Turkish Airlines offers three direct flights in average every day from New York to Istanbul. The number of these flights drops to two during the winter months. You can be in Istanbul within the same day with the flight taking place in the earliest hours. Other flights at noon and evening hours land in Istanbul the next day.
Turkish Airlines flights between New York and Istanbul take nearly ten hours. Flights take off every day from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and land at Istanbul Airport (IST). The distance between these two cities is roughly eight thousand kilometers.
If Istanbul is your transit point and your journey will continue to your final destination with Turkish Airlines, note that you have many opportunities for spending your layover here with pleasure. If your layover is between 6 to 24 hours, you can take this opportunity to explore the beautiful Istanbul with the service Touristanbul offered complimentary by Turkish Airlines. Another service offered free of charge, Stopover offers a chance to both discover the city and have free accommodation, for the passengers with a layover exceeding 20 hours.
Regarded as a world’s city for its contributions to the popular culture on a global scale, New York is a must-see destination for everyone. As the vital trade and financial center in the United States, New York is truly a metropolis with its population of 21 million together with the nearby suburbs. Subway lines serve for 24 hours in this city where numerous movements of American culture emerged. Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square are amongst the favorite locations of the travelers in New York, arousing interest with its crowded population and dynamic nature. What is more; Brooklyn Bridge, Soho and Manhattan districts in New York play an essential role in turning the city into one of the most stunning destinations worldwide.
There are three airports serving in New York: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Flights with Turkish Airlines from New York take off from John F. Kennedy Airport.
Located in the southeastern part of New York City, New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) is nearly 20 kilometers from Manhattan district. Accessing “JFK Air Train” by taking the subway is the ideal way to reach the airport from the city center. You may transfer to “JFK Air Train” by taking the subway line A from Howard Beach Station if you happen to be in southern Manhattan, or take the subway E line from Jamaica Station if you are in Midtown district or Queens. Getting to the airport takes roughly an hour and fifteen minutes with this option. Using the shuttles named “NYC Airporter” is another option to reach the airport from the city center. Departing from Bus Terminal, Grand Central Station and Penn Station, these shuttles get you to the airport within 90 minutes in average. If you wish to take a cab, it is possible to reach the airport within 35 minutes if there is no traffic; although this duration varies by traffic, you may get to the airport with a cab in 90 minutes under all circumstances.
Istanbul’s beauty is envied by many cities worldwide, with its glorious turquoise Bosporus flowing through the city. Having been home to remarkable civilizations throughout its history and regarded as a total capital of culture, Istanbul offers an ever-lengthening to do list: Reminiscing the past in the Hagia Sophia, getting to know Istanbul beyond ground with a visit to the Basilica Cistern, smelling the brilliant blossoming mimosas in the Princes’ Islands, taking the Bosporus motorboat among the fortress and leafing through the old books in the second-hand booksellers are only a few of the activities to do in Istanbul.
There are two international airports serving in Istanbul: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). However, the destination point in flights from New York is solely Istanbul Airport (IST).
Istanbul Airport 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.
From the city center there are many modes of transportation, such as taxi, rent-a-car and airport shuttles. There are rent-a-car companies available at Istanbul Airport (IST) that set off from the city center, ensuring you a smooth journey. If you are looking for a cheaper, quicker option then you can benefit from the Havaist and İETT bus services. Travel comfortably with the airport shuttles that run day and night; these shuttles reach many places in the city. In addition, you could pay 100-110 TL for a 30-minute taxi drive from the city center.
For more information on transportation to Istanbul Airport, check our transport information page.