Cheap flights from London to Istanbul

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How to find the cheapest flight from
London (LON) to Istanbul (IST)

What is the cheapest day to fly return from London to Istanbul?

It’s generally more expensive to depart on a Tuesday, if you have to leave on this day you can still search on Cheapflights to find great options that meet your needs.

How far in advance should I book a flight from London to Istanbul?

To save on the cost of your flight from London to Istanbul, book at least 57 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 23% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from £173 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as £192.

When is the cheapest time to fly from London to Istanbul (LON - TR5)?

It’s optimal to fly from London to Istanbul in the midday. By choosing this option you can save up to 17% on the cost of your flight, compared to a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from London to Istanbul in August, September 2020

The best prices found for LON to IST flights in August, September
17 Aug - 26 Aug
£135pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Turkish Airlines
Direct
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
14 Aug - 23 Aug
£140pp
LHR
London Heathrow
Turkish Airlines
Direct
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow
28 Aug - 4 Sep
£159pp
LHR
London Heathrow
British Airways
Direct
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
British Airways
Direct
LHR
London Heathrow

London to Istanbul 2020 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul from London found for this year
9 Nov - 15 Nov
£121pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
23 Nov - 28 Nov
£124pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
7 Nov - 15 Nov
£125pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted

Direct flights to Istanbul from London

Save time with London to Istanbul direct flight deals
9 Nov - 15 Nov
£121pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
23 Nov - 28 Nov
£124pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
5 Nov - 15 Nov
£126pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted

Last-minute flights from London to Istanbul

Late deals on return flights to Istanbul from London, departing today and this week
28 Jul - 30 Jul
£180pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Turkish Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
27 Jul - 30 Jul
£181pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Turkish Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
27 Jul - 30 Jul
£182pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Turkish Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted

One-way flights to Istanbul from London

The cheapest one-way flights from London to Istanbul
07:50 - 13:40
Turkish Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Turkish Airlines
£62
Vayama
14:25 - 20:15
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£69
Gotogate
02:00 - 12:30
Multiple Airlines
1 stop
8h 30m
LTN - SAW
Multiple Airlines
£71
Gotogate

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about London to Istanbul flights.

Flight FAQs

From London to Istanbul

Are flight prices decreasing from London to Istanbul due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both London and Istanbul for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

Can I find flights from London to Istanbul for under £200 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Istanbul for under £200. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Pegasus Airlines for just £121, but on average you can expect to pay £130.

Are there direct flights from London to Istanbul for under £200 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Istanbul under £200. A good price for a direct flight from London to Istanbul is less than £132.

Are there last-minute flights available from London to Istanbul for under £200?

There are currently 20+ open flights from London to Istanbul within the next 7 days for less than £200.

How many flights depart from London to Istanbul on average per day?

2 flight departures from London to Istanbul per day on average.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 100% of flight departures

Is London weather warmer or cooler than Istanbul?

We forecast the temperature to be around the 29 °Cs in July, on average. The temperature in Istanbul is generally hotter than in London. Book flights in a timely manner in correlation to your departure date.

What airports serve London to Istanbul flights?

There are several airports that serve travellers going from London to Istanbul. These include London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, and more. London Heathrow Airport is a massive international airport that is the second busiest in the world for international passenger flights. London City Airport is in the London Borough of Newham at about 11 kilometres from the City of London. This airport has a single runaway and had more than 4.5 million passengers during 2017. London Gatwick is located in West Sussex near Crawley and offers two runways, but only one can be used at a time.

Which airlines fly directly from London to Istanbul?

Two airlines offer direct, nonstop flights from London into Istanbul. Turkish Airlines offers direct flights that range in length from 3h 45m to 4h 10m. The other option for a direct flight is from Pegasus Airlines, which offers several direct flights a day. The flight times with this airline are similar to those of Turkish Airlines. The flights that reach Istanbul faster tend to have a higher price than those that take longer.

What are the stopover options between London to Istanbul?

When taking a flight with one stop in between London and Istanbul, there are two places you may have a stopover. The flight may have a pause in Ankara Esenboga (ESB) or Izmir (ADB). There are also flights between these two locations that have two stops, although these flights do not run every single day. These flights take place on Lufthansa and make stops in both Frankfurt am Main, Germany (FRA) and Brussels International (BRU). These flights tend to be much longer at 9h 40m. The flights with two stops also tend to be more expensive flights.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly from London to Istanbul?

A visa is required to enter Turkey for British nationals. Visit visas range in length from 90 to 180 days. A passport is required and should be valid for at least six months from when you enter Turkey.

How long does is the flight from London to Istanbul?

For as low as £106, Turkish Airlines can have you in Istanbul from London in 3h 50m. Airlines will cover a distance of 1555 mi. Most flights are nonstop.

What are the cheapest airlines to flying from London to Istanbul return?

According to our current data, Pegasus Airlines (£93), British Airways (£101), and Turkish Airlines (£106) offers the cheapest pricing from London to Istanbul.

What are the cheapest airlines to fly from London to Istanbul one-way?

For one-way options, check prices for Turkish Airlines. According to our data, you can fly for as low as £55. Users have also found tickets on Pegasus Airlines for as little as £63.

Alternative routes for London to Istanbul

Destination information for Istanbul

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from London to Istanbul
Today's exchange rate
£1 = ₺9.11
Flight duration
4h 03m
Average temperature for August in Istanbul
29.0 °C
Avg rainfall for August in Istanbul
37.0 mm

Airports servicing London

Heathrow (LHR)
Luton (LTN)
Stansted (STN)
City (LCY)
Southend (SEN)

Airports servicing Istanbul

Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)

Hourly flight availability from London to Istanbul

Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 52% of flight departures
Morning 6 AM to midday 43% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 4% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of flight departures
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