by over 50 different airlines like British Airways, Lufthansa, and others. Find more details below:

  • Heathrow (LHR) has 1,736 flights to Ataturk Intl. (IST) per week.
  • London City (LCY) has 804 flights to Ataturk Intl. (IST) per week.
  • Heathrow (LHR) has 354 flights to Sabiha Gokcen Intl. (SAW) per week.

How long is a direct flight from London to Istanbul?

A direct flight from London to Istanbul usually takes around 5 hours to cover the 1,550 mile distance. The longest flights on this route typically take 9 hours, 35 minutes, and on average that is 7 hours, 17 minutes.

What is the earliest and latest flight available from London to Istanbul?

  • Flight from Heathrow (LHR) to Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • First departing flight of the day: 06:45 AM
    • Earliest arrival: 12:20 AM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 10:35 PM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 11:40 PM
  • Flight from London City (LCY) to Ataturk Intl. (IST)
    • First departing flight of the day: 06:45 AM
    • Earliest arrival: 12:05 AM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 08:05 PM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 11:55 PM
  • Flight from Heathrow (LHR) to Sabiha Gokcen Intl. (SAW)
    • First departing flight of the day: 06:00 AM
    • Earliest arrival: 03:50 PM
    • Last departing flight of the day: 10:30 AM
    • Latest arrival of the day: 07:55 PM

Tips on flying from London to Istanbul

Thanks to direct flights from London to Istanbul, you can jet off through the English rainclouds and land on the warm Turkish tarmac in around 4 hours. Istanbul’s glittering exoticism provides the perfect backdrop for an exciting holiday. This historic city’s influential role as a power base on the historic Silk Route and the imperial capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires has been immortalised with a prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site accolade; more recently, its designation as European Capital of Culture 2010 has introduced a new influx of visitors to its world-class attractions.

Hints for finding cheap flights to Istanbul from London

A wide choice of routes and carriers means that London to Istanbul flights are competitively priced throughout the year. Peak season is July and August, when school holidays encourage families and students to travel. Demand for flights and accommodation rises during Istanbul’s prestigious international music festival in June, so steer clear of these dates for best availability. Be aware that during the holy month of Ramadan (the dates of which vary according to the lunar calendar) many attractions are closed, although visitors often find that the streets become extra lively after dark at this special time. Book your trip in November and January to appreciate the spectacular beauty of Istanbul without the crowds and take advantage of the cheapest flight fares.

Airlines operating London to Istanbul flights

Istanbul straddles the border between Europe and Asia, with an international airport on either side. Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus flies the route between London Stansted and Sabiha Gökçen on the Asian side, while British Airways matches the 4-hour flight time from London Heathrow to Atatürk on the European side. The choice of direct flights also includes AtlasGlobal’s service from Stansted to Atatürk and Turkish Airlines’ departures from Gatwick, with a choice of arrival airport. LOT-Polish Airlines offers competitive one-stop deals from Heathrow to Atatürk via Warsaw, Ukraine International Airlines departs from Gatwick to Atatürk via Kiev, and KLM provides connections from London City to both Istanbul airports via Amsterdam.

How to reach Istanbul city centre

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is around 30 miles from Istanbul, and boasts a variety of public transport options for onward travel. If it’s your first time in the city, the simplest way to reach your hotel is to hire a cab from the terminal; a shuttle bus is also available to take you from the airport to the central district of Taksim. Istanbul Atatürk Airport, one of Turkey’s main international gateways, is around 15 miles west of the city and conveniently linked to principal central locations by metro line M1A and shuttle bus services.

Istanbul through the centuries

One of the most popular ways to see the best of Istanbul is on a tram ride along storied Istiklal Avenue. Admire glorious Neo-Classical and Art Nouveau landmarks on the journey from the medieval Galata Tower, through the picturesque historic district of Karaköy, to the striking Republic Monument in Taksim Square, the bustling heart of the modern city.

*Savings based on all holiday package bookings with Flight + Hotel on 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.

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