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Flights arrive in Istanbul
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Flight price $1,078
Airlines Etihad Airways, Asiana Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines

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Looking for cheap airfare to Istanbul? 25% of our users found return tickets to Istanbul for the following prices or less: From Brisbane $1,177, from Sydney Kingsford Smith $1,323, from Melbourne $1,353
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There is currently one main airport that serves the European side of Istanbul: Istanbul Ataturk Airport is located 24km from the centre of the city and is the hub for Turkish Airlines.
Business class passengers on Turkish Airlines with a layover after flights to Istanbul might want to think about checking into the Turkish Airlines Lounge at Ataturk Airport to get some peace and quiet. Business and first class passengers with Star Alliance membership can also use the lounge. Here you can take advantage of facilities such as showers, children’s play areas and a cinema, as well as drinks and a food buffet. There is also a prayer room for those who would like to reflect in peace.
If you need to do some last minute souvenir shopping at Ataturk Airport, the Old Bazaar, with its typically Turkish ambience, has a wide range of gifts, souvenirs, sweet treats such as Turkish delight, traditional silverware and jewellery, as well as other local foodstuffs including spices and regional olive oil.
For travellers on flights to Istanbul who are hungry there are a number of restaurants at Ataturk Airport such as Restro, Eat & Fly, which is located in the departures terminal before security. This restaurant offers Turkish meze – but if you don’t want that option, there is also a Chinese stir-fry. Alternatively, if you are desperate for something you recognize, a coffee fix can be found in the Starbucks located in the international departures terminal.
Those travelling on flights to Istanbul with babies and children will be happy to hear that both terminals of Ataturk Airport provide nursing and baby changing facilities as well as play areas for slightly older children.

FAQs - booking Istanbul flights

What is the cheapest flight to Istanbul?

The cheapest airline ticket to Istanbul from Australia in the last 72 hours was $1,078 return on the route Melbourne to Istanbul. The most popular route is Melbourne to Istanbul and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $1,752 return.

How far is Istanbul airport from central Istanbul?

Istanbul Airport is 34 kilometres from the centre of Istanbul. View on map.

Are there on-site hotels at Ataturk Airport?

The TAV Airport Hotel can be accessed via the terminal but also offers a free airport shuttle if you are staying outside the security area (to do this you need to hold a visa). If you do not have a visa you will need to stay in the airside rooms in the hotel that can be accessed once through airport security.

Which airline has the fewest stops on flights to Istanbul?

Turkish Airlines flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth with only one layover on the way. Etihad also flies to Istanbul from Melbourne with one layover, whereas all other airlines flying from cities in Australia will have two or more layovers on the way to Istanbul.

Does Ataturk Airport have free Wi-Fi access?

The Wi-Fi connection is free for two hours, but in order to access this you will need to have a Turkish mobile number. If this is impossible, international passengers can venture into the Starbucks, which has free Wi-Fi for its customers. Alternatively, if you pay to enter one of the lounges you will have complimentary Wi-Fi access there.

What is the safest way to get from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul centre?

The most comfortable and definitely the safest option is a private transfer service. It can be pricey as the cost of this service is around EUR25 per person (approximately AUD40) one way, but the car will be for your group alone and could be more reliable than a taxi.

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Cairns
$2,128
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$2,128
Brisbane
$2,310
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$2,310
Adelaide
$1,195
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$1,195
Perth
$2,131
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$2,131
Melbourne
$1,078
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$1,078
Sydney
$1,081
only
$1,081
Destination
Istanbul
$1,078
only
$1,078
Thu., 6 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
IST
Istanbul
21h 15m
Fri., 28 Feb.
IST
Istanbul
MEL
Melbourne
30h 30m
$1,078
Trip: 23 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,519 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
AUH
YYZ
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything

BEG
AUH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew and seats

Cons: Sound system,, entertainment system should not be turned off 25min before landing

AUH
MAD
Good 7.3

Pros: in the AUH-MAD leg, i thought the headrests were great—perfect for sleeping

Cons: in the MNL-AUH leg, the touchscreen entertainment system didn’t always work

SYD
AUH
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything!

