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There are 7 ways to get from Riga to Istanbul by plane, bus, train, car ferry, ferry, night train or car

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Fly  •  5h 57m

  1. Fly from Riga (RIX) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) RIX - IST

$65 - $185

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Bus  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from Riga to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$156 - $250

Train, car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 6h

  1. Take the train from Riga Pass to Kiev Pass
  2. Take the train from Kiev Pass to Odessa Gl. D
  3. Take the car ferry from Illichivsk to Haydarpaşa
  4. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Karaköy

$152 - $186

Night train, train, car ferry, ferry  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the night train from Riga Pass to Minsk-Passajirskii
  2. Take the train from Minsk-Passajirskii to Odessa Gl. D
  3. Take the car ferry from Illichivsk to Haydarpaşa
  4. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Karaköy

$100 - $108

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the bus from Rīga to Odessa
  2. Take the ferry from Chernomorsk to Haydarpaşa
  3. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Karaköy

$159 - $263

Train, night train  •  2 days 17h

  1. Take the train from Riga Pass to Kiev Pass
  2. Take the train from Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Station to Bucharest - Gara de Nord
  3. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$149 - $211

Drive  •  30h 12m

  1. Drive from Riga to Istanbul 1815.9 miles

$370 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Riga to Istanbul is to fly which costs $65 - $190 and takes 5h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Riga to Istanbul is to fly which costs $65 - $190 and takes 5h 57m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riga to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Riga and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 5h.

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The distance between Riga and Istanbul is 1805 km. The road distance is 2905.4 km.

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The best way to get from Riga to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 5h and costs $150 - $250.

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It takes approximately 5h 57m to get from Riga to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Riga to Istanbul bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Riga station.

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The best way to get from Riga to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 57m and costs $65 - $190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $150 - $250 and takes 2 days 5h.

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The quickest flight from Riga Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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

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Map of how to get from Riga to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1128.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 57m

What companies run services between Riga, Latvia and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, LOT and three other airlines fly from Riga to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Riga to Istanbul via Sofia in around 2 days 5h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Riga to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Riga to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Riga to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Riga to Istanbul Ataturk via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$160 - $900
Train operators
Ukrainian Railways
Website
uz.gov.ua
Train from Riga Pass to Kiev Pass
Ave. Duration
19h 10m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Train from Kyiv-Passazhyrskiy Station to Bucharest - Gara de Nord
Ave. Duration
26h 38m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Latvian Railways (PV)
Phone
+371 67232135
Website
pv.lv
Night train from Riga Pass to Minsk-Passajirskii
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
pv.lv
Belorussian Railways (BŽD)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Ecolines
Phone
+371 67214512
Email
info@ecolines.lv
Website
ecolines.net
Bus from Riga to Sofia
Ave. Duration
43h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Rīga to Odessa
Ave. Duration
32h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Ferry operators
Şehir Hatları
Ukrferry
Phone
+380 (482) 34- 82-96
Email
ukf@ukrferry.com
Website
ukrferry.com
Ferry from Chernomorsk to Haydarpaşa
Ave. Duration
29h 1m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
ukrferry.com
Lux
$200
Suite
$170
Standard
$145
Economy
$85

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Riga. It is currently 2:30 AM in Riga and 3:30 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Riga to Istanbul is 2905 km. It takes approximately 30h 12m to drive from Riga to Istanbul.

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Air Baltic, LOT, Aeroflot Russian Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Riga Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2424+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Riga to Riga Airport is to line 22 bus which takes 27m and costs .

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