Flights to Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is served by 2 international air facilities, Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Located on the European bank of the city, Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the biggest and busiest airport in Turkey and the main international gateway into the country. Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, on the other hand, is the smaller secondary international airport and is located on the Asian bank.
- Istanbul Atatürk Airport is situated around 24 kilometres from Istanbul’s city centre and consists of 2 passenger terminals. A taxi ride from the airport to the city would take around 30 minutes at a fare of about TL 40-50 (SGD 16-20).
- Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located about 50 kilometres from central Istanbul. A taxi ride to the city should cost around TL 137.23 (SGD 56.16) and take about an hour.
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Best Time to Visit Istanbul
Istanbul offers tremendously good weather in spring and autumn, so try to schedule your holiday for the months of March to May, or September to November. The average temperature on a typical spring day is about 12-15°C, whilst autumn is a slightly warmer 16-20°C. Rain is also unlikely in these seasons, making it the perfect time to go mosque- and palace-hopping without breaking a sweat or getting wet. What’s more, you’ll also get to enjoy hotel room rates lowered from their peak summer prices in these periods.
Things to do in Istanbul
Istanbul is most famous for their spectacular ancient buildings, the most renowned being the thousand-year-old Hagia Sophia, once the largest church in the world. This magnificent place of worship has a colourful history to accompany its impressive age and size, too - it started life as a Greek Orthodox cathedral before being converted to a Roman Catholic one, and then became an Islamic mosque before its final transformation into a secular museum.
After the grand dame Hagia Sophia, be sure to make time for the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) with its iconic blue İznik tiles and tall minarets.
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Airports near Istanbul
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