The cheapest times to fly from RIC to SAW are

  • January 1st to April 1st
  • October 1st to April 1st (except the weeks of December 17th and December 24th)

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 RIC to SAW is late January. Prices can be as high as $2733 for Saturday flights during late July, or as low as $927 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Richmond, VA (RIC) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $983 to $2259 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $983. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $2277. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1295 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1380 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RIC to SAW flight.

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

RIC to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RIC to SAW flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Richmond. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Richmond. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $175 (11%) 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 $1368. Return trip prices are from the SAW to RIC 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 RIC 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 10 hour 32 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 RIC to SAW while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 18.19% less expensive than SAW
  • 1-layover flights available

See RIC to IST flights


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

Hack #1: Dusseldorf (RIC > DUS > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $997
  • Average savings: $384 (27.79%)

See RIC to DUS flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (RIC > LGA > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1010
  • Average savings: $371 (26.85%)

See RIC to LGA flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (RIC > JFK > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1019
  • Average savings: $361 (26.16%)

See RIC to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Alitalia, American, Delta, KLM, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Richmond International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5311 miles or 8547 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RIC to SAW flight is about 10 hour 32 minutes.

How many flights go between Richmond, VA and Istanbul?

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RIC
Origination airport name Richmond International Airport
City Richmond, VA
Country the United States
Latitude 37.5
Longitude -77.3

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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