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Flights to Istanbul in 2023

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Popular in

July

Cheapest in

January

Average price

$978

Round-trip from

$507

One-way from

$175
High demand for flights, 19% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average for round-trip flights in September 2023
From New York to Istanbul
One-way flight from New York to Istanbul

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New York John F Kennedy IntlIstanbul

JFK - IST

JFKIST

New York John F Kennedy Intl

週二 1/16

1 stop16h 30m

Istanbul

週六 2/3

2 stops30h 25m

New York John F Kennedy IntlIstanbul

JFK - IST

JFKIST

New York John F Kennedy Intl

週四 2/1

1 stop29h 40m

Istanbul

週四 2/29

1 stop14h 00m

NewarkIstanbul

EWR - IST

EWRIST

Newark

週二 2/6

1 stop28h 20m

Istanbul

週四 2/15

1 stop27h 35m

NewarkIstanbul

EWR - IST

EWRIST

Newark

週二 1/23

1 stop16h 10m

Istanbul

週二 2/6

1 stop15h 35m

NewarkIstanbul

EWR - IST

EWRIST

Newark

週四 2/1

1 stop18h 00m

Istanbul

週六 2/10

1 stop34h 10m

New York John F Kennedy IntlIstanbul

JFK - IST

JFKIST

New York John F Kennedy Intl

週一 1/15

1 stop12h 40m

Istanbul

週日 1/21

1 stop31h 45m

New York John F Kennedy IntlIstanbul

JFK - IST

JFKIST

New York John F Kennedy Intl

週二 1/16

2 stops18h 40m

Istanbul

週三 1/31

2 stops20h 22m

NewarkIstanbul

EWR - IST

EWRIST

Newark

週三 1/31

1 stop14h 35m

Istanbul

週五 2/9

1 stop15h 25m

New York John F Kennedy IntlIstanbul

JFK - IST

JFKIST

New York John F Kennedy Intl

週三 2/14

1 stop12h 10m

Istanbul

週三 2/21

1 stop18h 10m

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Reviews of airlines servicing Istanbul

Get a feel of what it's like to fly with Delta, Royal Air Maroc and Air Serbia to Istanbul by reading reviews from past customers. You can also see how each airline stacks up in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

Delta
7.9
Good
3,021 reviews
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

EL AL
7.9
Good
119 reviews
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

LOT
7.4
Good
350 reviews
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

United Airlines
7.4
Good
1,890 reviews
Emirates
7.9
Good
1,315 reviews

Entertainment

8.1

Overall

7.9

Comfort

7.9

Food

7.7

Crew

8.2

Boarding

8.0

Reviews

1 / 10

Excellent staff. Even vegan meal was tasty. Recommend this airline

What is the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul?

The cheapest ticket to Istanbul found for each month in 2023 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

$884

February

$921

March

$955

April

$1,053

May

$1,118

June

$1,367

July

$1,296

August

$1,205

September

$1,068

October

$993

November

$904

December

$930

Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Istanbul. Flying to Istanbul in June 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?

Average Istanbul flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2023 and 2024 by month

NYC - IST

Price

$884 - $1,512

IST

Temperature

41 - 73.4 °F

IST

Rainfall

0.4 - 3.9 inches

With snowy, scenic winters and sultry summers, Istanbul is a desirable destination for every season. Here are some details on when the best time to fly to this beautiful city is, and what periods you may want to avoid if you can.

Peak Season:

The main tourist season runs from April to the end of October, with the busiest period being July and August. Flights to Istanbul are most expensive and accommodations busiest during these peak months so it’s best to book as early as you can to ensure availability and save money. The sunshine of summertime may have Istanbul residents heading out of town and to the waterfront, but it’s also the most popular time for tourists to visit the city. 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. Flights and accommodations around festival dates can also be pricey and hard to find so again, it’s wise to book in advance.

Off Season:

Flights to Istanbul from November through the end of February are far less crowded than the planes landing at Ataturk or Sabiha during the summertime. 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. Just be aware that potentially cold and blustery weather conditions might wreak havoc on your ideal travel plans.

When is the best time to book a flight to Istanbul?

