Cheap flights from Melbourne to Istanbul

Flight information Melbourne to Istanbul

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Direct airlines


Average flight time, total distance 14618 kilometres

19h 50min

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Turkish Airlines

Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul Sabiha and Istanbul

3 airports

Book a flight to Istanbul, the city that famously blends both eastern and western influences, and boasts a rich history, a varied cuisine, and beautiful architecture, like the astonishing Hagia Sophia.

Airlines flying this route

There are no direct flights to Istanbul from Melbourne. However, there are connecting flights on this route, often via Sydney (SYD), Dubai (DXB) and Doha (DOH). These flights are operated by: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Qatar Airways, KLM, Air France, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, British Airways and Turkish Airlines.

Your Departure Airport

Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Departing from:  Either Terminal 2 for direct international flights, or 1 and 4 for connecting flights.

Melbourne Airport functions as one of Australia’s busiest transport hubs and there are a good range of facilities here that you can make use of before you leave. There are retail stores, such as fashion retailers, duty-free outlets, souvenir shops, book stores, newsagents and pharmacies. There are a wide range of eateries that include chains such as McDonald’s as well as bar lounges, and healthy snack kiosks. Other amenities include a medical and banking facilities, currency exchange, and access to free WiFi throughout the airport.

Your Destination Airport

There are two major airports that service Istanbul, and these are:

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST)

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

For more information on each airport, please go to the destination pages of each for detail on facilities and airlines that fly from these hubs.


IST: Ataturk International Airport is about 28km west of the centre. You’ll find taxis directly outside all of the terminals, and taking one into town will take around 30 minutes and cost approximately 40TRY ($19). For public transport, you can take buses that will take around 40-50 minutes to get into downtown, but are very cheap and cheerful, with fares starting at 2.40TRY ($1.15). The Metro also connects to the airport, line M1, and costs between 1 and 3TRY (50c-$1.50) for a fare into the city.

SAW: On the other side of the city, you’ll find Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, it will take you longer to get into the city, with transport times ranging from 40-90 minutes, but this modern facility has decent transport links. There are taxis that service SAW round the clock but this is an expensive way to travel, expect a journey into town to cost about 85-100TRY ($39-47).

There are lots of mass transit options though, such as the HAVATAS Shuttles, which cost 9-14TRY ($4-7) depending on which part of the city you are going to. There are public city buses, whose fares start at about 2.40TRY ($1.15), but these are quite slow. The other option is to take a HAVATAS shuttle to the Kadikoy ferry terminal, and then arrive into Istanbul by ferry.

Surprisingly, though you have to transfer from the road to the sea, it is a fairly efficient way to get into town and a spectacular way to see the city for the first time. Altogether, the ferry and the bus costs about 12TRY ($5.60) one-way per person. If you want to hire a car, you’ll find that both airports have internationally known car hire companies within the terminal buildings.  

Do you need a form of identification?

Yes, you will need to carry your passport when you travel.

How long should you leave to get to the airport?

As this is a long-haul international flight, so be advised that you should check in at least 180 minutes before scheduled departure.

Things you need to know

Time difference: Istanbul is 9 hours behind Melbourne.

Weather: Generally it is recommended to visit Istanbul in the spring (March-April) and autumn (September-November) periods of the year when there are lots of festivals on and weather isn’t as stifling as it is in summer. Expect temperatures in this period to be around the mid to late teens in the spring, and in the late teens and early 20s in autumn.

Melbourne is by far the more expensive city, and in comparison, Istanbul is very reasonable. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs about 60TRY ($28).

Please note all information is current as of February 2016.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.