There are 10 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night train, night bus 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 Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) FRA - IST

$77 - $237

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Fly Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) FRA - SAW

$79 - $191

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
  2. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) NUE - IST

$123 - $334

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) CGN - IST

$137 - $347

Train, bus  •  33 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$177 - $212

Bus  •  37 h

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

$148 - $377

Train, EuroNight, night train  •  45 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice
  2. Take the EuroNight from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Budapest-Keleti
  3. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ic
  4. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$191 - $283

Bus, night bus  •  45 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari
  2. Take the night bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Shumen, Shumen
  3. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$150 - $254

Train, drive  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  3. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Istanbul

$338 - $513

Drive  •  21 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul 1397.1 miles

$290 - $430

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No, there is no direct bus from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt and arriving at Istanbul via Haskovo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Istanbul is 1865 km. The road distance is 2235.3 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 33 h 20 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Frankfurt station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 43 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 37 h.

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

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Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Frankfurt am Main. It is currently 1:40 AM in Frankfurt am Main and 2:40 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is 2235 km. It takes approximately 21 h 22 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul.

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  • Distance: 1165.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey?

Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and 10 other airlines fly from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul via Haskovo in around 37 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $4,900
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
BMI Regional
Website
flybmi.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Onur Air
Website
onurair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $370
Train operators
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
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
cd.cz
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Munich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
28 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Haskovo
Ave. Duration
30 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $340
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
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
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $180
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari to Shumen, Shumen
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Tarom, Ukraine International Airlines, Air France and three other airlines offer flights from Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs .

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