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from London to Istanbul

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

Our recommendation

To get from London to Istanbul on Sep 29 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

11:50AMLondon Stansted Airport3h50 05:40PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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10:15PMLondon Heathrow Airport14h40 02:55PMIstanbul Airport
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05:10PMLondon Gatwick Airport4h00 11:10PMIstanbul Airport
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05:40PMLondon Heathrow Airport3h45 11:25PMIstanbul Airport
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04:30PMLondon Heathrow Airport3h50 10:20PMIstanbul Airport
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Sep 28
$179Aegean Airlines
Sep 29
$152Aegean Airlines
Sep 30
$214Aegean Airlines
Oct 1
$179Aegean Airlines
Oct 2
Oct 3
Oct 4
$175Turkish Airlines
Oct 5
Oct 7
Oct 8
$158British Airways
Oct 9
Oct 10
$175Turkish Airlines
Oct 11
$142British Airways
Oct 12
$131Aegean Airlines
Oct 13
$134British Airways
Oct 14
$152Aegean Airlines
Oct 15
$214Aegean Airlines
Oct 16
$152Aegean Airlines
Oct 17
$149Air France
Oct 18
$152Aegean Airlines

Travel Information to Istanbul from London

distanceDistance1549 miles (2498 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • $66 (€52) • 3 h 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBritish Airways

Travel 1549 miles (2498 km) by flight to Istanbul from London. British Airways is the main travel company operating this route. Travelers can even take a direct flight from London to Istanbul.

Travel Tips

Travel from London to Istanbul
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.
What are the international travel restrictions for Turkey due to COVID-19 if I’m traveling to Istanbul from London?

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

Can I enter Turkey if coming from United Kingdom?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 14 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 result is required for quarantine release

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

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

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

The information above was last checked on 9/20/21; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip between London and Istanbul.

What travel restrictions, such as quarantine measures, should I be aware of for my journey back to London, United Kingdom from Istanbul, Turkey?

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

Is my journey back to London from Istanbul restricted?

Entry into United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is partially 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:

  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. The earliest you can take the test while in quarantine is 5 full days after you left a place not on the travel corridor list
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

This information about your return travel to United Kingdom was last checked on 9/26/21. 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.

How do I reach Istanbul from London?

You can get from London to Istanbul by flight.

What is the fastest way from London to Istanbul?

Traveling by flight is also the quickest way from London to Istanbul. It takes on average 3 h 50 min   to travel this journey.

What is the distance from London to Istanbul?

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

Where do I depart from London? Where do I arrive in Istanbul?

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

  • Most travelers take a flight from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Airport.
Which travel companies can take me from London to Istanbul?

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

  • You can travel from London to Istanbul by flight with British Airways. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $66 (€52) with British Airways from London to Istanbul.
Is there a way to travel directly from London to Istanbul?

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

  • You can take a direct flight with pegasus.

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.

Where should I go next after I travel to Istanbul from London?
Your trip from London to Istanbul doesn't have to end in Istanbul. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation 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 tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Istanbul today!
How early should I purchase tickets from London to Istanbul online for the best deals?

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

  • Plane tickets cost on average $66 (€52) one way.

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

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