About Istanbul

Looking for cheap flights to Istanbul? Then pack your bags and prepare to experience Asia and Europe in one city. Istanbul is known to be a popular destination for history enthusiasts, soap opera fans, and museum lovers worldwide. Home to the Hagia Sophia, the Dolmabahçe Palace, Taksim Square and the Galata Tower, Istanbul is a city packed with historical monuments and impressive palaces that are worth a visit.

The Sultanahmet Area, the Princes’ Islands and the Süleymaniye Mosque are also attractions that tourists visit when in Istanbul.

If you want to plan a visit to Istanbul at a time where the weather's not cold or hot, the best time to do so is from March to May and October to November. Known for its humid subtropical climate, Istanbul is a city that is moist all year round. However, the winter in Istanbul starts around November and lasts until February. The coldest month in winter is February and it's known to be rainy and chill with an average of 6 degrees.

Things to Know When You Travel to Istanbul

Fun Things to do in Istanbul

Fun Things to do in Istanbul

During winter in Turkey, the weather during the morning is perfect for outdoor activities like touring the Topkapi Palace, exploring the Grand Bazaar, as well as enjoying a day cruise along the Bosphorus. During the winter, the weather is also great for enjoying an outdoor dinner cruise aboard the Bosphorus Strait, diving in the Marmara sea with the Atlantis Scuba Diving Center and going on a bike tour around the Golden Horn with the Baja Bikes.

That doesn’t mean you won’t have fun if you decide to visit Istanbul at any other time. You can still experience a variety of indoor activities such as visiting popular shopping malls like the Mall of Istanbul and Istanbul Cevahir Mall where you can book tickets to watch the latest blockbusters in some of Europe's top movie theatres. You can also enjoy countless family-friendly attractions like the indoor ice skating arena at the Silivrikapı Ice Skating Hall and the Istanbul Cable Car tour that provides a panoramic view of the city.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Istanbul

Best Time to Book a Flight to Istanbul

During Istanbul’s peak season, which is from June and August, cheap flights to Istanbul might be hard to find since major festivals and events like the 'Istanbul International Music Festival', the 'Rock ‘n’ Coke Music Festival' and the 'Istanbul International Jazz Festival' are happening. However, prices for flights to Istanbul to be cheaper and easy to come across during the low season, which is between December and February due to the chill and rainy weather.

Where to Stay When you Fly to Istanbul

Where to Stay When you Fly to Istanbul

If you're planning to book a flight to Istanbul, and you're looking for affordable accommodations such as Abella hotels and Erbazlar hotels where you can stay near the Downtown area and the airport, areas worth checking include Taksim, Fatih and Beyoglu. However, if you're searching for a luxurious hotel or resort like the Movenpick Hotels and the Intercontinental hotels, make sure to take a look at the accommodations in Levent, Sisli and Besiktas where you’ll be closer to the Bosphorus Bridge, the Dolmabahce Palace and the Taksim Metro Station.

Whatever it is you're looking for, Istanbul has it: Luxurious shopping malls like the Istinye Park and the Palladium, fun activities like taking a tour with the Zoe Yacht Private tour and riding thrilling attractions at the Vialand theme park, and award-winning spas like the the Çırağan Palace Kempinski spa and ‘The Ritz-Carlton Spa’ where stressed people can relax and unwind.

Where to Shop in Istanbul

Where to Shop in Istanbul

Istanbul is a stunning city that definitely deserves a visit.

The Grand Bazaar, considered to be the oldest shopping mall in history with over 1200 jewelry,carpet, leather,spice and souvenir shops.

When it comes to finding cheap flights to Istanbul, there're a few things you need to keep in mind. The prices for airline tickets to Istanbul vary depending on the chosen airline and the time of visit.

Famous Places to Visit in Istanbul

Famous Places to Visit in Istanbul

Istanbul is home to World Famous attractions such as:

  • Taksim Square
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Sofia
  • Dolmabahçe Palace
  • Princes’ Islands
  • Sultanahmet Area
  • Galata Tower