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There are 13 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 43m

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

$77 - $237

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Fly Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7h 13m

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

$79 - $191

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6h 37m

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

$121 - $327

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7h 14m

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

$105 - $276

Train to Nuremberg, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7h 39m

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

$122 - $334

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 7m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln/Bonn Flughafen
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) CGN - SAW

$108 - $321

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 35m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) STR - SAW

$112 - $330

Train, bus  •  33h 20m

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

$177 - $212

Bus Georg  •  37h

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

$148 - $376

Train, night train  •  44h 10m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rj / ...
  3. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Ic
  4. Take the train from Arad to Videle D
  5. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

$231 - $332

Bus Karat-S  •  44h 45m

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

$132 - $183

Train, drive  •  23h 32m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  3. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Istanbul

$338 - $503

Drive  •  21h 22m

  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 7h 13m.

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

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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 37h.

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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 33h 20m and costs 150€ - 190€.

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It takes approximately 5h 43m 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 5h 43m and costs 65€ - 210€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 120€ - 330€ and takes 37h.

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

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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: 5h 43m

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

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and eight 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 37h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $350
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $330
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h 17m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$65 - $430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $450
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
SunExpress
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Stuttgart to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Flights from Nuremberg to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $430
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $490
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 Köln/Bonn Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 24m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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 Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
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
28h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$91
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
30h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $340
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Haskovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
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
$100 - $150
Website
Karat-S

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Istanbul is 2h ahead of Frankfurt am Main. It is currently 12:58 AM in Frankfurt am Main and 2:58 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul is 2235 km. It takes approximately 21h 22m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Istanbul.

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Tarom, Air France, Ukraine International Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2469+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $32 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13m and costs 9€ - 14€.

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