The busiest time of the year to book your flights to Turkey are during June to September, although it depends a lot on where exactly you are planning to visit. Spring to autumn are great times to find cheap flights to Turkey and some parts of Turkey are year-round destinations due to mild winters and very warm summers. Before you secure your flight tickets it’s a good idea to see if any festivals or events are scheduled to take place during the time you want to visit as this can affect the costs of your flight tickets.
Some parts of Turkey experience extremely harsh winters and have no winter season at all. Whilst you’ll find cheap flights to Turkey during the winter you’ll find a lot of activities are closed and the weather can really affect your plans. Again this is all location dependent so decide on where in Turkey you want to visit before deciding on the time of year to book your flight tickets.
You can find the cheapest flights to Turkey during the winter although cheap flight tickets are found during spring and autumn. Whenever you want to visit make sure to book your flights to Turkey well in advance to get the best savings. It’s worth comparing a few different areas of Turkey before you finalize your decision on where to go so you can find the cheapest flight tickets available. If you are flexible then you can find the cheapest flights to Turkey, especially if you book your flight tickets in advance and do a bit of forward planning.
Flights from London to Istanbul – 3 hours 45 minutes
Flights from Manchester to Bodrum – 8 hours 20 minutes
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul – 3 hours 55 minutes
Flights from Glasgow to Dalaman – 13 hours 45 minutes
There are lots of different airlines that operate flights to Turkey depending on where it is you want to travel to. Some of the major ones are KLM, Air France, British Airways, Atlas Global and easyJet. Monarch and Jet2 also offer flights to Turkey so you’ll have to decide on where you are travelling to in Turkey. British Airways provide complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the duration of their flights so you can get good value for money by taking advantage of this offer. Before you book your flights to Turkey make sure to compare a few airlines and work out who offers you the best deals for your money.
The busiest airport in Istandbul is the Atatürk Airport which is 23km away from the city, on the European side of Turkey. The easiest and fastest way to get to the city is via a taxi. They operate outside of the airport 24 hours a day but they are more expensive than a bus or tram. Also make sure you agree on the price before you get in to ensure you don’t get overcharged. Havatas provide buses to the city centre and it’s a great option even if you have lots of baggage due to the large amounts of room and air-conditioning which is fitted onboard. Lastly you can get a tram directly from the airport but they are extremely busy so if you do have a lot of baggage with you this might not be the best option.
You’ll have several options to get to the city once your flights to Turkey have landed. The most reliable option is the Havas Airport Buses. They run around every hour and operate directly from to the centre of the city. Another option is the get a taxi from the airport however these aren’t cheap unless you can split the fare with a friend. Haggling with the driver is a must otherwise you will end up paying through the teeth. If you fly with Atlas Global then you can get free transfer to your hotel so it’s worth enquiring with them before you book your flights to Ireland.
Havas offer shuttle services from Dalaman Airport to areas all over Turkey making them an ideal method of transportation for a cheap price. They operate regularly and are a lot cheaper than a taxi. Once you board the bus if you tell the driver in advance then you can get off the bus at any point along the main route. You could also opt to hire a car for the duration of your holiday although you might struggle to get to grips with the Turkish roads.
(prices quoted are from London)