There are 7 ways to get from Helsinki to Istanbul by plane, car ferry, bus, train, 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 from Helsinki  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Helsinki (HEL) to Istanbul (IST) HEL - IST

$87 - $180

6 alternative options

Car ferry to Tallinn, fly  •  8 h 48 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
  2. Fly from Tallinn (TLL) to Istanbul (IST) TLL - IST

$155 - $447

Car ferry, bus  •  2 days 11 h

  1. Take the car ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
  2. Take the bus from Tallinn to Odessa 999
  3. Take the bus from Odessa, Pryvoz to Constanța
  4. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

$161 - $356

Bus  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg
  2. Take the bus from Saint Petersburg to Odessa
  3. Take the bus from Odessa, Pryvoz to Constanța
  4. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

$155 - $226

Train, bus  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Pietari (Finljandski) 782 / ...
  2. Take the train from St Petersburg Vitebskii to Chisinau D
  3. Take the bus from Chişinău station to Istanbul

$111 - $216

Train, night train  •  3 days 0 h

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Pietari (Finljandski) 782 / ...
  2. Take the train from St Petersburg Vitebskii to Chisinau D
  3. Take the train from Chisinau to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
  4. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$117 - $175

Drive  •  42 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Helsinki to Istanbul 2331.8 miles

$500 - $800

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Helsinki to Istanbul is to fly which costs 75€ - 160€ and takes 6 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Helsinki to Istanbul is to fly which costs 75€ - 160€ and takes 6 h 26 min.

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The distance between Helsinki and Istanbul is 2148 km. The road distance is 3730.9 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 26 min to get from Helsinki to Istanbul, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Helsinki to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Helsinki and arriving at Istanbul - Aksaray via Saint Petersburg, Odessa, Pryvoz and Constanta. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 15 h.

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What companies run services between Helsinki, Finland and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot Russian Airlines and five other airlines fly from Helsinki to Istanbul every 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Helsinki to Istanbul via Saint Petersburg, Odessa, Odessa, Pryvoz, Constanța, and Constanta in around 2 days 15 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $380
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
6 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $340
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $480
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $380
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul via Kiev
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Train operators
Finnish Railways (VR)
Website
vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Pietari (Finljandski)
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
www.vr.fi
Moldovan Railways (CFM)
Website
railway.md
Train from Chisinau to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
13 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
railway.md
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Temptrans
Website
temptrans.ee
Bus from Tallinn to Odessa
Ave. Duration
27 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Schedules at
temptrans.ee
Maximov Tours
Website
maximovtours.com
Bus from Odessa, Pryvoz to Constanța
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
maximovtours.com
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Ecolines
Phone
+371 67214512
Email
info@ecolines.lv
Website
ecolines.net
Bus from Helsinki to Saint Petersburg
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Bus from Saint Petersburg to Odessa
Ave. Duration
27 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ecolines.net
Chisinau Bus Station
Phone
+373 22 542-185
Email
autogara@mtc.md
Website
autogara.md
Bus from Chişinău station to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
23 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Schedules at
autogara.md
Ferry operators
Tallink
Phone
+49 (0)40 547 541 222
Email
international.sales@tallinksilja.com
Website
tallink.com
Car ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $210
Schedules at
tallink.com
Passenger
$41 - $43
Vehicle
$43 - $44
Cabin
$54
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