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Flights to Turkey

The best price found from United States to Turkey is on January 23rd, 2017, travelling with Aeroflot. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $434.00
IST
Istanbul Ataturk

Getting around by air

It's a good idea to book flights months in advance if you plan to arrive in Turkey any time from April until late August. If you plan to visit a resort, check with travel agents for flight and accommodation deals. Sometimes you can find cheap flights with Turkish carriers and less-usual airlines.

Airports

The main international airports are in western Turkey.

Atatürk International Airport Istanbul's main airport, Atatürk International Airport, is in Yeşilköy, 23km west of Sultanahmet. The international terminal (Dış Hatlar) is polished and organised. Close by, the domestic terminal (İç Hatlar) is smaller but no less efficient.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport This airport on İstanbul's Asian side is popular with low-cost European airlines, but is not as conveniently located as Atatürk.

Antalya International Airport Receives flights from across Turkey and Europe.

Adnan Menderes Airport There are many flights to İzmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport from European destinations.

Bodrum International Airport (BJV; www.bodrumairport.com) Receives flights from all over Europe, mostly with charters and budget airlines in summer, and from İstanbul and Ankara with the Turkish airlines. Also known as Milas-Bodrum Airport.

Dalaman International Airport Seasonal flights from many European cities, and year-round from İstanbul.

Esenboğa Airport Numerous international and domestic connections from Ankara, although İstanbul's airports offer more choice.

Airlines

Turkish Airlines, the national carrier, has extensive international and domestic networks, including budget subsidiaries Sun Express and Anadolu Jet. It is generally considered a safe airline, and its operational safety is certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Like many airlines, it has had accidents and incidents over the years – nine crashes since 1974, most recently at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in 2009.

Australia & New Zealand

You can fly from the main cities in Australia and New Zealand to İstanbul, normally via Dubai (or elsewhere in the Middle East), Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

You can often get affordable flights with European airlines, if you're prepared to change flights again in Europe.

Continental Europe

There's not much variation in fares from one European airport to another; with the exception of Germany, which has the biggest Turkish community outside Turkey, enabling some great deals.

Most European national carriers fly direct to İstanbul. Cheaper indirect flights can be found, for example changing in Frankfurt or Munich en route from Amsterdam to İstanbul.

Budget and charter airlines fly between several European cities and the major western Turkish airports.

Eastern Europe

Atlasglobal flies between İstanbul and Yerevan (Armenia) twice weekly. The flights don’t appear on the airline's website but tickets can be purchased from agents in both cities.

Middle East & Asia

From Central Asia and the Middle East, you can usually pick up flights with Turkish Airlines or the country's national carrier.

Affordable flights from further afield normally travel to İstanbul via Dubai, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.

UK & Ireland

In addition to the airlines listed, flights are available with European carriers via continental Europe. With major airlines such as British Airways and Turkish Airlines, the cheapest flights are normally in and out of London airports.

Charter flights are a good option, particularly at the beginning and end of the peak summer holiday season.

USA & Canada

Most flights connect with İstanbul-bound flights in the UK or continental Europe, so it's worth looking at European and British airlines in addition to North American airlines.

Another option is to cross the Atlantic to, say, London or Paris, and continue on a separate ticket with a budget carrier.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.