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There are 10 ways to get from İzmir to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus, train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Fly to Istanbul  •  3h 5m

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

287 ₺ - 687 ₺

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Train  •  16h 20m

  1. Take the train from Izmir Basmane to Eskisehir İzmir Mavi
  2. Take the train from Eskişehir to Pendik Yht / ...

59 ₺ - 73 ₺

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Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  4h 20m

  1. Fly from Izmir (ADB) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) ADB - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

151 ₺ - 357 ₺

Bus, ferry  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the bus from Kemalpasa to Yalova
  2. Take the ferry from Yalova to Yenikapı

138 ₺ - 183 ₺

Bus  •  9h 10m

  1. Take the bus from İzmir to Istanbul

103 ₺ - 163 ₺

Train, bus  •  9h 51m

  1. Take the train from Basmane to Balıkesir Ege Ekspresi / ...
  2. Take the bus from Balikesir to Istanbul Otogari

75 ₺ - 129 ₺

Bus via Menemen  •  13h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Menemen to Umraniye

131 ₺ - 206 ₺

Rideshare  •  8h 35m

  1. Take the rideshare from İzmir to İstanbul 479.7 km

116 ₺

Taxi  •  4h 34m

  1. Take a taxi from İzmir to Istanbul 477.7 km

1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺

Drive  •  4h 34m

  1. Drive from İzmir to Istanbul 477.7 km

440 ₺ - 650 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from İzmir to Istanbul is to train which costs 55 ₺ - 75 ₺ and takes 16h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from İzmir to Istanbul is to fly which costs 280 ₺ - 700 ₺ 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 Halkali via Eskişehir and ISTANBUL(Pendik). The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 20m.

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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 and ferry which takes 6h 4m and costs 130 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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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 280 ₺ - 700 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100 ₺ - 170 ₺ and takes 9h 10m, you could also train, which costs 55 ₺ - 75 ₺ and takes 16h 20m.

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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 Pendik 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?

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines fly from İzmir to Istanbul every 2 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from İzmir to Istanbul hourly. Tickets cost 85 ₺ - 130 ₺ and the journey takes 8h 45m. MetroTurizm also services this route hourly.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Izmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 900 ₺
Flights from Izmir to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 550 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Izmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 550 ₺
Flights from Izmir to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 650 ₺
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Basmane to Balıkesir
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
21 ₺ - 26 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Izmir Basmane to Eskisehir
Ave. Duration
10h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30 ₺ - 40 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Eskişehir to Pendik
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19 ₺ - 24 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Kemalpasa to Yalova
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65 ₺ - 95 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Izmir to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
9h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
75 ₺ - 130 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Balikesir to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50 ₺ - 100 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from İzmir to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85 ₺ - 130 ₺
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Menemen to Umraniye
Ave. Duration
11h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 140 ₺
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Ferry operators
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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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from İzmir to İstanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
116 ₺
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 10436+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 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 8 ₺.

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