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There are 9 ways to get from İzmir to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, ferry, rideshare, taxi or car

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Fly to Istanbul

  1. Fly from Izmir (ADB) to Istanbul (IST)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Izmir to Istanbul Otogari

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, train

  1. Fly from Izmir (ADB) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)
  2. Take the train from Tersane to Yenikapi

Train, bus, ferry

  1. Take the train from Izmir Basmane to Akhisar
  2. Take the bus from Akhisar to Bandırma
  3. Take the ferry from Bandirma to Yenikapı

Train, bus

  1. Take the train from Izmir Basmane to Balıkesir
  2. Take the bus from Balikesir to Istanbul Otogari

Train

  1. Take the train from Izmir Basmane to Eskişehir
  2. Take the train from Eskişehir to Istanbul Söğütlüçeşme

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from İzmir to İstanbul

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from İzmir to Istanbul

Drive

  1. Drive from İzmir to Istanbul

Izmir (ADB) to Istanbul (IST) flights

The flight time between Izmir (ADB) and Istanbul (IST) is around 1h 20m and covers a distance of around 357 km. This includes an average layover time of around 2 min. Services are operated by Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Typically 101 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

101 Weekly Planes
1h 20m Average Duration
637 ₺ Cheapest Price
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İzmir → Istanbul
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If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 184

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

Last updated: 3 Aug 2022
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from İzmir to Istanbul is to train which costs 130 ₺ - 240 ₺ and takes 14h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from İzmir to Istanbul is to fly which costs 750 ₺ - 2.300 ₺ and takes 3h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from İzmir to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Izmir Basmane and arriving at Yenikapi via Eskişehir and Söğütlüçeşme. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 36m.

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It is 328 km from İzmir to Istanbul. It is approximately 477.7 km to drive.

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The best way to get from İzmir to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 8h 40m and costs 110 ₺ - 280 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 5m to get from İzmir to Istanbul, including transfers.

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İzmir to Istanbul train services, operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD), depart from Izmir Basmane station.

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The best way to get from İzmir to Istanbul is to fly which takes 3h 5m and costs 750 ₺ - 2.300 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 110 ₺ - 280 ₺ and takes 8h 40m, you could also train, which costs 130 ₺ - 240 ₺ and takes 14h 36m.

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The quickest flight from Izmir Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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İzmir to Istanbul train services, operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD), arrive at Istanbul Söğütlüçeşme station.

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Map of how to get from İzmir to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 328.1 km
  • Duration: 3h 5m

What companies run services between İzmir, Turkey and Istanbul, Turkey?

Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines fly from İzmir to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, MetroTurizm operates a bus from Izmir to Istanbul Otogari every 30 minutes. Tickets cost 170 ₺ - 240 ₺ and the journey takes 8h 15m. Kamil Koc also services this route hourly.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Izmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Flights from Izmir to Istanbul via Ankara
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Flights from Izmir to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Izmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Flights from Izmir to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Tersane to Yenikapi
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
6 ₺ - 12 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Izmir Basmane to Akhisar
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20 ₺ - 35 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Izmir Basmane to Balıkesir
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35 ₺ - 65 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Izmir Basmane to Eskişehir
Ave. Duration
10h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
90 ₺ - 160 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Eskişehir to Istanbul Söğütlüçeşme
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
45 ₺ - 80 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Izmir to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
170 ₺ - 240 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Balikesir to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 240 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Email
kamilkoc@kamilkoc.com.tr
Website
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from İzmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85 ₺ - 130 ₺
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Bus from Akhisar to Bandırma
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
60 ₺ - 80 ₺
Schedules at
flixbus.com.tr
Ferry operators
Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri
Email
info@ido.com.tr
Website
ido.com.tr
Ferry from Bandirma to Yenikapı
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 200 ₺
Schedules at
ido.com.tr
Promo
120 ₺ - 170 ₺
Economy
140 ₺ - 200 ₺
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from İzmir to İstanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
244 ₺
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from İzmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Yeni Girne Taxi
Phone
+90 2323635474
Website
yenigirnetaksi.net
Izmir Spor Taxi
Phone
+90 232 255 24 19
Website
onlinetaksi.com
Iskele Taxi
Phone
+90 232 445 66 18
Website
onlinetaksi.com

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Yes, the driving distance between İzmir to Istanbul is 478 km. It takes approximately 4h 34m to drive from İzmir to Istanbul.

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Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Izmir Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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There are 1619+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 1.750 ₺ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between İzmir and Istanbul. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from İzmir to Izmir Airport is to train which takes 24 min and costs 18 ₺.

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