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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 inJulyHigh demand for flights, 13% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average priceR7 653Average for round-trip flights in June 2022
Round-trip fromR6 410From Johannesburg to Istanbul
One-way fromR159One-way flight from Johannesburg to Istanbul

Cheap flights to Istanbul in June, July 2022

The best prices found for IST flights for June, July
30 Jul - 18 Aug
R7 813pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
19 Jul - 5 Aug
R8 084pp
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 Jul - 17 Aug
R8 180pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo

Istanbul 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul found for this year
6 Oct - 13 Oct
R6 410pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
21 Sep - 25 Sep
R6 521pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Qatar Airways
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
20 Sep - 27 Sep
R6 537pp
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
3 Jul - 16 Aug
R11 974pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Egypt Air
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Egypt Air
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
3 Jul - 18 Aug
R12 293pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Egypt Air
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Egypt Air
 
1 STOP
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
3 Jul - 15 Aug
R12 596pp
JNB
Johannesburg OR Tambo
Etihad Airways
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Etihad Airways
   
2 STOPS
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 can enter Istanbul without restrictions.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from South Africa are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Istanbul.

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

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 48 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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What is the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul?

The cheapest ticket to Istanbul found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
R6 027
February
R6 027
March
R6 139
April
R7 127
May
R6 952
June
R7 191
July
R8 307
August
R7 063
September
R7 095
October
R6 888
November
R6 617
December
R7 159
Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Istanbul is January. The most expensive month for flights is July. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

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 025 - R11 392
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 59 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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