Find the cheapest flight to Istanbul
Istanbul is a city split by the Bosphorus, so one side of the city is in Europe and the other side is in Asia. The city has two airports serving it – one on each continent. The vast majority of international flights will be routed through AtatÃ¼rk International Airport on the European side, but for those with a little more time than money, most low-cost carriers also fly into Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en Airport on the Asian side. If you’re willing to fly into a major European city (such as London or Paris) first, you could catch a budget carrier’s flight to Istanbul via Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en Airport for a lower price.
AtatÃ¼rk International Airport (airport code IST) is Istanbul’s major international airport. It sits in YeÅŸilkÃ¶y, 15 km from Istanbul. A list of the airlines serving AtatÃ¼rk is here, underneath the “Other Telephone Numbers” section. Live flight information is here, and you can get more detailed information by clicking on the menu to the right. A map of the terminal is here, and lists of the restaurants, shops and services available is here. There’s a luggage storage unit on the arrival floor of the terminal which is open all day, every day. Your ground transportation options are listed here.
Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en Airport (airport code SAW) sits on the Asian side of Istanbul, and was built because the number of passengers traveling to Turkey exceeded AtatÃ¼rk International’s capacity. Sabiha GÃ¶kÃ§en serves many of Europe’s low-cost carriers – a complete list of airlines that fly into the airport is here. The restaurants, shops and services at the airport are listed here and your ground transportation options are listed here.
More Information on Istanbul
Since Istanbul literally bridges Asia and Europe, it also does so figuratively as well, blending East and West so that everything comes out uniquely Turkish. In Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural center, you’ll walk through history in a city that dates back to 650 BC and at different times served as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Not bad for one city.
For more information on what to do and where to stay in Istanbul, see the Istanbul Travel Guide.