There are 7 ways to get from Ankara to Istanbul by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Ankara to Gebze Yht
  2. Take the bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari

$10 - $15

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Ankara to Istanbul

$8 - $15

5 alternative options

Bus Kamil Koc  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Kayaş to Istanbul

$11 - $16

Rideshare  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Ankara to İstanbul 283.5 miles

$13

Drive  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Ankara to Istanbul 283.5 miles

$55 - $85

Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Ankara (ESB) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ESB - IST

$33 - $253

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Ankara (ESB) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) ESB - SAW

$18 - $52

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Ankara and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 41 min.

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The distance between Ankara and Istanbul is 352 km. The road distance is 453.5 km.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 5 h 19 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 19 min to get from Ankara to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Ankara to Istanbul bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, depart from Ankara station.

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The best way to get from Ankara to Istanbul is to bus which takes 6 h 41 min and costs . Alternatively, you can fly, which costs and takes 3 h 59 min.

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The quickest flight from Ankara Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Ankara to Istanbul bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ankara to Istanbul is 454 km. It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to drive from Ankara to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Ankara Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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  • Distance: 220 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 19 min

What companies run services between Ankara, Turkey and Istanbul, Turkey?

MetroTurizm operates a bus from Ankara to Istanbul 3 times a day. Tickets cost $8 - $15 and the journey takes 6 h 41 min. Alternatively, Turkish Airlines flies from Ankara to Istanbul hourly.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Ankara to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $550
Flights from Ankara to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Ankara to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $55
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Gebze
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Gebze to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Kayaş to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Ankara to İstanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The best way to get from Ankara to Ankara Airport is to bus which takes 1 h 14 min and costs .

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