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Cheap Flights to Istanbul

Round-trip from R473 From Johannesburg to Istanbul
One-way from R411 One-way flight from Johannesburg to Istanbul
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Cheapest prices for Istanbul flights by month

January
R8 623
February
R8 664
March
R8 637
April
R8 753
May
R8 577
June
R8 727
July
R9 404
August
R9 397
September
R8 870
October
R8 716
November
R8 491
December
R8 748
Currently, November is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Istanbul. Flying to Istanbul in July will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
JNB - TR5
Price
R8 491 - R12 148
TR5
Temperature
9 - 29 °C
TR5
Rainfall
25 - 102 mm

Peak Season:

The main tourist season runs from April to the end of October, with the busiest period July and August. Flights to Istanbul are most expensive during these peaks months so it’s best to search for flights as early as you can to try and save some money. If you travel in June or July you might catch the International Music Festival which is held in the city. It showcases classical music, opera, ballet and traditional music performances. To try and find the cheapest flights to Istanbul, you’ll have to search well in advance.

Off Season:

The winter tends to be very wet and cold so tourism is at a low, that being said you’ll find cheap flights to Istanbul and get good hotel deals too. September to October has mild weather and less tourists than the peak summer months. Flights to Istanbul are generally cheaper too. There is the Tulip Festival in either March or April which lasts for 10-15 days and the last two weeks of March has the International Istanbul Film Festival. Flights to Istanbul will vary around these events so book earlier on in the year to save money on your flight tickets.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Istanbul?

The cheapest day to fly to Istanbul is usually Wednesday. At the moment, Saturday is the most expensive.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Istanbul?

At the moment, flights in the morning are likely to offer the best value for money for your Istanbul trip. A flight in the afternoon will more often than not be of higher cost.

How long is the flight to Istanbul?

Flights from London (All airports) to Istanbul – 3 hours 45 minutes

Flights from Manchester to Istanbul – 4 hours 0 minutes

Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul – 3 hours 55 minutes

Flights from Glasgow to Istanbul – 5 hours 50 minutes

Which airlines operate flights to Istanbul?

Depending on where you’re flying out from, the airline will vary. The main ones that operate the route are KLM, Air France, British Airways and Turkish Airlines. One option is choosing KLM for one direction and Air France for the return flight, giving you the cheapest flights to Istanbul due to the competitive prices.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The busier of the two airports is Istanbul Atatürk Airport, this is 23km from the city on the European side of Turkey. The second, and newer airport, is located 30km away in the Asian side. All flights from the UK will fly to Istanbul Atatürk Airport though unless you specifically chose Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. The fastest way to leave to airport and get on your way is a taxi. There are taxis 24 hours a day outside the airport but can end up more expensive than alternative options. Havatas operate a bus from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the city centre. It’s a great option if you have a lot of baggage as the buses have lots of room and are fitted with air-conditioning. You can opt to take the metro straight from the airport, the trams operate every 15 minutes or so but are almost always extremely busy, meaning if you do have a lot of luggage it might not be the best option.

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