Cheap flights to Istanbul

Flights to Istanbul in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 5% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 1% potential price drop
Average priceRM 2,645Average for return flights in January 2022
Return fromRM 1,452From Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul
One-way fromRM 937One-way flight from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul

Cheap flights to Istanbul in January, February 2022

The best prices found for TR5 flights for January, February
20 Feb - 28 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

16h 40m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

16h 10m
RM 1,456

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 21/1/22

30 Jan - 26 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

16h 40m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

16h 10m
RM 1,507

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 20/1/22

24 Jan - 23 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

17h 55m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

13h 30m
RM 1,511

Emirates

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Deal found 19/1/22

Istanbul 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul found for this year
30 May - 11 Jun
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

22h 30m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

14h 30m
RM 1,452

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 19/1/22

29 Mar - 5 Apr
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

22h 30m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

14h 30m
RM 1,456

Etihad Airways

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6 Jun - 14 Jun
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

22h 30m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

14h 30m
RM 1,461

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 20/1/22

Last minute flights to Istanbul

Late deals on return flights to Istanbul, departing today and this week
30 Jan - 26 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

16h 40m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

16h 10m
RM 1,507

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 20/1/22

27 Jan - 24 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

31h 45m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

33h 55m
RM 1,578

Emirates

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Deal found 20/1/22

30 Jan - 23 Feb
KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

IST

Istanbul

1 stop

16h 40m
IST

Istanbul

KUL

Kuala Lumpur Intl

1 stop

16h 10m
RM 1,582

Etihad Airways

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Deal found 20/1/22

Can I fly to Istanbul from Malaysia right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from Malaysia to Istanbul

Most visitors from Malaysia need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Malaysia must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for rt-pcr (naat) and 48 for antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Istanbul.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Malaysia are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.

Documents
Form for Entry to Turkey - Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.


Can I fly back to Malaysia from Istanbul?

Returning to Malaysia from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 48 hours before departing to Malaysia.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to quarantine after entering Malaysia.

What is the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul?

The cheapest ticket to Istanbul found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

RM 2,586

February

RM 2,549

March

RM 2,582

April

RM 2,653

May

RM 2,561

June

RM 2,620

July

RM 2,779

August

RM 2,812

September

RM 2,565

October

RM 2,503

November

RM 2,524

December

RM 2,779

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Istanbul is October. The most expensive month for flights is August. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Average Istanbul flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month

MY1 - TR5

Price

RM 2,501 - RM 3,041

TR5

Temperature

5 - 23 °C

TR5

Precipitation

10 - 100 mm

Flying to Istanbul in February is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round. If you are looking for warm weather when you arrive off of your flight to Istanbul then July is statistically the hottest. December is historically the period with most rainfall.

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

The price you pay for your flight to Istanbul may vary depending on when you book. For the best chance of a lower fare, look to book 53 days in advance of your trip. Fares are likely to increase a fortnight or so before your departure date.

Cheap flights to Istanbul are a snip since low-cost giant easyJet has injected some competition into the London-Istanbul route. The city’s location is dramatic. Perched on the Bosphorus Strait, half is in Europe, half in Asia. Istanbul’s glorious imperial history includes stints as the capital city of four empires – Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman.

Istanbul’s rich cultural heritage is apparent in the cobbled stones of the vast Grand Bazaar that hubbubs with the sounds of traders and tourists, in the Aya Sofya (Church of the Holy Wisdom, also known by Haghia Sophia, its Greek name), and in the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), the official residence of the Ottoman Sultans for more than 400 years.

Turkish food is magnificent, faves are testi kebab, mercimek corbasi (red lentil soup), kofte (meatballs), imam bayildi (an eggplant and tomato dish, the name of which translates as “the priest wept” to represent its sheer deliciousness), borek (a pastry of which there are hundreds of varieties) and baklava.

Of course, no trip to Istanbul could be complete without a visit to a traditional hamam (bathhouse) or a ferry trip from Eminönü (Europe) to Anadolu Kavagi (Asia).

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Istanbul climate

Hot in summer, Istanbul’s daytime temperatures are often in the high-20s (Celsius). July and August are the hottest months with the least amount of humidity and rainfall. December and January temperatures are typically in the very low single digits, but seem colder because this is also the most humid time of year. Heavy snowfalls are not unusual during the winter. Spring and autumn are the nicest times to visit with temperatures in the teens and 20s.The yearly rainfall is about 66cm (26in), and most of it falls between November and February.

When is the best time to fly to Istanbul?

Peak Season:

Istanbul’s tourist season runs from April to the end of October. July and August are the busiest months. If you plan on visiting during these months, it’s recommended to search for Turkey flights far in advance.

Off Season:

The chill and wetness of winter fends off most visitors, but you will find fewer crowds and lower hotel rates.

Shoulder Season:

The shoulder seasons of April through June and September through October have mild weather, fewer tourists, and slightly lower hotel prices.

Getting around Istanbul

There are a lot of ways of getting around Istanbul, but the best way to explore is on foot. If walking isn’t your thing, you can always get a rechargeable Akbil transit pass, which you can buy at special kiosks and offers discounted fares on the local buses, trams, metro lines and ferries. 

Ferries and catamarans will provide great views as you float along the Golden Horn or cruise up the Bosphorus. 

Buses go all over the city, but are usually slow and crowded. Take note that you need to buy bus tickets from ticket stands before boarding. 

The metro is a good way to avoid traffic jams, and trams provide some great views of the city. 

Like many cities, public transport is crowded during rush hours. Ride in comfort by hailing a dolmus (shared minibus taxi) along its route, or picking it up at a dolmus stand. These shared minibuses cost less than regular taxis. When you board you should always give the driver your destination and ask what the cost will be. 

If you have your hotel call for a private yellow taxi, make sure the meter is running before you leave.

What is good to know if travelling to Istanbul?

  • Istanbul is a bustling, busy city. If you feel like a break – and want to experience the “two continents” aspect of the city – take a ferry ride along the Bosphorus River. The boat stops at points on both the European and Asian side as it makes its way to the Black Sea. It is a relaxing way of seeing many of the best architectural sites in the city.
  • Despite most tourist’s beliefs, shopping doesn’t begin and end with the Grand Bazaar. Head for Bagdat Caddesi, one of the most upmarket streets in the city, for some expensive (window) shopping. The street is on the Asian side of the city. To get there from the European side, take a ferry to Kadikoy and continue on a dolmus.
  • If you want a view of the city from on high, head to the Galata Tower. A huge stone circular landmark, it was the lookout in the city walls of the Genoese town of Galata. The panorama lookout at the top is open from 9am to 5pm daily, or to 7pm during the summer. It costs a few dollars. There is also a restaurant and nightclub at the top of the tower.
  • Arrive thirsty – everywhere you go you will be offered tea or coffee. Though Turkish coffee, the distinctive, slightly bitter, dark blend, is better known throughout the world, in fact tea is the drink that prevails through most of the day. If you’re shopping in a bazaar or just looking, you’ll almost certainly be offered a cup of tea. Though not rude to refuse the offer, accepting (with a caveat of “I’m not going to buy anything” if necessary) is much more friendly. All tea is served in a glass cup. Especially popular with tourists is apple tea, called elma cai.
  • Even if you didn’t plan to buy one, you may well leave Istanbul with a carpet packed into your suitcase. If you want to buy the traditional kilim, however, it is better to leave the city – especially the Grand Bazaar – to the rest of the tourists and head for the small nearby towns in the countryside where the carpets are made.
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