Cheap flights to Istanbul Turkey

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Flights to Istanbul from
  • 380 USD per person
  • Flights from New York starting at 410 USD
  • Flights from Boston starting at 550 USD

About Istanbul

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Istanbul, a 2600-year-old city, has become the latest hotspot. Here the hip meet up with the even hipper in trendy nightclubs, exclusive boutiques and designer cafés. The new hotspots are part of a tapestry of majestic temples, traditional tea houses with sweet pistachio cakes and hookahs – waterpipes – and spice bazaars where you’ll see street vendors wearing fezzes – felt hats – and carrying water tanks on their backs.

Tulips, the symbol of Holland, originated in Istanbul and were sent to the Netherlands.

As the former capital of the Roman Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul oozes historical grandeur. The atmosphere is heavy with financial and cultural magnificence. Check out the spectacular art at the Istanbul Modern, head towards Kumkapi for the best fish restaurants in town – and wrap up the day with a relaxing time in the traditional Turkish hamam baths and a round of the liquorice flavoured raki drink from one of the local taverns.

Istanbul is the only city in the world that stands on two different continents – Europe and Asia.

How’s the weather in Istanbul in December?

  • Temperature 41-50 °F
  • Dry days 13-
  • Average rainfall 102 mm
  • Snow days 4

Demographics

  • Population 13.8M
  • Local time :
  • Currency Turkish Lira

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Restaurants

  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: 5.09 USD

Markets

  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle): 1.77 USD

Transportation

  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport): .67 USD
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): .9 USD

Sports And Leisure

  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult: 38.57 USD
  • Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend): 19.24 USD
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat: 5.09 USD

Clothing And Shoes

  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar): 40.39 USD
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...): 27.22 USD
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes: 63.03 USD
  • 1 Pair of Men's Leather Business Shoes: 60.44 USD

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About Istanbul

Byzantium, Constantinople, Tsarigrad, Istanbul. The city of a hundred names may be rich with history, but it’s fiercely determined to redefine Turkishness for the twenty-first century.

There are lots of clichés about Istanbul. People talk of it sitting at the crossroads of the world; of it being Europe’s bridge to the East. They imagine incense and whirling dervishes, veiled women and platters of Turkish Delight.

But a night in one of the rooftop bars of Karaköy, one of cosmopolitan Beyoğlu’s most painfully cool neighbourhoods, is enough to destroy all your preconceptions. Above streets that were once no-go areas, a heady mix of international partygoers raise a glass of raki to one of the world’s most dynamic, exciting cities.

Traditionally, visitors to the city have headed straight to Sultanahmet, the atmospheric quarter that is home to Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, and Sultanahmet – and a lot of tourist tat. Now more adventurous travellers are joining the locals on ferry trips to Princes’ Island, and exploring the gorgeous Art Nouveau neighborhoods of Nişantaşı and Teşvikiye.

But it’s Beyoğlu where the city’s new confidence can be most strongly felt. In the old Ottoman Bank building you’ll find Salt Galata, a beautifully designed art and research space that’s brought an audible buzz to the neighbouring streets. When you’re done strolling around the local galleries and boutiques, you can refuel at one of the glossy local eateries that specialize in what foodies are dubbing the ‘New Turkish Cuisine’ – fresh, locally sourced food with an inventive twist.

But that’s not to say you should scorn Istanbul’s more traditional delights. After a hard day of bartering in the Grand Bazaar, nothing beats an old-school hamam and a chilled-out night in a meyhane. Just don’t expect fast food. In these Turkish taverns, patrons spend hours eating small plates of mezes, drinking, smoking and shooting the breeze. So fill your glass, sit back and take in this both modern and ancient city that has so much to say for itself.

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