The cheapest times to fly from LHR to SAW are

  • October 15th to March 18th

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 LHR to SAW is early December. Prices can be as high as $1377 for Sunday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $216 for Saturday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from London (LHR) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $244 to $1312 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $251. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $1312. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1061 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $431 can be considered a good price for a round-trip LHR to SAW flight.

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

LHR to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the LHR to SAW flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from London. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SAW, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into LHR. Sundays 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 $61 (8%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $674. Return trip prices are from the SAW to LHR 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 LHR 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 50 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 LHR to SAW while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 55.45% less expensive than SAW
  • Nonstop flights available

See LHR to IST flights


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

Hack #1: Vienna (LHR > VIE > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $286
  • Average savings: $146 (33.76%)

See LHR to ARN flights

Hack #2: Stockholm (LHR > ARN > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $302
  • Average savings: $130 (30.05%)

See LHR to VIE flights

Hack #3: Dusseldorf (LHR > DUS > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $302
  • Average savings: $129 (29.93%)

See LHR to DUS flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Azerbaijan Airlines, Eurowings, KLM, Lufthansa, Pegasus, Royal Air Maroc, SAS, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to London Heathrow Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1585 miles or 2551 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop LHR to SAW flight is about 3 hour 50 minutes.

How many flights go between London and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 49 available flights from LHR to SAW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code LHR
Origination airport name London Heathrow Airport
City London
Country the United Kingdom
Latitude 51.5
Longitude -0.5

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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