How to travel 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 Jun 29 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

02:35PMLondon Stansted Airport3h50 08:25PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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04:00PMLondon Gatwick Airport7h25 01:25AMIstanbul Airport
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12:00PMLondon Stansted Airport3h50 05:50PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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07:00AMLondon Stansted Airport3h50 12:50PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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03:40PMLondon Stansted Airport3h40 09:20PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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Travel Information from London to Istanbul

distanceDistance1549 miles (2498 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • $336 (€300) • 3 h 40 min
carriersPopular travel companiesTurkish Airlines

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 1549 miles (2498 km) between London and Istanbul. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Turkish Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from London to Istanbul.

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FAQs

Travel between London, United Kingdom and Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Can travelers from United Kingdom enter Turkey?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Istanbul from London?

Conditions of entry into Turkey:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Istanbul, Turkey?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Turkey has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 6/25/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey to Istanbul from London.

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

Is my journey back to London from Istanbul restricted?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in London from Istanbul?

Conditions of reentry into United Kingdom:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in London, United Kingdom?

You should observe these safety measures in United Kingdom as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

This information about your return travel to United Kingdom was last checked on 6/27/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to London from Istanbul closer to your date of departure here.

There are 4 ways to get from London to Istanbul: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to Istanbul from London is by taking a ferry, which costs on average $1 (€1).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Istanbul:

Taking a ferry is usually $15 (€13) less than taking a bus to Istanbul, which costs on average $15 (€13) for the same trip.

Taking a ferry is usually $336 (€300) less than taking a flight to Istanbul, which costs on average $336 (€300) for the same trip.

A ferry is $7 (€6) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from London to Istanbul costing on average $7 (€6).

The fastest way from London to Istanbul is by flight with an average journey time of 3 h 40 min.

There are alternative travel options to Istanbul that can usually take longer:

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Istanbul is approximately 1549 miles (2498 km) away from London.

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

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

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Istanbul, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Turkish Airlines can get you to Istanbul by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Turkish Airlines from London to Istanbul for $336 (€300) on Omio.

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

  • You can book a direct flight with British Airways, pegasus or Turkish Airlines.

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

Omio customers who travel from London to Istanbul often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Berlin or Munich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Istanbul and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before traveling from London to Istanbul, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey is costing $15 (€13) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket costs $336 (€300) one way on average for this route.
  • A ferry ticket costs $1 (€1) one way on average for this journey.
  • A train ticket for this journey is costing $7 (€6) one way on average.

But we recommend booking London to Istanbul tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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