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There are 6 ways to get from Greece to Istanbul by plane, bus or car

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Fly Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) SKG - IST

$78 - $213

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Bus Kamil Koc  •  17 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$18 - $43

4 alternative options

Fly Athens to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ATH - IST

$51 - $191

Fly Athens to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) ATH - SAW

$63 - $255

Bus KTEL Rodopis  •  16 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Komotini
  2. Take the bus from Komotini to Istanbul

$108

Drive  •  11 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Athens to Istanbul 680.9 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to bus which costs 15€ - 40€ and takes 17 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Greece to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Πλατεια Μεταξουργειου and arriving at Istanbul via Athens and Komotini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 15 min.

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The distance between Greece and Istanbul is 634 km. The road distance is 1089.4 km.

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The best way to get from Greece to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 16 h 15 min and costs 94€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Greece to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Greece to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 37 min and costs 65€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 94€ and takes 16 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Thessaloniki Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Greece to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Greece to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 396.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

What companies run services between Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines fly from Thessaloniki to Istanbul 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Istanbul via Σταθ.Υπερασ.Λεωφ.Κηφισου, Athens, and Komotini in around 16 h 15 min.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Bus operators
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Athens to Komotini
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$88
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Greece. It is currently 4:41 AM in Greece and 5:41 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Greece to Istanbul is 1089 km. It takes approximately 11 h 37 min to drive from Greece to Istanbul.

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Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air offer flights from Thessaloniki 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 Greece to Thessaloniki Airport is to shuttle which takes 42 min and costs 2€.

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