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Istanbul to London flights

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Departure Wed, 07 Oct Return Wed, 07 Oct
IST Istanbul
LON London
return from £107
Departure Wed, 14 Oct Return Wed, 14 Oct
IST Istanbul
LON London
return from £101
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Find out further information on Istanbul and London to help you prepare for your trip.
Currency and price comparison
Local, one-way ticket

Trains are 680% more expensive in London than in Istanbul.

Mid-priced restaurant

The average meal is 390% more expensive in London than in Istanbul.

Standard daytime start rate

Taxis are 490% more expensive in London than in Istanbul.

Regular cappuccino

Coffee is 129% more expensive in London than in Istanbul.

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
London airports
  • ( Heathrow (LHR)
    How far from city centre: 14 miles
  • ( Gatwick (LGW)
    How far from city centre: 25 miles
  • ( Stansted (STN)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ( Luton International (LTN)
    How far from city centre: 27 miles
  • ( London City (LCY)
    How far from city centre: 7 miles
  • ( Southend (SEN)
    How far from city centre: 35 miles
K Distance: 1554 miles

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Useful information for the flight from Istanbul to London

How long is the flight from Istanbul to London?

The average non-stop flight from Istanbul to London takes 4 hours 15 minutes.

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

Turkish citizens need a valid passport and a UK visa to fly to London. You can apply for the visa through the British Consulate General in Turkey/Istanbul.

Is there a time change from Istanbul to London?

London (GMT) is 2 hours behind Istanbul during summer when there is no daylight saving and 3 hours behind Istanbul (GMT+3) during winters when there is daylight saving.

Which airlines fly from Istanbul to London

Here are some of the airlines that provide reasonable flights between Istanbul and London:

  • Aegean Airlines, the largest Greek airline
  • Air France, French flag carrier
  • Alitalia, Italian air operator
  • Atlas Global, Turkish airline
  • BMI Regional, British regional airline
  • British Airways, UK’s largest airline
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Netherlands’ flag carrier
  • Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline
  • Pegasus Airlines, Turkish low-cost airlines
  • Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier

How to find cheap flights from Istanbul to London

A search engine like Opodo is good for finding the cheapest flights from Istanbul to London for your upcoming trips. It will help you search for the lowest airfares as well as the best deals for direct flights. You can filter the results for your travel plans by arrival time and departures, flight duration, flight path and cheapest tickets.

When are the best times to fly from Istanbul to London

  • September is a beautiful time to take city breaks in London. Not only is the autumn weather beautiful but it is also one of the cheapest times to go as there are far fewer visitors in the city compared to the rush of the summer. Most of the hotels also offer great deals during this time.
  • December in London is a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays with the sounds, sights and smells of the city. The place actually looks like a winter wonderland right out of a storybook. All the shops and streets look beautiful with their sparkling decorations. Many festive markets, shows and events also take place all over the city during this month.

Airports in Istanbul

Istanbul is served by two international airports. They are the Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) and the Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW).

Useful information about Istanbul Atatürk Airport

The Istanbul Atatürk Airport is located 15 miles west of Istanbul’s city centre.

How to get to the airport

  • By subway – Istanbul Metro line M1A runs from Yenikapi to the airport and covers major stops in the European side of the city, which includes the intercity bus terminal.
  • By taxi – 45-50 minutes
  • By bus – Ground handling company Havata? runs shuttle services from Taksim Square, Aksaray, Yenikapi and Bak?rköy to the airport, at intervals of 30 minutes. Municipal buses also run from Kozyata??, Etiler and Taksim to the airport.

Services: The Istanbul Atatürk Airport offers various services such as 24-hour food options, mobile charging points, WiFi, cash points and airport lounges to relax at.

Useful information about Sabiha Gökçen Airport

The Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located 22 miles south-east of Istanbul’s city centre.

How to get to the airport

  • By taxi – 65-115 minutes
  • By bus – You can take shuttle buses E10 or E11 from Kad?köy and Taksim to reach the airport.

Services: The airport is a modern single terminal facility where there is a nice selection of landside and airside eateries and shops. You can also make use of the WiFi and first-class airport lounges.

Airports in London

The 2 airports nearest to the city centre are London City Airport and Heathrow Airport. They get both international and domestic flights.

Useful information about London City Airport

London City Airport is located 6.9 miles to London’s east.

