Cheap flights from London to Istanbul

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London (LON) to Istanbul (IST)

All the information you need to plan the best LON to IST flight in 2021: compare London to Istanbul flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Istanbul.
LON - TR5
Price
£135 - £237
TR5
Temperature
9 - 29 °C
TR5
Precipitation
25 - 102 mm

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 25% potential price rise

Cheapest in

March

Best time to find cheap flights, 24% potential price drop

Round-trip from

£135

From London to Istanbul

One-way from

£46

One-way flight from London to Istanbul

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
How far in advance should I book a flight from London to Istanbul?

Find a great deal and save up to 24% by booking at least 59 days prior to your desired departure date, rather than waiting until the week of travel. According to our data, there are a number of flights available from London to Istanbul within the next two weeks, with the cheapest ticket starting at £184.

What is the cheapest month to fly from London to Istanbul?

Flights from London to Istanbul lean towards being more expensive in December. Prices are generally better when you fly from London to Istanbul in March, with the cheapest ticket starting at £107.

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

When flying from London to Istanbul, the time of day you decide to fly out makes little to no difference towards the overall price you’ll pay on tickets.

Cheap flights from London to Istanbul in September, October 2021

The best prices found for LON to IST flights in September, October
29 Oct - 20 Nov
£86pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
6 Oct - 13 Oct
£88pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
28 Sep - 8 Oct
£89pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted

London to Istanbul 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul from London found for this year
30 Nov - 14 Dec
£79pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
29 Nov - 13 Dec
£80pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
14 Nov - 19 Nov
£83pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted

Direct flights to Istanbul from London

Save time with London to Istanbul direct flight deals
15 Mar - 24 Mar
£83pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
29 Oct - 20 Nov
£86pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
1 Feb - 13 Feb
£87pp
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
21 Sep - 2 Oct
£91pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
21 Sep - 28 Sep
£99pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
24 Sep - 27 Sep
£108pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted

One-way flights to Istanbul from London

The cheapest one-way flights from London to Istanbul
20:05 - 01:55
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£46
Trip.com
10:40 - 16:30
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£47
Trip.com
10:40 - 16:30
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£48
Trip.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">London</span> to <span class="emphasized">Istanbul</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From London to Istanbul

Which airlines flying from London to Istanbul have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, and British Airways are some of the carriers that may have flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for other airlines that may also have this kind of flexibility.

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 £100 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Istanbul for under £100. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just £78, but on average you can expect to pay £88.

Are there direct flights from London to Istanbul for under £100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Istanbul under £100. A good price for a direct flight from London to Istanbul is less than £93.

Are there last-minute flights available from London to Istanbul for under £100?

There are currently 20+ open flights from London to Istanbul within the next 7 days for less than £100.

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

Our cheapest airline available from London to Istanbul is Pegasus Airlines. Our recent data shows that you can find tickets from as low as £86 on this airline. An additional option worth looking into is British Airways, starting at £98. Pegasus Airlines is currently priced 51% below the average price you’ll pay for this route.

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.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Istanbul, Turkey

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Istanbul from London?

Information is based on travel restrictions from London to Istanbul

Most visitors from London need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from London must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Istanbul.

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

Documents
Form for Entry to Turkey - Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.


Do I need a test to fly back to London from Istanbul?

Returning to London from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to London.

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

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Alternative routes for London to Istanbul

See prices for flight routes from nearby airports that may be better suited for you.

Destination information for Istanbul

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from London to Istanbul.
Today's exchange rate
£1 = ₺11.67
Flight duration from London to Istanbul
4h 04m
Average temperature for September in Istanbul
25.0 °C
Avg rainfall for September in Istanbul
44.0 mm

Airports servicing London

Gatwick (LGW)
Stansted (STN)
London City (LCY)
Luton (LTN)
Southend (SEN)

Airports servicing Istanbul

Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)

Top 10 airlines flying from London to Istanbul

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users travelling from London to Istanbul choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.
Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
British Airways
£116 £257 No cancel fee 70%
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Ukraine International Airlines
£157 £271 No cancel fee 81%
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Atlasglobal
£141 £301 No cancel fee 85%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by Atlasglobal. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Aegean Airlines
£152 £355 No cancel fee 87%
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Lufthansa
£203 £356 No cancel fee 76%
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Air France
£184 £360 No cancel fee 77%
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KLM
£192 £363 No cancel fee 75%
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TAROM
£233 £388 No cancel fee 86%

We couldn't confirm the COVID-19 safety measures taken by TAROM. Please check directly on their website for additional information.

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Air Serbia
£199 £390 No cancel fee N/A
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LOT
£175 £398 No cancel fee 81%
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Hourly flight availability from London to Istanbul

See what time of day planes typically take off from London towards Istanbul.
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 74% of flight departures
Morning 6 AM to midday 25% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of flight departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from London to Istanbul
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from London to Istanbul.
Sunday
5 daily flights
Monday
5 daily flights
Tuesday
5 daily flights
Wednesday
5 daily flights
Thursday
5 daily flights
Friday
5 daily flights
Saturday
5 daily flights
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