Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul

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Here you can compare cheap flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to Istanbul (IST) for one-way or return trips. The following offers were searched for and found on idealo during the last few days. Or start your own flight search to Istanbul. Prices and availability may change at any time.

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Favourite airline: Wizz Air UK
94 % of travellers choose to book flights on this route with Wizz Air UK, Air Baltic and Turkish Airlines.
Wizz Air UK
76 %
Air Baltic
12 %
Turkish Airlines
6 %
Cheapest weekday: e.g. Saturday
The cheapest ticket prices are available for flights departing on a Monday and Saturday.
Direct flights are cheaper
Compared to flights with a stopover, direct flights are £172.00 cheaper on this route.
non stop flight
1 stop
04h 05min
27h 40min
The favourite connection is non-stop
Direct flights are especially popular on this route. 82 % of travellers will book a non-stop flight.
Direct flights
04h 05min, from £58
82 %
1 stopover Riga International Airport
27h 40min, from £230
12 %
1 stopover Frankfurt-Main
08h 05min, from £265
4 %

Useful information about the flight from London Gatwick to Istanbul

An ancient Turkish city

Istanbul is a city steeped in history, wonderful flavours and cultures. As an influential trade city since ancient times, it has a thriving modern economy and reflects the many wonders of its ancient influences. Some of these include beautiful attractions such as the Roman hippodrome, Egyptian obelisks, Christian mosaics and much more. The Prince Islands are also well worth visiting as they are enchanting and completely car free, with only horse drawn carriages allowed.

Best time to travel and festival highlights

The ideal time to visit Istanbul is from May to October. Some of the attractions you can enjoy during this period are the Commemoration of Atatürk on the 19th of May, also Youth and Sports Day, while Republic day falls on the 29th of October. Another interesting time to visit the city is at the end of Ramadan, during the Festival of Eid. The dates of this celebration are based on the Islamic lunar calendar and vary. It is a festival filled with much celebration, food and entertainment, which makes it a wonderful experience to behold. 

Istanbul: what to know before you leave

The Istanbul time zone is two hours ahead of London. All British nationals need a visa, which can be obtained online, and all passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entering Turkey. Before you travel to Istanbul, it is recommended that you get vaccinated for hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus and diphtheria. It is also good to practice your haggling skills as the markets, such as the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar, have wonderful merchandise and souvenirs, but they are often overpriced and haggling will help you get a good deal.

Inside knowledge on travel and accommodation

Travel options from airport to city are either shuttle buses which are provided by HAVATA and IETT for about 50 TRY and leave from floor -2. Alternatively, the taxi fare into central Istanbul is about 200 TRY. Both options take about 40 minutes for the journey in light traffic conditions, and considerably longer during rush hour traffic.

Istanbul has an extensive and cheap public transport system, which includes buses, metro transport, minibuses, ferries and trams, which operate almost constantly, except between 1am to 4am.

You also have the option of buying an Istanbulkart, which is used for all public transport and is easy to recharge with more money. One night in a hostel or guesthouse will be about 30 Turkish lira and there is a wide choice of accommodation available in the districts of Eminönü (Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar) and Beyoğlu (Taksim Square and İstiklâl Caddesi).

Flight information: London Gatwick - Istanbul

Outbound and return from £25.62
Flight duration min. 03:45 / max. 03:50
Return flight duration min. 04:10/ max. 04:15
Distance 2488 km
Flights per week 16
Departure airport Airport London Gatwick (LGW)
Arrival airport Airport Istanbul (IST)
Destination country Flights to Turkey