There are 9 ways to get from Bansko to Istanbul by taxi, train, bus, night 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.

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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

$63 - $77

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Bus  •  12 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul

$17 - $34

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Bus, night train  •  15 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Razlog to Plovdiv
  2. Take the night train from Plovdiv to Çerkezköy
  3. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$23 - $27

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 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

$133 - $223

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly to Istanbul  •  10 h 34 min

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

$136 - $297

Bus, train to Pristina, fly to Istanbul  •  12 h 6 min

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

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

$120 - $1,367

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to bus which costs $17 - $35 and takes 12 h 51 min.

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

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The distance between Bansko and Istanbul is 464 km. The road distance is 563.1 km.

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The best way to get from Bansko to Istanbul without a car is to taxi and train which takes 11 h 11 min and costs $60 - $80.

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It takes approximately 11 h 11 min to get from Bansko to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Bansko. It is currently 9:40 PM in Bansko and 9:40 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Bansko to Istanbul is 563 km. It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to drive from Bansko to Istanbul.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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There are 2315+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Bansko to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 290.3 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 11 min

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

Alpar Turizm operates a bus from Bansko to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $14 - $30 and the journey takes 10 h 45 min. Matpu also services this route once daily.

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 Skopje to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
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, Saturday 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)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Belovo to Svilengrad
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $7
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Plovdiv to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $10
Website
bdz.bg
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
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Trainkos
Phone
038 534 – 814
Email
info@trainkos.com
Website
trainkos.com
Train from Skopje to Miradi e Poshtme
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
trainkos.com
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
10 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $30
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
13 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Schedules at
matpu.com
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
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
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
Municipality of Bansko
Website
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
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
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
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Other operators
Taxi from Bansko to Belovo
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55

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