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There are 8 ways to get from Budapest to Istanbul by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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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Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BUD - IST

$67 - $272

Cheapest option

EuroNight, night train, bus  •  38 h 1 min

  1. Take the EuroNight from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord D
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Çerkezköy
  3. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$54 - $79

6 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BUD - SAW

$69 - $416

Bus Racic Eurobus  •  22 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget to Pazardzhik
  2. Take the bus from Pazardzhik to Istanbul

Bus Arda Tur  •  23 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Haskovo
  2. Take the bus from Haskovo to Istanbul

$65 - $88

Bus Arda Tur #2  •  23 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Haskovo
  2. Take the bus from Haskovo to Istanbul Otogari

$56 - $66

Train, night train  •  32 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Ic
  2. Take the train from Arad to Videle D
  3. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

$58 - $78

Drive  •  13 h

  1. Drive from Budapest to Istanbul 826.5 miles

$170 - $250

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The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to bus which costs 15 000 Ft - 19 000 Ft and takes 23 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which costs 18 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft and takes 5 h 8 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Deák Ferenc tér M and arriving at Istanbul via Budapest and Haskovo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 8 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Istanbul is 1067 km. The road distance is 1322.5 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 22 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to get from Budapest to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Budapest to Istanbul bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Budapest station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 8 min and costs 18 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 22 h 36 min.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 667.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 8 min

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and LOT fly from Budapest to Istanbul 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Budapest to Istanbul via Népliget, Budapest Népliget, Pazardzhik, Pazardzhik, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 22 h 36 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Budapest to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Videle to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $20
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $19
Website
bdz.bg
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord
Ave. Duration
17 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Night train from Kelenföld to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
17 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
bahn.de
Bus operators
Racic Eurobus
Website
racicbg.com
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Pazardzhik
Ave. Duration
12 h 16 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
racicbg.com
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Pazardzhik to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Budapest to Haskovo
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$47
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 7:55 AM in Budapest and 8:55 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Istanbul is 1322 km. It takes approximately 13 h to drive from Budapest to Istanbul.

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Ukraine International Airlines, LOT and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Budapest Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2274+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $37 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 33 min and costs 350 Ft.

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