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Airport of arrival: London Stansted Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to London: 4 hours 5 minutes

London is the financial, political and cultural capital city of the United Kingdom. It is a metropolis of 8.9 million with expats coming from all around the world. The city makes sure the visitors have a great experience with its exquisite architectural layout, remarkable cultural and historical sites, local markets as well as top notch restaurants. London is closely connected to the rest of the world with the availability of cheap flights.

Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport constitutes one of the busiest routes at London Stansted Airport. Pegasus Airlines offers frequent direct flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport and Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport.

Do not forget to follow up with the special campaigns offered by Pegasus Airlines and benefit from seasonal promotions with great discount rates.

About the Airport

London Stansted Airport is situated about 68 km away from London city center.

London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport became operational for the first time in 1943 for military means. It was utilized as the airfield by United States Army Air Forces. In the post-war era the airport presumed its civil use under British control. Currently, it is listed among the busiest airports in the UK. A new arrivals terminal has been planned as part of a project that foresees redevelopment of the  arrivals and departures buildings.

Transport from London Stansted Airport to the City Center

Stansted Airport is easily connected to London and nearby cities through Stansted Airport railway station located right at the airport. Stansted Express train departs on a regular basis, every 15 minutes and provides direct service to central London. The journey that terminates at London Liverpool Street takes about 50 minutes. You can pre-book your ticket online. Furthermore, the rail network enables access to all major cities throughout the UK.

As an alternative there are shuttle buses that operate on scheduled hours and through various routes. Airport Bus Express departs every half an hour between Stansted to Liverpool Street and Stansted to Victoria Bus/Coach Station. On the other hand, National Express offers low-cost options on four different routes. You can check out the complete list of travel destinations and book your place online.

You may also consider taking a taxi or benefiting from car rental services offered by Pegasus Airlines.

Public Transport

London has one of the worlds’ most extensive but also complicated urban transport network. Even though getting around in London might feel a bit hectic for the newcomers,  with the right tips and tricks you’ll get used to it immediately. The underground or so-called the tube, iconic double deckers, DLR, river bus services, trams, local trains as well as airline cable car are available options to travel around the city. There are a number of travel passes such as Oyster Card or Travel Card suitable for every need.

You can reach all the relevant information online and plan your journey beforehand. If you feel lost, you can find Visitor Centres situated at designated points to ask for advice.

Accommodation is going the be the major part of your expenses during your trip to London. However, there are always many budget friendly options that will allow you to cut on costs. The neighbourhoods to stay are diverse depending on your priorities. South Bank can be regarded as the best neighbourhood for sightseeing while Soho & Camden might be a better choice for nightlife.

If you would like to have further assistance to plan your trip, you can book your hotel through Pegasus Airlines.

London is truly a melting pot of cultures with its big community of expats from all around the world. Therefore, you won’t have any problems finding any type of food that you are looking for. You can find food from international cuisines at famous markets such as Camden Market which is open every day. If you would like to taste local British flavors you should definitely try the full English breakfast and an afternoon tea accompanied by scones, crumpet or finger food. Sunday Roast, Shephard's Pie and Yorkshire Pudding are savory British plates that you shouldn’t miss.

You can have a look at London Food Guide for more suggestions about all the local foods.

Here are some useful information you may need to know during your visit:

About Visa

Turkish citizens wishing to travel to the UK are obliged to apply for an entry visa.  Diplomatic Passport holders are exempt from UK visa procedures for travels not exceeding 90 days within 180 days. Passengers who will travel to other countries through transfers over England should apply for a transit visa. However, if the journey is to be completed in 24 hours and all conditions for the visa of the other country are met, the person is exempt from transit visa requirements. Please make sure to contact the UK Embassy in your country for further details regarding the application procedure.

Neighboring Cities

  • Brighton (74 km)
  • Cambridge (79 km)
  • Oxford (83 km)
  • Bristol (171 km)

 

Weather

London is known to have rain showers throughout the year. However, as a result of the influence of the ocean the weather conditions change a lot. Winters are humid and cold with frequent rains while the spring months from March to May bring milder weather. The summer period witnesses the warmest temperatures. Nevertheless,  you shouldn’t forget to bring your umbrella and rain jacket whenever you are visiting London.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +44
  • London Area Code: 020
  • Airport Contact: +44 844 335 1803
  • Emergency Line: 112 or 999
  • Airport Shuttle Service (Coach Station): 0844 335 1803

Besides the must-see top tourist attractions there are so many amazing things and thrilling places to see in London. Big Ben and the House of Parliament, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London Eye and Trafalgar Square are for sure the main highlights of the city. Even though, London is an expensive metropolis there are also things to do without spending any money. Home to worldly renowned cultural centers, most museums in London are for free.

You can visit Tate Modern, the National Gallery or the British History Museum without paying the entrance fee. The vivid and pretty neighbourhoods of Soho, Covent Garden, Camden and Notting Hill are waiting for you to discover the backstreets of London.

You can have a look at London Travel Guide for further details on more places to visit.

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