Book Cheap International Flights to Turkey
Uncover the magic of this richly diverse land and one of the most beguiling cities in the world, Istanbul, with cheap flights to Turkey.
Turkey is a historical coutry with some of the best cuisine the world over. With its ancient, towering mosques and a range of scenery, spanning coastline and breathtaking beaches to the rock formations of Cappadocia and the mountainous inland terrain, there is something for everyone in Turkey.
Find the ideal flight to suit your pocket with Cheap International Flights and our search and book feature. With a plethora of low cost flights to Turkey at your fingertips, book your Middle Eastern adventure today!
The Best Time to Book Cheap International Flights to Turkey
Typically, the high season falls from June – August during the summer months where you can expect crowds, high temperatures and high prices! The shoulder season falls in the months of April – May and September – October, during this time expect spring and autumnal temperatures, fewer crowds and lower prices.
Cheapest Flights from Johannesburg to Turkey
Book Cheap Flights from Turkey, with the Following Airlines
Turkey is a massive country, and as such, is an important travel hub within both the Middle East and Europe. With various large cities acting as popular ports-of-call for both domestic and international travellers, Istanbul is at the heart of it all.
Turkey is host to a whopping 35 airports spread throughout the country! Despite this, the main airports which supply the greatest amount of international traffic into the country include:
- Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport, which handled about 61 million passengers in 2015
- Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which handled over 23.5 million passengers in 2014
- Antalya Airport located just outside the city centre of Antalya – a major destination during the European summer season due to its location on the Mediterranean coast.
The following airlines operate out of Turkey’s busiest airport, Atatürk International:
- 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 Turkey
As an international traveller, Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport will most likely be your first port-of-call. Upon landing, travellers have the option of the local subway service via the Istanbul Metro Line M1, or can choose to catch a shuttle bus, operated by Havatas. The buses run every 30-minutes.
If you are looking to travel around Turkey, there a numerous ways to do so, including:
Bus: They are generally efficient, inexpensive and offer frequent services to most major cities throughout Turkey.
Air: As Turkey is a very large country, there are numerous domestic flight routes on offer at all major airports across the country.
Train: Turkey has a growing network of high-speed rail services, offering routes across Anatolia, between Istanbul and Ankara. Regular over-land trains are not highly recommended if you have a far distance to travel.
Ferry: There are regular ferry services available across the Sea of Marmara, which link parts of the Aegean Coast with other main ports throughout Turkey.
Top Tourist Attractions, Places of Interest and Events in Turkey
- Topkapı Palace in Sultanahmet
- Süleymaniye Mosque – Istanbul
- Kariye Museum (Chora Church) – Istanbul Western District
- Aya Sofya – Istanbul
- The Blue Mosque – Istanbul
- The Grand Bazaar – Istanbul
- Sumela Monastery – Black Sea Coast
- Bergama’s acropolis – Bergama
- Caves of Heaven and Hell- Narlikuyu
- Kemeraltı Market – Izmir
Food in Turkey
If Turkey is well-known for anything it has to be its many culinary delights to fascinate and impress even the most fussiest of eaters! Some of the delicious local eats to try throughout your travels include:
- Menemen – a traditional Turkish breakfast
- Turkish Köfte – served stewed, in sandwiches, over salads, or plain with yogurt
- Mantı – small beef or lamb dumplings served with yogurt and a range of spices.
- Kuzu Tandır – traditional, slow-roasted lamb
- Lahmacun – crispy flat bread topped with minced meat, salad, and lemon juice
- Börek- Turkish savoury pastry
- Baklava – a nutty, syrupy, pastry dessert
- Pide- often called Turkish Pizza, it is a boat-shaped flatbread served with a variety of toppings
Know What Visa You Need Before You Book Cheap Flights to Turkey
As a South African citizen with a valid passport you will be required to have a visa before entering Turkey, but it can obtained upon arrival at the airport. This visa is valid as a one month, multiple entry visa.
Fun and Interesting Facts about Turkey
- Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is the third most populous urban area in Europe
- Istanbul‘s Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and biggest shopping districts in the world
- There are 13 spots in Turkey named as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites
- One of the Mediterranean’s primary sea turtle nesting beaches is located in İztuzu Beach, just west of Fethiye
- You can cross continents underground on the Marmaray Metro line
- The 654-year-old sporting tradition of oil wrestling is a national sport
Discover the ‘centre of the world’
Turkey is a vast country which calls for exploration – book your flights to Istanbul with Cheap International Flights and uncover the riches of this ancient land.