Turkish Airlines flies directly from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul once in every day. Flights take off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and land at Istanbul Airport (IST) in Istanbul within nearly twelve hours. Flights continue regularly all year round and remain quite the same, no big changes occur seasonally.
Ranking among the top estimable Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur is a major metropolis arousing interest by its colorful presence and vivacious life. Petronas Twin Towers, the 88-storey structure as one of the world’s highest skyscrapers, is an attention-grabbing spot in Kuala Lumpur which should definitely be seen. Masjid Jamek, as the city’s oldest mosque, together with Menara Tower of 421 meters, are among the top icons of the city. The most central spot in the city, Merdeka Square, draws great attention by the historical artifacts around. Make sure to visit during your stay the Batu Caves, which serve as a worship center for Hindus, Little India Neighborhood attracting by its colorful and authentic atmosphere, and Perdana Botanical Garden as the city’s most joyful open space.
There are two airports serving in the city: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB). Flights from Kuala Lumpur with Turkish Airlines take off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), located 50 kilometers from the center.
It is possible to use KLIE Express trains to reach the airport from the city center, which take nearly thirty minutes. Another option would be KLIA Transit Trains which serve in the same route and get to the airport within forty minutes in average, operating from the earliest hours till the midnight.
Airport shuttles are another frequently preferred means by the passengers wishing to reach the airport. Shuttles operate in every thirty minutes from the city center and reach the airport within an hour.
You may take the cabs which operate 7/24 in the center as well. It would be advisable to make clear the fare prior to your journey with the cabs, so as not to encounter any negative consequences later.
As one of the world’s favorite cities, Istanbul owns a prosperous presence also culturally, by its significant location connecting Asia with Europe. This multiculturalism brought by being a cosmopolite metropolis colors further up this historic town with a deep-rooted past dating back to thousands of years. You may visit the peerless buildings and artifacts around the Historical Peninsula, which is the old town district, try the delicious street taste, grilled fish sandwich at Eminönü and walk around the Grand Bazaar, to get to know this magnificent city closer. Do not forget to have an enjoyable shopping in the authentic atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar; buy your loved ones pretty souvenirs, together with a freshly grinded Turkish coffee and palatable Turkish delight with hard consistency.
Istanbul hosts two airports to manage its busy air traffic all year round: Atatürk Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Passengers holding a flight ticket to Istanbul from Kuala Lumpur with Turkish Airlines land at Istanbul Airport (IST) in the European side.
Istanbul Airport (IST) is located on the European side, between Tayakadın, a neighborhood on the Black Sea coast, and Akpınar villages. Istanbul Airport is 35 km from the city center.
Havaist buses go to many central, easy-to-reach spots, such as Taksim, Beşiktaş, Yenikapı, Bahçeşehir and Kozyatağı. You can also reach the city center from the airport with IETT buses. For more information on schedules check our transport information page.
To reach the city center from Istanbul Airport, you can find taxis waiting outside the domestic and international terminals. Taxis take about 30 minutes to reach the city center and cost around 100-110 TL.