Turkish Airlines offers one direct flight every day from Istanbul to San Francisco. Flights in this route take off from Istanbul Airport (IST) in Istanbul and land at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Ongoing regularly all year round, flights take nearly 13,5 hours.
Ranking among the top popular metropolises worldwide, Istanbul owns a highly cosmopolitan population by the migration it constantly receives. Encircled by two seas as Marmara and Black Sea, the city also hosts the connection point of these seas, the beautiful Bosporus. Extending over both Asia and Europe, this city of thousands of years is regarded amongst the prettiest destinations worldwide.
Drawing interest with a splendid cultural synthesis, Istanbul is a peerless destination combining the modern life with its authentic atmosphere. Mesmerizing its guests by numerous glorious palaces like the Topkapı, which provides an insight into the Ottoman period, Istanbul stands out also in culture and art, thanks to its museums where rich works of art are exhibited. During your stay here, make sure to attend a concert at the historic Hagia Irene, see closer the mobility around the charming Galata Tower, watch the city from the Maiden’s Tower right in the heart of the Bosporus and try the traditional tastes of the Ottoman and Turkish cuisine.
Türkiye’s giant metropolis Istanbul hosts two airports to manage the air traffic: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul to San Francisco take off from Istanbul Airport (IST).
Are you wondering how to get from Istanbul city center to Istanbul Airport (IST)? Firstly, you can reach Istanbul Airport (IST) which is located on the D20 road and connects to both TEM and E5 by private vehicle. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the airport from the city center by taxi and costs around 100-110 TL. When it comes to public transport, you can use Havaist, which sets off from 60 different spots or benefit from IETT bus services.
For more detailed information check our transport information page.
As one of the largest metropolises in the United States, San Francisco ranks among the top touristic cities countrywide as well. Owing its economic power to the gold reserves in the city, San Francisco is regarded as the pioneer city of California State in many aspects like tourism, education, technology, finance and industry.
You may blend in with the crowd at Union Square, the popular spot in the city and witness the city’s spirit, as well as seeing closer the everyday life. Do not forget to visit the numerous interesting art and culture centers around and do some shopping. It would be recommendable to also visit the historical Alcatraz Penitentiary serving as a museum today, enjoy your time at Fisherman’s Wharf and take the photographs of Golden Gate Bridge, the city’s noteworthy icon.
Three airports serve to the extremely busy air traffic in San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Airport (SJC). Passengers booking their flights to San Francisco with Turkish Airlines land at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
It is possible to make use of the train network named BART to reach the city center from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Operating in every 15-20 minutes from the airport, trains serve to Daly City, Colma, South SFO, San Bruno and the city center.
Those interested in using the airport shuttles may get on the buses numbered 292, 397 and KX of SamTrans vehicles to reach the center. Cabs also serve 7/24 from the airport, or you may rent a car from the car rental offices to ensure a smooth transport during your stay.