Hah! I have to laugh when
I think that the airline industry is
very much like Istanbul's Grand
Bazaar: How much does it
cost to fly to Turkey?
how much are you willing to pay?
Honestly, there may be several
dozen different fares for
the same flight. Unfortunately, no
one agency or
website always gives the lowest fare. You've
got to shop around.
The suggestions below are for flights
to Turkey. For domestic flights
within Turkey, you can save
a huge amount of money by making your own reservations online, or through
one of my recommended
Turkish travel agencies. More...
Generally speaking, airfares to Turkey
are lowest in December and January and
highest in June and July; May,
August and September are
a bit lower,
March and November lower
BOOKMARK THIS PAGE so
you can come back and use the links
for later shopping. In fact, the websites
listed below are good to check
for any airfare, whether to
Turkey or elsewhere.
Airfare Search Engines
An airfare meta-search engine is
a search engine (like Google) that
searches other search engines. The
links below will take you to airfare
meta-search engines roughly in my order
of preference. Look for fares on a
few of them before buying.
(Note: most of these search engines
will search one another, so you needn't
go to them all, but do try more than
When it comes to search, Google is the Big Dog. Google Flight Search is FAST! Look here first. More...
If Google Flight Search doesn't give you what you want, you can try this Google-owned company, which searches
the Internet for the lowest fares,
then exhibits them in a date
it easy to see which days have the
lowest fares. You can't buy tickets
from ITA, but you can see who has the
lowest fares, and take the flight and
fare information to a travel agent
or airline website. More...
Momondo.com is perhaps the top airfare
search engine these days, with a wide
reach (includes some railroads) and
easy-to-use interface. More...
Easy to use.
Also simple, fast and clear. More...
Very good, though you must put up with
many ads and some pop-ups. More...
are presented in a clear, useful
format, with all taxes and
fees included, but fares are now often
more expensive on Kayak than on other
airfare meta-search engines. More...
Searches many of the major travel-booking
sites in an elaborate way. Good results,
but sorta complicated and not the easiest
to use. More...
A leading seller of "consolidator" (ie,
discounted) airfares on major airlines
("14 million unpublished fares!"),
they also sell regular published fares.
Good, easy-to-use website. More...
Besides the Turkish
airlines of AtlasJet,
Pegasus Airlines, Onur
Air, and Sun
Express, several smaller low-cost
European airlines operate
cheap flights to Turkey.
WeGoLo.com is a meta-search engine
that finds airfares on lower-priced
Many lower-priced flights go to Istanbul's Sabiha
Gökçen Airport (SAW)
on the Asian shore of
not to Istanbul's
International Airport, 23 km
west of the city center on the
European side of the Bosphorus.
Gökçen Airport is
much farther from the center of historic
Istanbul, and not as convenient
for ground transport as Atatürk
Airport, but the airfares are
certainly lower. Here's
how to travel to and from Sabiha
Gökçen Airport. (By the way, Efendi
Travel in Istanbul operates
a great value-for-money private
transfer service from
both airports [Atatürk and Sabiha
far superior to a taxi,
and not much more expensive. More...)
Based in the Netherlands,
Corendon flies from Eindhoven and Brussels
to Istanbul (SAW).
easyJet now flies from the UK to Turkey.
This German carrier operates flights
from Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne-Bonn
and Stuttgart to Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir.
This Turkish airline flies
from many cities in Germany and Holland
to Turkey, between Athens and İzmir,
and within Turkey to many cities. More...
You will save huge amounts of money by booking your domestic Turkish airfares online directly from the airlines' websites, or through a good travel agency located in Turkey. More...