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The best prices from San Francisco to Istanbul are usually found in January or March, booked 49 days in advance, depart on a Wednesday or Tuesday and return on a Tuesday

How to find the cheapest flight from
San Francisco (SFO) to Istanbul (IST)

SFO - TR5
Price
$822 - $1,270
TR5
Temperature
48.2 - 84.2 °F
TR5
Rainfall
1 - 4 inches

Popular in

December

High demand for flights, 20% potential price rise

Cheapest in

January

Best time to find cheap flights, 19% potential price drop

Round-trip from

$822

From San Francisco to Istanbul

One-way from

$296

One-way flight from San Francisco to Istanbul

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
What is the cheapest day to fly round-trip from San Francisco to Istanbul?

Flights from San Francisco to Istanbul are found to be more expensive on Friday. This shouldn't discourage you from searching as you can still find great deals by being flexible with your options. Use our search form to find deals on tickets to Istanbul.

How far in advance should I book a flight from San Francisco to Istanbul?

To save up to 17% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 51 days prior to travel. The price may fluctuate and will likely increase closer to your departure date. Users on Cheapflights have found tickets from San Francisco to Istanbul from $917 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $1,038 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

What is the cheapest month to fly from San Francisco to Istanbul?

Our data shows that February tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul from San Francisco. Users have commonly found prices around $866 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $625. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in December.

When is the cheapest time to fly from San Francisco to Istanbul (SFO - TR5)?

Unlike in the afternoon, when flights are generally more expensive, you can save up to 21% on flights from San Francisco to Istanbul by exploring options for tickets in the evening.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Istanbul in December, January 2021

The best prices found for SFO to IST flights for December, January
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$675pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$688pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 21 Dec
$691pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Istanbul 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul from San Francisco found for this year
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$675pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$688pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 21 Dec
$691pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Istanbul from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Istanbul direct flight deals
29 Dec - 5 Jan
$981pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
7 Feb - 17 Feb
$988pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
29 Dec - 13 Jan
$989pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco

Last minute flights from San Francisco to Istanbul

Late deals on round-trip flights to Istanbul from San Francisco, departing today and this week
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$675pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 18 Dec
$688pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
11 Dec - 21 Dec
$691pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Istanbul from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Istanbul
3:15 pm - 1:40 pm
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
35h 25m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$296
Kiwi.com
3:15 pm - 1:40 pm
Multiple Airlines
1 Stop
35h 25m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$332
KAYAK
3:06 pm - 1:40 pm
Multiple Airlines
3 Stops
59h 34m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$326
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about San Francisco to Istanbul flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Istanbul

Are flight prices decreasing from San Francisco to Istanbul due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?

At this time, Cheapflights has noticed price decreases for many domestic flights due to COVID-19. Travel is not necessarily recommended at this time, and flights may be prone to cancellation: please check with local authorities in both San Francisco and Istanbul for travel alerts, and be sure to review the airline's cancellation policy and travel advisories before booking. For more information, please view our post on what to know about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and travel.

What safety measures are being taken by airlines flying from San Francisco to Istanbul to control the spread of COVID-19?

Delta is one of the many airlines that have implemented additional safety measures to control the spread of COVID-19. New policies for travelers booking flights from San Francisco to Istanbul include masks being provided and required on board, daily cleaning and sanitization, use of HEPA filters, pre-flight testing for antibodies and symptoms, and socially distanced seating (for a limited time). Keep in mind that policies will vary by airline.

Which airlines flying from San Francisco to Istanbul have flexible cancellations due to COVID-19?

Some of our airline partners flying from San Francisco to Istanbul have new flexible policies in place due to COVID-19. Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta are some of the carriers where you may find flexible cancellation policies. You can use our site to filter for airlines like Turkish Airlines with this kind of flexibility.

Can I find flights from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $600 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $600. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $539, but on average you can expect to pay $593.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $1,000 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Istanbul under $1,000. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Istanbul is less than $1,013.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $700?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Istanbul within the next 7 days for less than $700.

Is San Francisco weather warmer or cooler than Istanbul?

We forecast the temperature to be around the 84 °F's in July, on average. The temperature in Istanbul is generally hotter than in San Francisco. Book flights in a timely manner in correlation to your departure date.

Alternative routes for San Francisco to Istanbul

Destination information for Istanbul

Things to know before you go. Useful info for your trip from San Francisco to Istanbul
Today's exchange rate
$1 = ₺7.81
Average temperature for December in Istanbul
50.0 °F
Avg rainfall for December in Istanbul
4.0 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Istanbul

Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)

Top 10 airlines from San Francisco to Istanbul

The chart below displays the airlines Cheapflights users traveling from San Francisco to Istanbul choose most often. Cheapest and average prices are based on aggregated data from the past 12 months.

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Austrian Airlines
$810 $900 No change fee 78%
United Airlines
$637 $927 No cancel fee 69%
Air Canada
$608 $958 No cancel fee 67%
Lufthansa
$711 $1,038 No change fee 76%
Air France
$640 $1,122 No change fee 77%
KLM
$744 $1,131 No change fee 75%
Delta
$538 $1,167 No cancel fee N/A
British Airways
$699 $1,207 No cancel fee 70%
Emirates
$806 $1,278 No cancel fee 75%
Turkish Airlines
$891 $1,313 No cancel fee 77%

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