There are 10 ways to get from Bansko to Istanbul by bus, taxi, train, car or plane

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

Bus Metro Plus  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$33 - $60

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc  •  13 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Komotini
  2. Take the bus from Komotini to Istanbul Otogar

$25 - $44

8 alternative options

Taxi, train  •  11 h 11 min

  1. Take a taxi from Bansko to Belovo
  2. Take the train from Belovo to Svilengrad
  3. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali

$67 - $82

Bus Matpu  •  14 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Razlog to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

$28 - $39

Drive  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Bansko to Istanbul 352 miles

$70 - $110

Bus to Sofia, fly to Istanbul  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Sofia
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST) SOF - IST

$74 - $213

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly to Istanbul  •  8 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
  2. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul (IST) SKG - IST

$116 - $266

Bus to Skopje, fly to Istanbul  •  9 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Istanbul (IST) SKP - IST

$134 - $224

Bus, train to Pristina, fly to Istanbul  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Take the train from Skopje to Lipljan
  3. Fly from Pristina (PRN) to Istanbul (IST) PRN - IST

$134 - $224

Bus to Skopje, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  10 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Skopje
  2. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) SKP - SAW

$122 - $1,369

What companies run services between Bansko, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

You can take a bus from Bansko to Istanbul via Plovdiv and Plovdiv in around 10 h 52 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Skopje to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Pristina to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Skopje to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $470
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
MZI
Website
mzi.mk
Train from Skopje to Lipljan
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
mzi.mk
Bus operators
Municipality of Bansko
Website
bansko.net
Bus from Bansko to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
bansko.net
Bus from Bansko to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
bansko.net
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Bansko to Komotini
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Gumulcine to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Patnicheski prevozi Blagoevgrad
Phone
073/88 40 09
Email
p.prevozi.blg@abv.bg
Website
pprevoziblg.com
Bus from Razlog to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
pprevoziblg.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Bansko to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Bansko to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Biser Prom
Phone
02/3228603
Email
biserprom@t-home.mk
Website
biserprom.com.mk
Bus from Bansko to Skopje
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$63
Schedules at
biserprom.com.mk
Other operators
Taxi from Bansko to Belovo
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Bansko and Istanbul is 464 km. The road distance is 563 km.

The cheapest way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to bus which costs $25 - $45 and takes 13 h 9 min.

The quickest way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to drive which takes 6 h 15 min and costs $70 - $110.

No, there is no direct bus from Bansko to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Bansko and arriving at Istanbul via Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 52 min.

It takes approximately 10 h 52 min to get from Bansko to Istanbul, including transfers.