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Experiencing Istanbul's rich cultural history is now more convenient than ever when you book cheap flight tickets on Expedia. Saving money on flights to Istanbul, is only the first way holiday budgets can cover more when booked through Expedia. From cheap flights and budget hotels in Istanbul, Expedia's price guarantee enables all travellers to enjoy great savings when planning their next holiday.

The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul's amazing history covers millennia. Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul holds an important place in, not only in Turkish history but world history too.

Sitting atop the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul's location and architecture is just as dramatic as its history. Beautiful cathedrals and mosques emerge from the city and are lasting monuments to the key role the city played in the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. After flying to Istanbul, visitors simply must walk the cobbled stones of the Grand Bazaar

There are enough hotels in Istanbul to suit every budget and every holiday. From spectacular views over the city and the Sea of Mamara, to smaller hotels tucked away on quiet cobbled streets, there are plenty of hotels to choose from. With Expedia, you can save money by booking your flights and hotel in Istanbul together, freeing up some of that precious holiday budget to a ferry trip to Anadolu Kavagi or spend a day relaxing at a traditional Turkish bathhouse.

Although traditionally a summer destination, for those tourists willing to brave some of the colder weather in Istanbul, hotel rates are often heavily discounted during the off-season, November to March, meaning you could save even more.

A busy, bustling city it is easy for tourists to stay in Istanbul to enjoy all the history and impressive architecture the city has to offer. However, flying to Istanbul will put travellers within easy distances of a number of other must see attractions. A short drive north of the city is the Black Sea, simply a must visit after any flight to Istanbul. Car hire in Istanbul is the most convenient way to reach this amazing natural wonder as the area is well connected by a network of highways.

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Flights to Istanbul from UK Airports

With Expedia, travellers can choose the cheapest flights to Athens from a range of quality airlines (including KLM, EasyJet and Lufthansa).

Direct flights to Istanbul take a little less than 4 hours from London. From other UK cities the flight time to Istanbul will take longer. Direct flights to Istanbul are available from most London airports, whilst more northern airports will require a 1-stop journey, often in Zurich or Amsterdam.

You do not need to apply for the visa before you leave your home country. There are no pre-immigration papers or forms that have to be filled out ahead of time either. However, upon arriving at Atatürk airport there is a Visa Office where visa's can be purchased. For UK citizens the visa fee is 10 GBP whilst the most expensive fee is for Canadians, which is 60 USD.

Flights to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport

Istanbul's Atatürk Airport is the busiest airport in Turkey and the main destination for international flights to Istanbul and Turkey in general. Many major international airlines have regularly scheduled flights to Istanbul, resulting in millions of passengers visiting the city and surrounding areas every year.

Located 15 miles west of Istanbul, flying to Atatürk International Airport puts visitors within touching distance of the city centre. There are many transport options for those wishing to get to Istanbul. However, the beautiful scenery and a majestic drive along coastal road D-100 make driving an attractive option for many visitors. Car hire in Istanbul is extremely affordable, especially if you book with Expedia where you can receive guaranteed best prices on not only your rental car but hotel in Istanbul too.

The surrounding area is full of wonders of history that are just waiting to be uncovered. With the ease of a rental car you can plan your own itinerary of exploration and discover the area for yourself.

Alternatively, travellers arriving at Atatürk International will also be able to make the most of comprehensive public transport. A light rail service, airport shuttle and municipal bus service all have regular service between the airport and city centre. Journey times vary between 30-35 minutes on the light rail service, to a much longer but cheaper journey on the municipal bus.

Buy your cheap flight tickets to Istanbul and you will be open to a world of history and beauty. With the ease and convenience of Expedia, there's no reason not to enjoy this wondrous city. Book today!

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Expedia is not only free for everyone to use but it quick and easy to use. Find the lowest flight prices guaranteed and book directly through Expedia. Browse through hundreds of cheap flight offers to find the one that suits your budget by simply inputting your travel dates. Expedia will then find the cheapest flights to Istanbul for that period and let you choose your preferred time and airline. If you need additional assistance, Expedia Customer Service representatives are available from 8am - 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 10pm at weekends. Our capable staff will be able to help you with any questions regarding your Istanbul flight, or other booking questions that may arise. When you book flights with Expedia you can rest assured that you have booked the best flight at the lowest price.


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