What safety measures are in place when I land at the airport in Istanbul?
Please click here to find the latest safety measures being taken at Istanbul Airport.
Is the Air-Rail Link currently operating to/from Birmingham International train station?
The Air-Rail Link is operating between the hours of 03:30 - 00:30.
What shops, bars and restaurants are currently open at the airport?
Most of our outlets are back open at the airport. Please click here for my information.
Should I arrive earlier at the airport than normal?
All passengers are encouraged to arrive at the terminal in line with the check-in opening times for their flight.
What can I expect in Istanbul?
Unlike any other city in the world, Istanbul is split between two continents – Europe and Asia. With over 2500 years of history, culture, and traditions, amazing landmarks, lively nightlife and breath-taking views, it’s an underrated travel destination.
The city’s cuisine is as diverse as its heritage, and delicious to boot. You will see gastronomy from all over the world, but we recommend sampling the city’s signature dishes. Succulent kebabs, flavoursome mezes and freshly caught fish should be washed down with the national drink, rakı (aniseed brandy), or a glass or two of locally produced wine.
What is the flight time to Istanbul?
The approximate flight time to Istanbul is 3 hours 50 minutes.
What is the weather like in Istanbul?
In İstanbul, the summers are warm, humid and dry, and the winters are long, cold, and partly cloudy.
Why should I visit Istanbul?
Because of its location, Istanbul is a fine blend of eastern and western culture that is embraced by locals, and visitors will sense the contrasts with each turn. Wander from very traditional areas, where it would be offensive to walk the streets with too much skin on show, to very modern neighbourhoods full of boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars.
As Turkey’s largest city, there is loads to explore. Visit the Grand Bazaar for one of the most exciting shopping experiences you’ll ever have. Covering 60 streets, with over 5,000 shops, spend a day getting lost in the giant labyrinth that contains mosques, hammams, cafés and jewellery stalls. Other highlights include Hagia Sophia, an old church that was converted into a museum, the Galata Tower offering views across the entire city and the Blue Mosque, Istanbul’s most famous site.
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