The cheapest times to fly from IST to LCY are

  • April 30th to June 24th (except the weeks of May 14th and May 28th)
  • November 5th to December 9th
  • December 24th to April 1st (except the week of January 1st)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from IST to LCY is early to mid March. Prices can be as high as $616 for Sunday flights during late August to early September, or as low as $157 for Tuesday flights around early to mid March.


When to Fly to London

Flying from Istanbul (IST) to London (LCY) will usually cost between $187 to $398 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid March with an average ticket price of $170. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late August to early September, with an average price of $443. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $273 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $273 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IST to LCY flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the IST to LCY route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

IST to LCY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IST to LCY flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Istanbul. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $47 (15%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $262. Return trip prices are from the LCY to IST flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IST to LCY can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 45 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from IST to LCY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: London Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London

  • 22 miles (35 km) away from LCY
  • Usually 27.29% less expensive than LCY
  • Nonstop flights available

See IST to LHR flights

Destination alternative #2: Birmingham Airport (BHX) in Birmingham

  • 101 miles (163 km) away from LCY
  • Usually 16.67% less expensive than LCY
  • Nonstop flights available

See IST to BHX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IST to LCY? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Baltic, Air Europa, Air France, Air Malta, Austrian, British Airways, Croatia, easyJet, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Luxair, Royal Air Maroc, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International, Vueling, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from London City Airport to Ataturk Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1540 miles or 2478 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IST to LCY?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IST to LCY flight is about 3 hour 45 minutes.

How many flights go between Istanbul and London?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 25 available flights from IST to LCY.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code IST
Origination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8

Return Airport

Destination code LCY
Destination airport name London City Airport
City London
Country the United Kingdom
Latitude 51.5
Longitude 0.1


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