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The cheapest times to fly from SMF to SAW are

  • January 1st to March 25th
  • September 3rd to December 16th (except the week of November 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 SMF to SAW is late October to early November. Prices can be as high as $2915 for Saturday flights during early April, or as low as $1004 for Tuesday flights around late October to early November.

 

When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Sacramento, CA (SMF) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $1127 to $2278 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late October to early November with an average ticket price of $1143. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early April, with an average price of $2606. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1463 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1400 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMF to SAW flight.

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

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SMF to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMF to SAW flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Sacramento. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.13, 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 Sacramento. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $212 (13%) 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 $1400. Return trip prices are from the SAW to SMF flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

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Return Day Prices

 

Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SMF 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 12 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 SMF to SAW while comparing.

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

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 14.65% less expensive than SAW
  • 1-layover flights available

See SMF to IST flights

 

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

Hack #1: Prague (SMF > PRG > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1087
  • Average savings: $313 (22.37%)

See SMF to PRG flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (SMF > JFK > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1167
  • Average savings: $233 (16.61%)

See SMF to JFK flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (SMF > LGA > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $1170
  • Average savings: $230 (16.4%)

See SMF to LGA flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, Alaska, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Delta, Emirates, Finnair, KLM, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6638 miles or 10683 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SMF to SAW flight is about 12 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Sacramento, CA and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 41 available flights from SMF to SAW.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeSMF
Origination airport nameSacramento International Airport
CitySacramento, CA
Countrythe United States
Latitude38.7
Longitude-121.6

Return Airport

Destination codeSAW
Destination airport nameSabiha Gokcen Airport
CityIstanbul
CountryTurkey
Latitude40.9
Longitude29.3

 

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