AUH
IAD
Good 7.0

Pros: Mango juice was good. Food was good. Crew was friendly and fast.

Cons: More leg room please. Better entertainment. More reclining of seats required. Softer seats.

Fri., 13 Mar.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
IST
Istanbul
37h 20m
Fri., 20 Mar.
IST
Istanbul
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
30h 10m
$1,081
Trip: 8 days
8.4Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 4,176 reviews
Boarding
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.7
Entertainment
8.0
Food
8.1
HNL
ICN
Excellent 8.0

Cons: Connecting flight in Incheon Airport delayed again, 4th consecutive time this has happened on this particular flight. I think this is done intentionally so airline can combine it with the next flight that departs 50 minutes later based on amount of bookings on each flight.

ICN
ORD
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Fresh fruit lunch was awesome.

Cons: More comfortable seats.

TPE
ICN
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Crew was great. I have flown on Asiana a few times before and they are always good. The Korean meal is the best airplane food I have had.

Cons: More movie choices. Game choices and cartoon series for kids

KMI
ICN
Good 7.6

Pros: Convenient

Cons: More flexible seat

HND
GMP
Excellent 8.4

Cons: We had reservations for 3 persons. When we arrived, we were required to upgrade (90,000 yen total) in order to be seated together. We made the reservation 2 months earlier. Seems like it would have been possible to put us together.

Tue., 18 Feb.
MEL
Melbourne
IST
Istanbul
21h 40m
Tue., 17 Mar.
IST
Istanbul
MEL
Melbourne
21h 05m
$1,141
Trip: 28 days
8.3Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 10,409 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.3
Food
8.0
DOH
JFK
Excellent 9.3

Cons: Food

BLR
DOH
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: We’ve been waiting for almost an hour now for the bags to come out. This is insane

DOH
BKK
Excellent 8.3

Pros: Wifi !!!!

Cons: Bigger seats

JFK
DOH
Good 7.6

Pros: The customer service was amazing. Air hostesses were very courteous, friendly and helpful.

Cons: Seats were too small to sit comfortably on a long flight I wish Qatar had better seats for long journey and had advanced entertainment system.

TBS
DOH
Excellent 10.0

Cons: Everything

Tue., 2 Jun.
MEL
Melbourne
IST
Istanbul
25h 50m
Sat., 1 Aug.
IST
Istanbul
MEL
Melbourne
26h 10m
$1,319
Trip: 61 days
8.3Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 141 reviews
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.0
Crew
8.8
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
BWN
MEL
Good 6.0

Cons: Dont know why I can not choose seat, it automatically give me a seat next to exit and in the middle, I cannot change it.

BWN
DXB
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything but mostly the leg room. Not sure if it's due to the airline type (Dream-liner) or just the seating arrangement but makes for a very comfortable long haul flight. Excellent wide screen entertainment system, not like the majority of aircraft with undersized and poor screen quality.

Cons: Nothing.

DXB
BWN
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Entertainment is very up to date Crew striving to help Nice all in all

Cons: Boarding usually late

BWN
MEL
Okay 4.6

Pros: Still the most economical choice to fly from Brunei direct to Australia.

Cons: The chairs stuck and you need to be powerful to lower it. In need of maintenance. Staff were cold. Lack enthusiasm to serve. In need of hospitality training.

BWN
SIN
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Immigration

Sun., 5 Apr.
CNS
Cairns
IST
Istanbul
20h 30m
Thu., 23 Apr.
IST
Istanbul
CNS
Cairns
24h 55m
$2,128
Trip: 19 days
8.7Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.7 Excellent
Based on 3,766 reviews
Overall
8.7
Boarding
8.9
Comfort
8.5
Crew
9.0
Entertainment
8.7
Food
8.4
DPS
SIN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: everything, the crew was efficient

Cons: more African entertainment to be added on the Johannesburg route

FRA
JFK
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Very cramped seats

SIN
PVG
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing staff and service!