How to get to the city

  • By train – The London City Airport is near London Bridge, London Waterloo and Stratford International.
  • By taxi – 30-35 minutes
  • By bus – London City Airport connects to London’s centre via buses 473 and 474.

Services: Business or first class lounges, restaurants, free Wi-Fi, cash points, duty free shops and beauty centres.

Useful information about Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport is located 14 miles west of Central London.

How to get to the city

  • By train – The Heathrow Express trains travel to the city centre in only 15 minutes.
  • By taxi – 45 to 60 minutes
  • By bus – The National Express coach services connect to the Victoria Station in central London.
  • By tube – The Piccadilly Line underground takes you to the centre in about 50 minutes.

Services: Plenty of duty free shops, concierge service, free Wi-Fi, shower facilities, baby care centres, cash points, lounges, prayer room and much more.

What to do and visit in London

  • See Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben
  • Enjoy the atmosphere in Soho
  • Do some shopping for the big brands in Oxford Street and Bond Street
  • Take in a show in the West End or Covent Garden
  • Stroll around Hyde Park, Regent's Park or Hampstead Heath
  • Spend a rainy day at The National Gallery, Tate Modern or British Museum

Frequent asked questions about flights from Istanbul to London

How is COVID-19 affecting flights from Istanbul to London?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions United Kingdom may apply when travelling from Istanbul. Is your flight cancelled? We've got your back! With our flexible ticket guarantee you can decide if you want to book another flight - free of rebooking fee - or get a full refund!
📊 How much, on average, are flights from Istanbul to London?
The average price to go from Istanbul to London is 144.58 GBP but ticket prices vary a lot, depending on the season and how far in advance you book.
🔍 How can I find cheap flights from Istanbul to London at Opodo?
Our search engines have found flights from 101€ for the route Istanbul - London. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the cheapest option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
💰 Is London expensive to visit compared to Istanbul?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in London costs an average of 3.00 GBP, 488% more expensive than Istanbul, with a fare of 0.51 GBP, while train tickets costs 678% more in London: 2.80 GBP against 0.36 GBP in Istanbul. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 15.00 GBP in London, 389% more than the 3.07 GBP in Istanbul. The price of the coffee is around 129% more expensive in London, with an average of 2.98 GBP , while in Istanbul the coffee costs 1.30 GBP.
📉 When is the best time to book a flight from Istanbul to London?
According to real customer data from our website, the most popular months to book a trip from Istanbul to London are August, October and September.
📅 When is the best time to travel from Istanbul to London?
The best time of the year to go to London when flying from Istanbul depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, August is the top 1 month to fly to  London from Istanbul in terms of searches from our cutomer, followed by September and October. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period March, February and May are the months with less volume of searchs for the route Istanbul -  London.
How long does the flight take to go from Istanbul to London?
The total flight time between Istanbul and London is of around 04:23 hours on average, considering an average distance of 2,609 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in oter cities in between).

3.5 /5
Reviews: 13
1.0 /5
Date 2020-02-22 Age 51-70 City Turkiye


5.0 /5
Date 2019-09-02 Age 31-50 City Scotland

Good airport

4.0 /5
Date 2019-08-22 Age 51-70 City London

My luggage was missed when I went to my destination in Tehran Iran. I got my luggage 9 days later. I was told that my luggage from Stansted Airport was not send.

5.0 /5
Date 2019-07-25 Age Over 70 City Middlesex

Well-positioned airport clean and well sign posted

1.0 /5
Date 2019-07-07 Age 31-50 City Midlands

Not the best airport to fly from staff is unaware of all flights regulations soon as our flight was cancelled at 8:30pm it took the staff to find hotels at 00:00pm that’s when we reached hotel next morning we were told to be ready by 9:30 the taxis came to pick us up at 9 we had rush everything and soon as possible

2.0 /5
Frequent flyer
Date 2019-07-04 Age 31-50 City England

After embarking it was like the Marie Celeste and nothing was working. The lift were out of order and there were signs to arrivals that didn't lead anywhere it was possible to go. Several hundred eventuall found our way down an escalator that wasn't working to a transit train that had a sign saying out of order. Then mgically a train came nd the doors opened and several hundred people clambered inside and waited. And waited. And waited. Then there was an annuncement that the train was out of service so several hundred people got off the train and climbed back up the escalator that still wasn't working and stood around for another ten minuted. Then a women turned up who seemed amazed that we didn't know that we were supposed to go through an unmarked door to outside where a bus was waiting. The driver and the woman tried desparately but unseccessfully to fit 200 people into the bus which was packed like a tokyo tube. In retrospect it was comical.

