Cheap flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Istanbul (IST)

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

All the information you need to plan the best SFO to IST flight in 2022: compare San Francisco to Istanbul flight prices with the expected peak season, weather and rainfall in Istanbul.
SFO - TR5
Price
$827 - $1,284
TR5
Temperature
41 - 73.4 °F
TR5
Precipitation
0.4 - 3.9 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

$827

From San Francisco to Istanbul

One-way from

$287

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

Regardless of the time of day you decide to fly, the ticket price will remain around the same. Book flights from San Francisco to Istanbul as you normally would.

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

To save on the cost of your flight from San Francisco to Istanbul, book at least 48 days before your planned departure. Booking around this time can save you about 18% on the cost of this flight compared to booking a flight leaving this week. We have found prices from $1,022 if you need a flight within two weeks. For flights within the next 72 hours, you can find tickets from as low as $1,199.

Cheap flights from San Francisco to Istanbul in January, February 2022

The best prices found for SFO to IST flights for January, February
21 Feb - 30 Mar
$582pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
12 Feb - 18 Feb
$594pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
12 Feb - 18 Feb
$595pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

San Francisco to Istanbul 2022 flight deals

Cheap flights to Istanbul from San Francisco found for this year
21 Feb - 30 Mar
$582pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
12 Feb - 18 Feb
$594pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco
12 Feb - 18 Feb
$595pp
SFO
San Francisco
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
SAW
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen
Multiple Airlines
   
2 STOPS
SFO
San Francisco

Non-stop flights to Istanbul from San Francisco

Save time with San Francisco to Istanbul direct flight deals
26 Apr - 31 May
$1,012pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
5 Apr - 21 Apr
$1,018pp
SFO
San Francisco
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Turkish Airlines
Non-Stop
SFO
San Francisco
1 Mar - 29 Mar
$1,023pp
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
29 Jan - 7 Feb
$778pp
SFO
San Francisco
Emirates
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Emirates
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
28 Jan - 27 Feb
$782pp
SFO
San Francisco
Emirates
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Emirates
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco
1 Feb - 16 Feb
$783pp
SFO
San Francisco
Emirates
 
1 STOP
IST
Istanbul
IST
Istanbul
Emirates
 
1 STOP
SFO
San Francisco

One-way flights to Istanbul from San Francisco

The cheapest one-way flights from San Francisco to Istanbul
2:45 pm - 12:05 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
34h 20m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$287
Kiwi.com
2:45 pm - 12:05 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
34h 20m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$288
Kiwi.com
2:45 pm - 1:55 pm
Multiple Airlines
2 Stops
36h 10m
SFO - SAW
Multiple Airlines
$302
Kiwi.com

Related info for your journey

Useful info, stats and facts about <span class="emphasized">San Francisco</span> to <span class="emphasized">Istanbul</span> flights.

Flight FAQs

From San Francisco to Istanbul

What airport do you fly from for flights from San Francisco to Istanbul?

For a flight from San Francisco to Istanbul, you will be flying from San Francisco. San Francisco (SFO) is just 11.8 mi from the center of the city. San Francisco is the only San Francisco airport and it handles 2 outbound flights to Istanbul per day. 14 airlines have flights to Istanbul from San Francisco on a regular basis.

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 $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 $582, but on average you can expect to pay $651.

Are there nonstop flights from San Francisco to Istanbul for under $1,100 on Cheapflights?

Cheapflights has at least 20 direct flights from San Francisco to Istanbul under $1,100. A good price for a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Istanbul is less than $1,056.

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.

What are the cheapest flights from San Francisco to Istanbul?

Looking for the cheapest flight from San Francisco to Istanbul? While on average our users pay $1,508, our data indicates the cheapest price to be $358. The most popular route (San Francisco - Istanbul), is priced around $582.

What are the most popular airlines that fly from San Francisco to Istanbul?

Major Airline, American Airlines and Air Canada are the most popular airlines when flying from San Francisco to Istanbul.

COVID Restrictions

View COVID Travel Restrictions for Istanbul, Turkey

Do I need a COVID test to fly to Istanbul from San Francisco?

Information is based on travel restrictions from San Francisco to Istanbul

Most visitors from San Francisco need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Istanbul.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from San Francisco must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 for rt-pcr (naat) and 48 for antigen (quick-test) hours before departing to Istanbul.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from San Francisco are not required to quarantine after entering Istanbul.

Documents
Form for Entry to Turkey - Mandatory to fill 72h before arrival.


Do I need a test to fly back to San Francisco from Istanbul?

Returning to San Francisco from Istanbul

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Istanbul must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 24 hours before departing to San Francisco.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Istanbul are not required to quarantine after entering San Francisco.

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Destination information for Istanbul

Things to know before you go - useful duration and weather info for your trip from San Francisco to Istanbul.
Today's exchange rate
$1 = ₺13.42
Average temperature for January in Istanbul
48.2 °F
Avg rainfall for January in Istanbul
2.3 ″

Airports servicing San Francisco

Airports servicing Istanbul

Istanbul (IST)
Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)

Top 10 airlines flying 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
Delta
$538 $1,167 No cancel fee N/A
Air Canada
$608 $958 No cancel fee 67%
United Airlines
$637 $927 No cancel fee 69%
Air France
$640 $1,122 No cancel fee 77%
British Airways
$699 $1,207 No cancel fee 70%
Lufthansa
$711 $1,038 No cancel fee 76%
KLM
$744 $1,131 No cancel fee 75%
Emirates
$806 $1,278 No cancel fee 75%
Austrian Airlines
$810 $900 No cancel fee 78%
Turkish Airlines
$891 $1,313 No cancel fee 77%

Hourly flight availability from San Francisco to Istanbul

See what time of day planes typically take off from San Francisco towards Istanbul.
Afternoon Noon to 6 PM 87% of SFO to IST departures
Morning 6 AM to noon 12% of SFO to IST departures
Early morning Midnight to 6 AM 1% of SFO to IST departures
Evening 6 PM to midnight 0% of SFO to IST departures
Midnight
6 AM
Noon
6 PM
Weekly flight availability
from San Francisco to Istanbul
See how many times per day planes take to the skies headed from San Francisco to Istanbul.
Sunday
2 daily flights
Monday
2 daily flights
Tuesday
3 daily flights
Wednesday
2 daily flights
Thursday
2 daily flights
Friday
2 daily flights
Saturday
3 daily flights
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