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The major Turkish city, Istanbul, is unique not only because of its literally age-old history, but also because of where it is situated. Istanbul location spreads evenly over two continents – Asia and Europe, with the Bosphorus Strait in between. The European side of Istanbul is much more popular as a tourist haunt than the Asian side. So, let’s find out how to reach Istanbul.

Istanbul has two airports. The main one is called Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which is located 24 km west of the city centre towards the Europe side. Ataturk has always been one of the busiest airports of Europe, being located at an important geographical junction. To relieve Ataturk from being overloaded with international traffic, Sabiha Gokcen Airport was opened in 2001 towards the southeast, in the Asian side. Flights to Istanbul from India mostly go to Ataturk airport, since the other one is less used for pleasure trips and more for business or diplomatic trips. From Ataturk airport, one can take Havatas – the airport shuttle service that leave every half an hour, or take the subway to Taksim Station where most of the hotels are changing cars at Otogar Station. The easiest but not so cheap option would be taking a cab. Depending on the time of the day and traffic, it should take you 30 minutes and cost you 50 TRY.

In case, you are flying from Asia, and want to know how to reach Istanbul from India, then, there is only one direct flight operating between India and Turkey, i.e. Turkish airlines that provides flights from Mumbai and Delhi. However, you can also board plane from other international airports like Etihad Airways, Oman Air and more, which have connecting flights to Istanbul.

By Air

The only company to have direct tickets from India to Istanbul is Turkish Airlines. There are two flights per day on every day of the week operated by Turkish airlines, one from Delhi and another from Mumbai. India to Istanbul flight duration for both the routes is 7 hours 5 minutes, which is the fastest one can travel between India and Turkey. If you do not live in Delhi or Mumbai, then there are connecting flights run by carriers like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and Etihad with reasonable flight duration. To get cheap flights to Istanbul from India, travel during the off seasons when there is lesser crowd. In case you are on a larger trip and are in any part of Western Europe, then there are more than one daily nonstop flight to Istanbul from cities like Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Munich, Lisbon and more.

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New Delhi to Istanbul7.0 hours---
Mumbai to Istanbul6.0 hours---
Chennai to Istanbul11.0 hours---
Hyderabad to Istanbul10.0 hours---
Bangalore to Istanbul10.0 hours---

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    • Trip to Istanbul

      Was organised well, went as planned. Abhishek was very helpful in customising the week long holiday. Was very prompt in replying to all our queries and ensured that there was no need to contact him during our vacation. His local knowledge came very handy in addressing our queries. Istanbul Skyline from Galata tower and the cruise along the Bosphorus was awesome.
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      Nagarajan Rajagopalan

      Chennai, 9 days ago

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      This was our honeymoon trip and we booked the turkey experience with offbeat trippers. We went to three cities and had the most amazing tour experience. All hotels provided where really good in terms of interior, food and the central location from where all major tourist attraction where in a walking distance. The different city tours were really well organised and focussed on the experience part for the tourist. All pickups and drops were exactly on time. Special thanks to Abhishek for taking care of all small details. We visited Istanbul, capadoccia and Antalya and it was an unforgettable experience.
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      Asad Abrar

      Bangalore, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      Turkiye Cumhuriyeti! (i.e. Turkey!) It was an amazing experience. Thnz to Mr Sunil Sahu. The trip was properly planned out: flights, transfers, hotels and tours - all was well sorted and Sunil had advised and helped us right from getting the visa done. All the stays were fantastic, the airport transfers were royal and tours were enjoyable. Apart from one or two hiccups, our honeymoon was memorable! Once again, thnz to Mr Sahu, Aionz Sojourn, for his professional management. Antalya is a beautiful town! Hot air balloon was an amazing experience. Do book atleast a month in advance as prices will shoot up very high later. Istanbul too is a very clean city. You get to experience Europe at half the price and half the distance from India!
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      Rucha Pathari

      Mumbai, 4 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      We have always been travelers who like to explore city at their own pace, but this time around with a toddler we decided to take a guided tour to Turkey and it was the best decision we took. Coming to the tour, overall, it was a good experience with few let downs .There were some issues pertaining to our Cappadocia trip where , the itinerary stated it to be a two day tour but given the domestic flights that were booked , we only got one day to cover Cappadocia. Nevertheless , tour operator compensated by giving us 1 day private tour at Cappadocia , which helped us cover everything and a complementary Turkish Bath ! As we hadn't planned to experience Turkish Bath initially , it was very relaxing and helped us rewind during the travel . So no regrets there :) We were most disappointed with our experience at Grand Yavuz Hotel ,Istanbul, the staff seemed unhelpful . As we were travelling with a toddler , we had constant need of warm water for Preparation of Milk and food , but the hotel staff didn't seem to help , unresponsive and rude . Thankfully there was a very nice cafe just adjacent to Grand Yavuz - Mivan restaurant, where the staff was very courteous and helpful , they arranged hot water for the baby food every-time we went there.. We were so impressed by their service that we ended up having all our meals in Istanbul there - -It's a must visit and a gem hidden in the old city. To summarize , it was a good experience all in all barring few hiccups . Thumbs up to the tour operator for his punctuality and very good tour guides under him ,who were very helpful and understanding and tried to work with our pace ; not rushing through sightseeing ;)
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      Saloni Sood

