The cheapest times to fly from VKO to IST are

  • January 15th to February 25th
  • March 12th to April 22nd
  • May 7th to May 20th
  • October 8th to December 23rd

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 VKO to IST is early to mid April. Prices can be as high as $324 for Saturday flights during late April, or as low as $258 for Thursday flights around early to mid April.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Moscow (VKO) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $278 to $318 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid April with an average ticket price of $276. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late April, with an average price of $316. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $41 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $291 can be considered a good price for a round-trip VKO to IST flight.

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

VKO to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the VKO to IST flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Moscow. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Moscow. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $11 (4%) 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 $286. Return trip prices are from the IST to VKO 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 VKO to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 56 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 VKO to IST while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from IST
  • Usually 5.68% less expensive than IST
  • Nonstop flights available

See VKO to SAW flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, atlasglobal, Azerbaijan Airlines, Emirates, Iraqi, LOT, Onur Air, Pobeda, SAS, Scat Air, Turkish Airlines, UTair, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1080 miles or 1738 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop VKO to IST flight is about 2 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Moscow and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 45 available flights from VKO to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code VKO
Origination airport name Vnukovo Airport
City Moscow
Country Russia
Latitude 55.6
Longitude 37.3

Return Airport

Destination code IST
Destination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8


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