There are 5 ways to get from Greece to Istanbul by plane, bus 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 Thessaloniki to Istanbul  •  4 h 37 min

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

$78 - $213

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$21 - $48

3 alternative options

Fly Athens to Istanbul  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Istanbul (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

$64 - $256

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 17€ - 45€ and takes 17 h 35 min.

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

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The distance between Greece and Istanbul is 634 km. The road distance is 1089 km.

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

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What companies run services between Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines fly from Thessaloniki to Istanbul 5 times a day. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Athens to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $18 - $45 and the journey takes 16 h 10 min. Crazy Holidays also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
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
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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