      Delhi, 4 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      We have always been travelers who like to explore city at their own pace, but this time around with a toddler we decided to take a guided tour to Turkey and it was the best decision we took. Coming to the tour, overall, it was a good experience with few let downs .There were some issues pertaining to our Cappadocia trip where , the itinerary stated it to be a two day tour but given the domestic flights that were booked , we only got one day to cover Cappadocia. Nevertheless , tour operator compensated by giving us 1 day private tour at Cappadocia , which helped us cover everything and a complementary Turkish Bath ! As we hadn't planned to experience Turkish Bath initially , it was very relaxing and helped us rewind during the travel . So no regrets there :) We were most disappointed with our experience at Grand Yavuz Hotel ,Istanbul, the staff seemed unhelpful . As we were travelling with a toddler , we had constant need of warm water for Preparation of Milk and food , but the hotel staff didn't seem to help , unresponsive and rude . Thankfully there was a very nice cafe just adjacent to Grand Yavuz - Mivan restaurant, where the staff was very courteous and helpful , they arranged hot water for the baby food every-time we went there.. We were so impressed by their service that we ended up having all our meals in Istanbul there - -It's a must visit and a gem hidden in the old city. To summarize , it was a good experience all in all barring few hiccups . Thumbs up to the tour operator for his punctuality and very good tour guides under him ,who were very helpful and understanding and tried to work with our pace ; not rushing through sightseeing ;)
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      Saloni Sood

      Delhi, 4 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      We had a wonderful 12 nights , 13 days stay in Turkey. We visited Cappadocia , Kusadasi , Pamukkale, Antalya and Istanbul. Each place was unique and memorable , taking us back several hundreds of years back in history. Mr Mehmet Erdem did a really good job organising things for us. We did face an issue with our luggage allowance on the flight from Istanbul to Kayseri- we were allowed 20kgs per passenger but the Turkish airlines computer system was only allowing 15kgs per passenger. So we had to pay for an extra 7 kgs @ TRY 8 - however this was not on account of Mr Erdem' s oversight but due to some problem with Turkish airlines. We also took a day tour to Bursa and this wasn't a great experience as the place was too far away. Shopping in Istanbul was fun and inexpensive. Our hotels were good and all pick up were generally at the scheduled time . Thanks Mr Erdem Istanbul was an absolute delight and the must see places are theTopkapi (including the room of the holy relics)and Dolmabahce palaces . We also thoroughly enjoyed the Bosphorous day and night cruise. In all Turkey is a place where the 'ancient ' sits beautifully with the 'modern'
      PJ

      Paul James Sandys

      Kolkata, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      It was a short but sweet trip suitably catered around our areas of interest. We were very impressed with the Hotel in Istanbul particularly it's location which gave us the opportunity to explore the city within a short span of time. Visit to Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus boat ride and close visit to the cave houses in Cappadocia
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      Pujarini Maulik

      Bengaluru, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      Booked Turkey tour via aionzsojourn(sunil sahu). He made all the right suggestions and even changed our hotel at 11th hour in Istanbul. Good agent with decent knowledge of the country. Had a great trip
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      Rahul Kadian

      Delhi, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      1. Hotels and service in Capaddocia & Kusadasi were fabulous 2. Istanbul & Antalya hotels could have been better 3. Co-ordination and communication of tour schedules by Fez could have been better including missing Pamukkale tour due to wrong communication by Fez Travels SPOC 1. Hotel stay & services at Kusadasi and Cappadocia 2. Excellent guides in Ozhan ( Istanbul) , Deliz( Capadoccia) & Faizullah( Kusadasi)
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      Pramod Chandrasekhar

      Bengaluru, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Istanbul

      horrible support from traveltriangle agent and their agent (holiday ink). dinner cruise istanbul shows
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      Saurabh Sharma

      Bangalore, 6 months ago

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    Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern are the three major attractions of Istanbul, followed by Suleymaniye Mosque and Hippodrome of Constantinople.

     

    For a packed itinerary 3-5 days is enough to see the prime attractions of Istanbul. If you want a more relaxed vacation, take a week off.

    The Marmaray Commuter Rail is the most commonly used transportation to travel across Bosphorus from Asia to Europe and vice-versa. There are cruisers and Catamaran ferries as well, if you want to travel above the water surface.

     

    Turkish Lira or TRY is the official currency of Turkey. It comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.

    March-April and September-October is the best time to visit Istanbul. June-August is too hot and crowded, while the winter months get a lot of rainfall.

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