3.0 /5
Date 2019-06-22 Age 51-70 City Internet

Shouldn’t keep passengers in the aircraft for 4 hours

5.0 /5
Date 2019-06-17 Age 31-50 City ESSEX


5.0 /5
Date 2019-06-03 Age City Yarmouth

The only incident was that one of the suitcases' shell was cracked on the flight between Athens/Istanbul and Stansted. We will now have to try and initiate a claim for the damage.

5.0 /5
Date 2019-04-18 Age 51-70 City UK

Fantastic airport no issues

3.0 /5
Date 2019-04-11 Age 51-70 City

Good efficient airport but it does not allow operation of cheap cabs/shuttles to nearby towns. This is the biggest negative. Consider the situation that you pay £70 for the flight and then you have to pay about £100 to get to Colchester. This is unacceptable. Also set-down and pick up should be free.

3.0 /5
Date 2019-03-30 Age 51-70 City London

Bus travelling in the airport premises to get into the plane climbing stairs with a cabin bag even for disable people and elderly and children was difficult not organised .

4.0 /5
Date 2019-03-27 Age 51-70 City Latvia


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3.9 /5
Reviews: 17
5.0 /5
Date 2020-03-10 Age 31-50 City London

I use plaza lounge at Heathrow

4.0 /5
Date 2020-01-07 Age Over 70 City uk

was quit comfortable and signs are clear

3.0 /5
Date 2020-01-02 Age 31-50 City British

Check-in was chaotic and queue very long

5.0 /5
Date 2019-12-07 Age 31-50 City Great Britain London

Amazing airport

4.0 /5
Date 2019-11-14 Age 51-70 City Netherlands

Very good

4.0 /5
Date 2019-11-08 Age Over 70 City UK

there are plenty of shops at terminal 5, but it is pretty badly designed, having to go up and down so much

2.0 /5
Date 2019-09-26 Age 51-70 City UK

crowded. long wait for machine recognition of passport details, too much security - feel as if use are suspected of some thing, missing the old friendly smiles and professionalism.

4.0 /5
Date 2019-08-12 Age 51-70 City UK

Check in was chaotic but staff did their best to help things along.

5.0 /5
Date 2019-07-27 Age 51-70 City UK


4.0 /5
Date 2019-07-27 Age 31-50 City British

I can not use the free wi fi service annoying

5.0 /5
Date 2019-06-30 Age 51-70 City U.K.


4.0 /5
Date 2019-06-12 Age 31-50 City Uk


1.0 /5
Date 2019-06-01 Age City

I cancelled this trip. Why do you keep sending me the texts and messages?

5.0 /5
Date 2019-04-27 Age Over 70 City UK

New Terminal 2. All ok. Why are you asking questions about Heathrow when you need feedback on Istanbul Havilamani?

4.0 /5
Date 2019-04-22 Age 51-70 City London

It was a nice experience

5.0 /5
Date 2019-03-30 Age Over 70 City Dorset

best inflight meal I have ever had

3.0 /5
Date 2019-03-25 Age Over 70 City UK

Process for self service check in unclear and confusing

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4.2 /5
Reviews: 9
3.0 /5
Date 2019-08-25 Age 51-70 City UK

For trsvellers on a tight budget not enough cheaper places to eat.

3.0 /5
Date 2019-07-01 Age 31-50 City LONDON

Security check queues were very long and very slow. Very unfriendly security checking staff too.

4.0 /5
Date 2019-05-20 Age 51-70 City London

I like Gatwick it's planned out well

5.0 /5
Date 2019-05-17 Age 31-50 City Dorset

Great but could do with some more exclusive shops.

4.0 /5
Date 2019-05-11 Age 51-70 City

Easy to navigate. The ambiance is a bit lacking in the terminal however.

5.0 /5
Date 2019-04-27 Age 31-50 City London


4.0 /5
Date 2019-04-08 Age 51-70 City Uk


5.0 /5
Date 2019-04-03 Age 51-70 City

Good value for money.

5.0 /5
Date 2019-03-16 Age 51-70 City London


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