Private jet Istanbul: prices and procedures to and from England
Discover how to reach Istanbul in comfort, and visit the best places to make the most of your trip
Istanbul is a tourist destination chosen by increasingly more people. Also known as a 'big bazaar', this city is full of colours, culture, music and fine food to taste.
In this article, we will talk about the prices and procedures to reach Istanbul by private jet. Then we will have a look at the places to include in your city tour.
How much does a private jet to Istanbul cost?
The price of a charter plane will depend on the services you decide to request. But, if we want to make an estimate, a flight from London to Istanbul with maximum eight passengers will cost around £20,500.
Speaking of services, here are the main ones:
- The possibility to have a chef and a barman on board
- A catering service
- Beauty treatments and massages
- Maxi screen and sound to create the perfect cinema atmosphere
- Luxury suites to relax during the flight
- Business setup (whether you are travelling for work)
And now let's have a look at the benefits of chartering a private plane.
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Flying by private jet means making the most of your time and travel in comfort and leisure
Flying by private jet includes several advantages.
Foremost, you won't have to arrive at the airport two hours before: you can arrive just half an hour prior to takeoff and relax in the lounge area in total discretion and privacy.
Secondly, you can forget about the long waiting and the dead time spent for controls and disembarkation. Once you have arrived, you will have your luggage immediately with you.
Finally, you can choose who you will travel with: by yourself, with your family or with your colleagues. In this way, you won't have to sit next to strangers and can totally relax during the whole flight.
So, what's next? Let's discover the best spots to enjoy Istanbul at its best!
7 places you can't miss in Istanbul
#1 Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)
The Blue Mosque is one of the great jewels of Istanbul.
If on the outside it is monumental and imposing, inside it hides a sublime secret: 20,000 blue tiles that decorate the ceilings and walls and give it its nickname.
It was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I between 1609-1616 in a controversial decision: in an effort to make his mosque look better than the neighbouring Hagia Sophia, he chose to build it with six minarets.
Until then, the only mosque in the world to have six minarets was the one in Mecca, and of course the faithful were not too happy about that.
The solution? A seventh minaret was erected in the Mecca mosque and, then, a law was made.
#2 Hagia Sophia
Just a few hundred metres away, on the other side of the square, rises Istanbul's other great protagonist.
It began life as an Orthodox basilica in 360 AD and, throughout its history, has been a Catholic church under the Crusaders, a mosque since 1453 when the Ottomans arrived, recently a museum and, since 2020, a mosque once again.
The main hall is huge and impressive, measuring some 70 metres and crowned by a colossal dome some 56 metres high and 32 metres in diameter, which is considered the pinnacle of Byzantine art.
A tip: visit Hagia Sophia both during the day and at night. The light changes completely and so does the atmosphere.
#3 Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern is one of the most original and curious places to visit in Istanbul.
It is an underground construction that Justinian I had excavated in the 6th century to store water to supply his palace in case of enemy attacks. Its name derives from a large basilica that at the time stood right above this well.
The most amazing thing is that this cistern is far from being a mere water reservoir.
Inside (at 80,000 cubic metres, it is the largest of the ancient cisterns preserved underground in Istanbul) there are 336 columns some 9 metres high, giving it the appearance of an underground cathedral. Two of the communes have a peculiarity: at their base you will see the head of Medusa.
#4 Istanbul Bazaars (Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar)
Don't expect wooden stalls and Aladdin-style cloth awnings, or caravanserais with camels and the smell of spices from the Silk Road era... The markets in Istanbul are touristy, very touristy.
But you still have to live the experience of haggling between baskets full of tea, Turkish delicacies, jewellery, furs... and really everything.
It's no exaggeration to say that Istanbul is one big bazaar. In the streets, on the pavements, under the subways, in the stations... Anywhere is a good place to offer you products.
We recommend you visit two markets, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, where you can pick up some great little treasures and take home a little piece of Istanbul.
#5 Karaköy Quarter
There are plenty of restaurants and even makeshift stalls on the pavements, but if you want to play it safe, one of the most famous is Tarihi Eminönü Balik Ekmek, located in the Karaköy neighbourhood, one of the liveliest in Istanbul, which is full of street art, cafés and hipster restaurants.
Save dessert for Güllüoğlu, a patisserie-cafeteria where you can try the best baklava in the world!
#6 Üsküdar, the Asian part of Istanbul
It's a huge district, but you can cross it by ferry and visit some of its areas.
Take a look at the Kadiköy neighbourhood with the Beylerbeyi Palace, the fashion district or the charming neighbourhood of Kuzguncuk, famous for being featured in many Turkish TV series.
Üskudar is also home to Istanbul's largest mosque, the Çamlıca Mosque.
Another thing to do there is to enjoy the sunset at the Carpet Café, with its wonderful views of the Bosphorus and the Maiden Tower.
Don't be misled by its name – it's actually a set of concrete steps facing the Bosphorus where tea and pipe sellers stand to make the moment more enjoyable.
#7 Fener and Balat, Istanbul's trendiest neighbourhoods
Fener, the Greek quarter, and Balat, the old Jewish quarter of Istanbul, have managed to carve out a niche for themselves on the city's tourist maps and are now a Mecca for those who want to get to know Istanbul 'beyond the ordinary'.
Slopes, cafés, and colourful houses are what await you there, along with local atmosphere and buildings full of history such as the Greek College or the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.
In this article, we saw the prices and the procedures to fly from London to Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in Türkiye.
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