Istanbul’s spectacular location, Ottoman mosques, Byzantine churches and bustling bazaars have always proved to be a tourist draw. But when it became Capital of Culture last year, many of its monuments were restored to honour the occasion, including the city walls, the mosque (formerly a Byzantine church) which houses the museum of Santa Sophia and the Topkapi Palace, heart of the Ottoman Empire for nearly four centuries. So if you’re into sightseeing, there couldn’t be a better time to go, and there are plenty of Istanbulcheap flights available to help you save your hard-earned cash.
Fierce competition between full-service British Airways (www.ba.com) and Turkish Airlines (www.turkishairlines.com) means that prices for flights from Heathrow to Istanbul’s main airport, Ataturk, have fallen. So you don’t have to automatically opt for a no-frills airline. A return BA flight from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk, leaving on the 7th of September and returning on the 14th, starts at £272. Flights on the same days with Turkish Airlines cost £285.29.
Alternatively, budget airlines Easy Jet (www.esayJet.com) and Pegasus (www.flypgs.com) also fly to Istanbul’s second airport, Sabiha Gokcen. Return flights with Easy Jet on similar days cost £227.98 and £274.99 with Pegasus.
Before booking, log on to comparison web site www.cheapflights.co.uk where there are some really great deals. You can fly to Istanbul with British Airways in October for just £190 return including taxes. The best deal on Istanbulcheap flights we’ve found is £98 return including taxes, departing from London on the 13th of October and returning on the 20th. This is a phone only deal with Citibond Travel so take a look at http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/agent/Citibond-Travel/?bi=CTBNTRV_6 for the number and book now for your flight to this vibrant city straddling Europe and Asia and overlooking the waters of the Golden Horn and the Bosporus.