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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

$341

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 15% on this flight, we recommend booking at least 57 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 $1,166 1-2 weeks out and tickets from $1,179 for flights departing within the next 72 hours.

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

Our data shows that March tends to be the cheapest month to fly to Istanbul from San Francisco. Users have commonly found prices around $1,182 for the month, but tickets can be as low as $765. Due to multiple factors, prepare for potentially higher prices in June.

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 February, March 2021

4 Mar - 31 Mar
$743pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
28 Mar - 11 Apr
$746pp
SFO
San Francisco
Delta
   
2 STOPS
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Delta
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
31 Mar - 6 Apr
$747pp
SFO
San Francisco
Delta
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Delta
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Istanbul 2021 flight deals

25 Sep - 3 Oct
$624pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
25 Sep - 3 Oct
$629pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
23 Sep - 3 Oct
$634pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Istanbul from San Francisco

2 Mar - 9 Mar
$991pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
23 Mar - 12 Apr
$992pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
2 Mar - 9 Mar
$993pp
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

4 Mar - 31 Mar
$743pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
5 Mar - 1 May
$750pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
     
3 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
5 Mar - 8 Mar
$805pp
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

4:30 pm - 4:10 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
37h 40m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$341
Kiwi.com
4:30 pm - 10:50 am
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
32h 20m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$363
Kiwi.com
3:55 pm - 1:00 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
35h 05m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$375
Kiwi.com

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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, Lufthansa, and United Airlines 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 $700 on Cheapflights?

Yes, there are multiple flights from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $700. The cheapest flight booked recently is on Multiple Airlines for just $651, but on average you can expect to pay $705.

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 $1,037.

Are there last-minute flights available from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $800?

There are currently 20+ open flights from San Francisco to Istanbul within the next 7 days for less than $800.

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.

How long is the flight from San Francisco to Istanbul?

Departing from San Francisco to Istanbul will take you 16h 05m. When browsing for deals, the options you’ll see will be for both nonstop flights and flights with stops.

What are the cheapest airlines flying from San Francisco to Istanbul round-trip?

Currently priced at $745, Lufthansa will fly you from San Francisco to Istanbul and back. In addition to Lufthansa, many other airlines offer competitively priced options for your trip. Check Cheapflights for deals on Delta for as low as $746. Users have found that Lufthansa is 27% cheaper than the other options available to this destination.

Alternative routes for San Francisco to Istanbul

Destination information for Istanbul

Today's exchange rate
$1 = ₺7.05
Average temperature for February in Istanbul
48.2 °F
Avg rainfall for February in Istanbul
2.8 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Istanbul

Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)

Top 10 airlines flying from San Francisco to Istanbul

Airline Cheapest Average Flexibility On-time COVID-19 safety
Austrian Airlines
$810 $900 No cancel fee 78%
United Airlines
$637 $927 No cancel fee 69%
Air Canada
$608 $958 No cancel fee 67%
Lufthansa
$711 $1,038 No cancel fee 76%
Air France
$640 $1,122 No cancel fee 77%
KLM
$744 $1,131 No cancel 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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