Turkish Airlines offers direct flights from Bilbao to Istanbul at three or four days in a week. Flights in this route from Bilbao Airport (BIO) to Istanbul Airport (IST) take nearly four hours. Ongoing all year round, the number of flights remains the same all year round, no big changes occur on a seasonal basis. These flights are very popular throughout the year also thanks to the passengers travelling from Bilbao to many destinations worldwide with a connecting flight over Istanbul. Have a look at the flights from Bilbao now to learn every destination you can reach via a connecting flight over Istanbul.
As one of the most touristic cities in Spain, Bilbao is situated at the Bay of Biscay along the Atlantic Ocean. Although this pretty city on the banks of Nervion River has served as a port town in Spain for many years, it shines out as a popular holiday destination worldwide nowadays. The building of Guggenheim Museum, which is regarded as a masterpiece, changes entirely the city’s silhouette, triggering the cultural and artistic breakthrough. As the most popular icon of Bilbao, this splendid museum brings in many tourists from all over the world by its peerless collection.
In addition, Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts, offering a wide range of collection remaining from the 12th century remarkably contributes to the culture and art life of Bilbao as well. The oldest street in the city, known for its colorful buildings, Casca Viejo, on the other hand, ranks among the top iconic spots. Zubizuri Bridge, drawing interest by its distinctiveness among the bridges over Nervion River, together with Santiago Cathedral are other noteworthy spots that should be seen during your visit to Bilbao.
There are two airports serving in Bilbao: Biarritz Airport (BIQ) and Bilbao Airport (BIO). Flights from Bilbao to Istanbul take off from Bilbao Airport (BIO).
You may use the buses named Bizkaibus for reaching the airport from the center. The buses numbered A3247 which you may get on at Gran Via, Plaza Moyua and Alameda Recalde stations reach the airport within 25 minutes in average. Operating in every thirty minutes, these buses serve between 05.25 and 21.55.
In addition to these buses, you may always use the cabs available 7/24 in the city to reach the airport comfortably.
As one of the most stunning destinations worldwide, Istanbul owns a glorious history throughout which many civilizations had fought for ruling this magnificent metropolis. The Hagia Sophia Mosque remaining from the Byzantines and Topkapı Palace, as the residence of royals in Ottoman now both serve as museum by numerous valuable works they host. Maiden’s Tower, which can be reached by boats from Salacak, welcomes a large number of guests as the most charming work of art in the middle of beautiful Bosporus. Vast parks and botanic gardens all over the city, together with entertaining theme parks rank among the top popular spots tourists prefer enjoying their time. The historical district Beyoğlu and vibrant Kadıköy shine out by their restaurants serving the palatable tastes of the rich Turkish cuisine, whereas the elegant fish restaurants along the Bosporus offers delicious menus full of fresh seafood.
Istanbul hosts two international airports to manage the busy air traffic in the city: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Passengers holding a flight ticket to Istanbul from Bilbao with Turkish Airlines land at this airport.
Istanbul Airport is approximately 35 km from Istanbul city center and there are plenty of transport options available, such as taxi, rent-a-car and airport shuttles. For more information on public transportation from Istanbul Airport, check our transport information page.
You can rent-a-car from the rent-a-car companies at Istanbul Airport (IST), or you can rent a taxi when there’s more traffic. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the city center by taxi, and costs around 100-110 TL. You can travel comfortably on the Airport shuttles at all most any hour of the day, and these shuttles reach many places in the city.