CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Athens TO Istanbul
Athens (ATH) to Istanbul Airport (IST)
Typically, flights to Istanbul from Athens are cheaper when flying from Athens Eleftherios V. to Istanbul, which has an average price of $149
|CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM ATHENS||January||18% cheaper||Flying from Athens to Istanbul costs on average just $123 in January|
|MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM ATHENS||September||33% more expensive||It costs about $198 for flights to Istanbul from Athens in September|
|MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM ATHENS||October||416% more users visited||More momondo users searched in flights to Istanbul from Athens in October than any other month|
Istanbul’s strategic position, straddling Europe and Asia across the Bosporus strait, means that cultural influences from diverse groups can be found in this fascinating city. If you visit during the summer, be prepared for daily high temperatures of 78 – 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and huge crowds at the attractions. Reserve your flights and rooms in advance if you plan to come during the summer. You might consider planning your trip for either spring or fall, as these shoulder seasons offer comfortable temperatures, slightly fewer tourists and a plethora of interesting festivals and events. If you don’t mind cold temperatures and rain, a winter visit offers the best opportunity for cheap accommodation and flights to Istanbul. You can expect average daily highs of 47 – 52 degrees Fahrenheit in December – February, so bring a warm coat.
Users booking trips to Istanbul from Denizli found flights 93% cheaper than the average price of flights to Istanbul. To find the cheapest price to Istanbul from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
In general, February is the cheapest month to fly from United States to Istanbul. Due to it being the ‘off-season’ during this time, you can expect flight prices to be around $759. If you aren\u2019t able to travel to Istanbul during the month of February, then flying in January is also cheap. Prices for this month can be found on momondo for an average of $775.
We recommend purchasing flights from United States to Istanbul 53 days ahead of your departure date because this is when momondo users tend to see the best flight rates. On average, our users have found flights to Istanbul for $863. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Istanbul for as low as $536.
The cheapest day to depart from United States to Istanbul is on a Tuesday when prices can be found for as low as $853. Be sure to avoid booking your departure on a Friday as prices are generally higher than usual. According to our data, the average ticket price to Istanbul on Friday is $917.
Our most recent data shows that the best time of day to fly to Istanbul is in the afternoon. Flights from United States to Istanbul during this time can be as low as $781. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying in the morning when prices are $943 on average. Flights to Istanbul from United States in the morning are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travelers’ schedules.
If you’re looking to do your hiking in warmer conditions, consider planning your flight to Istanbul for April, May, and June. Parks like Gülhane Parki are popular hot spots in those months.
Visitors planning their vacations to Istanbul should book their flights for July or August if they are planning on visiting Kilyos Beach. For those looking to visit another area beach, Florya Plaji is a great option in the Istanbul area.
Those flying to Istanbul could potentially find better pricing at Istanbul Airport (21 mi from Istanbul city center), Tekirdağ Corlu Airport (55 mi from Istanbul city center), İzmit Cengiz Topel Airport (61 mi from Istanbul city center) or Bursa Yenişehir Airport (62 mi from Istanbul city center) depending on the month and departure airport.
The cheapest airport near Istanbul is typically Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport with an average price of $491/person. These prices vary based on where travelers are coming from. It is suggested that travelers looking to save money try momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
Turkey does not prohibit any nationalities from entering its borders based on citizenship. However, it does place restrictions on who may come into the country based on the departure point. Turkey has suspended entry for travelers arriving from Brazil, the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and South Africa. This does not apply to humanitarian and repatriation flights. At present most international tourists can enter either visa-free or, for those fitting the requirements, with an eVisa. However, a number of countries may only enter with a conventional sticker visa, which can only be obtained at a Turkish embassy. This includes national citizens of: Algeria, Cuba, Guyanam, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Sudan, Syria, Tonga, Tuvalu.Entry requirements
Travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours of departure. Without evidence of such a test, passengers will be denied boarding, Travelers are required to complete a passenger locator form prior to arriving in Turkey.Quarantine requirements
All arriving travelers who have visited Brazil, the UK, Denmark or South Africa. within the last 10 days will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival at locations selected by the local Turkish authorities. Travelers in quarantine will be given a mandatory PCR test on day 10 of their quarantine, if the result is negative the quarantine period will end.Transiting rules
Travelers who are in direct transit through Turkey to other destinations do not require a negative PCR test, unless their flight originated in Brazil, the UK, Denmark or South Africa. Travelers transiting Turkey from the UK, Denmark or South Africa will be required on boarding to present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours of departure.All other info
All travelers are required to wear a face mask at all times whilst in an airport, and for the duration of all flights to and from Turkey.
You can fly direct to Istanbul from the US on Turkish Airlines. Many other airlines offer flights with one or more stops, including United, KLM, American Airlines, Delta, Air France, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Philippines Airlines, and more.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and sits on the European side of Istanbul, west of the city center. If you land here, you have a few options for travel into the city.
