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There are 8 ways to get from Greece to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus or car

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Fly Thessaloniki to Istanbul  •  4h 33m

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

817 ₺ - 2.207 ₺

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Bus  •  17h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Esenler Otogar

176 ₺ - 236 ₺

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Fly Athens to Istanbul  •  4h 43m

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

667 ₺ - 1.977 ₺

Ferry to Dalaman, fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  6h 29m

  1. Take the ferry from Rhodos to Fethiye
  2. Fly from Dalaman (DLM) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) DLM - SAW
  3. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

949 ₺ - 1.255 ₺

Fly Heraklion to Istanbul  •  6h 18m

  1. Fly from Heraklion (HER) to Istanbul (IST) HER - IST

907 ₺ - 2.299 ₺

Fly Athens to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  5h 58m

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

271 ₺ - 1.207 ₺

Bus via Komotini  •  18h 20m

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

805 ₺

Drive  •  11h 35m

  1. Drive from Athens to Istanbul 1086.1 km

1.100 ₺ - 1.700 ₺

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Greece

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Considerations leaving from Greece

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Greece.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

Yes, entry into Greece from Turkey is currently restricted.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to bus which costs 20€ - 28€ and takes 17h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to fly which costs 90€ - 260€ and takes 4h 33m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Greece to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Αφετηρια and arriving at Istanbul via Athens and Komotini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 20m.

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The distance between Greece and Istanbul is 634 km. The road distance is 1086.1 km.

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The best way to get from Greece to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 17h 44m and costs 20€ - 28€.

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It takes approximately 4h 33m 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 4h 33m and costs 90€ - 260€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 20€ - 28€ and takes 17h 44m.

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

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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: 633.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 33m

What companies run services between Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines fly from Thessaloníki to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Athens to Istanbul Esenler Otogar once daily. Tickets cost 160 ₺ - 220 ₺ and the journey takes 16h 10m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Dalaman to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 650 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 2.000 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Athens to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Athens to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Dalaman to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 550 ₺
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
170 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
SkyUp
Website
skyup.aero
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Zaporizhia
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Flights from Heraklion to Istanbul via Lviv
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Bus operators
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Athens to Komotini
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
662 ₺
Schedules at
KTEL Rodopis
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
131 ₺
Schedules at
KTEL Rodopis
Ferry operators
Tuana Maritime
Phone
+90 252 612 42 42
Email
info@tuanamaritime.com
Website
tuanamaritime.com
Ferry from Rhodos to Fethiye
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
436 ₺
Schedules at
tuanamaritime.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Greece to Istanbul is 1086 km. It takes approximately 11h 35m to drive from Greece to Istanbul.

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Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Thessaloniki Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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There are 10436+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 750 ₺ 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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