The cheapest times to fly from IST to SFO are

  • January 8th to April 8th
  • April 23rd to May 20th
  • September 24th to October 21st (except the week of October 8th)
  • November 5th to December 9th

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 IST to SFO is late January. Prices can be as high as $1303 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $472 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to San Francisco

Flying from Istanbul (IST) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) will usually cost between $473 to $1148 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $474. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1182. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $708 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $528 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IST to SFO flight.

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

IST to SFO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IST to SFO flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Istanbul. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.05, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays 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 $91 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $596. Return trip prices are from the SFO to IST 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 IST to SFO can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 3 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 29 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, atlasglobal, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Hawaiian, JetBlue, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Pakistan, Royal Jordanian, SAS, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from San Francisco International Airport to Ataturk Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6708 miles or 10795 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IST to SFO flight is about 13 hour 3 minutes.

How many flights go between Istanbul and San Francisco, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 79 available flights from IST to SFO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code SFO
Destination airport name San Francisco International Airport
City San Francisco, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.6
Longitude -122.4


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