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

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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 1 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

$53 - $78

5 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 33 min

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

$69 - $416

Bus Arda Tur  •  23 h 4 min

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

$67 - $89

Bus Eurolines HU  •  26 h 7 min

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

$84 - $147

Train, night train  •  34 h 8 min

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

$91 - $125

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 14 000 Ft - 22 000 Ft and takes 38 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which costs 18 000 Ft - 75 000 Ft and takes 5 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Budapest to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Kálvin tér M and arriving at Istanbul via Budapest and Haskovo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 4 min.

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The distance between Budapest and Istanbul is 1067 km. The road distance is 1322.5 km.

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 4 min and costs 18 000 Ft - 25 000 Ft.

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

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

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The best way to get from Budapest to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 13 min and costs 18 000 Ft - 75 000 Ft. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 18 000 Ft - 25 000 Ft and takes 23 h 4 min.

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

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Budapest to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Budapest. It is currently 3:25 PM in Budapest and 4:25 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Budapest to Istanbul is 1322 km. It takes approximately 13 h to drive from Budapest to Istanbul.

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  • Distance: 667.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 13 min

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 Népliget M, Budapest, and Haskovo in around 23 h 4 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, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $95
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 - $22
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
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Budapest to Haskovo
Ave. Duration
15 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$48
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$18 - $40
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
18 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
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
$150 - $190
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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