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There are 7 ways to get from Budapest to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Istanbul  •  5h 7m

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul (IST) BUD - IST

1.100 ₺ - 3.790 ₺

Cheapest option

Night train  •  36h 27m

  1. Take the night train from Budapest-Keleti to Videle Irn / ...
  2. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali Bosphor Express

320 ₺ - 744 ₺

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Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  6h 27m

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BUD - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

714 ₺ - 2.120 ₺

Bus via Novi Sad  •  24h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest - Népliget to Novi Sad 1910
  2. Take the bus from Novi Sad to Istanbul

Bus  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Nepliget to Burgas Bus Station South Dortmund - Varna / ...
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

1.309 ₺ - 1.734 ₺

Train, night train  •  34h 20m

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Videle Ir
  2. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali Bosphor Express

322 ₺ - 728 ₺

Drive  •  12h 39m

  1. Drive from Budapest to Istanbul 1319.9 km

1.400 ₺ - 2.100 ₺

Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul (IST) flights

The flight time between Budapest (BUD) and Istanbul (IST) is around 3h 1m and covers a distance of around 1018 km. The fastest flight normally takes 2h 5m. Services are operated by Turkish Airlines and LOT. Typically 17 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Flight route overview

Average flight journey time:
3h 1m
Fastest flight journey time:
2h 5m
Flight distance:
1018 km
Flights per week:
17
Cheapest price:
923 ₺
Carbon emissions:
206 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
09:05
Last flight departs at:
20:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Budapest (BUD) to Istanbul (IST) flight schedules

Hungary → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Hungary

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Hungary

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Hungary
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 14 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14 day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 result is required for quarantine release
This applies to arrivals who have visited Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom in the last 14 days

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Rules to follow in Turkey

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Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Hungary

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Hungary.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Hungary from Turkey.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Turkish Embassy.

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This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to train and night train which costs 11 000 Ft - 26 000 Ft and takes 34h 20m.

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The fastest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 7m and costs 38 000 Ft - 140 000 Ft.

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The distance between Budapest and Istanbul is 1067 km. The road distance is 1319.9 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul without a car is to bus via Novi Sad which takes 24h 44m and costs .

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It takes approximately 5h 7m to get from Budapest to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 7m and costs 38 000 Ft - 140 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus via Novi Sad, which costs and takes 24h 44m.

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The quickest flight from Budapest Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 5m.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 9:49 PM in Budapest and 10:49 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Istanbul is 1320 km. It takes approximately 12h 39m to drive from Budapest to Istanbul.

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LOT and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Budapest Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 1067.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 7m

What companies run services between Budapest, Hungary and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines and LOT fly from Budapest to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Budapest to Istanbul via Népliget M, Budapest - Népliget, Novi Sad, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 24h 44m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 3.500 ₺
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 3.500 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Budapest to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 2.000 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Videle to Halkali
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 230 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
150 ₺ - 180 ₺
1st Class
190 ₺ - 230 ₺
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Novi Sad MAS
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 190 ₺
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ozlem Tours
Phone
+38120 411090
Email
ozlemtours@yahoo.com
Website
ozlem.rs
Bus from Novi Sad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
ozlem.rs
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Budapest Nepliget to Burgas Bus Station South
Ave. Duration
19h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 900 ₺
Website
Karat-S
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Budapest to Burgas
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 1.600 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Burgas Bus
Ferry operators

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