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There are 12 ways to get from Istanbul to Italy by plane, bus, bus and ferry, 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.

Recommended option

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bologna (BLQ) IST - BLQ

$73 - $277

Cheapest option

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Bologna  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Bologna (BLQ) SAW - BLQ

$55 - $173

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Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Rome  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Rome (FCO) IST - FCO

$82 - $308

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Milan Malpensa  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Milan Malpensa (MXP) IST - MXP

$78 - $187

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Bari  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bari (BRI) IST - BRI

$97 - $377

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Naples  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Naples (NAP) IST - NAP

$82 - $313

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Rome  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Rome (FCO) SAW - FCO

$79 - $284

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  29 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini Fr / ...

$219 - $363

Bus  •  38 h 43 min

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

$241 - $343

Bus, bus and ferry  •  41 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Gostivar to Rome

$113 - $183

Night train, train  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  2. Take the night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Wien Hbf D
  3. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Venezia Mestre Rj / ...
  4. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Roma Termini Fr / ...

$243 - $417

Drive  •  21 h 29 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Rome 1392.6 miles

$330 - $490

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which costs 310 ₺ - 1.000 ₺ and takes 7 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which costs 550 ₺ - 2.200 ₺ and takes 5 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Italy. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Via Di Porta Maggiore via Sofia and Termini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38 h 43 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Italy is 1358 km. The road distance is 2228.2 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Italy without a car is to bus and bus and ferry and train which takes 29 h 17 min and costs 1.200 ₺ - 2.100 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5 h 47 min to get from Istanbul to Italy, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Italy bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which takes 5 h 47 min and costs 410 ₺ - 1.600 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.300 ₺ - 2.000 ₺ and takes 38 h 43 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bologna Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 45 min.

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Istanbul to Italy bus services, operated by Georg, arrive at Roma station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Italy.
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  • Distance: 849 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 47 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Italy?

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and Aegean Airlines fly from Istanbul to Bologna 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Rome via Sofia, Roma, and Termini in around 38 h 43 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $470
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bari
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Naples
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $420
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $460
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Milan Malpensa via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $390
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bologna via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Milan Malpensa via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $2,500
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
italotreno.it
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Wien HBF to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
Ave. Duration
19 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $280
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Roma
Ave. Duration
28 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$210 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
ms.mk
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus and ferry from Gostivar to Rome
Ave. Duration
23 h 19 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk

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Italy is 2 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:59 AM in Istanbul and 6:59 AM in Italy.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Italy is 2228 km. It takes approximately 21 h 29 min to drive from Istanbul to Italy.

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Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bologna Airport.

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There are 561+ hotels available in Italy. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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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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