To find the cheapest flights to Istanbul, try to book as early as 8 weeks before you wish to travel. Sometimes you might get a deal on flight tickets 2 weeks before departure, although generally 6-8 weeks is the sweet spot. After this the prices will rise the closer it gets to the day of travel. If you don’t have a specific date you want to travel, then you can shop around for your flight tickets to grab the best prices. January and February offer the cheapest flights to Istanbul so if you book at least a few weeks before you should be able to save money. Sitting on the left side of the plane gives you the best views as you approach Istanbul, although this is dependable on the wind and air traffic congestion.

Istanbul Travel Guide

Istanbul is one of the greatest historic cities in the world and it’s an absolute wonder to behold. Perched on the Bosphorus, a narrow, natural strait, the city straddles Europe and Asia, making it as diverse as any capital city can be. Istanbul is the main seaport and financial center of Turkey, but the city is also full of adventure for travelers booking airline tickets to Istanbul. As one of the most popular destinations in the world, cheap flights to Istanbul can always be found. Whether you plan on touring the European side or the Middle Eastern side of the city, Istanbul won’t disappoint.

The city boasts a glorious imperial history. Istanbul has been the capital city of four empires – Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman. Today, Istanbul is home to almost 15 million people, but for visitors who want to take a step back in time, visit Istanbul’s Old City and stroll through the historic area. Roman amphitheaters and artifacts decorate the streets and ancient relics from the Byzantine Empire are everywhere. Its cultural heritage practically sings from the cobbled stones of the Grand Bazaar where traders and tourists haggle over treasures; in the Aya Sofya (also known as Hagia Sophia, its Greek name), and in the magnificent Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), which was the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years.

It would be a waste to take cheap flights to Istanbul and not visit a traditional hamam (bathhouse) or take a ferry trip between Eminönü (Europe) and Anadolu Kavagi (Asia).

A European capital of culture in 2010, Istanbul has caught the public imagination. It is an increasingly popular destination for anyone with an appetite for the out of ordinary. Starting with the Blue Mosque, probably the city’s best-known landmark, through the bazaars including the Grand Kapali Carsi and spice, and the nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Istanbul is no ordinary city. Cap it off with a night cruise of the Bosphorus to see the city from another perspective.

One of the best ways to experience Istanbul is through the mouth-watering Turkish cuisine. Specialties include mam bayildi (an eggplant and tomato dish, mam bayildi (translates as “the priest wept” such is its deliciousness), mercimek corbasii (red lentil soup), kofte (meatballs), testi kebab, borek (a pastry that has hundreds of varieties) and sweet, sticky, syrupy baklava.

Whether you’re heading to the city for business or pleasure, there’s much to do and see. Here are some tips to help you plan and enjoy the smoothest possible trip. And, if you happen to get a window seat on your flight to Istanbul, you may catch a view of the skyline from 35,000 feet – it’s one of the most breathtaking views of the city’s domed cathedrals and Islamic mosques.

Shoulder Season:

The shoulder seasons of late March/April through May and September through October have mild weather, fewer tourists, and slightly lower hotel and flight prices. It is also when the Tulip Festival takes place. Although tulips are widely associated with Holland, they are also an important symbol in Turkish and Ottoman history and can be seen on tiles in mosques, literature and on royal clothing. The Tulip Era also signifies an Ottoman Empire period in history. To celebrate it, Istanbul parks are filled with different colored tulips, for about 10-15 days during either March or April. This coincides with art exhibitions, photo contests and other events in Sultanahmet and Taksim Square. Another event which takes place during this period is The International Istanbul Film Festival which offers movie buffs the chance to view Turkish movies with English subtitles. Starting late March and lasting two weeks, this festival is definitely for those travelers who are looking for something slightly different. Flights to Istanbul will vary around these events so book earlier on in the year to save money on your flight tickets.

Getting to and around the city of Istanbul

There are two international airports that serve the city of Istanbul. The busier – and larger – of the two airports is Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST), located around 12 miles from the city on the European side of Turkey. The second, and newer, airport is Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) and is located about 27 miles away from the city center on the Asian side.

The fastest way to leave Istanbul Ataturk Airport and get on your way is via taxi. There are taxis 24-hours a day outside the airport but can end up more expensive than alternative options. There are metro and bus services to the city as well. You can opt to take the metro straight from the airport, as the trams operate every fifteen 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. Express airport buses are available from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to the center of Istanbul and depart every thirty minutes. 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. Another option if you have a lot of luggage is to take the metro to Aksaray and a taxi from there as it can be tricky negotiating a busy tram otherwise. Several major car rental companies have desks at Istanbul Ataturk Airport as well.

