Cheapest Flight Deals to Turkey

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If you're after a flight to Turkey then you're probably thinking about all those stunning beach resorts on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts! Spanning Asia and Europe, this amazing country has even more to offer, including a wealth of historical ruins, cultural attractions and more. So why not book yourself on a flight and explore Turkey's many secrets? Oh, and lie on a beach as well.

When to go to Turkey

If you're planning on soaking up some of the Turkish sunshine, keep your eye on the prices. June, July, August and September are the most popular, and school holidays in particular push the prices higher. Expect weather to be scorching at the height of summer - make sure to take plenty of sun cream! Flights to Turkish beach resorts such as Izmir, Gumbet and Kusadasi land into Bodrum on the Aegean coast, or fly direct to Antalya or Dalaman on the Mediterranean coast for resorts such as Icmeler, Side, Marmaris and Alanya.

Away from the Turkish coast, city breaks are also popular. Istanbul is steamy in summer, and freezing in winter - visit during the spring and autumn for the most temperate weather. Likewise, attractions such as Pamukkale and Cappadocia can reach 40°C in the height of summer, and are extremely cold in winter - Cappadocia often even sees snow!

Cheap flights to Turkey

Thanks to the popularity of the seaside resorts, if you're after saving money and finding cheap flights to Turkey, arriving into one of the coastal airports in Antalya, Bodrum or Dalaman is your best bet. We've seen an increase in the number of cheap flights to Istanbul in 2018/2019 as well, though, so head to the historic city for a real culture hit. The beaches of the Black Sea also continue to be popular! Expect to be in the air for between four and five hours, with even the cheapest flights usually flying direct to Turkish soil.

There are many airlines flying to Turkey so you have a wide variety of options. Traditional charter airlines such as TUI Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines fly to all the major holiday airports - Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya. You'll find flights from all major UK airports to these destinations. There are also a limited number of charter flights to Izmir available throughout the summer.

Many major low-cost airlines (easyJet and Jet2.com) fly to Turkey. The two Turkish low cost carriers - AtlasGlobal and Pegasus Airlines - fly from London and connect to the majority of Turkish airports. These airlines can offer you more frequent services to Turkey and if you are flying off season can offer you some great flight prices to Turkey's main airports.

Do also consider the traditional airlines for your trip to Turkey. British Airways have recently increased the frequency of their flights to Turkey. Turkish Airlines also has flights from the main UK hubs to Istanbul. From there they can connect you to Dalaman, Bodrum and Antalya. Although you have longer flight times, your luggage will usually be included in your fare, so the overall flight price may give you a better deal than the cheap prices advertised by the low-cost carriers.

Getting Around Turkey

Turkey is an enormous country - and unless you're planning on spending your days lazing around a beach resort (and who can blame you!), you'll need to figure out transport options. Internal flights are often quite cheap, with carriers such as Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Atlas Air some of the main airlines.

If you'd prefer getting around on your own terms, cheap Turkey car hire is easy to come by. Driving in Turkey is relatively easy, and roads are well-maintained - just make sure you bring your GPS and remember drivers don't abide by the rules quite like they do in the UK! For a more affordable option, buses between cities and resorts are cheap and plentiful. They're often luxurious - on par with those in Europe - and many companies offer free Wi-fi, and food and beverages on board. The main bus companies are Pamukkale, Metro, Kamil Koc and Varan.

What to see in Turkey

There is so much to see in Turkey that it can be hard to know where to start! Why not check out our Turkey blogs for inspiration? Istanbul is fascinating thanks to its unique position between Asia and Europe. As a major world centre for thousands of years, it's packed full of history - not to mention the incredible food and culture that's to be found around every corner.

Meanwhile, resorts like Bodrum, Marmaris and Side all have ancient ruins alongside stunning beaches and great nightlife. Ephesus is worth a drive away from the coast - dating back to the 10th century BC, this former Greek city still retains a crumbling grandeur. Even further inland, Pamukkale's enormous terraced mountain of salt and pools is unlike anything you'll see anywhere else in the world! Sitting behind it, the ruins of the city of Hierapolis date back to the 2nd century BC, meaning you can get history and natural beauty all in one trip! The 'fairy cave' town of Cappadocia is growing in popularity every year, and is best seen from above, in a hot-air balloon.

Many of the popular holiday destinations offer organised coach trips, or get behind the wheel and take yourself!

Population:

79.5 million

Money:

Turkish Lira. ATMs are readily available, and most international credit cards work in hotels and restaurants in major tourism centres.

Language:

Turkish

Dialling codes:

+90

Entry:

Organise a visa in advance on the Turkish e-Visa website before travelling.

Current Foreign Office Advice for Turkey