How to get to Istanbul from London

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from London to Istanbul

How to get to Istanbul from London by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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The best way to travel from London to Istanbul is by taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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16:453h45
London Stansted Airport (STN)
22:30Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
£2621One-way
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Cheapest
pegasus
16:453h45
London Stansted Airport (STN)
22:30Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
£2621One-way
0 changes
Fastest
pegasus
16:453h45
London Stansted Airport (STN)
22:30Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
£2621One-way
0 changes
Other options
AnadoluJet
11:503h50
London Stansted Airport (STN)
17:40Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
£2841One-way
0 changes
AnadoluJet
15:454h00
London Stansted Airport (STN)
21:45Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
£2841One-way
0 changes
Turkish Airlines
19:053h55
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
01:00Istanbul Airport (IST)
£2851One-way
0 changes

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Travel Information between London and Istanbul

distanceDistance1549 miles
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
priceTicket price range£45 - £45
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • £45 • 3 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £45 • 3 h 45 min
carriersPopular travel companiesPegasus Airlines

Travel 1549 miles by flight between London and Istanbul. Pegasus Airlines is the main travel provider operating this route. Travellers can even take a direct flight from London to Istanbul.

General Information about the Journey from London to Istanbul

Istanbul lies some 2500 kilometers southeast of London meaning that flying is by far the fastest travel option and the route is well-served with direct flights operated by both country's flag carriers. Adventurous travellers can opt for the 4/5-day train and bus journeys across Europe and through the Balkans.

Buses from London to Istanbul

Eurolines offers trips from London to Sofia in Bulgaria with coaches departing London Victoria Coach Station in the afternoon. Coach changes are usually in Brussels and Frankfurt. This segment takes around 55 hours. Passengers then need to change to a local operator for the connection to Istanbul. The coaches of companies such as Metro Turizm (Metro Plyus) are modern and comfortable and departures are frequent.

Trains from London to Istanbul

Sadly the fabled Orient Express no longer plies this route and nowadays a number of train changes are required to reach Istanbul. The fastest route requires 7 changes and takes just over 60 hours. The journey begins with a morning Eurostar from London St Pancreas to Gare du Nord in Paris. Passengers then have to transfer to the nearby Gare de l'Est to take the TGV Duplex to Munich Hauptbahnhof. From there, a number of options exist to carry on to Budapest, then Bucharest before finally arriving at Istanbul Sirkeci station. Comfortable sleepers are available on all these routes. Trains are ticketed separately making the trip suited for those wishing to make stopovers. Other routes pass through Brussels, Cologne, Prague and then Budapest.

Flights from London to Istanbul

Other than regular daily direct flights operated by British Airways and Turkish Airways, Pegasus Airlines offer direct flights from Stansted and Gatwick to Attaturk Airport. The flight takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes.

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Travel on Air France, KLM and Turkish Airlines travel to Istanbul from London at great prices. Omio finds you travel times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies all in one place.

Air France is France's leading airline offering flights within and outside Europe; you can choose different ticket types for your travel from London to Istanbul including: Economy Light, Economy Standard, Economy Flex, Premium Economy and Business.

    FAQs: London to Istanbul

    FAQs: Travel to Istanbul easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Istanbul.
    FAQs

    You can get from London to Istanbul by flight.

    The cheapest way to travel from London to Istanbul is a flight with an average price of £45.

    The fastest way to travel from London to Istanbul is by flight with an average journey time of 3 h 45 min.

    The distance from London to Istanbul is approximately 1549 miles.

    The average frequency per day from London to Istanbul is:

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Istanbul from London as scheduled services by flight can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Istanbul:

      • Most travellers who purchase a plane ticket from London to Istanbul depart from London Gatwick Airport to Istanbul Airport.

      Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with from London to Istanbul:

      • You can go to Istanbul from London by plane with Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, Air France, KLM, Ukraine International Airlines, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Air Baltic or TAROM. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £45 with Pegasus Airlines from London to Istanbul on Omio.

      Yes, there is a direct route available from London to Istanbul:

      • Direct flight with Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines or British Airways.

      Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Istanbul as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Istanbul from London.

      Looking to extend your trip from London to Istanbul? Many Omio customers who go from London to Istanbul usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Sofia, Izmir, Antalya, Athens or Ankara. If you're looking to explore Sofia, Izmir, Antalya, Athens or Ankara from Istanbul, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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