Flights from Ankara to Istanbul

Flight information Ankara Esenboga to Istanbul

Cheapest return price last month


Direct airlines


Flights per week


Average flight time, total distance 213 miles

0h 55min

Most popular airline last month

Turkish Airlines

Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul Sabiha and Istanbul

3 airports

Flight Information

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines operate direct flights from Ankara to Istanbul. The flights depart anywhere from the early morning to late at night. These cheap flights from Ankara to Istanbul are available any day of the week.

A few specific routes may only be flown on certain days, though. Whatever your schedule is, you should be able to easily find a flight that works for you. When you arrive at Ankara Esenboğa Airport (ESB), you'll find yourself in a modern, expansive space. You should plan to arrive one and a half hours before your departure. Traveling from Ankara to Istanbul doesn't involve any border crossings. International visitors should always have their passports with them.

Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) is the main airport that serves the city. It's actually one of the busiest in all of Europe. Some Turkish Airlines flights between Ankara and Istanbul land at this airport in the Domestic Terminal. This terminal is a bit smaller than the International Terminal, and it is easier to get around. You can also pick up a quick bite to eat as you head out of the airport.

The other airport in Istanbul is Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). Both Turkish and Pegasus Airlines fly here from Ankara. This airport is southeast of the city and is the Pegasus Airlines hub. All flights go in and out of one terminal at this facility. There are duty-free shopping areas, fast-food and sit-down dining options, and business lounges. Both of these airports are easily accessible via private car hire and taxi. Shuttle buses also travel from each airport to various stops in Istanbul. The Istanbul Metro line M1A can take visitors from IST to the city.

Weather in Istanbul

In the winter, Istanbul is slightly warmer than Ankara due to its more northern location. Istanbul winter temperatures generally reach around 9 degrees Celsius. Lows can dip down to around 3 degrees. Most of the annual precipitation falls in the winter. In the summer, temperatures are pleasant. Highs are around the mid-20s, and there usually is little chance of rain.

Getting Around in Istanbul

Traveling from Ankara to Istanbul takes you from one busy Turkish city to another. Istanbul has a vast public transportation network. There are trams, funiculars, metro trains, buses, and ferries. The istanbulkart is a smart card that can electronically pay your fare on most forms of public transportation. You can get the card at any one of the numerous vending machines around the city. You can also have your hotel help you flag down a taxi.

Tips for Traveling to Istanbul

The summer is a popular time to visit Istanbul. If you're traveling during this time, it's best to book your hotel early. You can choose between different districts on either side of the Bosphorus Strait. Galata has a lot of nightlife, including the Nardis Jazz Club. New City features many modern hotels and shopping centres for your convenience and enjoyment.

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