The cheapest times to fly from NRT to IST are

  • May 7th to June 3rd
  • October 22nd to April 22nd (except the weeks of December 24th, February 12th, March 5th, and March 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 NRT to IST is mid January. Prices can be as high as $1723 for Saturday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $605 for Tuesday flights around mid January.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Tokyo (NRT) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $666 to $1130 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid January with an average ticket price of $660. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $1394. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $735 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $835 can be considered a good price for a round-trip NRT to IST flight.

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

NRT to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the NRT to IST flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Tokyo. 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 fly to IST, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into NRT. 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 $88 (9%) 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 $815. Return trip prices are from the IST to NRT 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 NRT to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 11 hour 2 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from NRT to IST while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from IST
  • Usually 5.93% less expensive than IST
  • 1-layover flights available

See NRT to SAW flights


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

Hack #1: Hong Kong (NRT > HKG > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $806
  • Average savings: $29 (3.48%)

See NRT to flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 60 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Air Seoul, Air Tahiti Nui, AirAsia (India), ANA, Asiana, atlasglobal, Austrian, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, CSA, EASTAR JET, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, EVA Air, Finnair, GoAir, Gulf Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, IndiGo, JAL, Jazeera, Jeju Air, Jetstar, Jin Air, KLM, Korean Air, LOT, Lufthansa, NokScoot, Pakistan, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, S7, SAS, Scat Air, Scoot, Sichuan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, T’Way Air, TAROM, THAI, Thai AirAsia, Thai AirAsia X, Thai Lion Mentari, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ataturk Airport to Narita International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5588 miles or 8993 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop NRT to IST flight is about 11 hour 2 minutes.

How many flights go between Tokyo and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 75 available flights from NRT to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code NRT
Origination airport name Narita International Airport
City Tokyo
Country Japan
Latitude 35.8
Longitude 140.4

Return Airport

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


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