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(Updated: August, 15, 2021 03:03)



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City CodeIST
Popular Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates Airlines
Flight Time9~13 hours
View Flight Information from Istanbul

The flight time to Istanbul is approximately 9~13 hours. Find out more about the history, economy, climate and transportation options before you visit Istanbul.

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Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey. Istanbul and its surrounding area is home to over 14 million inhabitants. Istanbul is the economic and cultural center of Turkey.

Voice of Travelers to Istanbul

Airfare ticket to Istanbul

I recently visited Ankara as part of my tour of the Middle East. I bought a ticket with Royal Jordanian from Amman to Istanbul and then a ticket from Istanbul to Beirut. I flew from Istanbul to Beirut with Turkish Airlines. While the ticket with Royal Jordanian was quite expensive, the second ticket from Istanbul was much cheaper. Both Turkish airlines and Royal Jordanian were a great experience with good food on board. Flying to Istanbul as well as booking through a ticket portal was a new experience for me.

Visiting Istanbul with a return ticket

I visited Istanbul on my own last month. I always wanted a short vacation in Istanbul so I was searching for a cheap ticket. It seemed for a long time that a cheap ticket to Istanbul simply did not exist. Two months ago, however, I researched an online ticket portal and I found a ticket to Istanbul for only 40 Euros. I bought the flight from Munich to Istanbul because of the cheap ticket right away. Then, I couldn't find a cheap ticket back to Munich. So instead, I flew with Pegasus airlines from Istanbul to Prague and took a train to Munich. Pegasus is a great airline for cheap flights from Europe.

Istanbul Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is Istanbul a cheap city to visit?

A. Istanbul can be quite cheap if you do your research ahead of time. First, you need to buy an airfare ticket for a good price. Consider visiting a ticket office of Turkish airlines or research the most common online ticket portals. Besides the airfare ticket, you will need to book an accommodation quite ahead of time for best prices as Istanbul hotels fill very quickly. Then, you will need some money for spending in Istanbul, but in many historic sites, there is not entrance ticket to be paid. Istanbul can thus be a quite cheap place for a visit.

Q. Where can I buy a ticket for a low cost carrier with flights to Istanbul?

A. There are several low coast carriers with service to Istanbul from Europe. Consider searching for a ticket with TUI airlines from Belgium. There are also low cost carriers which have great ticket prices, such as Turkish Pegasus Airlines. The ticket price might be lower while the quality of the service onboard might be equal to regular airlines. Istanbul is a great airport hub so many possibilities to fly in will be offered on the ticket portals.

Q. How much does the ticket from Istanbul Ataturk airport to the Istanbul city center cost?

A. The bus ticket for downtown Istanbul from Ataturk airport costs about 3 Euros. Besides bus, you can also reach Istanbul by metro line M1A of Istanbul Metro. The ticket for metro is about the same price as the ticket of the bus.

Istanbul - Direct Flights to Major Airports

Airports handling direct flights to Istanbul Ataturk Airport ・Imam Khomeini Airport (Tehran) ・Abu Dhabi International Airport ・Frankfurt International Airport etc.

Airports handling direct flights to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport ・Imam Khomeini Airport (Tehran) ・Dubai International Airport ・Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport

Flight Routes to Istanbul

There are two international airports in Istanbul: Istanbul Ataturk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Both airports have number of flights for European and Asian destinations. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the home airport of the Turkish Airlines.