The cheapest times to fly from SFO to IST are

  • January 8th to March 18th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 2nd to May 13th
  • September 3rd to October 7th
  • October 29th to December 9th

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 SFO to IST is late September. Prices can be as high as $1642 for Saturday flights during late June, or as low as $863 for Tuesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from San Francisco, CA (SFO) to Istanbul (IST) will usually cost between $893 to $1366 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $917. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late June, with an average price of $1364. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $448 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $987 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SFO to IST flight.

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

SFO to IST Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SFO to IST flight is priced close to the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San Francisco. 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 depart and return on this flight. 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 $91 (8%) 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 $979. Return trip prices are from the IST to SFO 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 SFO to IST can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 13 hour 3 minutes may be realistic.


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

Hack #1: London (SFO > LHR > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $615
  • Average savings: $372 (37.71%)

See SFO to LHR flights

Hack #2: Paris (SFO > CDG > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $697
  • Average savings: $290 (29.35%)

See SFO to CDG flights

Hack #3: London (SFO > LGW > IST)

  • Price for both tickets: $702
  • Average savings: $285 (28.84%)

See SFO to LGW flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 31 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Condor, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Hawaiian, JetBlue, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, Pakistan, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, SAS, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, United, Virgin Atlantic, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ataturk Airport to San Francisco International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6708 miles or 10795 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SFO to IST flight is about 13 hour 3 minutes.

How many flights go between San Francisco, CA and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 65 available flights from SFO to IST.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeSFO
Origination airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco, CA
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeIST
Destination airport nameAtaturk Airport


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