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Fly from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul with Etihad Airways

From the capital of the United Arab Emirates to the largest city in Turkey, your flight with Etihad will take you on a journey from bustling Abu Dhabi to diverse Istanbul and it’s welcoming mix of cultures.

You’ll experience a combination of traditional and modern culture during your stay. Explore the many palaces, mosques and museums on offer, including the Topkapi Palace Museum and iconic Blue Mosque.

AUH to IST: flight facts

Flight time 5hrs

The fastest flight to Istanbul will take about five hours to arrive.

Flight distance 1,898 miles

The shortest flight from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Istanbul (IST) is 1,898 miles (3,054 kilometres).

Your flight from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul

Your flight from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and take you cruising over the Arabian Gulf and western Asia while you sit back and relax.

From there, you’ll briefly cross the Sea of Marmara, before touching down at Istanbul Airport (IST) in Turkey.

*Number and location of stops may vary depending on the flight you select. Search for your flight to see what options are available.

Flying from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul: FAQs

What should I eat in Istanbul?

In Istanbul you can enjoy many classic Turkish dishes. Try a kebap – otherwise known as kebab. Adana is a spicy lamb option cooked on skewers, while doner is carved meat served with bread, yoghurt and salad.

Meze is unmissable in Istanbul too. It’s a medley of appetisers served together. Think fava beans, muhammara dip, olives and pide bread.

What currency is used in Istanbul?

In Istanbul and across the whole of Turkey, the currency is the Turkish Lira (TRY).

Euros are also accepted in some places but, for the best value, convert your currency into Lira before you travel.

Top tips for Abu Dhabi to Istanbul

view of anadolu hisari from the river istanbul

See Anadoluhisari

Voyage back in time with a visit to Anadoluhisari, a medieval fortress that provides a contrast to the modern and innovative architecture found in Abu Dhabi. It’s the oldest building in Istanbul and was built during Bayezid’s reign in the 1390s.

The fortress was primarily used as a watchtower. You can take a boat trip on the Bosphorus waterway that flows through Istanbul to enjoy the finest views of this imposing structure.

freshly made baklava istanbul turkey

Compare cuisines

Explore the similarities and differences of Turkish and Emirati cuisine at one of Istanbul’s many restaurants. From street stalls to fine dining establishments, there’s a wealth of options to choose from.

One thing’s for certain, if you love Emirati luqaimat, you’ll adore Turkish lokma. Eateries across town serve this delicious fried dough dessert, lathered with syrup or honey.

The best of Istanbul

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