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Summary info about Istanbul flight prices, duration and airlines

Best One-Way Price

$238

Best Round-Trip Price

$416

Fastest flight time

25h 20m
The best one-way flight price to Istanbul from United States in the last 72 hours is $238 (New York John F Kennedy Intl to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen).
The best round-trip flight price to Istanbul from United States in the last 72 hours is $416 (New York John F Kennedy Intl to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen).
The fastest flight to Istanbul from United States takes 25h 20m (New York John F Kennedy Intl to Istanbul).

Cheapest flights to Istanbul airports

Find the cheapest flights to these Istanbul airports from your nearest city or airport
Los Angeles
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport

CHEAPEST ROUTE FROM Los Angeles TO Istanbul

Los Angeles (LAX) to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Typically, flights to Istanbul from Los Angeles are cheaper when flying from Los Angeles to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, which has an average price of $866

CHEAPEST MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LOS ANGELESJanuary20% cheaperFlying from Los Angeles to Istanbul costs on average just $773 in January
MOST EXPENSIVE MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LOS ANGELESDecember24% more expensiveIt costs about $1,198 for flights to Istanbul from Los Angeles in December
MOST POPULAR MONTH TO FLY TO ISTANBUL FROM LOS ANGELESSeptember469% more users visitedMore momondo users searched in flights to Istanbul from Los Angeles in September than any other month

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

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 Akron found flights 99% 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’t 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 $777.

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 $866. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Istanbul for as low as $416.

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 Bursa Yenişehir Airport with an average price of $635/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.

Yes, if you fly to Istanbul in Istanbul which is the closest available airport to Esenyurt (17.5 mi away).

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport is 19.4 mi from Taksim Square in Istanbul, making it the closest airport.



Istanbul flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Istanbul found recently by users on momondo
Multiple Airlines
Aug 31
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
34h 00m
2 stops
SAW5:55 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 13
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Aug 31
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
34h 00m
2 stops
SAW5:55 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 13
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Sep 13
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
30h 50m
2 stops
SAW2:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 27
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Sep 1
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
36h 10m
1 stop
SAW8:05 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 28
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Sep 1
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
36h 10m
1 stop
SAW8:05 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 10
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl
Multiple Airlines
Sep 13
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
30h 50m
2 stops
SAW2:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Sep 21
SAW6:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
18h 15m
1 stop
JFK1:00 amNew York John F Kennedy Intl

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Istanbul

If you're looking for one-way flights from United States to Istanbul, view some of our deals below.
Multiple Airlines
Sep 18
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
37h 30m
2 stops
SAW9:25 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
Oct 19
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
30h 50m
2 stops
SAW2:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
Aug 27
JFK7:55 pmNew York John F Kennedy Intl
30h 50m
2 stops
SAW2:45 amIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen

Which airlines fly to Istanbul?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Istanbul

Which airlines fly to Istanbul?

Turkish Airlines is the airline most momondo users in United States opt for when booking flights to Istanbul. Delta, Lufthansa and British Airways are also popular choices when flying to Istanbul from United States. Most major airlines flying from United States to Istanbul will offer flights on a regular basis, though your options may vary depending on what airport you fly from.


Airports near Istanbul

Below you will find all the airports in Istanbul along with the distance from the city center

How to get to downtown Istanbul from the airport

Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST)

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.

Shuttles

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Taxis

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.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW)

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.

Shuttles

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.

Public Transportation

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.

Taxis

A taxi ride from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim square will take about 45 minutes and the cost is ₺107.00 TRY.

Car Rentals

If you plan to rent a car while in Istanbul, it’s definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Istanbul

Most frequently searched flights to Istanbul along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Los Angeles to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time13h 00m
Cheapest price$688
New York to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time13h 10m
Cheapest price$435
Seattle to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time11h 40m
Cheapest price$638
Cairo to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time2h 10m
Cheapest price$199
Atlanta to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time10h 30m
Cheapest price$638
San Francisco to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time12h 45m
Cheapest price$756
Dallas to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time11h 30m
Cheapest price$884
Miami to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time11h 10m
Cheapest price$652
Tel Aviv to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time2h 00m
Cheapest price$98
Houston to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time11h 40m
Cheapest price$858
Amman to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time2h 25m
Cheapest price$237
Boston to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time9h 20m
Cheapest price$651
Beirut to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time1h 55m
Cheapest price$118
Casablanca to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time4h 30m
Cheapest price$299
Detroit to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time19h 42m
Cheapest price$769
Chicago to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time16h 35m
Cheapest price$726
Washington, D.C. to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time15h 05m
Cheapest price$647
Paris to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time3h 10m
Cheapest price$228
Fort Lauderdale to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time18h 10m
Cheapest price$595
Oakland, California to Istanbul Flights
Fastest flight time18h 40m
Cheapest price$953

How to travel around Istanbul

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.

Public Transportation

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

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

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.


Visa requirements for visiting Istanbul

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.


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Best things to do and see in Istanbul

Things to do and places of interest in Istanbul

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.

  • Visit the Hagia Sophia. This 537-dated structure was originally a Greek Orthodox church, then an imperial mosque. Today, it is a museum. Marvel at the amazing 141-foot wide, 213-foot high dome, and climb the spiral ramp to the gallery where you can gaze at the superb Byzantine mosaics.
  • The Topkapi Palace is an absolute must-see! This 15th-century dated complex was home to generations of sultans and their wives who were sequestered in the famous harem. Topkapi contains a treasury that puts the British crown jewels to shame, as well as stunning views over the Sea of Marmara, Bosporus and the Golden Horn.
  • Across the Sultanahmet square from the Hagia Sophia, you’ll see the Blue Mosque, an early 17th-century dated mosque boasting 6 minarets. Officially called Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it takes its common moniker from the blue tiles lining the impressive interior.
  • For outstanding views of the city, go to the top of the Galata Tower, located in Beyoğlu, the modern part of old Istanbul.
  • Tour the Istanbul Archaeology Museums, near Topkapi Palace. Here you can see the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great carved in incredible detail with scenes from his life.
  • For a taste of local nightlife, check out the Ortakoy, a neighborhood full of nightclubs and bars where Istanbul’s young and trendy gather. You’ll find it in the shadow of the Bosporus bridge.

Tips and tricks for visiting Istanbul

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.


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