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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Taxi, train  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Take a taxi from Bansko to Belovo
  2. Take the train from Belovo to Svilengrad
  3. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali

$63 - $77

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Bus Alpar Turizm  •  13 h

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul

$19 - $39

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Bus Metro Plus  •  12 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Razlog to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$33 - $59

Drive  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Bansko to Istanbul 352 miles

$70 - $110

Bus to Sofia, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Sofia
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SOF - IST

$74 - $213

Bus to Skopje, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SKP - IST

$132 - $222

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  10 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
  2. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SKG - IST

$137 - $294

Bus, train to Pristina, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  12 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Take the train from Skopje to Miradi e Poshtme
  3. Fly from Pristina (PRN) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) PRN - IST

Bus to Skopje, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  10 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) SKP - SAW

$119 - $1,366

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Bansko to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Bansko and arriving at Istanbul via Razlog and Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 57 min.

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The distance between Bansko and Istanbul is 464 km. The road distance is 563.1 km.

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The best way to get from Bansko to Istanbul without a car is to taxi and train which takes 11 h 11 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 11 h 11 min to get from Bansko to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Bansko to Istanbul bus services, operated by Patnicheski prevozi Blagoevgrad, depart from Razlog station.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Bansko to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Bansko. It is currently 11:09 PM in Bansko and 11:09 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Bansko to Istanbul is 563 km. It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to drive from Bansko to Istanbul.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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Map of how to get from Bansko to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 290.3 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 11 min

What companies run services between Bansko, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

You can take a bus from Bansko to Istanbul via Razlog and Plovdiv in around 12 h 57 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Flights from Skopje to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Pristina to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Skopje to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Trainkos
Phone
038 534 – 814
Email
info@trainkos.com
Website
trainkos.com
Train from Skopje to Miradi e Poshtme
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
trainkos.com
Bus operators
Patnicheski prevozi Blagoevgrad
Phone
073/88 40 09
Email
p.prevozi.blg@abv.bg
Website
pprevoziblg.com
Bus from Razlog to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
pprevoziblg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
matpu.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Bansko to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Biser Prom
Phone
02/3228603
Email
biserprom@t-home.mk
Website
biserprom.com.mk
Bus from Bansko to Skopje
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
biserprom.com.mk
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Other operators
Taxi from Bansko to Belovo
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55

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