As one of the world’s most fascinating cities with a warm climate and close to beaches lapped by clear seas, it is hardly surprising that Istanbul ranks highly on lists of top tourist destinations. Visitors both young and old come keen to discover the plethora of sites across this city that spans two continents, reflecting its varied history from ancient times to modern, as Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans all left their mark. Shopping is also popular in Istanbul, with a visit to the Grand Bazaar featured on many tourists’ lists. With the Mediterranean on one side and the Black Sea on the other, boat trips are popular excursions.
Flying to Istanbul
1. Which airports serve Dubai to Istanbul?
Dubai has two airports, with most departures and arrivals taking place at Dubai International Airport, which is just 5km from the city center. The Dubai metro is the cheapest and quickest way to get from central Dubai, although there is also the option of buses and taxis. Al Maktoum International is Dubai’s second airport and is located 37km from the city center.
Istanbul has two international airports, with a third currently under construction. Ataturk Airport is located on the European side of the city, about 24km from the city center, with buses, metro and taxis available to transport passengers. Sabiha Gökçen Airport is on the Asian or Anatolian side. A shuttle bus service operates to bring passengers on the 40km trip to the center of Istanbul.
2. Which airlines operate flights from Dubai to Istanbul?
There are many flights to Istanbul from Dubai every day. With 28 airlines, including Emirates, Qantas and Turkish Airlines offering flights, you are spoilt for choice.
3. How long is the flight?
Direct flights usually take about 4 hours 30 minutes, with slight variations depending on your airport combination. Dubai is only one hour ahead of Istanbul, so jet lag is unlikely to be a problem on these flights.
4. Climate changes between Dubai and Istanbul
As even the coolest months in Dubai are hot and dry, you may need to be prepared for more temperature variation in Istanbul. While the summers are hot and dry, if you are traveling in the late fall or winter, you may experience cooler, wet weather.
5. Culture differences and need-to-know
You will need Turkish lira to make purchases in Istanbul. If you have not already exchanged money, you can do so at the city’s banks or draw money at ATM machines.
You will need a visa for traveling to Istanbul, and you must be clear about the purpose of your visit on your application.
After the modern skyline of Dubai, arriving in Istanbul will feel very different, as you step into a city where the ancient and modern sit side by side. Dominating the city is the Hagia Sofia, once the Byzantine church that marked the center of the world, then it became a mosque and is now a museum that is well worth a visit. Other sites include the Ottoman splendor of Topkapi Palace and the subterranean wonder of the Basilica Cistern.
Dubai to Istanbul Last modified: Sep 19, 2023 12:00 -04:00
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Cheapest Day To Fly from Dubai to Istanbul
We've examined 218,310,000 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Dubai to Istanbul is Sunday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.
Compare Flight Prices from Dubai to Istanbul by Month
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Cheap Last Minute Flights from Dubai to Istanbul
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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Dubai to Istanbul
Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.
The average price for connecting flights from Dubai to Istanbul is AED1,165.
The average price for direct flights from Dubai to Istanbul is AED1,227.
The chart below shows up to date information regarding non-stop flights from Dubai to Istanbul.
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One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Dubai to Istanbul
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The average price for one way flights from Dubai to Istanbul is AED647.
The average price for round trip flights from Dubai to Istanbul is AED1,146.
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Dubai to Istanbul Airports
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