Book Cheap International Flights to Istanbul
Istanbul is a city where east meets west in a flawless, almost ‘easy’ manner, and a myriad of cultures are beautifully personified on nearly every street corner. It is an ancient city where tradition and history co-exist, while modern infrastructure and generosity of spirit thrives. Discover the largest city in Europe with cheap international flights to Istanbul, flying direct from Johannesburg.
Characterised by its friendly locals, endless supply of hospitality, good humour and layers of history, set against a skyline of astonishing monuments, bazaars, vibrant tea gardens, coffee houses, Turkish taverns and kebab restaurants – what’s not to love about Istanbul?
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The Best Time to Book Cheap International Flights to Istanbul
The best time to visit Istanbul is during the spring and autumn months of April/May and September/October, respectively. During these seasons you can expect pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds and many a traditional festival in full swing!
International Airports in Istanbul
Istanbul is without a doubt, the central travel hub of Turkey and is also lauded as one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world. Two main international airports; Atatürk International Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport serve the city. Atatürk Airport operates to 273 worldwide destinations – the second-most destinations globally!
Book Cheap Flights from Istanbul, with the Following Airlines
As the travel mecca that Istanbul is, its main international airport, Atatürk International, is serviced by some of the following world-class airlines:
- Aegean Airlines
- Air France
- British Airways
- Etihad Airways
- Korean Air
- Onur Air
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- Swiss Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
Getting To and From the Airport and Exploring Istanbul
From Atatürk International Airport passengers have two highly reliable options: the local subway service via the Istanbul Metro Line M1 or a shuttle bus service, operated by local company, Havatas.
The buses run every 30-minutes to Bakırköy, Yenikapı, Aksaray and Taksim Square. Municipality buses also run to Taksim, Etiler and Kozyatağı.
Exploring throughout Istanbul is a breeze –travellers have the following options:
The local tram service extends throughout most of the city and runs a service from from Bağcılar, in the city’s west, to Kabataş, stopping at the Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, Eminönü and Karaköy en route. The tram also connects with the metro line at certain points as well as with ferries at Eminönü and with funiculars at Karaköy and Kabataş.
The local Metro rail service connects certain key points throughout Istanbul, such as Yenikapı with the airport; the M2 connects Yenikapı with Hacıosman and the Marmaray connects Kazlıçeşme with Sirkeci, before crossing under the Bosphorus to Üsküdar and Ayrılık Çeşmesi.
Travellers can move between European and Asian shorelines along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn, and to the Adalar, also known as Princes’ Islands.
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in Istanbul
- Aya Sofya
- The Blue Mosque
- The Grand Bazaar
- Dolmabahçe Palace
- Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts
- Basilica Cistern
- Kadıköy Produce Market
- Spice Bazaar
- Galata Bridge at sunset
- Topkapı Palace
Food in Istanbul
Istanbul’s culinary scene is quite possibly one of the most unrivalled in all of Europe and the Middle East, with taste sensations to please all walks of life. Along your travels throughout Istanbul be sure to try:
- Adana kebap – ground lamb kebab with spices and rep peppers
- Lahmacun – Istanbul’s version of a pizza with minced meat, ground peppers and herbs
- Hamsi – Black Sea anchovies, lightly coated and fried with parsley and lemon
- Içli Köfte- fried bulghur wheat stuffed with a filling of ground meat, onions, and spices.
- Tantuni – popular street food of lavaş flat bread, topped with fried beef, chopped tomatoes and parsley
- Kaymak – a soft cheese / clotted cream served with honey or jam and fresh bread
- Turkish coffee
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Cheap Flights to Istanbul
South African citizens are required to obtain a visa before entering Turkey which can be done upon arrival at any international airport in the country. The visa is a multiple entry visa and is valid for one month of travel.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Istanbul
- Istanbul is the only city in the world that straddles two continents: Asia and Europe.
- Despite its size and being the former capital of many ancient empires, Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey – Ankara is.
- Under the Ottoman Empire, the city was renowned for having more than 1,400 public toilets
- Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city with more than 13 million people – 99 per cent of which are Muslim.
- Tulips, the symbol of Holland, originated in Istanbul and were sent from Istanbul to Netherlands
- Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875.
Explore the land where East meets West
Istanbul is a fascinating city where a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, religions and traditions has come to characterise everyday life. Book direct flights to Istanbul with Cheap International Flights and explore Istanbul!