Cons: None!

DPS
SIN
Okay 4.8

Pros: The crew service is good. Not great, but still above average from other flagship carriers.

Cons: The seat (B787-10) is so cramp!!!

SIN
HYD
Mediocre 2.0

Cons: Terrible

Thu., 30 Jan.
MEL
Melbourne
IST
Istanbul
28h 15m
Sat., 15 Feb.
IST
Istanbul
MEL
Melbourne
25h 40m
$1,120
Trip: 17 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,519 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
JFK
AUH
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Good trip

AUH
AMM
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Every thing. Was good

Cons: The seat’s

IAD
AUH
Good 6.3

Cons: Narrow seats

SYD
AUH
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything!

MAN
AUH
Good 7.0

Pros: Reasonable comfortable

Cons: Wider seating would be great

Thu., 23 Jan.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
IST
Istanbul
29h 20m
Thu., 13 Feb.
IST
Istanbul
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
34h 46m
$1,198
Trip: 22 days
8.3Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 10,409 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.3
Food
8.0
DOH
CDG
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Amazing aircraft! Amazing crew!

DOH
JFK
Good 6.0

Pros: Crew was receptive

Cons: Food boarding

DOH
KUL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Yes. the crew was amazing, respectful and seats had adequate leg room. Entertain equipment was working.

Cons: Same advertisements before each movie could play were annoying to me.

IAH
DOH
Excellent 9.0

Pros: It was like flying in a Four Seasons but better.

Cons: Boring movie selections. 80% Marvel films.

DOH
BKK
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Tripulación muy atenta

Fri., 8 May
ADL
Adelaide
IST
Istanbul
37h 00m
Fri., 22 May
IST
Istanbul
ADL
Adelaide
35h 40m
$1,195
Trip: 15 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,519 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
DMM
AUH
Okay 5.0

Cons: More comfortable seats.

BEG
AUH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Great seat and staff.

Cons: It was great!

FCO
AUH
Okay 4.6

Cons: Entertaintmebt was poor, and quality of screen was bad

AUH
MAA
Okay 4.0

Cons: Missing a bag , longer wait time at Abu Dhabi

JNB
AUH
Good 6.3

Pros: Seats were comfortable in economy and entertainment system was excellent.

Cons: Crew didn’t seem happy to be on board. Baggage was substantially delayed and both take off and taxiing after landing were delayed by approximately an hour each.

Sat., 11 Apr.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
IST
Istanbul
37h 40m
Fri., 24 Apr.
IST
Istanbul
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
31h 00m
$1,350
Trip: 14 days
8.4Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 4,176 reviews
Boarding
8.4
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.7
Entertainment
8.0
Food
8.1
SGN
ICN
Excellent 9.0

Pros: Crew amazing, seat comfortable

Cons: More new movie and menu for food diversity like noodles sandwiches.,,,

ICN
MNL
Excellent 10.0

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

ICN
MNL
Good 7.3

Pros: Respectful crew

NKG
ICN
Excellent 8.0

Pros: Very friendly and easy to talk to

Cons: The airplane was very warm

ICN
LHR
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crews were absolutely amazing. They had been so helpful and kind during the entire trip

Cons: It was just perfect

Mon., 8 Jun.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
IST
Istanbul
23h 35m
Tue., 30 Jun.
IST
Istanbul
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
28h 35m
$1,274
Trip: 23 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,519 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
AUH
ATH
Excellent 8.6

Cons: Average for business class. Didn't get value

CCJ
AUH
Okay 5.3

Pros: It is good airline

Cons: The flight was very late, the airline did nothing for the time we were waiting

BNE
AUH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: 787 no one cannot love it

Cons: Maybe bigger seats with better privacy

HYD
AUH
Good 6.0

Cons: aren't all the passengers on the flight same? how come economy passengers denied Biryani, while premium and Business class gets it?

