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Flights to Istanbul in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 6% potential price rise
Cheapest inMarchBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average priceR8 610Average for round-trip flights in May 2022
Round-trip fromR6 481From Johannesburg to Istanbul
One-way fromR160One-way flight from Johannesburg to Istanbul

Cheap flights to Istanbul in May, June 2022

The best prices found for SAW flights for May, June
1 Jun - 6 Jun
R6 465pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
30 May - 8 Jun
R6 481pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
27 May - 14 Jun
R6 513pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

Istanbul 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul found for this year
8 Sep - 15 Sep
R6 417pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
1 Jun - 6 Jun
R6 465pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
30 May - 8 Jun
R6 481pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

Last minute flights to Istanbul

Late deals on return flights to Istanbul, departing today and this week
23 May - 1 Jun
R6 897pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
23 May - 27 May
R7 058pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
27 May - 3 Jun
R7 186pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Istanbul

Can I fly to Istanbul from South Africa right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from South Africa to Istanbul

Most visitors from South Africa need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Istanbul.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.

Documents
Form for Entry to Turkey - Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.


Can I fly back to South Africa from Istanbul?

Returning to South Africa from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to South Africa.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to quarantine after entering South Africa.

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Cheapest prices for Istanbul flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Istanbul found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
R6 033
February
R6 033
March
R6 145
April
R7 202
May
R6 961
June
R6 977
July
R7 538
August
R6 961
September
R7 009
October
R6 737
November
R6 513
December
R7 330

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Average Istanbul flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
ZA1 - TR5
Price
R6 033 - R9 437
TR5
Temperature
9 - 29 °C
TR5
Rainfall
25 - 102 mm

When is the best time to book a flight to Istanbul?

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Istanbul, you should look to book at least 16 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

How long is the flight to Istanbul?

When flying from OR Tambo International, you'll find direct flights to Istanbul New Airport without a stopover that take around 9h 30min. Non-stop flights from Cape Town will often take around 10h 30min. When flying from Durban, you can expect flights with at least one stopover and a travel time of close to 14h 30min.

Are there non-stop flights to Istanbul?

Istanbul flight deals with direct flights can be found in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Johannesburg flights will depart from OR Tambo International Airport and arrive at Istanbul New Airport. There are currently no other airports offering direct flights to Istanbul, Turkey, but you will find flights with a single stopover and travel time of under 15h. If you’re travelling from Durban, expect flights to have a single stopover in either Cape Town or Johannesburg. Flights from Port Elizabeth typically have a single stopover in Johannesburg.

How do you get from Istanbul airport(s) to the city centre?

Once you arrive at Istanbul New Airport, Istanbul, you’ll find a few transport options for getting to the city centre. There are three types of taxis you can take that provide different comfort levels. Taxis can be found outside the main arrivals terminal and will take approximately 45min to the city centre, depending on traffic. There are many bus routes that you can take, the H2 Line will take you to the Şişli-Mecidiyeköyis Station, where you can catch the M2 Metro Line to the centre of the city. You can also rely on local taxi apps in Istanbul to take you from the airport to the centre of the city.

What are some things to do in Istanbul?

Istanbul is one of the major cities in Turkey and lies along the coast of the Bosphorus Strait, bordering Europe and Asia. Istanbul is famous for its rich history and cultural diversity with many sights to see and activities to partake in. You can take time out to visit local heritage sites like Hagia Sophia, a late antique place of worship built in 537 AD. You can also spend time at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, sometimes called The Blue Mosque, and explore its hand-painted blue tiles which line the interior. At The Grand Bazaar, you’ll be exposed to one of Turkeys largest and oldest covered markets where your shopping can be done. Visit Topkapi Palace and explore sights like the Harem and the weapons room. You can spend time out of the city atop the river on a Bosphorus Cruise while exploring European and Asian waters. Go underground and spend time treading the walkways of the Basilica Cistern, which was once responsible for bringing water to Istanbul from Bulgaria. Archaeology enthusiasts will want to make their way to the Archaeology Museum and experience the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great or visit the Kariye Museum and see Byzantine mosaics and frescoes.

Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Istanbul?

You will need to apply for a visa to visit Istanbul in Turkey. You can apply for a three month, multiple entry visa through Turkish representatives overseas, or you can apply online for a single entry visa that lasts for a month. If you wish to do business, you will have to apply for a working visa.

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