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Recommended option

Bus  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul

$20 - $40

4 alternative options

Drive  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul 399.9 miles

$80 - $120

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly  •  7 h 30 min

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

$87 - $226

Train to Sofia, fly  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Blagoevgrad to Sofia
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST) SOF - IST

$72 - $208

Bus to Skopje, fly  •  11 h 32 min

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

$135 - $226

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

Alpar Turizm operates a bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $19 - $40 and the journey takes 10 h 45 min. Matpu also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
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
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
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)
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
$19 - $40
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
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
$62
Schedules at
biserprom.com.mk

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Blagoevgrad and Istanbul is 500 km. The road distance is 640 km.

The cheapest way to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul is to bus which costs $20 - $40 and takes 10 h 59 min.

The quickest way to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul is to drive which takes 6 h 6 min and costs $80 - $120.

It takes approximately 10 h 59 min to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul, including transfers.