The Havabus airport shuttle departs every 30 minutes and will take you to Taksim square in the city center in about 40 minutes for ₺12.00 TRY. You may also pre-book your Airport Transfer Services with Efendi Travel, and get to Taksim square in about 40 minutes for ₺25.00 TRY. This may be faster as your driver will be waiting for you at the airport.
The Metro trains offer another 40 minute ride into the city but may be crowded and difficult to navigate with your luggage. The railway station is only a few minute’s walk from the airport. Take the M1 red line to Yenikapi and then transfer to the M2 green line, which will take you to Taksim. The fare is ₺4.00 TRY or ₺2.50 TRY when purchased via Istanbulkart.
Outside the arrivals hall, you’ll find the taxi ranks. Taxis in Istanbul are metered but have a bad reputation for overcharging tourists by taking the long route to get anywhere. Your ride to Taksim square should take around 30 minutes, and cost about ₺58.00 TRY.
You may land at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, which is located 22 miles southeast of central Istanbul, on the Asian side of the city. Here are your choices for travel to Istanbul.
Havabus shuttle also serves this airport. You can ride to the Divan Hotel, a 5-minute walk from Taksim square in about 90 minutes for a fare of ₺12 TRY.
Board IETT bus E10 from S.Gökçen Nizamiye outside the airport and ride to Uzunçayır Metrobüs, then transfer to Kadıköy – Taksim and get off at Taksim square. The trip takes around 1 hour and 53 minutes and the fare is ₺4.00 TRY.
A taxi ride from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim square will take about 45 minutes and the cost is ₺107.00 TRY.
If you plan to rent a car while in Istanbul, it’s definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.
There are a multitude of options for getting around Istanbul, as you might expect of a large city that spans a waterway. It’s probably a good idea to avoid driving in the city; only rent a car if you are travelling further and require one. Traffic is very busy, and drivers here can be manic. Road signs are in Turkish, so unless you have an understanding of the language, leave the driving to the locals. Fortunately, there are many other choices for transport. For several modes, including ferries, trams, the metro, funicular or buses, you can purchase an Istanbulkart and save nearly 50% on the standard ticket price. They are available at ticket offices near transport stops and cost ₺10.00 TRY. You must load sufficient credit for travel.
Each of these following transit options can be accessed with your Istanbulkart. Istanbul’s small but efficient metro system has 4 lines, including one that travels under the Bosporus. The Metrobus system offers 7 lines, a couple of which cross bridges from the European to the Asian side and back. They travel on dedicated bus lanes so are less affected by traffic jams. City buses are plentiful and cheap but can be crowded and prone to delay. Red and green buses require an Istanbulkart to ride, while the blue buses take cash. Trams and trolleys are also available, and travel between some of Istanbul’s best sights and attractions. There are also funiculars at several locations. These cabled rail lines are a unique mode of transport, often used for passage of steep inclines and sometimes travelling in tunnels. City operated ferries also travel between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. These slow ferries along with each of the above services can be accessed with your Istanbulkart, and fares are ₺2.60 TRY, as opposed to the usual ₺5, with additional transfers within a 2-hour journey window: ₺1.85 for the first transfer, ₺1.40 for the second, and ₺0.90 for all subsequent transfers. They can also be used to pay for fares for more than 1 traveler (1 swipe per person per ride).
Taxis are readily available, and drivers are likely to approach you on the street, soliciting business. Your best bet is to have your concierge arrange for a taxi, unless you can communicate in Turkish. Taxi fares start at ₺3.35 TRY and rides up to 1.5 miles cost a fixed sum of ₺8.75 TRY. Bridge crossings of the Bosporus strait will also include tolls.
Dolmuş are mini-van buses that travel on regular routes throughout the city. They carry around 10 people and don’t leave until they are full. They offer a good option for night transport that is much cheaper than a taxi. Prices are fixed, and usually around ₺2.25 TRY.
Fast ferries and sea taxis
Several companies offer fast ferry and sea taxi services to cross the Bosporus and get to various parts of Istanbul. These are more expensive than the city-operated ferries, but are an attraction themselves, and maybe worth the outlay if you consider them a sightseeing option.
U.S. citizens need to obtain their visa prior to arrival in Turkey. Visa applications can be submitted at Turkish missions abroad, or online through the e-Visa application system. For foreign nationals, please check the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
The sheer number of fantastic sights and attractions in Istanbul can make it difficult to plan a thorough itinerary unless you’re here for a long visit. Here are our suggestions for your trip.
Don’t stay in the Taksim area if you’re looking for peace and quiet. The old buildings offer no respite from late night noise booming out from the clubs. However, if you’re looking to party, it’s the place to be!
To avoid being cheated by a taxi driver, always carry small bills so you can give them the exact fare and count it out from OUTSIDE of the taxi. If the driver insists you owe him more, ask to see his license, take a picture of it, and write down the license number.