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London to Istanbul flights

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Flight DurationFlights between London and Istanbul take, on average, 3 h and 57 m minutes, but the time can vary according to other factors
Cheapest flightCheapest price for a one-way flight between London with Istanbul found by our customers in the last 72 hours
Departing AirportThe airport Stansted is the departure airport operating flights between London and Istanbul
Arriving AirportFlights departing London with Istanbul as destination arrives at Istanbul Airport

Cheap last minute flights to Istanbul

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Departure Wed, 03 Nov Return Wed, 10 Nov
LON London
IST Istanbul
return from £82
Departure Tue, 16 Nov Return Mon, 29 Nov
LON London
IST Istanbul
return from £95
Flight route information
Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, features unique attractions, financial centres and exciting activities.
Currency and price comparison
Exchange rate
1.00 GBP = 13.33 TRY
British Pound Sterling Turkish Lira
1 TRY = 0.08 GBP
Last checked on 23 October 2021
Local, one-way ticket

Trains in Istanbul are 90% cheaper than in London.

Mid-priced restaurant

A meal in Istanbul is 80% cheaper than a meal in London.

Standard daytime start rate

A taxi fare in Istanbul is 85% cheaper than in London.

Regular cappuccino

Coffee in Istanbul is 59% cheaper than in London.

London airports
  • ( Heathrow (LHR)
    How far from city centre: 14 miles
  • ( Stansted (STN)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ( Gatwick (LGW)
    How far from city centre: 25 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
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

Getting to and from the airport

Flights departing from London

London is a vast city with spectacular attractions and famous landmarks. The city has a rich cultural heritage and features stunning architectural wonders and a historical background. London has an abundance of museums, which feature a wide collection of antiques and works of art. London will definitely blow your mind with its numerous sightseeing opportunities and adventurous activities.

London is truly a fascinating holiday destination that offers many places to see and things to do. Flights to Istanbul from London are handled by London Heathrow, Stansted, Luton and London Gatwick Airports. Several airlines operate regular and non-stop flights to Istanbul from these airports.

Getting to London airport

London Istanbul flights are operated by British Airways, Turkish Airlines and other major airlines. The journey takes about 4 hours, depending on the airline and departure airport. Getting to London airports from the city centre couldn't be easier, because they are located just few minutes from the city.

For passengers flying from London Heathrow, you can take advantage of the London Underground, from the city to the airport terminal. If you are flying from Stansted, you can take the Terravision shuttle bus from Victoria Station in Central London to the airport departure terminal. National Express services are also available for transfer from the city to Luton or Gatwick Airports.

Arriving to Istanbul

Steeped in history and culture, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the country's bulging financial centre. Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city is located between Asia and Europe, and it reflects the cultural influences as it cordially brings together two nations. Istanbul is a blend of old culture with modern lifestyle.

The cosmopolitan city is situated on the Bosphorous Strait, which is the narrow canal that links the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. The city features stunning attractions, historic places, and a wide range of activities and sightseeing options. Istanbul has something to offer everyone.

How to get to the city centre

Flights from London to Istanbul arrive at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST), which is the largest airport in Turkey. The airport is one of the busiest airports in Europe. Istanbul Airport (IST) consists of four terminals and operates both domestic and international flights. The airport is the main hub for Turkish Airlines, which is the flag carrier of the country.

The airport is located 24km west of the city centre. Hence, the city is easily reachable. Upon your arrival, you can walk to the Metro for transfer to the city. Alternatively, you can opt for the Havata? Airport Shuttle, which are located outside the airport terminal. Taxis are also available at the airports.

Frequent asked questions about flights from London to Istanbul

😷 Is it safe to travel from London to Istanbul during the Covid-19 situation?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions Turkey may apply when travelling from London. 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 can I find cheap flights from London to Istanbul at Opodo?
The cheapest price for a flight from London to Istanbul is 82£. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the best option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
💰 Is Istanbul expensive to visit compared to London?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in Istanbul costs an average of 0.44 GBP, 85% cheaper than London, with a fare of 3.00 GBP, while train tickets costs 89% less in Istanbul: 0.30 GBP against 2.80 GBP in London. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 3.03 GBP in Istanbul, 80% less than the 15.00 GBP in London. The price of the coffee is around 59% cheaper in Istanbul, with an average of 1.23 GBP, while in London the coffee costs 2.99 GBP.
📉 When is the best time to book a flight from London to Istanbul?
The most popular months to book a trip from London to Istanbul are July, June and March, based on the searches of our customers.
📅 When is the best time to travel from London to Istanbul?
The best time of the year to go to Istanbul when flying from London depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, August is the top 1º month to fly to Istanbul from London in terms of searches from our customer, followed by July and April. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period, November, January and March are the months with less volume of searchs for the route London -  Istanbul.
🕑 How long does the flight take to go from London to Istanbul?
The total flight time between London and Istanbul is of around 03:57 hours on average, considering an average distance of 2,548 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in other cities in between).
🌡️ How is the weather in Istanbul compared to London?
While in London the temperatures can reach an average of 29.01 ºC in summer, with precipitation levels up to 9.0 mm ,Istanbul's temperatures can go up to 32.95 ºC during the hot season, with 5.3 mm average of rain rate . In winter, however, weather indicators show around -0.3 ºC in Istanbul, compared to the -3.09 ºC average degrees reported in London. During the winter period, London can register 6.0 mm precipitation, while Istanbul have an average of 9.0 mm rain level.
🛄 Which airports have flights between London and Istanbul?
The main airport route flying between London and Istanbul is: Stansted (STN) to Istanbul Airport (IST). This route is covered by the following airline(s):
  • AtlasGlobal.
  • Alternatively, you can find London - Istanbul flights between Gatwick (LGW) to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) with the following airline(s) flying the route: Turkish Airlines.
Airlines with indirect flights from London to Istanbul are:
Airlines with indirect flights from London to Istanbul are:
  • Aegean Airlines, stoping in Athens for 65 minutes minimun.
  • Ukraine Intl Airlines, with 70 minutes scale in Kiev.
  • Ukraine Intl Airlines, with 70 minutes scale in Kiev.

3.3 /5
Reviews: 6
5.0 /5
Date 2019-09-07 Age Under 30 City UK

Istanbul airport Excellent

5.0 /5
Date 2019-06-16 Age 31-50 City London

Good experience easy with no major issues

3.0 /5
Date 2018-11-22 Age 51-70 City UK

Passport control rather slow

3.0 /5
Date 2018-06-27 Age 31-50 City UK

Busy and a bit bewildering but otherwise fairly European

2.0 /5
Date 2019-06-27 Age 31-50 City UK

Too far too empty too plain too big too new. Not ready for use yet. No underground transport or proper public transport only taxis or coach. Distance to the city centre is over 1 hour either way. Very long distance to gates. On arrival the airplane takes over 30 minutes to park. Long walk back to passport control.

2.0 /5
Date 2018-11-27 Age 51-70 City

Poor signage incredibly rude immigration staff long queues and a host of ‘sharks’ selling extortionate priced taxies. Beware.

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2.3 /5
Reviews: 3
3.0 /5
Date 2019-04-07 Age 51-70 City Uk

Toilets not adequate.

3.0 /5
Date 2018-04-15 Age 51-70 City London

Airport fine ... passport control .... Very slow

1.0 /5
Date 2019-02-10 Age 51-70 City Netherlands

I don’t like the way they treated me

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