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|Origin Airport IATA Code||RUH|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||IST|
|Direct Flight Airlines||Saudia|
|Earliest Flight Arrival||11:50AM UTC|
|Latest Flight Arrival||11:50AM UTC|
Istanbul dates back to the beginning of western civilization. It is the point where east meets west. It is also a modern cosmopolitan center that draws visitors from around the world. You can fly from Riyadh to Istanbul out of the King Khalid International Airport (RUH), 22 miles north of the city, in just over three and a half hours.
The historic center of downtown Istanbul has been designated a UESCO World heritage Site. Landmarks include the Hagia Sophia museum and the Basilica Cistern, an ancient water system. Nearby is the Sultanahmet district, where you can find the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Not far from the palace is the Grand Bazaar, maybe the oldest continuous market in the world. The city has re-established itself as a cultural center of Europe. The Beyo lu district is the artistic center of the city and includes many contemporary art museums. With more than 11 million visitors a year, the city has a lively nightlife. Taksim Square is one of the popular places to go at night.
When you fly from Riyadh to Istanbul, you will land at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST). There is express bus service from the airport, and it s a 10-minute walk to the light rail system. Istanbul has a second airport, Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW), on the Anatolian side of the city. Spring and autumn are mild with daytime temperatures in the high 60s. Since its re-emergence as an art center, the city takes time out to celebrate film, music and the visual arts. In April, Istanbul celebrates the tulip, which originated in Turkey.
Two carriers operate direct flights from Riyadh (RUH-King Khaled Intl.) to Istanbul (ISL-Ataturk Intl.) — Turkish Airlines and Saudia. They'll take you to your destination quickly and comfortably.
With the flight from Riyadh (RUH-King Khaled Intl.) to Istanbul (ISL-Ataturk Intl.) taking a minimum of 3 hours and 25 minutes, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the flying experience. Treat yourself to a glass of red and sink into your seat with an absorbing novel or movie.
There are a couple of airlines offering the most frequent flights from Riyadh Airport (RUH-King Khaled Intl.) to Istanbul Airport (ISL-Ataturk Intl.), including Turkish Airlines (TK). A top pick for many travelers, it operates 60 flights on this route every month. Saudia (SV) will also get you to your destination in comfort and style. Offering 36 flights per month between Riyadh and Istanbul (and vicinity), it's another quality airline to look into.
We get that traveling right now has its challenges, so it's good to know that many reservations booked through us are able to be cancelled or changed. If your travel plans to Istanbul have been affected by COVID-19, a lot of airlines are making things easier by offering credits to use at a later date. Just sign in to your account and you'll quickly see what options are available. Our Customer Service Portal is the place to go for more information.
In most cases you'll have the option to reschedule your flight to Istanbul without a change fee. All you have to do then is pay the difference between the old flight and the new one. Look for the "no change fees" filter and book with confidence.
Consider flying out early in the week to save on your airfare. Orbitz data from 2019 shows that Tuesday is the cheapest day to depart, followed by Monday. Saturday showed the highest average ticket prices likely because many travelers prefer to start their vacation on a weekend.
We won't keep you guessing, according to Orbitz data the cheapest month to fly is February. Perfect for those who need a weekend getaway, or just a fresh start to the new year. Be aware that the most expensive time to fly isn't the height of summer, as most people assume, but the festive month of December.
To really save big on your next vacation, think outside the box. Select two different airlines or fare types for your return trip and you'll generally get a much better deal. Those who tried this on Orbitz in 2019 saved over 50% on their airfares. Get mixing and matching today!
*According to flight demand on Orbitz.com from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change based on departure location, date and destination.
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