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There are 9 ways to get from Geneva 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.

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Fly Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) GVA - IST

$81 - $239

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Train to Lyon, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LYS - IST

$109 - $325

Fly Geneva to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) GVA - SAW

$108 - $393

Train to Zurich, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ZRH - IST

$139 - $356

Train, bus  •  36 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj
  3. Take the bus from Salzburg to Istanbul

$246 - $365

Bus Alpar Turizm  •  38 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Munich, Munich central bus station 106
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$126 - $148

Train, night train  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB 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

$304 - $489

Bus Eurolines CH  •  2 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Shumen
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$152 - $241

Drive  •  22 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Istanbul 1426.9 miles

$290 - $430

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 240 and takes 5 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 80 - SFr 240 and takes 5 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Geneva and arriving at Istanbul via Shumen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 14 h.

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The distance between Geneva and Istanbul is 1917 km. The road distance is 2283.1 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 36 h 34 min and costs SFr 240 - SFr 370.

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It takes approximately 5 h 52 min to get from Geneva to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Geneva to Istanbul bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Geneva station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 52 min and costs SFr 80 - SFr 240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 120 - SFr 150 and takes 38 h 1 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1198 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 52 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and nine other airlines fly from Geneva to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Istanbul via Munich, Munich central bus station, Munich, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 38 h 1 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Lyon to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Lyon to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Lyon to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $2,100
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Air Algérie
Website
airalgerie.dz
Flights from Lyon to Istanbul Ataturk via Annaba
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$440 - $1,200
AtlasGlobal
Website
atlasglb.com
Flights from Lyon to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $950
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Geneva to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Sncf Ter
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Sncf
Website
bretagne.prod.navitia.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
bretagne.prod.navitia.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 Salzburg to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
26 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Munich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
28 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$91
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Geneva to Shumen
Ave. Duration
2 days 4 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Geneva. It is currently 1:17 PM in Geneva and 3:17 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Istanbul is 2283 km. It takes approximately 22 h 2 min to drive from Geneva to Istanbul.

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Lufthansa, Air France, Ukraine International Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Geneva Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2344+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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