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About Istanbul

Istanbul once again takes its visitors on a fascinating journey with its ferries, seagulls, street foods, mansions on the Bosphorus, historical buildings such as Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, and colorful neighbourhoods, not to mention all the elements that combine modern life with history and traces of different civilizations. Istanbul is incredibly active and unique, especially when it comes to Karaköy, Taksim, and Kadıköy, and shows its original and vibrant character. Everyone can find a place to enjoy his or her time! You can discover places to visit and activities to do in this magnificent city on our “Istanbul Travel Guide” page before purchasing an Istanbul plane ticket to live a brand new experience. 

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Istanbul offers you so much beauty that words are not enough to describe this city: İstiklal Avenue, Topkapı Palace, the Bosphorus, Gülhane Park, Emirgan Grove, Rumeli Fortress and more... What about visiting these places to get to know the true spirit of Istanbul? 

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You can travel to Istanbul, the central city of Turkish Airlines, with direct flights from many parts in Türkiye and the world. You can find out about Istanbul flight ticket prices and all the details you need for Istanbul flights on this page or the “Flight ticket booking” section.

Istanbul is known for:

Culinary Wellness History and Art Romantic Entertainment and Shopping Swimming Seaside Urban

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Istanbul airports transportation information

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A. Transportation from Istanbul International Airport to the city center

Istanbul International Airport is located on the European side of the Istanbul, between, neighborhoods on the Black Sea coast, Tayakadın and Akpınar villages. 

Istanbul Airport is 42 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 İETT buses. More information can be found on Istanbul Airport transportation page. 

B. Transportation from Sabiha Gokcen İnternational Airport to the city center 

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport is 46 km from the city center Sultanahmet. You can reach there by Havabus shuttles, metro, and tram. Another city center, Taksim Square, is 48 km from the city center. You can also reach there by Havabus shuttles or metro. 

From Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, it would take around 2.5 hours to reach Sultanahmet, 1.5 hours to Taksim Square.

Average time from airport: A: 120 minutes | B: 150 minutes

Distance from airport: A: 42 km | B: 46 km


A. Istanbul International Airport 

To reach from Istanbul International Airport to the city center, you can take one of the taxis waiting in front of the domestic and international terminals and reach Taksim Square in about one hour. 

B. Sabiha Gokcen International Airport 

You can take a taxi from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport to Sultanahmet on a 24/7 basis. You can get to Sultanahmet by taxi in about one and a half hours from the airport. You can travel from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim Square in about one hour and 20 minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Istanbul Flights

What is the arrival airport when travelling to Istanbul? Learn more

Flights to Istanbul are organized to Istanbul International Airport, the main airport of the city, and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, which also serves many passengers.

How many hours do the flights to Istanbul take? Learn more

-Adana- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.

-Ankara- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.

-Antalya- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 30 minutes.

-Gaziantep- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.

-İzmir- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.

-Trabzon- İstanbul takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How to buy an Istanbul plane ticket at the best price? Learn more

We recommend that you choose the autumn and winter months, apart from special holidays, to get a plane ticket to Istanbul with the best prices. Moreover, you can buy your Istanbul flight ticket in a much better way by following the domestic flight ticket campaigns offered by Turkish Airlines.

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