When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Istanbul?
The cheapest time to travel to Istanbul is in winter, when rates and crowds are both at their lowest. The best time for flights to Istanbul is from late September-November and April-May, when the weather is pleasant. Summer is peak season which means higher rates and more people. Save with early booking or deals on last-minute flights on Netflights.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Istanbul?
The best time to book Istanbul flights is six to eight weeks in advance for good rates. In general, the earlier the booking the better, although you can also save with deals on last-minute flights. Winter is low season and it’s also the rainiest (with possible snow) so don’t forget to take an umbrella and some warm clothes with you.
Flying to Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
23 kilometres away from Istanbul lies Istanbul Atatürk Airport. It is Turkey’s biggest airport and the fifth busiest airport in all of Europe. Book cheap flights to Istanbul on Netflights by typing in your departing city/airport and IST as your destination. Sort by ‘low to high costs’ to find the best fares and compare rates across popular airlines like Austrian Airlines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Direct flights are served by multiple airports across the UK like London’s Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport. Other airports such as George Best Belfast City Airport, Bristol Airport and London City Airport offer indirect Istanbul flights with stopovers in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich and London.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Istanbul Atatürk Airport is a two-terminal airport: one serves domestic flights and the other is for international flights. Both terminals are connected to one another. There are also includes two different levels, one for departures and one for arrivals. IST offers travellers the basic airport amenities like information desks, lost and found, health services, ATMs, banks, currency exchanges, shops, restaurants, luggage storage and transport. Other additional services include layover tours, massages and prayer rooms, showers, mobile charging and Wi-Fi.
Getting to the city from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)
There are several ways to travel between Istanbul and Istanbul Atatürk Airport, you can choose to go by rail, bus, car hire, taxi or airport transfer services. One of the cheapest ways to travel is by taking the Istanbul metro line M1A. The station is located just outside the international terminal. Airport buses run frequently and also travel to other city destinations. Taxis are convenient for larger groups and are available 24 hours a day. Airport transfer services are a private service that will take you to the city centre. Car hire agencies are found in both the domestic and international terminals. Some hotels offer shuttle services, so it is advisable to check beforehand.
Why visit Istanbul?
With a beautiful blend of the old and new, as well as cultural diversity, Istanbul offers a unique experience where two different worlds that collide. Upon arrival, you will notice several stunning dome structures. One of the most famous ones is the Sultanahmet Camii, or the Blue Mosque. Its incredible architecture and inner artwork leaves visitors in awe. Another memorable dome structure is the Hagia Sophia Museum. Once formerly a church and mosque, it now is a museum that reveals its religious past.
Walk among the locals and visit some of their shops at the grand Bazaar. This is one of largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The streets come alive with people, vendors and colourful goods. Alternatively, you can see and purchase local organic produce at the İnebolu Sunday Market and taste dishes at the Yeşilköy market. With plenty more to see and experience, it’s worth booking flights to Istanbul as your 2023 / 2024 next holiday destination.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British nationals are required to get a visa before entering the country. This can be done online up to three months in advance online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website for free. It is advisable to print out or carry an electronic copy of the e-Visa on your phone or portable device in case there are any problems with the computer system at the airport. From 2018, British nationals can get a 90-day multiple entry visa on arrival. IST has self-service e-Visa kiosks available and you can use the airports Wi-Fi to access the internet. The visa is valid for multiple visits of 90 days in a 180 day period.