There are 4 ways to get from Thessaloniki to Istanbul by plane, bus, 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  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SKG - IST

$78 - $213

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Bus  •  9 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Otogar

$12 - $37

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  13 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli Port Θεσσαλονίκη - Αλεξανδρούπολη Λιμάνι
  2. Take the bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari

$32 - $48

Drive  •  6 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Thessaloniki to Istanbul 368.8 miles

$85 - $130

Questions & Answers

The distance between Thessaloniki and Istanbul is 508 km. The road distance is 590.1 km.

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The best way to get from Thessaloniki to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 44 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Thessaloniki to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 37 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 44 min.

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

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Thessaloniki. It is currently 3:46 AM in Thessaloniki and 3:46 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Thessaloniki to Istanbul is 590 km. It takes approximately 6 h 44 min to drive from Thessaloniki to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air offer flights from Thessaloniki Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2274+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $38 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki Airport is to shuttle which takes 42 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Thessaloniki to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 317.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

What companies run services between Thessaloniki, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines fly from Thessaloniki to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul twice daily. Tickets cost $10 - $40 and the journey takes 9 h 30 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
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 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $300
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli Port
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
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Second Class
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $40
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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