Istanbul

Istanbul that even nowadays seems to have sprung out of an old fairy tale is an enchanting city, full of mystery, history, archaeological treasures, music and fragrances. It is a city surrounded by sea, the Sea of Marmaras, Keratios Gulf and Bosporus. Istanbul waits to be visited in order to share its secrets with you and charm you with its beauties. Book now a flight, travel to Istanbul and experience the eternal greatness of this city with the mixed cultures, the mosques and the churches, the endless bazaars, the exquisite cuisine and the oriental nights.

How to get there

From Greece there are direct flights to Istanbul, leaving from Athens. From other Greek cities there are connecting flights to Istanbul with Olympic Air and Aegean via Athens. From Cyprus there are connecting flights from Larnaca via Athens and Cairo. The airlines that carry out flights to Istanbul are Olympic Air, Aegean and Turkish Airlines more specifically:

Athens – Istanbul:

Olympic Air (direct flights)

Aegean (direct flights)

Turkish Airlines (direct flights)


Thessaloniki – Istanbul:

Olympic Air (via Athens)

Aegean (via Athens)


Larnaca – Istanbul:

Olympic Air (via Athens)

Aegean (via Athens)

Egypt Air (via Cairo)

All the above airlines are landed at the International Airport of Istanbul Atatürk (more information below). When making plans for a holiday trip to Istanbul it is better to make a reservation as soon as possible in order to find cheaper air tickets. Many airlines promote cheap flights and announce special air ticket offers for reservations made 1 or 2 months prior the departure.


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Airports
Istanbul has two airports, the
Atatürk International Airport and the Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Istanbul’s airports are big and comfortable and offer many services to the travellers. Both airports have restaurants, cafeterias, shops, automatic banking machines (ΑΤΜ), travel agencies and of course ticket desks for air tickets. The transfer from the airports to the center of Istanbul is done easily and comfortably with the various means of transport.


Atatürk International Airport
Atatürk Airport which is Istanbul’s central airport is located 28 kilometres from the centre of the city ( Sultanahmet Square). Various transportation means depart from the airport to the centre of Istanbul.


Trains

The metro station is right across the airport (Havalimani station) from where you can catch the train, get off at Zeytiburnu station and continue with the tram line Zeytinburnu-Kabatas to the city’s centre. You can also catch the train from the airport and get off at Otogar station which is the bus terminal for the city’s centre. Istanbul’s metro is a cheap choice since it only costs 1.30 Turkish pounds. There is a train from 06:00 until 00:15 on a daily basis, whereas during the weekends the trains begin their services a bit later.  


Buses

Havas buses depart from all the airport’s terminals for Taksim Square (European Istanbul) in Istanbul. The journey lasts approximately 60 minutes, depending on the traffic and the ticket costs 9 Turkish pounds. Bus 96T departs from Atatürk airport and has a route towards Yenikapi, Aksaray square and Taksim square. The buses begin their service at 04:00 and stop at 01:00. There is a bus from the airport every 30 minutes. After 01:00 there are less frequent buses. The journey lasts approximately 40 minutes and the ticket is cheaper than the one for Havas buses.


Taxi

The taxi from the airport to the centre of Istanbul can cost around 30 Turkish pounds, but if you choose to transfer via taxi after midnight then the tariff is double.


Sabiha Gökçen Airport
Sabiha Gökçen airport is located 50 kilometres from the centre of Istanbul (European Istanbul) but the travelers can use the means of transport and move towards the city easily and comfortably.


Buses

Havas buses depart every 25 minutes from the airport to Taksim square, Beyoglu area (European Istanbul) from where you can catch the metro to your final destination. The ticket costs 9.50 Turkish pounds. E10 bus departs from the airport every 30 minutes during the day, and every 60 minutes from 21:00 to 06:00 and its final stop is at Kadiköy.


Taxi

Taxis are always available outside the airport but the transfer to Istanbul can cost up to 40-45 Turkish pounds.


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