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There are 9 ways to get from Croatia to Istanbul by plane, train, shuttle, bus, night train or car

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Fly from Zagreb  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Zagreb (ZAG) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ZAG - IST

$99 - $215

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Train, bus, night train  •  31 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Zagreb to Belgrade
  2. Take the train from Novi Beograd to Niš
  3. Take the train from Niš to Dimitrovgrad
  4. Take the bus from Dimitrovgrad to Sofia
  5. Take the night train from Sofia to Halkali

$65 - $104

7 alternative options

Train to Ljubljana, fly  •  7 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Rijeka to Ljubljana
  2. Fly from Ljubljana (LJU) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LJU - IST

$111 - $240

Shuttle to Venice, fly  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Pula railway Stattion to Venice Airport
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VCE - IST

$133 - $802

Bus to Sarajevo, fly  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Slavonski Brod to Sarajevo
  2. Fly from Sarajevo (SJJ) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SJJ - IST

$105 - $268

Bus Yubim  •  23 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$160 - $226

Bus Dary Commerce  •  27 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb Motel Plitvice to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

Train, bus  •  27 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kolod. to Graz Hbf Ec
  2. Take the bus from Graz to Istanbul

$94 - $103

Drive  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Zagreb to Istanbul 836.6 miles

$170 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Croatia to Istanbul is to train and bus and night train which costs 420 kn - 700 kn and takes 31 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Croatia to Istanbul is to fly which costs 600 kn - 1.400 kn and takes 5 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Croatia to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 45 min.

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The distance between Croatia and Istanbul is 1089 km. The road distance is 1338.6 km.

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The best way to get from Croatia to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 45 min and costs 1.000 kn - 1.500 kn.

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It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to get from Croatia to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Croatia to Istanbul bus services, operated by Yubim, depart from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice station.

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The best way to get from Croatia to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 28 min and costs 600 kn - 1.400 kn. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.000 kn - 1.500 kn and takes 23 h 45 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Croatia to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 680.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 28 min

What companies run services between Croatia and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia and AtlasGlobal fly from Velika Gorica to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zagreb to Istanbul via Sofia in around 23 h 45 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zagreb to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Flights from Ljubljana to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $320
Flights from Venice to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Flights from Sarajevo to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zagreb to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Flights from Ljubljana to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $190
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Venice to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Train operators
Croatian Railways (HŽPP)
Website
hzpp.hr
Train from Rijeka to Ljubljana
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
hzpp.hr
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eurail.com
2nd Class
$10 - $15
1st Class
$15 - $21
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kolod. to Graz Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
hzpp.hr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Zagreb to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
hzpp.hr
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$40 - $55
Serbian Railways
Website
srbvoz.rs
Train from Novi Beograd to Niš
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $12
1st Class Ticket
$12 - $20
Train from Niš to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $9
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$3 - $5
1st Class Ticket
$5 - $9
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Biss-Tours
Phone
032 245 451
Email
info@biss-tours.ba
Website
biss-tours.ba
Bus from Slavonski Brod to Sarajevo
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Schedules at
biss-tours.ba
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice to Sofia
Ave. Duration
13 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Zagreb Motel Plitvice to Burgas
Ave. Duration
18 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
dary.bg
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Graz to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
22 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$71
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Dimitrovgrad to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Croatia. It is currently 8:40 AM in Croatia and 10:40 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Croatia to Istanbul is 1339 km. It takes approximately 13 h 5 min to drive from Croatia to Istanbul.

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Air Serbia, AtlasGlobal and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Zagreb Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2333+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Croatia to Venice Airport is to shuttle which takes 3 h 32 min and costs 300 kn - 3.000 kn.

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