Cheap Flights from London to Istanbul

Flight information London to Istanbul

Cheapest return price last month


Direct airlines


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Average flight time, total distance 1558 miles

3h 35min

Most popular airline last month

Turkish Airlines

Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul Sabiha and Istanbul

3 airports

Airlines that fly from London to Istanbul

There are a number of airlines that offer direct flights between London airports and Istanbul.

Flights from Gatwick Airport to Istanbul are operated by Pegasus Airlines who fly to Istanbul Sabiha Airport and Turkish Airlines who fly to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Flights from Heathrow Airport to Istanbul are operated by British Airways and Turkish Airlines, both of which fly to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Flights from Stansted Airport to Sabiha Istanbul are operated by Pegasus and flights between Luton and Istanbul Airport are served by Atlas Global.

Terminal Information

It is recommended that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight to Istanbul, if you use the online or mobile check in options prior to arriving at the airport bag drop desks are located in the check in lounges at the airports. From here you can go straight through to security.

Gatwick Airport

If you are flying from Gatwick Airport both Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines flights depart from the South Terminal. This terminal has a host of facilities, places to eat and shops in the departures lounge which you can enjoy whilst waiting for your flight.

Shopping at Gatwick South offers an array of choices, whether its picking up some last minute holiday essentials from Boots, Victoria’s Secrets and Mango or picking up some designer fashion from Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker and Hugo Boss. Restaurants, cafes and bars in the lounge include Apostrophe, The London Bar, Wonderstreet, Costa and Giraffe, with plenty of choice available.

Heathrow Airport

Turkish Airlines flights from Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk depart from Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal. Terminal 2 offers a large selection of shops to choose from which rival the high street with John Lewis, Boots, Case, Cath Kidston and a number of designer fashion brands including Michael Kors and Burberry. If you want to pick up something to eat before your flight snacks and fast food options are available from Ca’puccino, Eat and Caffe Nero. Restaurants in the terminal cater for a wide variety of tastes from caviar at the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar to Heston Blumanthal inspired cuisine from The Perfectionist’s Café.

Passengers flying to Istanbul with British Airways will need to head to Terminal 5. Here you will find similar shops to Terminal 2 as well as Hamleys and even more fashion and jewellery brands such as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and Prada. You can spend your time before the flight in the Fortnum & Mason Champagne Bar or one of the many restaurants and cafes such as Wagamama, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Good, Giraffe and Pilots Bar and Kitchen.

4 hours of free Wi-Fi is available across Heathrow Airport and handy mobile phone and laptop charging points can be found in all of the terminals.

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport has one easy to navigate terminal with check in zones on the ground floor of the terminal. A wide choice of food and drinks are available in the departures lounge; Burger King, Cabina, Illustrious Bar and Café, James Martin Kitchen and Leon are just some of the many you have to choose from. You will find a small selection of shops to pick up holiday essentials and duty free bargains at World Duty Free, Next, Dixons Travel, Rituals and Body Shop.

Passengers at Stansted Airport can enjoy up to 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi access per device, per day.

Luton Airport

If you’re flying from Luton Airport then there is only one terminal with check in desks on the ground floor opposite the entrance. After passing through security and in the departures lounge it is worth finding out which gate you are flying from ensuring you plan enough time to reach it before your flight departs. Gates 1-18 can take up to a 15 minute walk from the lounge to reach.

In Luton Airport’s departure lounge Krispy Kreme, Est Bar, Pip and Wasabi are amongst the many places to eat available. Shopping opportunities are in abundance with Boots, Hotel Chocolat, Mac Cosmetics, Aelia Duty Free and many more.

Luton Airport has 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi available and additional time available for a small fee.

Istanbul Sabiha Airport

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located 47km to the south of Istanbul and 14km from Pendik. A number of facilities such as banks, a post office and a number of places to eat are located in arrivals.

An airport shuttle, bus routes and car hire are all available from the arrivals terminal at the airport.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Istanbul Ataturk Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports is the closet airport to the city of Istanbul, just 20km to the west of the city centre. Public transport options to reach the city centre include bus, train/metro and the Havatas Airport Shuttle service available every 30 minutes from the airport. Hiring a car from Ataturk Airport is a popular option with a drive via the D100 into the city centre.

Practical Information

Travellers to Istanbul from the UK must apply for a visa in advance to enter the country. Visas can be obtained through the official Turkish government e-Visa website. You should take a paper copy of your visa with you whilst travelling. When entering Turkey you passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry and 3 months from the date you leave.

What to expect in Istanbul

Located between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a city full of attractions, a skyline with a wow factor and a streets full of architectural wonders and world heritage sites. With a Mediterranean climate, Istanbul is significantly warmer than London throughout the year.

Istanbul’s currency is the Turkish Lira, when visiting the city you will find your money goes a lot further than in London, especially when it comes to trying the local Turkish food.

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