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Airport of arrival: Basra International Airport
Flight time from Istanbul to Basra: 3 hours

Basra is one of the significant cities of southern Iraq with a rich history dates back to ancient times. Basra attracts a growing number of tourists thanks to its unique historical and cultural attractions. Pegasus Airlines schedules frequent flights to Basra and it is possible to find cheap flight tickets to Basra throughout the year.

Pegasus Airlines offers amazing direct flight deals to Basra departing from İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is also possible for you to enjoy Pegasus’ advanced flight network to find connecting flights to Basra through İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport departing from 68 different cities across the globe.

After a delightful time in Basra, you can enjoy Pegasus Airlines’ direct flight offer back to İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport or other 62 connecting flights to various destinations of the world through İstanbul.

About the Airport

Pegasus Airlines offers amazing flight deals to Basra arriving at the Basra International Airport. Basra International Airport is located 16 kilometers away from the city center.

Basra International Airport

Basra International Airport (BSR) is the second busiest airport of Iraq and has been serving as a significant transportation hub to its region since 1980. You can find nearby accommodation options, free Wi-Fi, childcare, medical, and religious services in Basra International Airport.

Transportation from Basra International Airport to City Center

You can get to Basra city center from Basra International Airport with airport shuttles, taxis and car. Airport shuttles are scheduled for every arriving flight in Basra International Airport. The trip to the city center costs 600 IQD and takes approximately 30 minutes. There are also many taxis available 24/7 in Basra International Airport. The trip to the city center approximately costs 5500 IQD. You can also enjoy the city with a rental car. Pegasus Airlines car rental service has great offers for you in here.

Public Transport

Basra does not have an underground metro or train system and you can get around in the city with public buses, small buses, and taxis. Public transport network is not very developed in Basra with frequent delays and inadequate infrastructures. It is recommended for you to use taxis to get around in the city since they are very cheap and more reliable.

Basra does not offer a variety of accommodation options to its visitors and is limited to a couple of four star hotels located around Al Ashar and Manawi Al Basha districts.

Basra is one of the most characteristic culinary destinations of its region with many authentic Arabian recipes that are influenced by Persian and Turkish kitchens. Its cuisine mostly consists of wheat, pastry and meat products. “Kebab”, “Dolma”, “Biryani”, “Masgoulf” and “Adas Bil Hamod” some of the delicious recipes you should definitely check out in Basra.


We have listed some side notes about Basra for you right below.

Visa Process

Iraq mandates a visa application process for almost every nationality. You can click here to know more about its tourism visa application process.

Neighboring Cities

In addition to what Basra has to offer, you can travel these closely located cities to keep on discovering.

  • Al Qurnah (73 km)
  • Abadan (146 km)
  • Bussayyah (155 km)
  • Nasiriyah (200 km)


Basra has a desert climate with extremely hot summers with almost no chance to rain. During summers, Basra is one of the hottest cities to be in. During winters, the weather is mild and much more pleasant. It is recommended for you to enjoy Basra during winter to avoid hot temperatures.

Essential Numbers

  • Country Code: +964
  • City Code: 40
  • Basra International Airport Number: +964 750 962 9113
  • Emergency Number: 112

Basra is a city filled with history and culture. In Basra, you will also discover many amazing underrated natural attractions such as the Sinbad Island or Jasim River. Basra Museum in the city center should be your go-to place in Basra to understand its rich history.



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