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Travel time from Istanbul to Tehran

Istanbul to Tehran airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Istanbul to Tehran? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Tehran, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Tuesday, 11:32 am:  start in Istanbul
drive for about 1 hour
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 1:30 pm at the latest

12:35 pm:  Ataturk (IST)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 2:00 pm

1:05 pm:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

2:05 pm:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

2:35 pm:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

2:50 pm:  board flight
you can search for other airlines that fly this route

3:00 pm:  this is your scheduled departure time
but remember flights can be delayed, so take that into account
it takes the plane an average of 15 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:15 pm:  wheels up! take-off from IST
fly for about 3 hours in the air

6:17 pm (local time):  Imam Khomaini International (IKA)
Tehran is 1:30 hours ahead of Istanbul
so the time in Istanbul is actually 6:17 pm
taxi on the runway for an average of 15 minutes to the gate

6:32 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at IKA
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 1 hour to your destination

7:46 pm (local time):  arrive in Tehran

Total travel time: 8 hours

Flying non-stop from Istanbul to Tehran

How far is Tehran from Istanbul? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 1,270 miles or 2043 km

Flight time: 3 hours, 2 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 8 hours, 14 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 2.7x faster, and saves you about 5 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula. For a long distance, this appears as a curve on the map, and this is often the route that commercial airlines will take so it's a good estimate of the frequent flyer miles you'll accumulate as well.

This is a medium length flight, so unless you have a nice private jet, you might be booking a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Alternate flights from Istanbul to Tehran

The most common route is IST to IKA, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. IST to IKA
    Ataturk to Imam Khomaini International
  2. SAW to IKA
    Sabiha Gokcen to Imam Khomaini International

Plan a trip to Tehran

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Tehran, Iran. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Tehran. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out Espinas Hotel Persian Gulf. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Tehran like Safety for women in Teheran? Click the button below to explore Tehran in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Tehran to Istanbul, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Istanbul to Tehran road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Istanbul to Tehran?

If you happen to know Istanbul, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Istanbul!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 1,270 miles
flight time of 3 hours, 2 minutes
Tehran is 1:30 hours ahead of Istanbul
222 Istanbul travel answers
17 Tehran travel answers


Tehran Airports
  1. Mehrabad International Airport
  2. Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport

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