The cheapest times to fly from LAX to IST are

  • January 8th to April 8th
  • September 17th 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 LAX to IST is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $1475 for Saturday flights during early August, or as low as $738 for Tuesday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $746 to $1190 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $748. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early August, with an average price of $1360. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $612 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $825 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LAX to IST flight.

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

LAX to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LAX to IST flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Los Angeles. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to IST, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into LAX. 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 $39 (4%) 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 $869. Return trip prices are from the IST to LAX 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 LAX to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 19 minutes may be realistic.


Flight Hacking LAX 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 LAX to IST — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: London (LAX > LHR > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $642
  • Average savings: $183 (22.18%)

See LAX to LHR flights

Hack #2: Barcelona (LAX > BCN > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $643
  • Average savings: $183 (22.12%)

See LAX to BCN flights

Hack #3: Copenhagen (LAX > CPH > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $652
  • Average savings: $174 (21.03%)

See LAX to CPH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 33 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, atlasglobal, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, Delta, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaiian, JetBlue, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Pakistan, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, SAS, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ataturk Airport to Los Angeles International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6855 miles or 11032 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LAX to IST flight is about 13 hour 19 minutes.

How many flights go between Los Angeles, CA and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 61 available flights from LAX to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LAX
Origination airport name Los Angeles International Airport
City Los Angeles, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -118.4

Return Airport

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


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