There are 4 ways to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul by bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul

$15 - $30

3 alternative options

Drive  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul 399.9 miles

$80 - $120

Bus to Sofia, fly  •  7 h 27 min

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

$73 - $212

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly  •  8 h 33 min

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

$94 - $230

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The cheapest way to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul is to bus which costs $15 - $30 and takes 10 h 59 min.

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

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The distance between Blagoevgrad and Istanbul is 500 km. The road distance is 639.9 km.

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The best way to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 59 min and costs $15 - $30.

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It takes approximately 10 h 59 min to get from Blagoevgrad 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 Blagoevgrad. It is currently 11:07 PM in Blagoevgrad and 11:07 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Blagoevgrad to Istanbul is 640 km. It takes approximately 6 h 6 min to drive from Blagoevgrad 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 $39 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 312.2 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 59 min

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

Alpar Turizm operates a bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $14 - $29 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 Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
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
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 - $29
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
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Blagoevgrad to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $17
Schedules at
iliastravel.com

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