The cheapest times to fly from LED to SAW are

  • April 2nd to October 28th (except the weeks of April 23rd, May 21st, May 28th, and July 30th)

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 LED to SAW is mid October. Prices can be as high as $2455 for Monday flights during mid March, or as low as $260 for Sunday flights around mid October.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from St. Petersburg (LED) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $287 to $1223 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid October with an average ticket price of $284. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid March, with an average price of $1692. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1408 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $379 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LED to SAW flight.

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

LED to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LED to SAW flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Saint Petersburg. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Sunday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SAW, and Saturday the cheapest day to fly back into LED. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to Saint Petersburg. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $159 (19%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Sunday and returning a week later will cost an average of $457. Return trip prices are from the SAW to LED 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 LED to SAW can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 20 minutes may not 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 not usually a nonstop flight from LED to SAW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ataturk Airport (IST) in Istanbul

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 27.57% less expensive than SAW
  • Nonstop flights available

See LED to IST flights

Destination alternative #2: Burgas Airport (BOJ) in Burgas

  • 148 miles (238 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 19.79% less expensive than SAW
  • Nonstop flights available

See LED to BOJ flights


Flight Hacking LED to SAW

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 LED to SAW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Moscow (LED > DME > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $314
  • Average savings: $66 (17.28%)

See LED to KRR flights

Hack #2: Krasnodar (LED > KRR > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $344
  • Average savings: $36 (9.37%)

See LED to DME flights

Hack #3: Moscow (LED > VKO > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $361
  • Average savings: $18 (4.75%)

See LED to VKO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Alitalia, Austrian, Azerbaijan Airlines, Emirates, KLM, LLC Nord Wind, Lufthansa, Nordstar, Pegasus, Pobeda, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Red Wings, S7, SAS, SunExpress, Turkish Airlines, UTair, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1306 miles or 2102 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LED to SAW flight is about 3 hour 20 minutes.

How many flights go between St. Petersburg and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 50 available flights from LED to SAW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LED
Origination airport name Pulkovo Airport
City St. Petersburg
Country Russia
Latitude 59.8
Longitude 30.3

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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