How to get from London to Istanbul

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from London to Istanbul

You can get from London to Istanbul by train, bus or flight.

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To get from London to Istanbul on 05 Jul we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

14:35London Stansted Airport3h50 20:25Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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Travel Information from London to Istanbul

distanceDistance1549 miles (2498 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • £270 • 3 h 40 min
carriersPopular travel companiesTurkish Airlines

Travel 1549 miles (2498 km) by coach, flight, ferry or train to Istanbul from London. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Turkish Airlines among others. 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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FAQs

International travel from London, United Kingdom to Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Can I enter Turkey if coming from United Kingdom?

Entry into Turkey is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Istanbul if travelling from London?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Istanbul, Turkey due to the pandemic?

All travellers in Turkey must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 02/07/2022; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey between London and Istanbul.

The current restriction level for returning to London, United Kingdom from Turkey is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter London, United Kingdom from Istanbul, Turkey?

Reentering United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to London from Istanbul?

  • There are no current restrictions

Which rules do I need to follow in London, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 03/07/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to London from Istanbul here.

There are 4 travel options from London to Istanbul: coach, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way from London to Istanbul is by taking a ferry. You can find average ticket prices around £1 compared to other travel options to Istanbul:

A ferry journey is usually £12 less than a journey to Istanbul by coach, which costs on average £12 for the same trip.

A ferry journey is usually £270 less than a journey to Istanbul by plane, which costs on average £270 for the same trip.

A ferry is £5 less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from London to Istanbul costing on average £5.

The quickest way to travel between London and Istanbul is by flight, which takes on average 3 h 40 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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The distance from London to Istanbul is approximately 1549 miles (2498 km).

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from London to Istanbul:

  • Flights mostly depart from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Istanbul Airport.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from London to Istanbul:

  • You can travel by plane from London to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, and you can find Turkish Airlines London to Istanbul tickets for £270 on Omio.

Yes, there are direct routes from London to Istanbul with the following travel companies:

  • You can find a direct flight to Istanbul with British Airways, pegasus or Turkish Airlines.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Istanbul tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy tickets for this trip.

Your journey from London to Istanbul doesn't have to end in Istanbul. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Berlin or Munich. If you’d like to add Paris, Berlin or Munich to your London to Istanbul trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Istanbul today!

When planning your trip to Istanbul from London, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £12 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £270 one way.
  • Ferry tickets are costing £1 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing £5 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets to Istanbul from London online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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