Cheap Flights to Turkey
Turkey is a rich historical land with spectacular beaches and mountains, an abundance of sights and the most delectable cuisine you’ll ever indulge in. The country’s capital Ankara is vibrant and cosmopolitan, the core of performing arts and home to the State Opera and Ballet and Presidential Symphony Orchestra. The largest city Istanbul has loads of 2 to five-star hotels, B&Bs and speciality lodgings. The city comes alive at night with a profusion of clubs, lounges, bars and music to enjoy.
Turkey has over 50 airports offering cheap flights to Turkey and flying directly from Johannesburg takes approximately 9 hours, 45 minutes. The only direct flights available from Cape Town and Johannesburg are with Turkish Airlines. Other airlines flying to Turkey from South Africa include Air France, KLM and EgyptAir but with stopovers.
Cheapest One-Way Flights To Istanbul, Turkey
Cheapest Return Flights To Istanbul, Turkey
Atatürk International Airport, Turkey
Yeşilköy, Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Antalya Airport, Turkey
Yeşilköy, Antalya Airport (AYT), Antalya Havalimanı 1. Dış Hatlar Terminali, 7230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Climate in Turkey
Winter in Turkey has temperatures around 4°C with summers at 27°C while in Istanbul and the areas around the Marmara Sea, a moderate climate occurs. Western Turkey has a mild Mediterranean climate averaging 9°C during winter and 29°C in summer including the southern coast. The Anatolian Plateau with a steppe climate differs vastly between day and night with -2°C in winter and 23°C in summer, a low rainfall and more snow. The Black Sea area is warm, humid and wet with summers at 23°C and winters at 7°C. A long hard winter is encountered in Eastern and South-Eastern Anatolia with snow falling from November to the end of April with -13°C in winter and 17°C in summer.
When to fly to Turkey
Turkeys high season is from mid-June to mid-September with higher costs for accommodation. A good time to visit is during spring and fall when the sun is warm, usually with clear skies and mild to warm temperatures with a little rain.
Getting around Turkey
For long distances, preferable to sitting in a bus for 12 hours, relax comfortably in an affordable private sleeper in a train that’s air-conditioned and while enjoying your delicious meal in the restaurant car take in the scenery. Turkish State Railways (TCDD) have a well developed network with passenger trains all over the country.
A pleasurable way to get from one side of Turkey to the other is by ferry or an express boat with many to choose from but with long queues during summer.
Travellers preferring to drive have well maintained roads with a good network and plenty of petrol stations along the way, many open for 24 hours. Avis, Europcar Hertz including many other reputable car rental companies are located at airports, in all towns and cities.
To fly between cities you have the national carrier, Turkish Airlines including its low-cost subsidiary Anadolu Jet plus others to choose from. Prices are reasonable but book in advance.
Buses are cheap and available in all towns and cities. Ideally purchase a smart ticket that can also be used on the metro, trams and ferries.
The Metro rapid transit trains travel above and underground and are available in major cities in Turkey.
Trams are fast and efficient but only available in certain cities.
Minibuses run on standard routes that are posted on their front screens.
There are plenty of metered taxis with set prices being common for intercity trips and posted clearly at taxi stops.
Turkey – insider information
- An impressive sight constructed between 1609 and 1616 is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque also known as the Blue Mosque due to blue tiling that decorates the interior walls.
- The large Topkapi Palace was one of many homes to Ottoman sultans for virtually 400 years during their reign of 624 years.
- Go on a fabulous shopping spree at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets globally that covers 61 streets and comprises more than 3,000 shops. Be prepared to bump shoulders as this market attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors on a daily basis!
- The mosaic and fresco laden Chora Church is absolute beauty! A former Byzantine church it later became an Ottoman mosque and is now a museum.
- Antalya, Turkeys 8th most populous city is a stunning resort destination great for outdoor activities. A major port during the Roman era, today the city surrounds ancient fortifications.
- The city of Ephesus once the hub of commerce and travel in the ancient world, has excavated remains of Greek and Roman history including the house, its believed, the Virgin Mary lived in.
- Alanya located on Turkeys central Mediterranean coast is a resort town with wide beaches and Cleopatra Beach where the queen supposedly swam. A giant Seljuk-era fortress, the Alanya Castle is now an open-air museum standing on a rocky bluff alongside the octagonal Red Tower that dates back to 1226.
- Ankara boasts the Antikabir an enormous mausoleum of Atatürk where the first president declared Ankara capital in 1923.