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There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Greece by plane, bus or car

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Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Athens  •  5 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Athens (ATH) IST - ATH

$51 - $191

5 alternative options

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki  •  5 h 7 min

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

$79 - $214

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Heraklion (HER) IST - HER

$77 - $243

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Athens  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Athens (ATH) SAW - ATH

$63 - $257

Bus  •  15 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens

$58 - $83

Drive  •  11 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Athens 681.3 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to bus which costs 320 ₺ - 470 ₺ and takes 15 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to fly which costs 280 ₺ - 1.100 ₺ and takes 5 h 6 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Greece is 634 km. The road distance is 1090.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Greece without a car is to bus which takes 15 h 28 min and costs 320 ₺ - 470 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5 h 6 min to get from Istanbul to Greece, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to fly which takes 5 h 6 min and costs 280 ₺ - 1.100 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 320 ₺ - 470 ₺ and takes 15 h 28 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Greece is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 11:27 PM in Istanbul and 10:27 PM in Greece.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Greece is 1090 km. It takes approximately 11 h 33 min to drive from Istanbul to Greece.

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

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Greece.
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  • Distance: 396.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 6 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Greece?

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Istanbul to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, Crazy Holidays operates a bus from Istanbul to Athens once a week. Tickets cost $55 - $80 and the journey takes 14 h.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $470
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $440
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Bus operators
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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