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Depending on the airline and the time of year, you may find yourself being routed through Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW), but if you’re flying elsewhere, it’s usually possible to fly direct to your destination – particularly if you’re heading to one of the more popular holiday spots.
Lots of major airlines, including British Airways, Air France, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus, fly to Istanbul, and internal flights in Turkey are cheap, so the onward journey from Istanbul shouldn’t break the bank. However, low-cost carrier easyJet also runs seasonal direct flights to Turkish destinations including Bodrum, Dalaman and Antalya.
Journey times from the UK average around three or four hours if flying direct. If you opt for an indirect flight, you may be travelling for up to seven hours.
Cheap though they can be if booked as part of a package holiday, flights to Turkey tend to shoot up around Christmas and during the school holidays.
Getting to Turkey is cheapest during winter – apart from during the festive season. And, while you might find a few last-minute options, it often pays to book in advance.
Driving or taking a train to Turkey is possible, but it’s an option that only the biggest fans of ‘slow travel’ are likely to make, considering the journey takes around three or four days and means driving through most of Central Europe.
It’s far from being the cheapest way to Turkey, but the splendid views might make up for it.
Turkey requires British passport holders to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival; it costs US$20 (£16).
Visitors arriving in Turkey without visas can still obtain e-visas via self-service kiosks placed in Turkish airports. However, the queues are likely to be long and the fee increases to US$30 (£24.50).
Since 1 January 2015, visitors to Turkey have also been required to hold a passport with at least 60 days’ validity beyond the expiry date of their visa or residence permit.