The cheapest times to fly from SEA to SAW are

  • January 1st to March 25th
  • May 21st to June 3rd
  • September 3rd to December 9th (except the weeks of September 10th and October 22nd)

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 SEA to SAW is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $3035 for Saturday flights during late July, or as low as $890 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Seattle, WA (SEA) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $956 to $1633 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $981. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $2730. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1748 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1207 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SEA to SAW flight.

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

SEA to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SEA to SAW flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Seattle. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SAW, and Thursday the cheapest day to fly back into SEA. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Seattle. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $428 (25%) 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 $1147. Return trip prices are from the SAW to SEA 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 SEA 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 11 hour 56 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 SEA to SAW while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 10.98% less expensive than SAW
  • 1-layover flights available

See SEA to IST flights


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

Hack #1: London (SEA > LGW > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $781
  • Average savings: $426 (35.29%)

See SEA to LGW flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $897
  • Average savings: $311 (25.72%)

See SEA to ARN flights

Hack #3: Copenhagen (SEA > CPH > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $901
  • Average savings: $306 (25.35%)

See SEA to CPH flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska, Alitalia, Austrian, Delta, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6088 miles or 9798 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SEA to SAW flight is about 11 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Seattle, WA and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 55 available flights from SEA to SAW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SEA
Origination airport name Seattle/Tacoma International Airport
City Seattle, WA
Country the United States
Latitude 47.5
Longitude -122.3

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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