The cheapest times to fly from ESB to SAW are

  • October 22nd to May 6th (except the week of March 26th)

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 SAW is mid November. Prices can be as high as $68 for Sunday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $25 for Monday flights around mid November.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Ankara (ESB) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $26 to $68 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid November with an average ticket price of $26. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $68. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $42 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $34 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ESB to SAW flight.

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

ESB to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ESB to SAW 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 $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Monday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays 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 (3%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Monday and returning a week later will cost an average of $37. Return trip prices are from the SAW 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 SAW can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 21 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 SAW while comparing.

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

  • 74 miles (119 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 1.49% less expensive than SAW
  • Nonstop flights available

See ESB to TEQ flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Azerbaijan Airlines, Fly Baghdad, JAL, Pegasus, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Esenboga Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 201 miles or 323 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ESB to SAW flight is about 1 hour 21 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 48 available flights from ESB to SAW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code ESB
Origination airport name Esenboga Airport
City Ankara
Country Turkey
Latitude 40.1
Longitude 33

Return Airport

Destination code SAW
Destination airport name Sabiha Gokcen Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 40.9
Longitude 29.3


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