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Flight information Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul

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Average flight time, total distance 8342 kilometres

11h 0min

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Turkish Airlines

Istanbul and Istanbul Sabiha

2 airports

Frequently asked questions

There are 2 airports in Istanbul: Istanbul and Istanbul Sabiha.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul is RM1,926. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
11h 0min is the average flight time from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul.
There is one airline that flies direct from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul.
As of October, there are 7 flights per week flying from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul.

Flying from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul

Historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, Istanbul is the most popular city for its cultural and historic centre in Turkey. It is located on the Bosporus strait which separates Europe and Asia and has a population of approximately 15 million people. A flight from KL to Istanbul takes approximately 11 hours and lands in either Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) to Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

For those looking for a cheap flight to Istanbul from Kuala Lumpur, Saudia or the Saudi Arabian Airlines usually serves the cheapest flight on this route. Other full-fledged airlines such as Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air France, British Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Lufthansa and Oman Air also have flights from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul. If you prefer flying direct from KUL to Istanbul with no layovers, Turkish Airlines would be your best option.

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur International (KUL) to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

For those looking for a cheap flight to Istanbul from Kuala Lumpur that arrives which arrives at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, you can consider flying Qatar Airways. Other flights from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul that arrive at this airport are operated by Emirates, KLM and Alitalia. When booking with Emirates or Qatar, you should check which airport you will arrive in as depending on the flight, they can arrive at either IST or SAW airport.

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

There are no direct flights departing from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Travellers are required to transfer at least once to get from SZB to IST.

Airlines that fly from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

There are no direct or connecting flights departing from Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

Departure from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Once your Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul flight is booked, getting to Kuala Lumpur International Airport via KLIA Express train would be the most convenient and fastest way. With the journey being only 30 minutes at a price of RM55, you are also able to enjoy complimentary WiFi on-board.

If you prefer the door-to-door service, there is also an option of taking a private or shared airport transfer from Skyscanner, public taxi or Grab, which will take the same amount of time as the bus and will cost between RM65 to RM100. For the more budget conscious travellers, taking the KL Airport Coach or Skybus would be a better option at RM10 with an hour’s journey depending on traffic.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport information

Various dining and shopping options are made available to you within the KLIA terminal. Complimentary WiFi is also provided in most public areas of the airport for you to use while waiting for your Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul flight. Prayers rooms are located within both terminals if required.

If you need to interchange between KLIA and KLIA2, there is a free shuttle bus service provided. Passengers with a long layover can also consider staying at Capsule by container hotel, Sama sama express located within KLIA2 terminal, or Sama sama express in KLIA terminal.

Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

Your flight from KL to Istanbul, the most convenient way of getting to your hotel if you are staying in either the Sultan Ahmet or Taksim districts, is via taxi. The journey from Ataturk Airport will take approximately 40 minutes and cost between TRY 45 – TRY 55 (RM30 – RM40).

Alternatively, taking the Havatas bus service is an option. This is a private bus service that runs from Ataturk Airport – Taksim square. It runs every half hour starting from 4:00am till 1:00am and cost TRY 14 (RM10). The bus accepts cash on board or if you are planning to take public transport often, purchasing an Istanbulkart at the airport for TRY 10 (RM7) is available. You will be required to reload the card depending on your usage of their public transportation.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Information

Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the 11th busiest airport in the world and is located 24km from the city centre. It has one domestic and one international terminal which is interlinked with each other. Various dining options are available with some open for 24 hours. Around 20 stores are available in both terminals while duty-free shopping is also open for 24 hours. There are 8 prayer rooms located inside Ataturk Airport with separate rooms for male and female use. Complimentary WiFi is offered for 2 hours within both terminals at the Istanbul airport.

Arrival at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)

Once arriving in Sabiha Gokcen International Airport on your flight from KL to Istanbul, you can take the Havatas bus service departing from this airport to Taksim Square. The bus runs every half hour with the same opening times as Ataturk Airport. The cost of this bus service will cost TRY 12 (RM8) and the journey will take a minimum of an hour and 30 minutes. If you are feeling tired after getting off your flight from KL to Istanbul, taking a taxi from SAW will take around an hour and it will cost a minimum of TRY 125 (RM85) depending on your hotel location.

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) Information

Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is located 35km southeast from the centre of Istanbul. The airport is relatively new with limited options for dining and shopping choices. Dining areas located in this airport are not 24 hours.

WiFi is available for a fee at certain public areas in the airport. However, you are able to use the internet kiosks provided within the terminals without incurring any charges. There are two prayer rooms located in the domestic arrivals terminal, one for male and one for female. Please note that the prayer room is closed from 11:30pm – 4:00am for cleaning.

Istanbul Recommendations

After purchasing your Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul flight and paying for accommodation, you may find your trip to Istanbul getting slightly expensive. Check out our guide of experiencing Istanbul for under RM180!

Also, having travelled all the way there, be sure to try out the 10 best local restaurants to visit in Istanbul. Other than their culinary, Istanbul is filled with beautiful architecture dating back thousands of years. Here are 10 most stunning architecture interiors in Istanbul that you can visit to make the most out of your trip there.

Useful Istanbul Travel Information

What is the time difference between Kuala Lumpur and Istanbul?

Istanbul (GMT +3:00) is five hours behind of Malaysia (GMT +8:00).

What is the weather like in Istanbul?

From November to April, the temperature in Istanbul ranges from 3°c to 15°c. Meanwhile in May to November, the temperature ranges from 20°c to 29°c.

What is the currency and exchange rate for Istanbul?

Istanbul, Turkey uses the Turkish Lira.

RM 1 = TRY 1.53 (As of 24 September 2018)

What is the average cost of a hotel room in Istanbul?

The average room rate in Istanbul ranges from RM800 to RM1,500

Istanbul, Turkey visa requirement for Malaysians

Malaysian citizens travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul on holiday do not require a visa to enter and are allowed to stay in Istanbul for a maximum of 90 days. Please also ensure that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months from the date of entering.

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Information is accurate as of 24 September 2018

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