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

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

Fly to Istanbul  •  5 h 13 min

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

$67 - $272

Cheapest option

EuroNight, night train, bus  •  38 h 3 min

  1. Take the EuroNight from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Çerkezköy
  3. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$55 - $80

5 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BUD - SAW

$70 - $417

Bus EAAA  •  22 h 16 min

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

$64 - $103

Bus Eurolines HU  •  27 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget to Burgas 595 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

$88 - $136

Train, night train  •  34 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ic / ...
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali Bosphor Express

$114 - $155

Drive  •  13 h

  1. Drive from Budapest to Istanbul 826.5 miles

$170 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to EuroNight and night train and bus which costs 15 000 Ft - 23 000 Ft and takes 38 h 3 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 13 min and costs 18 000 Ft - 80 000 Ft.

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The distance between Budapest and Istanbul is 1067 km. The road distance is 1322 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 13 min to get from Budapest to Istanbul, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Budapest and arriving at Istanbul via Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 16 min.

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines fly from Budapest to Istanbul 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Budapest to Istanbul via Plovdiv in around 22 h 16 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul via Kiev
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Budapest to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
15 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Çerkezköy
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $19
Website
bdz.bg
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Budapest-Kelenföld to Gara de Nord
Ave. Duration
17 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
Bus operators
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Budapest to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
14 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Burgas
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Budapest to Burgas
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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