For more details on how to navigate Istanbul’s two international airports, Cheapflights has created handy airport guides for both Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW).

Once you’ve settled in to your hotel and are ready to explore the city, you’ll find that there are a lot of transportation options in Istanbul, but the best way to explore is on foot. If walking isn’t your thing, you can always get a rechargeable Akbil transit pass, which you can buy at special kiosks and offers discounted fares on the local buses, trams, metro lines and ferries. Ferries and catamarans will provide great views as you float along the Golden Horn or cruise up the Bosporus. Buses go all over the city, but are usually slow and crowded. Take note that you need to buy bus tickets from ticket stands before boarding. The metro is a good way to avoid traffic jams, and trams provide some great views of the city. Like many cities, public transportation is crowded during rush hour. Ride in comfort by hailing a dolmus (shared minibus taxi) along its route, or picking it up at a dolmus stand. These shared minibuses cost less than regular taxis. When you board you should always give the driver your destination and ask what the cost will be. If you have your hotel call for a private yellow taxi, make sure the meter is running before you leave.

Tips for your stay in Istanbul

  • An interesting fact that you might not know, Istanbul is the only country in the entire world that covers two continents: Europe and Asia.
  • If you scheduled a window seat on your flight to Istanbul you likely witnessed breathtaking views of the city, but nothing quite compares to the sight of the shoreline from the deck of a boat gliding along the Bosphorus at dusk. You can book a spot on a cruise along the Bosphorus departing from either the Asian or European side of the city, and these nighttime tours between continents will provide you with stunning views of the shining lights on both sides of the city.
  • Before your return Istanbul flight, spend time moseying through the Grand Bazaar to pick up souvenirs of every shape and size for your loved ones. This massive arcade has stalls hawking everything from ancient framed paintings of whirling dervishes to boxes of Turkish delight to Persian carpets. Haggling will get you far here, so don’t settle for the first price offered on that authentic shawl or Byzantine choker that you have your eye on.
  • If you want to buy the traditional kilim (carpet), without the Grand Bazaar experience – visit the small towns in the countryside where the carpets are made.
  • Galata Tower is a huge stone circular landmark that offers fantastic views of the city. In times past, it was the lookout of Galata, the Genoese town. 
  • Your first stop after your flight to Istanbul lands should be Sultahnamet to see the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The most iconic attributes of the Istanbul landscape face each other across a massive plaza, which makes sightseeing a breeze due to the central location of the city’s most popular attractions. Hagia Sophia, which was built in the height of the Byzantine Empire, served as a model for the construction of the Blue Mosque, and the massive domes and intricate artwork of both draw millions of tourists each year. Before you head into the Blue Mosque, make sure that you’re appropriately dressed – no bare arms or legs, and women should cover their heads before entering the mosque. It’s best to check out the interiors of these incredible structures during the day, but the scene in Sultahnamet at night is nothing short of breathtaking, especially if you happen to be passing through the plaza at the last call to prayer.
  • If your flight to Istanbul left you a little jet-lagged, head straight to the nearest coffee bar and indulge in a cup of Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee has been an important component of religious, political and social customs since the Ottoman Empire, and Istanbul today continues to be filled with coffee houses that resonate with intimate conversation.
  • On the Asian side of the Bosphorus lies Bagdat Caddesi, Istanbul’s long strip of high-end boutiques and restaurants that closely compares with New York’s Fifth Avenue. If you’re looking to burn some lira thanks to saving money on a cheap flight to Istanbul, Bagdat Caddesi is worth a jaunt.

Finding Flights from Istanbul

The majority of airlines that offer service to Istanbul also offer return service home, or to other destinations abroad. Among these airlines are American Airlines, United, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and other major carriers. With Cheapflights at your fingertips, it’s easy to plan your next stop. Visit https://www.cheapflights.co.uk for the top flight deals for routes out of Istanbul.

There are a few options for getting to Ataturk Airport in time for your flight, including train service directly to the terminals, public buses and taxi, with taxi service being rather expensive. As with any travel, remain aware of your surroundings on public transportation and keep your personal items close at hand. Plan on arriving at the terminal at least two hours before your flight to ensure you have enough time to make it through bag check and security before your flight is called for boarding.

Once you choose a destination, be sure to check out our Istanbul airport guides for more detailed travel information and helpful tips.

