Turkish Airlines offers two direct flights in average every day from Istanbul to Seoul. Taking off from Istanbul Airport (IST), these flights land at Incheon International Airport (ICN) within nearly 10 hours. No big changes occur on the number of flights all year round; however there may be some differences on the hours of departure from time to time.
Passengers wishing to increase their flight alternatives in this route may also consider the flights operated as connecting over Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). However, note that the duration of journey in these connecting flights take up to 20 hours in average.
Ranking among the top remarkable Turkish cities, Istanbul is a delightful destination under the spotlight at all seasons throughout the year. Extending over Asia and Europe, Istanbul is regarded as the meeting point of two different cultures. Thousands of historical artifacts, many palaces and museums in the city truly evoke admiration of millions of tourists every year.
You may therefore visit the tourist attractions and try the local tastes to get to know this charming city better. The Historical Peninsula where you can see the Old Istanbul as home to countless icons ranks among the top must-see spots in this enchanting metropolis with amazing churches, mosques, palaces and bazaars of thousands of years. Make sure to witness the sumptuous life of the Ottomans in the magnificent Topkapı Palace and visit the Hagia Sophia which was built as a church, but converted into the mosque by the Ottomans, now serving as a museum. Do not also forget to see the captivating Basilica Cistern with its mysterious atmosphere, sinking into water more and more each passing day, as well as buying handmade souvenirs from the famous Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul hosts two airports to manage the city’s busy air traffic: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Flights with Turkish Airlines between Istanbul and Seoul take off from Istanbul Airport (IST).
Istanbul Airport (IST) is approximately 35 km from the city and there are plenty of ways for you to reach the airport from the city center. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center by taxi and costs around 100 TL. You can travel with Havaist at almost any hour of the day, and these shuttles depart from many places in the city. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then you can benefit from the IETT bus services. For more information on transport schedules check our transport information page.
The capital of South Korea, Seoul is an extremely attractive metropolis by its natural gems, encircled by the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. Shining out by its countless temples, landscape marvel verdant parks and monuments that are simply a brilliant work of art in addition to its culture and art galleries, Seoul is truly mesmerizing by the Han-Gang River flowing through.
Dating back to the 1st century, the capital is a popular holiday destination in demand all year round. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace get credit from the tourists by their charm contributing to the city’s pleasant appearance. Spots appealing to those fond of culture and history, just like the National Folk Museum and Jongmyo Temple attract attention by their mystical atmosphere as well. Statue of King Sejong ranks among the noteworthy spots in the city, together with the War Memorial of Korea in the same area, built for commemorating the martyrs of Korean War including the names of many Turkish soldiers as well.
This populous metropolis has two airports: Incheon Airport (ICN) and Gimpo Airport (GMP). Passengers booking their flights to Seoul with Turkish Airlines land at Incheon Airport (ICN).
It is possible to use the buses, AREX trains or cabs to reach the city center, which is 45 kilometers from Incheon Airport (ICN).
Passengers planning to take the express trains for getting to the city center may reach the central station within 40 minutes via the trains operating from the airport. The standard serving trains are another option, which would be more budget friendly. However, the duration of the journey with these trains is much longer, since they stop at 10 stations on their route.
Another option would be the airport shuttles serving in two different concepts as luxury and standard, which reach the center within approximately one to one and a half hours. Apart from the alternatives of public transport, you may also rent a car from the car rental offices in the airport, or take the cabs serving on the way out the terminal building.