There are 8 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, 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 Frankfurt to Istanbul  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Istanbul (IST) FRA - IST

$77 - $237

7 alternative options

Fly Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) FRA - SAW

$79 - $191

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Istanbul  •  7 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
  2. Fly from Nuremberg (NUE) to Istanbul (IST) NUE - IST

$123 - $335

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Istanbul  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Istanbul (IST) CGN - IST

$138 - $349

Train, bus  •  32 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$165 - $198

Bus  •  37 h

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

$152 - $383

Train, night train  •  45 h

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  3. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$262 - $385

Drive  •  21 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul 1397.1 miles

$290 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 170€ and takes 7 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 210€ and takes 5 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Frankfurt and arriving at Istanbul via Haskovo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37 h.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Istanbul is 1865 km. The road distance is 2235.3 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 32 h 56 min and costs 140€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Frankfurt station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 43 min and costs 65€ - 210€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 120€ - 330€ and takes 37 h.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 55 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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  • Distance: 1165.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey?

Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and 10 other airlines fly from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul via Haskovo in around 37 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Kiev
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $4,900
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Onur Air
Website
onurair.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Istanbul via Antalya
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Website
bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
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
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Munich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
28 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$82
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Frankfurt to Haskovo
Ave. Duration
30 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $350
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
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

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