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There are 5 ways to get from Athens to Istanbul by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4h 42m

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

$51 - $191

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Bus Kamil Koc  •  16h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$16 - $37

3 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6h 2m

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

$63 - $255

Bus KTEL Rodopis  •  17h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Komotini
  2. Take the bus from Komotini to Istanbul

$105

Drive  •  11h 37m

  1. Drive from Athens to Istanbul 680.9 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Istanbul is to bus which costs 14€ - 35€ and takes 16h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Istanbul is to fly which costs 40€ - 170€ and takes 4h 42m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Istanbul via Komotini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17h.

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The distance between Athens and Istanbul is 562 km. The road distance is 1089.4 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 16h 24m and costs 14€ - 35€.

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It takes approximately 4h 42m to get from Athens to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Athens to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4h 42m and costs 40€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 35€ and takes 16h 24m.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Athens to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 350.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 42m

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Athens to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Athens to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $15 - $40 and the journey takes 16h 10m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Bus operators
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Athens to Komotini
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$88
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Athens. It is currently 7:43 PM in Athens and 8:43 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Istanbul is 1089 km. It takes approximately 11h 37m to drive from Athens to Istanbul.

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

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There are 2424+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42m and costs 9€.

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