Take off for Istanbul and the crossroads of the world
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You’ve done it: you've booked your Nice to Istanbul direct flight. You’re headed out to explore this amazing, multi-faceted place. Because your Nice-Istanbul ticket is a bit magical. It doesn’t just take you to one continent, but two: Europe and Asia. Not just to one city, but three: in addition to Turkey’s largest you get Constantinople (the Ottoman capital) and Byzantium, the Second Rome. A long and beautiful history that will turn your Nice-Istanbul flight into a true time machine!
The formalities for travelling to Istanbul
- Entry requirements: good news for French citizens: Turkey doesn’t require a visa for a trip of less than 90 days. You must simply present an ID card or passport valid at least 6 months past your date of arrival. Please note that while valid in France, the 5-year ID card validity extension is not recognised in Turkey.
- Currency: in Turkey, you’ll be paying in Turkish lira. 1 lira is worth around €0.15. Be ready to make your first purchases by visiting Interchange, the currency exchange specialists, with counters in both terminals at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.
Your Nice-Istanbul direct flight
At Nice Airport, flights to Istanbul always depart from Terminal 1. This is where the Turkish Airlines direct Nice-Istanbul flight departs - the only direct flight to the late Constantinople.
To start your trip to old Byzantium off on the right foot, don’t risk arriving late to the airport. Don’t forget that before you can go to your gate, you’ll need to go through customs - in addition to security screenings. Give yourself at least 1 hour 30 minutes to do so stress-free. Add an additional 15 minutes should you need to go to your airline's counter to collect your ticket or check a bag.
Departure airport Nice Côte d'Azur Airport Departure terminal Terminal 1 Arrival airport Istanbul Airport
Arriving in Istanbul
You’ll be landing in the new Istanbul Airport, inaugurated in 2019 and located around 40 kilometres from the city centre. An underground line is currently under construction to connect the airport to the city. It will be operational in 2020 at the earliest. Until then, you can:
- Take the bus: all day long the Havaist company will take you to the centre in a little over an hour and a half. There are 5 different lines that feed into the city.
- Take a taxi: Taxis here accept up to 4 passengers. The trip will cost around €30. It will take at least half an hour.
- Hire a car: you're spoilt for choice with nearly 20 agencies present in the Arrivals Hall.
What to do in
One number is enough to prove Istanbul's worth: the city has no fewer than 4 major zones listed as World Heritage Sites. Jewels that add to the beauty of the city. But old stones and prestigious monuments aren’t the only reason to visit the pearl of the Bosporus. Istanbul bewitches visitors with its ambiguous character fuelled by its unique location on a straight that separates two seas and two continents, and with its ability to absorb the best of both worlds.
Regular flights Nice - Istanbul IST
Flights per day :
- Mon 1
- Tue 1
- Wed 0
- Thu 1
- Fri 0
- Sat 1
- Sun 0
Frequently asked questions
How long does a Nice-Istanbul flight take?
The average flight time between Nice and Istanbul is 2 hours 45 minutes.
Which airlines provide Nice-Istanbul direct flights?
From the French Riviera, Turkish Airlines is the only airline that provides a direct flight to Istanbul.
How many Nice-Istanbul flights are there per week?
As the weather warms up, Turkish Airlines doubles their Nice-Istanbul flights. They offer 14 flights in spring and summer, compared to 7 in autumn and winter.
How much does a Nice-Istanbul flight cost?
The lowest price for a Nice-Istanbul return ticket based on prices from the last 90 days is 148€ .
. What is the time difference between Nice and Istanbul?
Istanbul is one hour ahead of Nice.
What is the best time of year to visit Istanbul?
You’ll need to have a high tolerance for heat to visit Istanbul in summer. For crowds as well. That said, when the sun is at its hottest, instead of waiting in line to see Hagia Sophia, you can always go sunbathe on a Black Sea beach: Burc Beach, Solari Beach, Uzunya...there are many. Parasols, beach chairs and fine sand can be found just 20 kilometres from the city. Don’t forget that things slow down here during Ramadan. Spring and summer are much more agreeable, and the best time to come for a visit that’s all culture. But winter also has its perks. No crowds, affordable hotel prices, and, if you're lucky, you’ll return with postcard-esque photos of your trip, such as the Blue Mosque covered in snow.