There are 5 ways to get from Athens to Istanbul by plane, 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Istanbul  •  4 h 37 min

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

$51 - $191

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc  •  16 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$19 - $44

3 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 2 min

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

$64 - $256

Bus KTEL Rodopis  •  15 h

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

$107

Drive  •  11 h 37 min

  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 16€ - 40€ and takes 16 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Istanbul is to fly which costs 40€ - 170€ and takes 4 h 37 min.

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

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Athens to Istanbul, including transfers.

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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 15 h.

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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, you can take a bus from Athens to Istanbul via Komotini in around 15 h.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
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
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$89
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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