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Flights London to Istanbul

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Departure Fri, 19 Mar Return Sun, 28 Mar
LON London
IST Istanbul
return from £129
Departure Thu, 08 Apr Return Thu, 08 Apr
LON London
IST Istanbul
return from £132
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Discover the most useful information about London and Istanbul to organise your travel.
Currency exchange rates and cost of life
Exchange rate
1.00 GBP = 10.47 TRY
British Pound Sterling Turkish Lira
1 TRY = 0.1 GBP
Last checked on 07 March 2021
Local, one-way ticket

Trains in Istanbul are 88% cheaper than in London.

Mid-priced restaurant

A meal in Istanbul is 81% cheaper than a meal in London.

Standard daytime start rate

A taxi fare in Istanbul is 82% cheaper than in London.

Regular cappuccino

Coffee in Istanbul is 50% cheaper than in London.

London airports
  • ( Stansted (STN)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ( Heathrow (LHR)
    How far from city centre: 14 miles
  • ( Gatwick (LGW)
    How far from city centre: 25 miles
  • ( Luton International (LTN)
    How far from city centre: 27 miles
  • ( Southend (SEN)
    How far from city centre: 35 miles
  • ( London City (LCY)
    How far from city centre: 7 miles
Istanbul airports
  • ( Istanbul Airport (IST)
    How far from city centre: 21 miles
  • ( Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)
    How far from city centre: 19 miles
  • ( Istanbul Atatürk International Havalimani (ISL)
    How far from city centre: 9 miles
K Distance: 1554 miles

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Useful information for the flight from London to Istanbul

How long is the London flight to Istanbul?

The flight duration is around four hours and covers a distance of approximately 1,500 miles.

What documentation do I need to fly to Istanbul from London?

British citizens require a visa in order to enter Turkey, but you can apply for an eVisa online via the Turkish government’s eVisa website.

Is there a time change from London to Istanbul?

Yes, Istanbul time is two hours ahead of London time.

How early should I arrive at the airport?

In case of unforeseen delays, such as traffic jams on the way to the airport, you should aim to be at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight’s departure time.

Which airlines fly from London to Istanbul?

There are several airlines operating direct flights between London and Istanbul. The flight path is south-eastwards across the English Channel, Western European countries such as Belgium and Germany, and Eastern European countries such as Hungary and Bulgaria to Turkey. Airlines operating between London and Istanbul include:

How to find cheap flights from London to Istanbul

Use our website’s fast and powerful search facility. You can easily find the cheapest time to go for holidays or city breaks in Istanbul, airfares, ticket classes, times of departures and arrivals, airline names, airport names and much more. Results are delivered in seconds, and you can scroll down to the bottom for terrific last-minute deals.

When is the best time to fly from London to Istanbul?

April is a great time to visit Istanbul as the cold winter temperatures are replaced by pleasantly warm sunshine. The city’s many attractions are also less crowded at this time of year.

October is also recommended. The tourist-season crowds have dwindled, the searing summer heat has reduced, and for music lovers, the Akban Jazz Festival takes place at various venues over a two-week period.

Airports in London

Useful information about London Heathrow Airport

Britain’s largest airport, Heathrow is located 16 miles west of London. It has four operational terminals, each with a huge range of passenger facilities including shops, restaurants, bars and free WiFi, and there are smoking areas located outside the terminal buildings. Travel options for getting to the airport from London include:

  • London Underground (Metro): Take the westbound Piccadilly Line to the Heathrow Airport station corresponding with your departure terminal. The journey takes less than an hour and costs £6.
  • Buses to Heathrow are available from Victoria Coach Station. The journey takes around 45 minutes to one hour and fares start from £6.
  • Train: The Heathrow Express takes only 15 minutes to reach the airport from Paddington Station. The fare is around £22 - £25.
  • Taxi: Taxis to the airport take between 45 minutes to an hour to reach the airport, and the fare varies between £45 and £75.

Useful information about London Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport has two terminals (North Terminal and South Terminal) and is London’s second most important airport. Located 25 miles to the south of London, it offers passengers a wide range of facilities from shops to refreshments areas. Travel options from London to the airport include:

  • Bus: Buses to Gatwick are available from Victoria Coach Station. The trip takes just over an hour and costs around £10.
  • Train: Train services are available from Victoria Station. The journey takes 45 minutes and costs around £8.
  • Taxi: Taxis to the airport from central London take approximately 45 minutes and the fare is around £50.

Airports in Istanbul

Useful information about Ataturk Airport

Ataturk Airport is located 15 miles west of Istanbul. It has two interconnected terminals; one for domestic flights and the other for international flights. Both terminals offer passengers a wide range of facilities, and travel options to the city from the airport include:

  • Bus: Bus services to the city take 30 minutes and the fare is 11 Turkish lira.
  • Metro: Train services to the city are available at Ataturk International Metro Station. The journey takes around one hour and costs 12 Turkish lira.
  • Taxi: The journey time by taxi is around 30 minutes and the fare is approximately 210 Turkish lira.

What to do and visit in Istanbul

  • Visit Topkapi Palace, the 15th-century residence of the Ottoman sultans, now a museum dedicated to this period.
  • Take boat trips on the Bosporus Straits. While the city has so much to offer, you must also discover what the outlying area has to offer.
  • Find great bargains at the historic Grand Bazaar which has been in operation since 1461. It's covered, so it's accessible no matter the weather.
  • Explore the natural beauty of Gulhane Park, meaning "house of flowers". The largest and oldest of all parks in the city, it deserves a visit.
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