The cheapest times to fly from JFK to IST are

  • January 8th to April 15th
  • September 10th to December 9th (except the week of September 17th)

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 JFK to IST is late February and early March. Prices can be as high as $1169 for Sunday flights during early August, or as low as $675 for Tuesday flights around late February and early March.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from New York, NY (JFK) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $686 to $1002 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late February and early March with an average ticket price of $686. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1032. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $347 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $728 can be considered a good price for a round-trip JFK to IST flight.

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

JFK to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the JFK to IST flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from New York. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.09, 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. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to New York. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $23 (3%) 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 $752. Return trip prices are from the IST to JFK 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 JFK to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 9 hour 59 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking JFK to IST

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from JFK to IST — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Madrid (JFK > MAD > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $531
  • Average savings: $197 (27.01%)

See JFK to MAD flights

Hack #2: London (JFK > LHR > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $557
  • Average savings: $171 (23.51%)

See JFK to LHR flights

Hack #3: Barcelona (JFK > BCN > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $579
  • Average savings: $149 (20.41%)

See JFK to BCN flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 34 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Aeroflot, Air Europa, Air France, Air Serbia, American, atlasglobal, Austrian, Azerbaijan Airlines, British Airways, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Jet2, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Norwegian Air UK, Pegasus, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, TAROM, Thomas Cook Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ataturk Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5002 miles or 8050 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop JFK to IST flight is about 9 hour 59 minutes.

How many flights go between New York, NY and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 72 available flights from JFK to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code JFK
Origination airport name John F. Kennedy International Airport
City New York, NY
Country the United States
Latitude 40.6
Longitude -73.8

Return Airport

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


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