The cheapest times to fly from ESB to IST are

  • October 8th to April 29th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from ESB to IST is late December. Prices can be as high as $89 for Wednesday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $59 for Thursday flights around late December.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Ankara (ESB) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $59 to $80 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late December with an average ticket price of $59. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $79. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $21 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $67 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ESB to IST flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ESB to IST route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

ESB to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ESB to IST flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Ankara. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Wednesdays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1 (1%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Thursday and returning a week later will cost an average of $67. Return trip prices are from the IST to ESB flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from ESB to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 23 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from ESB to IST while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Tekirdağ Çorlu Airport (TEQ) in Çorlu

  • 48 miles (77 km) away from IST
  • Usually 50.38% less expensive than IST
  • Nonstop flights available

See ESB to TEQ flights

Destination alternative #2: Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from IST
  • Usually 49.62% less expensive than IST
  • Nonstop flights available

See ESB to SAW flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from ESB to IST? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 21 major airlines flying this route most often: Adria, Aeroflot, Air France, Air Malta, Asiana, Azerbaijan Airlines, Croatia, FlexFlight, Fly Baghdad, Iraqi, JAL, Lufthansa, MEA, Pegasus, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan, Ukraine International, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ataturk Airport to Esenboga Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 227 miles or 365 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from ESB to IST?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ESB to IST flight is about 1 hour 23 minutes.

How many flights go between Ankara and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 71 available flights from ESB to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeESB
Origination airport nameEsenboga Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeIST
Destination airport nameAtaturk Airport


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