Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines offers a bunch of promotional fares from different European airports to their hub at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcan airport, starting at €77. These fares include an 8kg cabin bag. By booking via Pegasus Airlines’ website, you can add a checked bag up to 20kg for only €9 per flight.
- Amsterdam at €83
- Athens at €89
- Basel at €80
- Belgrade at €80
- Bologna at €77
- Brussels/Charleroi at €91
- Budapest at €88
- Copenhagen at €79
- Geneva at €84
- London/Stansted at €88
- Marseille at €96
- Oslo at €89
- Prague at €80
- Rome at €98
- Rotterdam at €84
- Sarajevo at €87
- Stockholm at €77
- Zurich at €90
Search & Book
The fares are offered through various OTAs following the links above. You can book them via Pegasus Airlines’ website as well. The offer includes travel dates from November 2019 through March 2020. Availability is great through the winter months for most of the named origins. To check out availability, we recommend using Google Flights’ calendar.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
There is no word on when this promotion will end.
Please be aware that all these flights are operated to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcan (SAW) airport. If you want to use this offer to connect to an international flight from Istanbul Int’l (INT) airport, please plan at least 5 hours of transfer time between the two airports.
Information & Tips for Istanbul
Istanbul is the largest city, economical and cultural capital of modern day Turkey. While political power resides in Ankara, Istanbul is famous for its long and moved history. Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, it has been one of the most important cities of European and Oriental politics for over 2.000 years. Aside from the fact that it is split between two continents (Asia and Europe), poeple associate Istanbul with its modern day lifestyle and cultural variety. Its most famous sights are the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Best time to visit
The city is blessed with mild winters, with the average temperature hitting a bottom 8 degrees in December and January. This alternates with very hot summers. Since it is located at the conflux of the Black Sea and Aegean Sea, humidity tends to be high all year round. If you dislike hot, humid days, avoid Istanbul during the summer. Otherwise, it is a year round destination.
From the airport(s) to the city
Istanbul Int’l Airport
This brand new airport (opened in 2018) is the main hub for Turkish Airlines. All long haul flights to Istanbul arrive here. It is located on the European side of the city. It is not yet connected to Istanbul’s metro system, so buses are the only option to get to the city center by public transport. There are 18 bus lines operating to different parts of the city, taking 30-90 minutes for 2-4€.
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcan Airport
This airport is home to many LCCs, mainly Pegasus Airlines. It is located on the Asia side of the city. It has no connection to Istanbul’s metro system, too. There are few bus lines operating to the city center, taking around an hour at a cost of 18TL (approx.2,30€).
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