There are 4 ways to get from Greece to Istanbul by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  2h 2m

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

906 ₺ - 1.628 ₺

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Bus  •  16h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Esenler Otogar

175 ₺ - 235 ₺

2 alternative options

Bus via Komotini  •  18h 16m

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

701 ₺

Drive  •  11h 38m

  1. Drive from Athens to Istanbul 1089 km

1.100 ₺ - 1.700 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to bus which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 16h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Greece to Istanbul is to fly which costs 120€ - 220€ and takes 2h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Greece to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Μεταξουργειο and arriving at Istanbul via Athens and Komotini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 16m.

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

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The best way to get from Greece to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 16h 25m and costs 23€ - 35€.

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It takes approximately 2h 2m 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 2h 2m and costs 120€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 23€ - 35€ and takes 16h 25m.

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The quickest flight from Thessaloniki Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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  • Distance: 633.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 2m

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, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Athens to Istanbul Esenler Otogar once daily. Tickets cost 160 ₺ - 220 ₺ and the journey takes 15h.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 1.600 ₺
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.800 ₺
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
576 ₺
Schedules at
KTEL Rodopis
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
114 ₺
Schedules at
KTEL Rodopis

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Greece to Istanbul is 1089 km. It takes approximately 11h 38m to drive from Greece to Istanbul.

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

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There are 2906+ 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 taxi which takes 16 min and costs 35€ - 45€.

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