Riyadh to Istanbul flights


Discover a city brimming with historical treasures and boasting culinary excellence when you book a flight to Istanbul from Riyadh. Up to 11 flights every week head to Istanbul, offering you plenty of flexibility when you’re planning your next stint in the Turkish city.

Whirlwind business trip, family holiday or romantic break - whatever your reason for visiting Istanbul, we have a fare to suit you. Book into our Economy cabin and expect a smooth ride to north-west Turkey. From duty-free shopping and award-winning WiFi to a personal HD touchscreen, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained throughout your journey. Pre-order a meal 36 hours before your flight, and you can dine on delicious dishes inspired by cuisines from destinations we fly to. There’s a variety of light bites available to buy as you fly if you prefer something a bit smaller.

Riyadh to Istanbul

  • Up to 11 flights go from Riyadh to Istanbul every week
  • Depart from Saudi Arabia and fly over the Arabian Gulf to Dubai. From the UAE, you’ll fly north over the Arabian Gulf, Iran, Iraq, and Syria
  • Your journey time will vary, dependent on the date and time you choose
  • Also, search and book flights from Istanbul to Riyadh

Your journey


Pack your bags and make your way to Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) to begin your journey to Istanbul. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the airport from the centre of Riyadh. Arrange a private transfer, catch a taxi or drive yourself and park at RUH.

Online check-in is available for flights departing from Riyadh, helping you knock time off your journey. Simply check-in between 48 hours and 90 minutes prior to your flight’s departure and make the most of a mobile boarding pass. If you’d prefer to check-in at the airport, you can do that too. Make your way to a flydubai desk and a member of our staff will help you. Then it’s just a case of heading through security and into the departures lounge to relax ahead of your flight.

The first flight of your journey is only a short one, taking you from Riyadh to Dubai in 1 hour and 55 minutes. At Dubai International Airport (DXB) you’ll hop on your connecting flight to Istanbul. In under five hours, you’ll be touching down at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). There are plenty of transport links available, making it easy to reach Istanbul’s city centre. Organise a private transfer, catch a taxi from outside the terminal, take the bus or head to nearby Pendik station to jump on the high speed rail link. If you want to explore the city and all of its local treasures, hire a car.

Discover Istanbul

At the point where east meets west lies the magical city of Istanbul. From the breathtaking mosaics of Aya Sofya to the jewel-filled Topkapi Palace, Istanbul’s rich history is strewn across the city. Dedicate a day to sightseeing before venturing to the Grand Bazaar. Make your way to the sprawling undercover Istanbul market and try your hand at bargaining. With that ticked off, begin to explore Istanbul’s restaurants and vibrant food scene – it’s a goldmine for foodies. While you can sample Mediterranean fare and Asian classics, the city’s own delicacies are a must-try. Indulge in enticing selections of meze, tuck into succulent street-side kebabs and devour freshly-caught seafood.

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