Visit Istanbul from the UK ...


Planning to visit Istanbul in Turkey for a holiday or city break? If so, this site can help. provides you with all the information and web links you are likely to need, including flights to Istanbul from the UK, Istanbul hotels and accommodation options, what to see and do in Istanbul as well as other useful Istanbul guides and resources. All gathered here in one place - simple really, but hopefully useful.


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How to Get There? Flights to Istanbul from the UK

Turkish Airlines offer direct flights to Istanbul Ataturk Airport from London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. British Airways also fly there from London Heathrow.

easyJet flies from London Luton to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport which is around 35 miles from the city centre. Pegasus Airlines also fly there from London Stansted.

To find the best flight deals to Istanbul from the UK (including flights with stop-overs), use flight search engines such as those from, Skyscanner or


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Where to Stay? ISTANBUL HOTELS, B&Bs and Hostel Accommodation

- good selection of Istanbul city-centre hotels, from budget to 5-star

- Use the search box below from to compare prices and find the best hotel deals


- Istanbul hostels for backpackers


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Why Visit Istanbul? ISTANBUL SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS - What to See & Do

Istanbul is a huge metropolis, luckily many of its best sights are situated close together. These include the huge Haghia Sophia (Church of Holy Wisdom), the “Blue Mosque” (properly named the Sultan Ahmed Mosque), Topkapi Palace (former seat of the sultans), the Basilica Cistern (impressive underground building used to store water for the city), the famous Grand Bazaar (housing more than 4,000 shops!), the Egyptian (Spice) Market, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, the Istanbul Archaeological Museums plus several other museums.

Also to be highly recommended is a ferry ride along the Bosphorous river (also a good place to escape any carpet sellers!).

Turkish food, tea and hospitality are also likely to be a highlight on your trip. Basically, Istanbul is a great city to visit, especially if you are looking for something a bit “different” and exotic.

Lonely Planet’s list of sights and attractions in Istanbul provides further details on what to see and do in Istanbul while you are there.


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Extras: MORE INFO, Resources & Useful Websites for ISTANBUL

Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city by far and has a massive population of around 13 million inhabitants.

For a zoomable map of Istanbul, click HERE.

For the latest weather forecast, see the BBC’s Istanbul Weather guide.

Plenty more information on Istanbul for visitors can be found at Wikitravel’s Istanbul Travel Guide. is another useful site.


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