Flights Lyon - Istanbul

A must-see destination for a successful trip at the crossroads of East and West

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Février 2020


Do you dream of a cultural immersion on the cosmopolitan banks of the Bosphorus?

Treat yourself to an unforgettable stay in Istanbul under the shadow of the minarets of the Blue Mosque.

From the Grand Bazaar to the famous Turkish baths, from the dome of the Hagia Sophia to the sumptuous Topkapi Palace, the great Turkish city is a must-see destination for a successful trip at the crossroads of East and West.

Prepare your trip to Istanbul

French nationals, other nationalities from the European Union and the Swiss do not need a visa during a short tourist stay in Turkey (less than 90 days). A valid identification document (ID card or passport) is enough to enter the territory. Be careful, however, that the period of validity exceeds the date of entry into Turkey by at least 150 days.

Minors traveling alone must have a passport (or in the absence of an identity card) - that is valid for at least 150 days from the date of entry into the country -, an authorization to leave the territory with the notarized signature of at least one parent in charge of parental authority and a photocopy of the identity card of the signatory parent.

A visa is required for a stay exceeding 90 days.

Third-country nationals are invited to contact the Turkish embassy or consulate in their country of origin to inquire about the formalities of entry into the country.

The airport has 19 ATMs. Banks and exchange offices are available in the departure and arrival halls. It is advisable to change currency in Turkish Lira (YTL) in the exchange offices in the city, where commission rates are lower.

Several car rental companies offer their services. Their counters are located in the international and national arrivals hall.

For a refreshing break, a snack or a real meal, the airport has many restaurants, fast food and coffee shops. Some are located in public areas and accessible to all, others in the bonded area and are for travelers only.

To spend a pleasant time before taking a flight, Istanbul Airport offers an exceptional duty-free shopping area (sixteenth largest in the world). The shops offer beautiful selections of products in fashion, accessories, cosmetics, gastronomy, alcohol and tobacco.

There is a beautiful play area located in the lounge of the International Terminal for children.

2 luggage lockers are available in the international and national arrivals hall. The price is calculated per day.

To get all the information you need for your stay in Turkey, an information desk is available in the International Arrivals Hall.

L’idéal pour se rendre de l’aéroport international Atatürk (IST) au centre-ville d’Istanbul est d’emprunter le métro (ligne M1), directement connecté. Les billets s’achètent directement dans la station.

The best way to get from Atatürk International Airport (IST) to Istanbul city center is to take the directly connected metro (line M1). Tickets can be bought directly at the station. You can also use a taxi (avoiding rush hours). They are rather cheap. Decorated with a yellow and black checkerboard pattern, taxis are easily spotted. The price of a trip is determined by the taximeter and is the same day and night. The transfer time between the airport and Istanbul varies from simple to double depending on the traffic conditions: from about 35 minutes to often more than one hour.

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What to do in Istanbul ?

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5 reasons to go to Istanbul

Istanbul bateau

Explore two continents in a day

Taking a flight to Istanbul could be described as landing in Europe but spending the day in Asia. The Turkish megacity effectively straddles the two continents. You simply need to take a boat across the Bosphorous Strait to reach Üsküdar, on the Asian bank, to photograph Leander's Tower.

Istanbul Grand Bazar

Lose yourself in the maze of the Grand Bazaar

Located in the heart of Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is one of largest covered markets in the world. It houses nearly 4,000 stalls, grouped by trade, sprawled across 60 covered streets. Buyers go mad for the leather products (jackets, shoes, belts, etc.) and carpets.

Istanbul panoramique

Spend an unforgettable evening at the 360

Located on the rooftop of a building on Istiklal Avenue, right in the centre of Istanbul, the 360 is the most trendy lounge restaurant in the city. It serves fine cuisine and house cocktails on the panoramic terrace, overlooking the illuminated Bosphorus Strait.

Istanbul cathédrale

Visit Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque

No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the city's two historic monuments: the Blue Mosque, a fine example of Islamic Art, and Hagia Sophia, the former Christian church that became a mosque and then a museum. Topkapi Palace is also nearby.

Istanbul Tram Taksim

Take the tramway along Iskiklal Avenue

Istiklal Avenue is the commercial hub of the city and is mostly pedestrianised. It stretches from Galata Tower, through the Bayoglu Quarter, to Taksim Square. Our tip: Walk up the avenue and visit its multitude of shops before taking the historic tramway back down.

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