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Incredibly chic, fantastically stylish, and practically bursting with history and culture, Istanbul is a city that is rapidly becoming a hot spot among tourists. As it is filled with such exciting places as the Blue Mosque and the Kapalı Çarşı, the Topkapı Harem and the Vefa Bozacisi, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this marvellous locale.
As this area sees visitors year round, it may be necessary to book ahead in order to snag up cheap flights to Istanbul.
Best time to go to Istanbul
Although the months of June through September see a decline in locals, it sees an increase in tourists. The deliciously warm weather during these months make them great for wall walking by the Topkapı Gate, or spending a relaxing day in a hamam near Sultanahmet.
Accommodation, attractions, and flights to Istanbul can be pricey during this spell, so you will have to plan ahead.
April, May, and October make up the shoulder season in Istanbul. Save for Easter, which sees an influx of tourists, the city is relatively quiet, making inexpensive flights easier to find.
Though there might be an occasional rain shower, the shoulder season is generally mild and beautiful, making it excellent for strolling through the tulips in Gülhane Park, or viewing the city from the rooftop Mikla restaurant.
The climate from November to March can be brisk and occasionally snowy. Though the weather can be biting during this spell, the city is still incredibly beautiful and crisp, and because of this, these months are excellent for taking part in the International 1001 Documentary Film Festival in November and the Istanbul Fashion Fair in February.
Istanbul Airport and Transfer Information
Ataturk International Airport (IST)
Distance: 24km west from Istanbul
Taxis are one of the most convenient, though most expensive, methods of ground transport, and take about 40 minutes to arrive in the city. Buses are cheaper and quicker, taking only 30 minutes to arrive, but may not be available if you have a late flight. Trains are the most economical method, but are not very flexible.
Online resources for your travel to Istanbul
The Safetravel website gives safety and health warnings, as well as important nearby contact details.
The Ataturk International Airport website provides information on flights, in-airport facilities, and transport.