Istanbul, Turkey airport overview

Ataturk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul claims to be the airport serving the most non-European routes in 2011. Like Istanbul, Ataturk Airport is a meeting-point between east and west. Ataturk International Airport is a major air hub for the region and is one of the top 20 busiest airports in the world.

Passengers traveling through Ataturk International Airport will be pleased to know that the airport has a great selection of duty-free shops including tobacconists, perfume shops and many name brand stores such as Hugo Boss, D&G, DKNY, Dior, Armani, Gucci, Guess and Prada. What better way to keep yourself entertained between flights or while waiting for your flight than to embark on a shopping extravaganza?

Most airlines from across the world offer flights to Istanbul. Low-cost carriers such as Atlasjet, Pegasus Airlines, IZair and Sky Airlines all offer cheap flights to Ataturk International Airport. Ataturk is also the main hub for the national carrier Turkish Airlines, which flies to destinations including Amsterdam, Birmingham, Cape Town and Chicago as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, and Paris.

The airport was designed with Istanbul’s unique East-meets-West history in mind. This is particularly evident in the architecture of the building, such as the intricate mosaic tiling of the airport floors. It serves as a great introduction to the beautiful Ottoman architecture in Istanbul.

What’s the weather like in Istanbul?

Winters in Istanbul, though very snowy, aren’t as chilly as one would assume. The temperatures average in the 40’s (Fahrenheit). Summertime in Istanbul is steamy and humid, with average high temperatures in the 70’s, driving the inhabitants out of the city to beat the heat.

How long is the flight to Istanbul?

Your departure location will determine how long your flight to Istanbul will take, with flights from New York City lasting about fifteen to twenty hours, depending upon your layover and travel route. Flights from Chicago take twelve to fifteen hours with a stop on the way. If you’re flying from Toronto, a nonstop flight will last just shy of ten hours, and direct flights from Houston average about twelve hours in length.

Which airlines fly to Istanbul?

Ataturk Airport is Istanbul’s main airport and welcomes millions of visitors every year from all corners of the globe. Major airlines that provide daily service to Ataturk include American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, British Airways and Avianca.

What should you pack for a flight to Istanbul?

Packing for your trip will depend upon the time of year you choose to visit Istanbul. Temperatures range from the mid-40’s (Fahrenheit) in the winter months of January and February to a warm 75 degrees in July, the warmest month. If your planning on a summer visit, be sure to go heavy on light cotton ensembles and bring along a pair of good walking shoes as the majority of attractions in the area require a good deal of walking. While the days are relatively mild in the winter months of December through January, the nights can dip into the 40’s and below. Make sure to pack a heavier jacket and layer your clothing with sweaters. January is the wettest month, making bringing along an umbrella an excellent idea.

What are some things to do in Istanbul?

With a rich history as part of the Byzantine and later Ottoman empires, Istanbul offers a wonderland of cultural and historical experiences for those who love exploring world history. From early examples of Greek and Roman architecture to delicious dining experiences for dedicated foodies, there’s something in the city and surroundings for every adventurous spirit. From a church to a mosque and, finally, a museum, the Hagia Sophia Museum entrances visitors with its mix of religious representations, rich history and show-stopping dome. Considered by many to be a must see when they visit, the museum offers guided tours to make the most of your visit. Visit the home of the Ottoman sultans and their famed harems with a trip to Topkapi Palace. Stroll through the courtyard gardens and take in stunning views of the Sea of Marmara. It’s a good idea to visit when the cruise ship season isn’t as heavy as Topkapi is a stop on many cruise lines’ agendas. After the palace, take an afternoon – or a whole day in itself – to stroll the streets and shops of the Sultanahmet District. A tourist favorite, the area gives visitors the flavor of Turkish culture with a variety of markets and dining options. The rooftop restaurants offer delightful views and myriad museums let you travel back to the time of Constantinople.

How popular are flights to Istanbul this year?

Searches for flights to Istanbul have seen an increase of 27% this year.

What does IST mean?

IST is a unique code, commonly called an IATA code, used in the aviation industry to identify airports. This code, along with many others, are defined by IATA (International Air Transport Association). A IST flight refers to a flight to Istanbul Airport. This flight destination has multiple associated airports, so we think it might be helpful to learn the name and codes of them as well. They are Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), Bursa Yenişehir Airport (YEI), İzmit Cengiz Topel Airport (KCO), Tekirdağ Corlu Airport (TEQ).

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