There are 3 ways to get from Cairo to Istanbul by plane, 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 from Cairo  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Cairo (CAI) to Istanbul (IST) CAI - IST

$109 - $278

2 alternative options

Train to Borg El Arab, fly  •  8 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Cairo to Alexandria
  2. Fly from Borg El Arab (HBE) to Istanbul (IST) HBE - IST

$127 - $291

Drive  •  26 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Cairo to Istanbul 1393.3 miles

$280 - $420

What companies run services between Cairo, Egypt and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Egyptair and two other airlines fly from Cairo to Istanbul every 4 hours.

Airlines
Egyptair
Website
egyptair.com
Flights from Cairo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Borg El Arab to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Flights from Borg El Arab to Istanbul via Cairo
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Cairo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $500
Flights from Borg El Arab to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $430
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Cairo to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Flights from Borg El Arab to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday
Estimated price
$160 - $460
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Cairo to Istanbul via Amman
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Train operators
Egyptian Railways
Website
enr.gov.eg
Train from Cairo to Alexandria
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
enr.gov.eg

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Cairo to Istanbul?

The distance between Cairo and Istanbul is 1235 km. The road distance is 2229 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Cairo to Istanbul?

The cheapest way to get from Cairo to Istanbul is to fly which costs $100 - $280 and takes 5 h 20 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Cairo to Istanbul?

The quickest way to get from Cairo to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 20 min and costs $100 - $280.

How long does it take to get from Cairo to Istanbul?

It takes approximately 5 h 20 min to get from Cairo to Istanbul, including transfers.