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Flights to Istanbul in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inJulyHigh demand for flights, 16% potential price rise
Cheapest inJanuaryBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price£201Average for round-trip flights in June 2022
Round-trip from£81From London to Istanbul
One-way from£8One-way flight from London to Istanbul

Cheap flights to Istanbul in June, July 2022

The best prices found for SAW flights for June, July
30 Jun - 5 Jul
£168pp
LTN
London Luton
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LTN
London Luton
30 Jun - 20 Jul
£169pp
LTN
London Luton
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
LTN
London Luton
30 Jun - 7 Jul
£169pp
LTN
London Luton
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
LTN
London Luton

Istanbul 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul found for this year
4 Dec - 11 Dec
£81pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
30 Nov - 11 Dec
£86pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
30 Nov - 14 Dec
£89pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted

Last minute flights to Istanbul

Late deals on return flights to Istanbul, departing today and this week
5 Jul - 7 Jul
£174pp
LGW
London Gatwick
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
LGW
London Gatwick
7 Jul - 12 Jul
£178pp
LTN
London Luton
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
LTN
London Luton
6 Jul - 10 Jul
£182pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
STN
London Stansted

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Istanbul from United Kingdom right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Istanbul

Most visitors from United Kingdom can enter Istanbul without restrictions.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Istanbul.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.

Can I fly back to United Kingdom from Istanbul?

Returning to United Kingdom from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.

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What is the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul?

The cheapest ticket to Istanbul found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
£151
February
£161
March
£172
April
£190
May
£199
June
£213
July
£251
August
£294
September
£218
October
£213
November
£154
December
£151
Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Istanbul. Flying to Istanbul in August will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Average Istanbul flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LON - TR5
Price
£150 - £369
TR5
Temperature
9 - 29 °C
TR5
Rainfall
25 - 102 mm

Peak Season:

The main tourist season runs from April to the end of October, with the busiest period July and August. Flights to Istanbul are most expensive during these peaks months so it’s best to search for flights as early as you can to try and save some money. If you travel in June or July you might catch the International Music Festival which is held in the city. It showcases classical music, opera, ballet and traditional music performances. To try and find the cheapest flights to Istanbul, you’ll have to search well in advance.

Off Season:

The winter tends to be very wet and cold so tourism is at a low, that being said you’ll find cheap flights to Istanbul and get good hotel deals too. September to October has mild weather and less tourists than the peak summer months. Flights to Istanbul are generally cheaper too. There is the Tulip Festival in either March or April which lasts for 10-15 days and the last two weeks of March has the International Istanbul Film Festival. Flights to Istanbul will vary around these events so book earlier on in the year to save money on your flight tickets.

When is the best time to book a flight to Istanbul?

To find the cheapest flights to Istanbul, try to book as early as 8 weeks before you wish to travel. Sometimes you might grab a deal on flight tickets 2 weeks before departure, although generally 6-8 weeks is the sweet spot. After this the prices will rise more the closer it gets to the day of travel. If you don’t have a specific date you want to travel then you can shop around for your flight tickets to grab the best prices. January and February offer the cheapest flights to Istanbul so if you book at least a few weeks before you should be able to save money. Sitting on the left side of the plane gives you the best views as you approach Istanbul, although this is dependable on the wind and air traffic congestion.

How long is the flight to Istanbul?

Flights from London (All airports) to Istanbul – 3 hours 45 minutes

Flights from Manchester to Istanbul – 4 hours 0 minutes

Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul – 3 hours 55 minutes

Flights from Glasgow to Istanbul – 5 hours 50 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Istanbul?

Depending on where you’re flying out from, the airline will vary. The main ones that operate the route are KLM, Air France, British Airways and Turkish Airlines. One option is choosing KLM for one direction and Air France for the return flight, giving you the cheapest flights to Istanbul due to the competitive prices.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The busier of the two airports is Istanbul Atatürk Airport, this is 23km from the city on the European side of Turkey. The second, and newer airport, is located 30km away in the Asian side. All flights from the UK will fly to Istanbul Atatürk Airport though unless you specifically chose Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The fastest way to leave to airport and get on your way is a taxi. There are taxis 24 hours a day outside the airport but can end up more expensive than alternative options. Havatas operate a bus from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the city centre. It’s a great option if you have a lot of baggage as the buses have lots of room and are fitted with air-conditioning. You can opt to take the metro straight from the airport, the trams operate every 15 minutes or so but are almost always extremely busy, meaning if you do have a lot of luggage it might not be the best option.

Istanbul airport overview

Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul claims to be the airport serving the most non-European routes in 2011. Like Istanbul, Ataturk Airport is a meeting-point between east and west. Ataturk International Airport is a major air hub for the region and is one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world.

Passengers travelling through Ataturk International Airport will be pleased to know that the airport has a great selection of duty-free shops including tobacconists, perfume shops and many name brand stores such as Hugo Boss, D&G, DKNY, Dior, Armani, Gucci, Guess and Prada. What better way to keep yourself entertained between flights or while waiting for your flight than to embark on a shopping extravaganza?

Most airlines from across the world offer flights to Istanbul. Low-cost carriers such as Atlasjet, Pegasus Airlines, IZair and Sky Airlines all offer cheap flights to Ataturk International Airport. Ataturk is also the main hub for the national carrier Turkish Airlines, which flies to destinations including Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cape Town and Chicago as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, and Paris.

The airport was designed with Istanbul’s unique East-meets-West history in mind. This is particularly evident in the architecture of the building, such as the intricate mosaic tiling of the airport floors. It serves as a great introduction to the beautiful Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.

How popular are flights to Istanbul this year?

Istanbul has seen a 308% increase in demand for flights to the city compared to last year.

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