Cheap Flights to Turkey

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Turkey overview

When is the best time to fly to Turkey?

Peak season

Travellers take cheap flights to Turkey for a taste of the exotic and to learn about its rich historic legacy. A bridge between the east and the west, Turkey is a leading tourism destination, but travel in the southeast along the Syria and Iraq borders is not advised at present, the cities of Istanbul and Ankara are also classed as high risk. Other areas of Turkey are not off limits but you’ll need to be alert. Peak season for Turkey tourism is mid-April through to mid-September when the temperatures are warm and the weather is dry. Christmas to New Years’ and Easter are also busy periods. Visit SafeTravel for more information on travelling to Turkey.

Off Season

The low season for Istanbul is November to March when average temperatures fall below 10C, and a lot of activities are closed. On the other hand, it’s high season for ski resorts and a great time for discounted accommodation and flight tickets.

When is the best time to book a flight to Turkey?

In general, spring and autumn are the best times to find cheap flights to Turkey, but some destinations can be visited year-round thanks to mild winters and warm summers. Always check for current travel advisory information before you book flight tickets.

How long is the flight to Turkey?

Flights from Auckland to Turkey – 23 hrs 35 mins

Flights from Wellington to Turkey– 26 hrs

Flights from Christchurch to Turkey - 26 hrs

Flights from Dunedin to Turkey - 27 hrs

Which airlines operate flights to Turkey?

Several airlines operate flights to Istanbul from Auckland in partnership with Turkish Airlines, including: Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore and Thai Airways.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) is the main international airport where cheap flights to Turkey land. The airport is situated 23 km west of the city centre, and it’s easiest to jump in a taxi if you want to get there quickly, but be sure to travel in an official taxi in the ranks outside the arrivals hall. There is a metro which runs from the airport in the direction of Old Istanbul, take the M1a line. Buses run by Havataş leave half hourly from the airport.

Turkey insider information

  • A new pathway - for walkers and horsemen - across Anatolia celebrates Evliya Çelebi, the Ottoman traveller. The Evliya Çelebi Way takes in Bithynia and Phrygia and the region where the Ottoman empire was born. 
  • The museum circuit in Sultanahmet offers Ottoman and Byzantine history, art and religion. The Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and the Turkish Islamic Art Museum are all within walking distance. 
  • There is a cave in Antioch, near Antakya, where St Paul is purported to have led worship and its decorations date back to the days of the crusaders - about 1098. In Urfa, there is a cave, said to be the birthplace of Abraham.

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How much do things cost in Turkey?

Meal at McDonald's or similar
$ 5.77
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 5.41
Large bottle of water
$ 0.61
Petrol (1 litre)
$ 1.91
3 course meal for 2
$ 25.26
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 4.69
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
$ 3.33
Bottle of wine
$ 10.83
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 0.94
Pair of jeans
$ 51.89
3 course meal for 2
$ 22.56
Pair of Nike shoes
$ 81.72

International departures to Turkey