Istanbul, Turkey

Affordable tickets to Istanbul

Book a flight to Istanbul and be enchanted by this fairytale-like city! Istanbul is the only city in the world situated on two continents and is divided in two by the Bosporus River. The city has magnificent mosques and palaces from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, but is also trendy and modern. And Istanbul is definitely recommended for shopaholics. With its numerous bazaars and large shopping centres (including open-air), you might want to book an extra suitcase when purchasing your flight to Istanbul!

When are you flying to Istanbul?

The cityscape in Istanbul is dominated by fairytale-like mosques and palaces, but that’s not all! This Turkish city is ultramodern and has shopping streets and centres sure to please even the most demanding shopaholic. Buy your ticket to Istanbul today and be amazed by the impressive contrasts between new, old, east and west!

Practical information

Transport to/from the airport

Istanbul’s airport is located about 45 km from the historic city centre. You can travel to/from the airport by taxi or bus.
  • Taxi

    There are plenty of taxis outside the airport. Agree a price in advance as the journey to the centre of the city takes more than a half hour. 
  • Bus

    The bus is the cheapest form of transport to the city. Buses E10 and E11 will bring you to the centre of Istanbul for about 13 Turkse Lire (YTL). 

Transport in the city/region

Travel anywhere within Istanbul:
  • Metro

    Travel throughout the city by metro. There is only one metro in Istanbul. This goes from Taksim Square to Levent. This is on the European side of Istanbul. 
  • Bus

    You can visit all the sights in Istanbul on the red/beige coloured city buses. Buy a ticket before getting on the bus at the bus station or a kiosk.
  • Taxi

    The taxis in Istanbul are recognisable by their yellow colour and the 'taxi' sign on their roofs. Make sure you know the whole day fare even if the meter is on. in order to prevent any unpleasant surprises. 

Important information

  • It is recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and DTP. This is not obligatory.

Passport and visa

You need a passport or identity card that is still at least valid for at least 6 months when you arrive. Apart from a passport or identity card, you also need a visa. 

Since 10 April 2014 you are required to obtain a visa before you travel. You cannot get a visa at airports in Turkey any more. You can only pay for your visa with a credit card. To make sure that your payment is made on time, we recommend arranging your visa at least 24 hours in advance. Please note! Do you have a French passport? Then you do not need to apply for a visa. Apply for a visa

Time zone

GMT +2 (summer time +3) 
In winter, it is 1 hour later in Istanbul than it is in the Netherlands.


The currency used in Istanbul is the Turkish Lira (YTL).

Duration of flight

The flight to Istanbul is about 3 hours. The plane stops briefly on both the outbound and the inbound journeys.

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