Arriving in Istanbul

Book your flights to Istanbul with Etihad Airways and journey to a land of spice and culture. Istanbul is one of the most historically important cities in the world; explore its epic history.

Plan Your Istanbul Holiday

Travel to Istanbul is akin to stepping into a time machine and going on a historical tour through the great empires of the past. You would come to Istanbul as Byzantium and then again as Constantinople and then yet again as the modern day Istanbul. The Roman Empire, The Ottoman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Latin Empire all called this beautiful city between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea their capital. An intricate part of the infamous Silk Road, this city has been draped in mystic and teeming with a meshing of cultures since 660 BC.

The summer sees a massive influx of tourists to Istanbul. If you are coming between July and September be sure to book your tickets to Istanbul as early as possible. Cheap hotels in Istanbul are easily found during the winter months as the temperature can drop to around freezing and the tourists stay home. Flight deals to Istanbul can be found in our Deals section.

Flying from Sri Lanka

You can take flights from Sri Lanka to many destinations around the world with Etihad Airways and enjoy the advantages of a high quality flying experience from the time you make your reservation until you arrive at your chosen destination.

Major Airports in Sri Lanka

Reserve your flights from Sri Lanka and fly from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). The airport is in the city of Hambantota and is 35km from the city of Colombo. Both Terminals 1 and 2 serve international passengers, while the third terminal operates exclusively for domestic services. As the main airport in Sri Lanka, Bandaranaike Airport has excellent road and rail links. Ratmalana International Airport (RML) also offers international flights from Colombo itself.

Airport Transportation in Sri Lanka

Trains to Bandaranaike Airport can be accessed using the Airport Express Rail, which runs directly from the centre of Colombo. You can catch a shuttle bus to Bandaranaike Airport from some hotels so be sure to enquire when you book. The extensive public bus system in Colombo does run to the airports, but you may prefer to hire a taxi to Bandaranaike Airport, which will take only 13 minutes from Colombo city centre via the new, high-speed Katunayake Expressway.

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Interested in Istanbul? Consider Milan

Book your flights to Milan with Etihad Airways to discover the enticing splendour of this Italian city which is a centre of art, fashion and ancient architecture.

Plan Your Milan Holiday

If you are enthusiastic about exploring the artistic face of this economic capital of Italy, then you have just the right reason to travel to Milan. You will definitely delight in the architectural marvels like the Biblioteca Ambrosiana which is a historic library and also houses an art gallery. You must also visit the Pirelli Tower, the highest Italian skyscraper to witness the unique coexistence of the ancient and the modern. It is recommended to book tickets to Milan well in advance to avoid the constant rush caused due to its regular fashion and cultural events.

Winters in Milan are chilly, but the city gets a new life during Christmas festivities and you can find plenty of cheap hotels in Milan. You must book your tickets in advance for the month of January if you are a bike-lover and want to witness hundreds of motorcyclists gather for the Befana Benefica charity procession. Flight deals to Milan are constantly available to you in the Etihad Airways deals section.

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