BEG
AUH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew and seats

Cons: Sound system,, entertainment system should not be turned off 25min before landing

Tue., 31 Dec.
ADL
Adelaide
IST
Istanbul
21h 40m
Wed., 22 Jan.
IST
Istanbul
ADL
Adelaide
33h 36m
$1,698
Trip: 23 days
8.3Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 10,415 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.3
Food
8.0
BKK
DOH
Good 7.0

Pros: Good service from the crew and food was good

Cons: Flight was delayed and there are redundant checks before entering to the gate. No internet service in the flight and was a very long flight (14 hrs)

DOH
PER
Excellent 9.0

Cons: coffee is to strong and to many spicy foods

BEY
DOH
Good 6.0

Cons: Power outage delayed the deboarding De boarding always done not at the terminal but to a bus

BKK
DOH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Business class is the best

MEL
DOH
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Amazing staff, clean plane, good food, comfortable seats in business

Cons: Plane was very warm. Uncomfortably warm Movie selection was boring. Too many Marvel films which was ridiculous.

Mon., 9 Dec.
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
IST
Istanbul
23h 40m
Mon., 23 Dec.
IST
Istanbul
SYD
Sydney Kingsford Smith
23h 50m
$1,762
Trip: 15 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,519 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
BEG
AUH
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Crew and seats

Cons: Sound system,, entertainment system should not be turned off 25min before landing

AUH
YYZ
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Everything

AUH
RUH
Mediocre 2.6

Pros: Nothing

Cons: The seat were not adjustable and the snake were poor and no entertainment on board ... poor boarding with buses and arrived with buses

IAD
AUH
Good 6.3

Cons: Narrow seats

BAH
AUH
Excellent 9.3

Pros: Business Class Seats were comfortable

Mon., 13 Jan.
PER
Perth
IST
Istanbul
18h 10m
Tue., 14 Jan.
IST
Istanbul
PER
Perth
17h 10m
$2,131
Trip: 2 days
8.3Excellent Show reviews
Overall 8.3 Excellent
Based on 10,415 reviews
Overall
8.3
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.2
Crew
8.6
Entertainment
8.3
Food
8.0
DOH
ISB
Good 7.3

Pros: Amazing staff

Cons: Uncomfortable seats and poor entertainment systems

DPS
DOH
Excellent 9.6

Pros: Flight attendants were very polite.

Cons: The seats could be more wide.

BOM
DOH
Excellent 8.6

Pros: Yes

Cons: Good flight

MAD
DOH
Good 7.3

Pros: Excellent service provided by crew

Cons: Food needs improvement

DOH
JFK
Good 6.0

Pros: Good service from the crew and good food.

Cons: Flight was delayed and there are a lot of redundant checks before entering to the gate. No internet service and the flight was very long. (14 hrs)

Tue., 10 Dec.
BNE
Brisbane
IST
Istanbul
30h 35m
Sun., 26 Jan.
IST
Istanbul
BNE
Brisbane
19h 35m
$2,310
Trip: 48 days
7.4Good Show reviews
Overall 7.4 Good
Based on 6,521 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.3
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
7.4
Food
7.0
SYD
AUH
Excellent 9.3

Pros: The crew was amazing, there's one lady crew that's super friendly. Met great passengers too. Was seated at 71 F, the gentleman next to me was great Mr 71 G. Just wished was able to say goodbye to him. Fl EY455 9/3/19. He was heading for Beirut and me to LHR. JUST wish for an ETIHAD CONNECTION. Thanks.

Cons: The waiting lounge had no info on the outside. We came early, was seated close to the door and I served as the info person.

AUH
NRT
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The flight was surprisingly empty compared to flying to Abu Dhabi. I had an entire row to myself. I was able to lay out and sleep peacefully without worrying about the traveler in front of me leaving their seat back. Highly recommend Etihad airways!

AUH
CDG
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Good seating space, good service

AUH
HKG
Excellent 8.6

Pros: yes to both.

Cons: Wine list was poor. Enough of a premium is built into the business class fare to get some decent wines onto the list. Coffee is not so good either.

AUH
MAN
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: crew was decent

Cons: everything

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