Getting to Turkey

Getting to Turkey

There are so many ways to get to Turkey and to Fethiye, Olympos or Demre to embark on your Go Sail Turkey cruise. Here are some of the best routes into, out of and around Turkey.



Airports & airlines

UK Skyscanner 125 x 125We highly recommend Skyscanner as the first place to look for any direct or indirect flights to Turkey. The site is easy to use and the best price is usually there!

Turkey’s busiest international airport is Istanbul Airport in north-west Istanbul. Istanbul also has a smaller airport in the south-east of the city, called Sabiha Gökçen International Airport which mainly services cheap flights from Europe and some domestic flights.

Turkey’s national carrier is Turkish Airlines, which has direct flights from Istanbul to most capital cities around the world. It has a good safety record, and prides itself on its service.
From both Istanbul airports, there are good connections to Dalaman airport (for Fethiye cruise departures) or Antalya (for Olympos and Demre). The best companies and prices seem to be with Pegasus (for Dalaman), AtlasJet (for Antalya flights) and Turkish Airlines. Pegasus and Atlasjet have one-way flights from Istanbul to Dalaman and Antalya for as little as 35 Euros!

From UK & rest of Europe

British Airways, Pegasus, Turkish Airlines, Monarch, TUI, Jet2 and EasyJet offer direct flights between London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Newcastle and lots of airports in Turkey, usually from as little as £70GBP one-way. These airports are Istanbul, Dalaman, Antalya, Ankara, Bodrum and İzmir. Turkish Airlines usually has direct flights only between Istanbul and London.

Many travellers fly with budget airlines from UK to the Greek island of Rhodes (Easyjet and Ryanair) and then take the ferry across to Fethiye.

In general, there is not much variation in fares to Turkey from one European city or another. Most European national carriers fly direct to Istanbul for around €200 euros return. Always remember that Germany has the biggest Turkish community outside Turkey, which has resulted in great deals between the two countries. Lufthansa has direct flights to Istanbul and İzmir from €160 return.
See Skyscanner for full schedules of all UK and other European flights.

From Australia

You can fly to Istanbul with Etihad, Emirates, Virgin, Qantas, Malaysia and Singapore Airlines from Sydney or Melbourne.
You can often get cheaper flights with European airlines such as Lufthansa, but you’ll have to transit in a European city first before catching a flight back to Istanbul, which is extremely annoying!

From New Zealand

You can fly to Istanbul from Auckland on Emirates and they seem to have the best fares but Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand are also worth checking.

From USA and Canada

Turkish Airlines offers flights to Istanbul from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).You might get a cheaper flight with Lufthansa or KLM, but you’ll have to change planes in Europe.
Most flights from Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver connect with flights bound for Istanbul in Europe (usually UK).



By Sea from Greece

This is becoming more and more of a popular route, as many travellers stop in Greece before or after their Turkish experience. The Rhodes-Fethiye link is the most commonly taken ferry and we strongly recommend booking it in advance for high season!
There is usually only 1 ferry per day (except for 2 on Sundays in July and August)
The Marmaris-Rhodes and Kos-Bodrum ferry routes are also well worth looking into if you wish to do some Greek island exploring and connect to Turkey.



Marmara Lines ferries connect Ancona in Italy with Çeşme in Turkey.


By Train
A real experience is the Bosphorus Express (also known as the Trans Balkan Express) which runs between Istanbul and Bucharest in Romania, through Bulgaria.

By Bus / Coach
Coach services to Istanbul tend to run only from Germany, Italy, Austria and Greece so if you’re travelling from other Western European cities, you might need to catch a connecting coach.. Example one-way fares and travelling time to Istanbul are: Frankfurt €140 (45 hours), Munich €120 (42 hours), Vienna €115 (36 hours), and Athens €75 (20 hours). There are also buses to Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo).

Buses around Turkey

Two of the main Turkish companies – Ulusoy ( and Varan Turizm ( – operate decent Mercedes buses routes that connect all the major towns and cities in the Turkey including Istanbul to Izmir, Fethiye, Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris and Ankara.
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