Cheap Flights to Istanbul


Istanbul is incredible with its breathtaking architecture, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality. Explore every facet of this stunning city on your visit. If you are planning a trip and searching for low cost flights to Istanbul, we are here to help. Here is your chance to save huge money on your flight bookings. Crystal Travel offers attractive discounts on flight tickets and airfare deals. With an experience of more than 30 years, we are definitely your preferred travel partner. With a list of leading airlines and cost-effective flights, trust us to find the best-value flights to Istanbul. Use our user-friendly and speedy search engine to enter your date of journey and choose the airline you find most suitable to your schedule and budget.


Our travel agents work relentlessly to get cheap flights to Istanbul from London in one of the main airlines operating between these destinations. With our best price guarantee, book Istanbul flights at the lowest rates to explore the best of this wonderful city with its vibrant culture and architectural marvels.



Things You Should Know


  • The aerial distance from London, UK to Istanbul is 1,553 miles.
  • There are around 103 flights from London to Istanbul in a week.
  • Popular Airlines from London to Istanbul are Pegasus Airlines, British Airways, Atlas Global, Ukraine Intl Air, Turkish Airlines, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines and Lufthansa.
  • Airport codes flights from London to Istanbul are London – LON / Istanbul - IST.
  • Estimated flying time from London to Istanbul is 3 hours 35 minutes.



Book Cheap Flight Tickets to Istanbul


Crystal Travel is your best source for the lowest airfare deals and cheap London to Istanbul flight tickets so that you are able to explore this spectacular city without any worry. Search for cheap Istanbul flights with our fast and improved search engine, and compare the fares across all airlines enlisted on our website. If you are not too rigid with your travel dates, you save even more money by booking tickets to Istanbul on the cheapest day. Airlines adjust their prices according to day and time one decides to book a flight. Please note that weekday flights are usually cheaper than the weekend flights. Book cheap flights from London to Istanbul with Crystal Travel to save huge money on flight bookings and spend it guiltlessly on your trip to Istanbul. 



About Istanbul


One of the greatest historic cities in the world and Istanbul is an absolute delight to explore. Perched on a narrow strait called Bosphorus, the city straddles Europe and Asia, making it a diverse capital city in the world. Boasting a glorious imperial history, Istanbul has served as a capital city of four legendary empires – Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman. Today, the city is home to almost 15 million people, but if you want to take a step back in time, visit Istanbul’s Old City and stroll through the historic area to get a sense of the bygone era. Starting with the Blue Mosque, the city’s best-known landmark, stroll through the bazaars including the Grand Kapali Carsi and spice market, and making a stop at the nearby Istanbul Archaeology Museums, Istanbul holds too many attractions for the visitors. Go for Bosphorus cruise at night to see the city from another perspective.



Best Time to Visit Istanbul


Istanbul experiences hot summers and cold winters with snow being a common element. Spring (April to May) and autumn (September to mid November) are the ideal times to visit Istanbul when temperatures are pleasant and the skies are clear. Istanbul can be quite windy, especially in the winter.


High Season: August is the most popular time to fly.


Low Season: December is the best time to beat the crowds.



Best Places to Visit in Istanbul


Topkapi Palace: Home of the Ottoman Sultans from 1478 to 1856, it is one of Istanbul's most popular attractions that officially became a museum in 1924 after the end of the Ottoman era.  The Palace features stunning architecture, manicured courtyards and an extensive range of weaponry, porcelain, cutlery and fabric collection from the times of the Ottoman Empire.


Suleymaniye Mosque: Considered one of the city's most impressive Ottoman mosques, Suleymaniye Mosque was constructed between 1550 and 1557 after being commissioned by Suleyman I whose name it bears. This stunning piece of architecture features multiple gardens and a large dome with mother-of-pearl window shutters, traditional ceramic tiles and stained-glass windows. The mosque is breathtaking in its size and lovely in its simplicity.


Dolmanbahce Palace:  Located along the Bosphorus, Dolmabahce Palace impresses visitors with its jaw-dropping beauty and historical importance. Built in the 19th century, it was the primary residence and administrative seat of the final Ottoman sultans. The architectural style of the palace showcases a mix of European and Arab designs that can only be seen at this global crossroad.


Aya Sofya: Considered the magnum opus of Byzantine architecture, Aya Sofya was built between 532 and 537 and served as a church for nearly thousand years. It was then converted to a mosque in 1453 till1935, before becoming the secular museum that we see today. Tourists throng to the Hagia Sophia Museum to admire its stunning architecture and glorious interior views.


Basilica Cistern: Istanbul's largest surviving Byzantine cistern, this sprawling underground water reservoir was constructed in 532 for Justinianus I and once supplied water to the Great Palace of Constantinople that served as the main residence for local emperors. The palace no longer exists but cistern was rediscovered in 1545 and renovated in 1985.


Blue Mosque: The most recognised landmark of Turkey, Blue Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed I who was determined to erect a mosque to rival the nearby Hagia Sophia, and most would agree that he was able to accomplish that task. With an array of domes, semi-domes and minarets, it is truly an architectural masterpiece that draws the biggest tourists in Istanbul.


Chora Museum: Exhibiting a series of beautiful mosaics and frescoes, Chora Museum was originally built as a Byzantine church. It was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a secular museum that definitely deserves a visit. You will find here some of the best surviving examples of Byzantine art in the world.


Grand Bazaar: One of the biggest and oldest covered shopping markets in the world, Grand Bazaar overwhelms visitors with its 5,000-plus shops extended over the 60 streets. Products range from carpets and clothing to art and jewellery. You will also find restaurants, cafes and even two hammams (Turkish baths) here.



Airports Serving London & Istanbul


London: There are six main airports in London including, London City Airport (LCY), London Gatwick (LGW), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN) and London Stansted (STN) and Southend (SEN). Out of these six, London Heathrow Airport is the largest airport with the major air traffic and flights to almost every city in the world. Facilities at the airport include a Level 2 lounge, WiFi services, food courts, shops and restaurants. Passenger Ambassadors are also present at the airport to assist with queries. Visitors can shop at various duty-free shops in the different terminals.


Istanbul: Ataturk International Airport is the main airport in Istanbul and one of the busiest airports in the world. It is also the main hub for the national carrier, Turkish Airlines and offers direct flights to numerous destinations including Amsterdam, Birmingham and Chicago as well as Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. The airport has a huge selection of duty-free shops and several brand stores such as Hugo Boss, DKNY, Dior, Armani, Gucci, Guess and Prada.


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