Most people who arrive from the USA into Turkey will land at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, the busiest international airport in the country. The cheapest flights from the US to Turkey will depart from the East Coast of the US or from other major city hubs like Chicago, and there are some nonstop routes available. You can also fly into another European capital, such as London, Amsterdam, or Madrid and take a low-cost flight from that city to your final destination in Turkey.
Flights from the East Coast of the US to Turkey will be cheaper than those from the South and West. You’ll also have the option of a direct flight, which is about nine hours long from New York and 11 hours long from Chicago.
The main international airport in Turkey is Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, though international flights also arrive at Adana, Ankara, Dalaman, Izmir and others. Flying into Istanbul is by far much cheaper and easier than flying into a smaller airport. Several low-cost carriers fly between other large European cites, so if you choose not to fly direct, you’ll have lots of options for airports through which to connect.
When flying out of USA there are also plenty of airports to choose from, though only New York and Chicago offer direct flights to Istanbul. Connecting flights are available from many other major American cities; flights that originate in smaller airports may be more expensive than those that start from a larger hub.
Best airline choices
Direct flights to Turkey from Chicago and New York are offered by the following airlines:
- Turkish Airlines
- American Airlines
The ticket prices for flights to Turkey from the USA vary according to the season, with the lowest prices being offered during winter, late fall and early spring. At these times, you can often score cheap tickets from the USA to Turkey for as low as $500-$700 per person from Chicago or New York. The highest fares will be during the peak summer season: June, July, August and September. During these times, prices can be as high as $800-1000 per person.
Money saving tips
Prices may be lower if you connect in another popular European city like London. If your final destination is a city other than Istanbul, it’s usually cheaper to fly in here and then take a low-cost flight to your final destination.
Check websites like Expedia, Travelocity or Priceline but remember that not all of them list the European low-cost carriers. Compare the prices you find here to priced available on the websites of individual budget carriers – sometimes the prices are a bit lower when you book directly with the airlines. For flying within the country, Turkish Airlines operates daily flights from Istanbul to cities all over at reasonable prices.