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

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Fly to Istanbul

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

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Train

  1. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Videle
  2. Take the train from Videle to Ruse
  3. Take the train from Ruse to Dimitrovgrad
  4. Take the train from Dimitrovgrad to Halkali

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, train

  1. Fly from Budapest (BUD) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW)
  2. Take the train from Tersane to Yenikapi

Bus via Novi Sad

  1. Take the bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Novi Sad MAS
  2. Take the bus from Novi Sad to Istanbul

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Budapest to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Malko Tarnovo
  3. Take the bus from Malko Tarnovo to Istanbul - Aksaray

Night train

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Budapest to Istanbul

Budapest to Istanbul by train

7 Weekly Trains
32h 44m Average Duration
591 ₺ Cheapest Price
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International entry into Turkey from Hungary

  • Entry is fully 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

  • There are no current restrictions
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Turkey

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Considerations leaving from Hungary

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Turkey is currently allowed from Hungary.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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

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

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, returning to Hungary from Turkey is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 3 Aug 2022
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Turkish Embassy.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to night train which costs 12 000 Ft - 30 000 Ft and takes 35h 57m.

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The fastest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 7m and costs 49 000 Ft - 170 000 Ft.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Arany János utca M and arriving at Istanbul - Aksaray via Budapest, Burgas and Malko Tarnovo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 28h 23m.

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No, there is no direct train from Budapest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Budapest-Keleti and arriving at Halkali via Videle, Ruse and Dimitrovgrad. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 32h 44m.

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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 51m and costs .

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

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Budapest to Istanbul bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Budapest station.

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Budapest to Istanbul train services, operated by Romanian Railways (CFR), depart from Budapest-Keleti station.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 7m and costs 49 000 Ft - 170 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus via Novi Sad, which costs and takes 24h 51m, you could also train, which costs 12 000 Ft - 31 000 Ft and takes 32h 44m.

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Map of how to get from Budapest to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1067.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 7m

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

Turkish Airlines, LOT and two other airlines fly from Budapest to Istanbul 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Budapest to Istanbul via Népliget M, Budapest Népliget bus station, Novi Sad, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 24h 51m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.400 ₺ - 9.500 ₺
Flights from Budapest to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.500 ₺ - 4.100 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Budapest to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 4.800 ₺
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.500 ₺ - 12.000 ₺
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Budapest to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
2.500 ₺ - 8.000 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Videle
Ave. Duration
14h 37m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
310 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
310 ₺ - 390 ₺
1st Class
800 ₺ - 950 ₺
Train from Videle to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
30 ₺ - 130 ₺
Website
Romanian Railways (CFR)
2nd Class
30 ₺ - 40 ₺
1st Class
110 ₺ - 130 ₺
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Ruse to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 190 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
120 ₺ - 150 ₺
1st Class
150 ₺ - 190 ₺
Train from Dimitrovgrad to Halkali
Ave. Duration
6h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 210 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
130 ₺ - 160 ₺
1st Class
170 ₺ - 210 ₺
Night train from Videle to Halkali
Ave. Duration
17h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
270 ₺ - 400 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
270 ₺ - 320 ₺
1st Class
330 ₺ - 400 ₺
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest Népliget bus station to Novi Sad MAS
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
290 ₺ - 350 ₺
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Terra Travel d.o.o.
Phone
011 3287 412
Email
info@terratravel.rs
Website
terratravel.rs
Bus from Budapest Népliget to Novi Sad
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
343 ₺
Schedules at
terratravel.rs
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
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
2.300 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
STRANDJA
Phone
05952/ 36 35
Email
park@strandja.bg
Website
strandja.bg
Bus from Burgas to Malko Tŭrnovo
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
strandja.bg
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Malko Tarnovo to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
190 ₺ - 240 ₺
Schedules at
transevren.ro

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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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Budapest to Istanbul bus services, operated by TransEvren, arrive at Istanbul - Aksaray station.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 4:37 AM in Budapest and 5:37 AM in Istanbul.

Budapest to Istanbul train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Halkali station.

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

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There are 1608+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 1.750 ₺ per night.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Budapest Airport is to bus which takes 31 min and costs 3 200 Ft - 4 000 Ft.

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