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There are 11 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul by plane, ferry, train, bus, night train, bus and ferry or car

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Recommended option

Fly Frankfurt to Istanbul  •  5h 46m

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

777 ₺ - 2.728 ₺

Cheapest option

Fly Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  7h 6m

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) FRA - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

461 ₺ - 1.758 ₺

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Train to Stuttgart, fly to Istanbul  •  7h 19m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Istanbul (IST) STR - IST

1.122 ₺ - 2.065 ₺

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) STR - SAW
  3. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

886 ₺ - 3.495 ₺

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  8h 18m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) CGN - SAW
  3. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

760 ₺ - 2.172 ₺

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Istanbul  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Istanbul (IST) CGN - IST

1.576 ₺ - 3.742 ₺

Train, bus  •  33h 36m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Passau Hbf Ice
  2. Take the bus from Passau to Haskovo
  3. Take the bus from Haskovo to Istanbul Otogari

1.591 ₺ - 2.827 ₺

Bus  •  42h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt Main Central Train Station to Burgas Bus Station South Dortmund - Varna / ...
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Istanbul

903 ₺ - 1.226 ₺

Train, night train  •  46h 22m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rjx
  2. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Videle Ir
  3. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

1.433 ₺ - 2.342 ₺

Bus and Ferry, bus  •  2 days 6h

  1. Take the Bus and Ferry from Frankfurt am Main to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul Otogari

2.051 ₺ - 2.966 ₺

Drive  •  20h 36m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul 2229 km

2.100 ₺ - 3.100 ₺

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

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly and ferry which costs 50€ - 210€ and takes 7h 6m.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which costs 85€ - 320€ and takes 5h 46m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Istanbul is 1865 km. The road distance is 2229 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 33h 36m and costs 180€ - 330€.

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It takes approximately 5h 46m to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 46m and costs 85€ - 320€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100€ - 150€ and takes 42h 59m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Frankfurt am Main. It is currently 2:35 AM in Frankfurt am Main and 3:35 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is 2229 km. It takes approximately 20h 36m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul.

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Lufthansa, Air Moldova, LOT and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 1865 km
  • Duration: 5h 46m

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

Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and four other airlines fly from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul via Burgas Bus Station South, Burgas South, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 42h 59m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.500 ₺
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.500 ₺
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 2.500 ₺
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Trabzon
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 12.000 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 12.000 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Kayseri
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 12.000 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.400 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 2.700 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Istanbul via Gaziantep
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
1.500 ₺ - 4.000 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
420 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Izmir
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
700 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 9.500 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 9.500 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
420 ₺ - 1.600 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 2.000 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Bodrum
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 7.000 ₺
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.500 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 5.000 ₺
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
330 ₺ - 460 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
290 ₺ - 410 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Passau Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
450 ₺ - 650 ₺
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
190 ₺ - 270 ₺
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
230 ₺ - 350 ₺
Website
Railjet
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
11h 2m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Website
Railjet
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Videle to Halkali
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 200 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
130 ₺ - 160 ₺
1st Class
160 ₺ - 200 ₺
Bus operators
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Passau to Haskovo
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
55 ₺ - 85 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
50 ₺ - 75 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Frankfurt Main Central Train Station to Burgas Bus Station South
Ave. Duration
36h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Website
Karat-S
Burgas Bus
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Frankfurt am Main to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
47h 15m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Ferry operators

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