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Istanbul is a fascinating city located in northwestern Turkey, where Europe and Asia meet. The city straddles the Bosphorus Strait, a waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. Istanbul has a long and impressive history, having been the capital of empires for centuries. This is reflected in the city's architecture, with famous landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, a former church, mosque, and now museum, and Topkapi Palace, the grand palace of the Ottoman sultans. Beyond historical sites, Istanbul offers a lively culture, with busy bazaars like the Grand Bazaar, where you can find everything from carpets to spices, and delicious Turkish cuisine. The city also has a pleasant climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Take your first step towards Istanbul and book your flights today with Alternative Airlines. Booking flights to Istanbul at Alternative Airlines is easy and straightforward. With access to routes from over 600 airlines, you're sure to find the perfect flight to Istanbul for you, no matter when you plan to fly or where you wish to depart from.

Airports near Istanbul

There are a variety of airports to choose from when visiting Istanbul. Here's 4 airports that serve Istanbul.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport

This is the main international airport in Istanbul and is located on the European side of the city. It is approximately a 30-minute drive from the city centre.


Sabiha Gokcen International Airport

Situated on the Asian side of Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen Airport is another major international airport serving the city. It is around a 45-minute drive from the city centre.


Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport

If you are planning to visit Istanbul but prefer a connecting flight to a more local airport, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is a good option. It is located in Izmir, which is a popular tourist destination in western Turkey. From Izmir, you can take a domestic flight to Istanbul, which takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Ankara Esenboga Airport

Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, is another alternative for connecting flights to Istanbul. Ankara Esenboga Airport is the main international airport in the city and offers domestic flights to Istanbul. The flight duration from Ankara to Istanbul is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Buy your flights to Istanbul and pay later

Did you know that you can buy your flights to Istanbul now and pay later at Alternative Airlines?

With Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), you have the freedom to spread the cost of your flights to Istanbul over time, usually on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly period! There are interest-free options available, however, you'll need to check this beforehand with the lending provider.

Using BNPL for your flights to Istanbul gives you greater flexibility when managing the budget for your flights, ensuring a stress-free trip!

Things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul has an abundance of attractions to see - to make things easier, here's our top 3:

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Hagia Sophia

Discover Istanbul's cultural heritage at the Hagia Sophia. This architectural marvel, once a cathedral and mosque, now a museum, showcases the city's rich history. Its grand dome, mosaics, and size will captivate you. A must-visit attraction!

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The Grand Bazaar

Discover the vibrant Grand Bazaar, a sensory paradise in Istanbul. With 4,000+ shops offering Turkish rugs, jewelry, spices, and more, it's a shopper's dream. Immerse yourself in its bustling energy, scents, and colours for an unforgettable experience.

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The Blue Mosque

Officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Blue Mosque is an iconic symbol of Istanbul. Its six minarets and cascading domes dominate the city's skyline, while inside, thousands of blue tiles create a mesmerising ambience. The mosque is not only a place of worship but also a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture that leaves visitors spellbound with its beauty and grandeur.

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