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Fly from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways

Book flights from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi and swap Turkey’s biggest city for the lavish UAE capital. An Etihad flight will whisk you to the glittering shores of the Arabian Gulf in style.

Touch down in Abu Dhabi ready to begin your Emirati adventure. Tour the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, or experience the thrill of race day at the Yas Marina Formula One circuit.

IST to AUH: flight facts

Flight time 4hrs 30mins

Our shortest direct flight takes around four hours and 30 minutes.

Flight distance 1,898 miles

A direct flight with Etihad from Istanbul (IST) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) covers 1,898 miles (3,054 kilometres).

Your flight from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi

Your direct flight from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi sets off from Istanbul Airport (IST) before heading south-east across central Turkey. You’ll then fly over the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf towards Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), where your UAE adventure begins.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

Flying from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi: FAQs

How long should I spend in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is packed with things to see and do. Ideally, you’ll need at least three days in the capital to make the most of what the city has to offer. A longer stay gives you more opportunity to lounge at the beaches and try experiences outside the city limits, such as a desert safari.

How do I get from Abu Dhabi International Airport to the city centre?

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is situated around 16 miles east of the city centre. One of the easiest ways to make the journey is by Etihad airport transfer. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the pick-up zone close to the arrivals hall. Air-conditioned bus services run every 40 minutes between the airport and the city centre and operate 24 hours a day.

Top tips for Istanbul to Abu Dhabi

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Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Just as the Çamlica Mosque is at the centre of life in Istanbul, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque occupies a special place in the affections of all those who live in and visit Abu Dhabi. This magnificent building features 80 marble domes supported by 1,000 pillars and has enough space to accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Free guided tours are available.

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Appreciate the art

If you’ve ever enjoyed a visit to the Pera Museum in Istanbul, then the Louvre Abu Dhabi is certain to be one of your favourite spots in the UAE capital. It’s home to 12 galleries, with work being grouped according to theme and period rather than geographical point of origin. The building itself is another eye-catching sight, appearing to float above a pool.

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