Turkish Airlines flies from London to Istanbul nearly eight times a day. All being direct, this average number of flights remains same during all seasons.
Flights operated by Turkish Airlines between London and Istanbul take four hours in average. Setting off each day from Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW), Turkish Airlines flights end either in Istanbul Airport (IST) or Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Distance between these two cities is roughly two thousand five hundred kilometers.
Istanbul serves as a crucial hub for hundreds of flights operated by Turkish Airlines. You may set off from London, use Istanbul as a transit point and continue your journey with a different Turkish Airlines flight. Moreover, turning your layover at Istanbul into an opportunity, you may also utilize the Touristanbul service offered complimentarily by Turkish Airlines and have a chance to enjoy a sightseeing tour for the important tourist spots of the city such as Taksim Square, Galata Tower, the Golden Horn and Dolmabahçe Palace.
As the largest city of Turkey by area with nearly 41 thousand square kilometers, Konya is located in the Central Anatolia Region. Dating back to 7000 BC, this historical town is also one of the most ancient settlements in Turkey. It is believed that Çatalhöyük Neolithic City, located in Çumra district remains from the prehistoric age and represents nine thousand years back. Being regarded as one of the first spots where fire was used and cooking get started, this Neolithic city was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.
Succeeded to preserve its value from the past until today with its position between the stops of the historical Silk Road, Konya also owes its fame to many esteemed philosophers, scientists and people of letters, notably Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, it has raised throughout the history. City accordingly continues to host tens of thousands of guests each year in the land offering culture, history and religious tourism.
One alternative to reach Konya Airport (KYA) would be the airport shuttles departing from the city center and Karaman.
Shuttles setting off from the bus stop Anıt in the city center operates in the route Fuar, Zafer, Alaaddin, Sille Kavşağı, Kulesite, Aydınlıkevler, Bus Terminal and Konya Airport (KYA). Serving regularly between 03.00 and 22.00 at night, the shuttles operate in both directions mutually.
Airport shuttles operating from Karaman depart from Aktekke Square 150th Street in Karaman province and head towards the airport. These shuttles serve for twice a day in weekdays; at 06.30 and 17.00 and twice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 06.30 and 18.45.
You may also get to the airport from anywhere in the city with the cabs available for 7/24.
As a land of tales “paved with gold”, Istanbul is the most populous and cosmopolitan city in Turkey, hosting people of all nations charmed by this magnificent metropolis…
Serving as a countrywide hub for culture, art, education, sports and finance, Istanbul grows continuingly with the increasing migrations. The enthralling city stands out as a worldwide center of touristic attraction with its majestic palaces, unrivaled Bosporus, ancient Istanbul artifacts on the historical peninsula, Galata and Maiden Towers, mosques, museums and countless gems it harbors.
Turkish Airlines operates flights to the two international airports in Istanbul for meeting the demand in such a popular town. Both İstanbul Airport (IST) in the European and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) in the Asian side have pretty busy air traffic. It would be advisable selecting your point of destination basing on your place of accommodation while booking your flight between Konya and Istanbul for gaining advantage on both time and transportation.
Istanbul Airport (IST) is located on the D20 road and connects to both TEM and E5. There are plenty of different modes of transportation you can use to reach the airport that is only 35 km from the city center.
It takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center by taxi and costs around 100-110 TL. One option is Havaist, the shuttles reach many places in the city on the European or Anatolian side. If you are looking to have a more comfortable journey you can benefit from the car rental companies. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then you can benefit from the IETT bus services. You can check IETT schedules on our transport information page.
Located on the Anatolian side, Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) serves as a landing and transit point for the passengers going to the Anatolian side or the nearby cities like Bursa, Yalova and Izmit.
The subway system at Anatolian side does not reach to Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW); however, you may get to the subway station by taking the municipal bus numbered KM22 departing from the airport and heading towards Kartal Subway Station. You may then reach anywhere on E5 highway easily with Kartal subway line.
Passengers wishing to use buses may use the municipal buses between Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) and Kadıköy. The buses numbered E11 and SG-1 which serve between these points operate at very frequent intervals. Setting off from the airport, E11 stops by all the bus stops on E5 highway, whereas the express SG-1 service stops by only Çamlık and Yenisahra bus stops.
Airport shuttles are another alternative for reaching Kadıköy and Taksim from the airport.
You may also rent a car from the car rental offices within the airport or use the cabs serving 7/24 to reach any destination within the city.