The cheapest times to fly from LGB to SAW are

  • January 1st to March 18th (except the week of February 5th)
  • July 30th to December 2nd (except the weeks of October 22nd and November 19th)

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 LGB to SAW is late February and early March. Prices can be as high as $19900 for Tuesday flights during late June, or as low as $885 for Thursday flights around late February and early March.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Long Beach, CA (LGB) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $1095 to $13000 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 $1025. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $16400. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $15375 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $3517 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LGB to SAW flight.

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

LGB to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LGB to SAW flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Long Beach. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.32, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Thursday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Tuesdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Long Beach. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $1995 (32%) 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 $3261. Return trip prices are from the SAW to LGB 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 LGB to SAW can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 21 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 LGB to SAW while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 64.08% less expensive than SAW
  • 1-layover flights available

See LGB to IST flights


Flight Hacking LGB 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 LGB to SAW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Stockholm (LGB > ARN > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $725
  • Average savings: $2792 (79.4%)

See LGB to ARN flights

Hack #2: Copenhagen (LGB > CPH > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $726
  • Average savings: $2791 (79.35%)

See LGB to CPH flights

Hack #3: London (LGB > LGW > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $782
  • Average savings: $2735 (77.78%)

See LGB to LGW flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 19 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, KLM, Lufthansa, SAS, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Long Beach Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6873 miles or 11061 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LGB to SAW flight is about 13 hour 21 minutes.

How many flights go between Long Beach, CA and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from LGB to SAW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeLGB
Origination airport nameLong Beach Airport
CityLong Beach, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeSAW
Destination airport nameSabiha Gokcen Airport


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