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The best prices from London to Istanbul are usually found in March or January, booked 60 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Monday and return on a Friday

How to find the cheapest flight from
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
£137 - £240
TR5
Temperature
9 - 29 °C
TR5
Rainfall
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

£137

From London to Istanbul

One-way from

£47

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.
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 59 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 24% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from £185 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as £207.

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

March can be a great time to fly to Istanbul from London with a flight ticket averaging about £179. Cheapflights users have found deals in the month of March for as cheap as £108. The most expensive prices can be found in the month of December.

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

It’s optimal to fly from London to Istanbul in the afternoon. By choosing this option you can save up to 18% on the cost of your flight, compared to a flight in the evening.

Cheap flights from London to Istanbul in April, May 2021

The best prices found for LON to IST flights in April, May
19 Apr - 21 May
£60pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
30 Apr - 2 May
£61pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
7 May - 16 May
£63pp
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
19 Apr - 21 May
£60pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
30 Apr - 2 May
£61pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
7 May - 16 May
£63pp
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
27 Apr - 1 May
£80pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
28 Apr - 3 May
£81pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
STN
London Stansted
23 Apr - 3 May
£82pp
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
19 Apr - 21 May
£60pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
22 Apr - 31 May
£71pp
STN
London Stansted
Multiple airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
STN
London Stansted
23 Apr - 3 May
£82pp
STN
London Stansted
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
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
£48
Kiwi.com
08:15 - 14:05
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£49
Kiwi.com
08:15 - 14:05
Pegasus Airlines
Direct
3h 50m
STN - SAW
Pegasus Airlines
£50
Kiwi.com

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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.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from London to Istanbul to control the spread of COVID-19?

New policies can now be found on Alitalia to help keep travellers safe while flying. New policies for travellers booking flights from London to Istanbul include masks being provided and required on board, daily cleaning and sanitisation, use of HEPA filters, pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms, and socially-distanced seating (for a limited time). Keep in mind that policies will vary by airline.

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.

Can I find flights from London to Istanbul for under £73 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from London to Istanbul for under £73. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just £60, but on average you can expect to pay £71.

Are there direct flights from London to Istanbul for under £146 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has 20 direct flights from London to Istanbul under £146. A good price for a direct flight from London to Istanbul is less than £98.

Are there last-minute flights available from London to Istanbul for under £73?

There are currently 20+ open flights from London to Istanbul within the next 7 days for less than £73.

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 £81, Pegasus Airlines can have you in Istanbul from London in 3h 50m. Most flights are nonstop.

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

According to our current data, Pegasus Airlines (£81), offers the cheapest pricing from London to Istanbul. Users have found that Pegasus Airlines is 55% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

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

For one-way options, check prices for Pegasus Airlines. According to our data, you can fly for as low as £48.

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 = ₺11.18
Flight duration
4h 05m
Average temperature for April in Istanbul
17.0 °C
Avg rainfall for April in Istanbul
42.0 mm

Airports servicing London

Gatwick (LGW)
City (LCY)
Stansted (STN)
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.
Morning 6 AM to midday 42% of flight departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 31% of flight departures
Afternoon Midday to 6 PM 26% of flight departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of flight departures
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