Favourite airline: Turkish Airlines
28 % of flights booked on the route from London to Istanbul are booked with Turkish Airlines, British Airways and AtlasGlobal.
Turkish Airlines
18 %
British Airways
5 %
AtlasGlobal
5 %
Tip: book 6 months before departure
Tip: book flights on this route 6 months before departure and save up to 54 %.
168 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Friday
The cheapest day of departure is Friday. You can save up to 8 % when you fly on this day of the week.
Direct flights are cheaper
Compared to flights with a stopover, direct flights are £ 5.00 cheaper on this route.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
03h 55min
07h 10min
08h 20min
£106
£111
£176
The favourite connection is non-stop
Direct flights are especially popular on this route. 30 % of travellers will book a non-stop flight.
Route
bookings
Direct flights
03h 55min, from £106
30 %
1 stopover Frankfurt-Main
07h 05min, from £128
20 %
1 stopover Amsterdam Schiphol
17h 30min, from £129
10 %
Return from £106.00
Currently, flights on this route are cheapest departing on 08/01/19 and returning on 11/01/19.

£106
Cheap
£103
Expensive
£329

Historic Istanbul

With its unique mix of cultures, Istanbul is a vibrant cosmopolitan centre. Turkey's largest city attracts many visitors, keen to discover its historic monuments and museums, as well as its restaurants and nightlife.

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When to travel and events to enjoy

Istanbul is a rewarding city to visit all through the year, but the most popular time is between May and October, when the climate is at its best. The city is at its most exciting during the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day on 19th May. Other major occasions include Republic Day on 29th October, and the festivals of Eid and Ramadan, dates of which vary. Whenever you visit, it is worth taking a trip to the Prince Islands. But leave the car behind, as only horse-drawn carriages are permitted here. 

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Key information before you set off

British nationals visiting Istanbul need a visa, which is available online. When applying, it's important to check that passports will still be valid for at least 6 months after arrival in Turkey. Vaccinations are recommended to guard against hepatitis A, diphtheria, typhus and tetanus.

When shopping at markets, such as the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar, be prepared to haggle over the price. Because haggling is a tradition, the goods are often overpriced to start with. Fans of fast food will be in heaven here, with snacks starting from around 2 TRY. Kebabs cost from about 8 TRY, while beer prices are from 6 TRY upwards. However, fish dishes can be pricey. The time zone in the city is two hours ahead of the UK (GMT +2).

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Local information: Arriving and transportation

Istanbul has an inexpensive and excellent public transport network, including buses, minibuses, metro and metrobus services as well as trams and ferries. Travel is made simpler by the Istanbulkart, which can be used on all types of public transport and recharged as necessary. 

After arriving at the airport, you can take the Metro M1 to Aksaray for around 4 TRY. The Havata shuttle bus runs to Taksim Square every half an hour with a cost of around 11 TRY, but there are no buses between 1am and 4am. Taking a taxi ride to Taksim will cost around 60 TRY. Taxis cost more than public transport, but are still cheaper than those in the UK.

There is a wide choice of accommodation in Turkey's premier city, with a night in a guesthouse or hostel costing from about 30 TRY upwards. Popular districts to stay include Eminönü, near to the Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque, and Beyoğlu, in the neighbourhood of Taksim Square and İstiklâl Caddesi.

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