There are 8 ways to get from Helsinki to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus, night train, car ferry or car

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Fly from Helsinki  •  6 h 27 min

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

$88 - $179

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Ferry to Tallinn, fly  •  8 h 5 min

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

$143 - $285

Ferry, bus  •  2 days 10 h

  1. Take the 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

$147 - $194

Ferry, bus, night train  •  2 days 14 h

  1. Take the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
  2. Take the bus from Tallinn to Odessa 999
  3. Take the bus from Odessa Privoz to Bucharest
  4. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$131 - $182

Carferry, bus, ferry  •  2 days 14 h

  1. Take the carferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
  2. Take the bus from Tallinn to Odessa 999
  3. Take the ferry from Chernomorsk to Haydarpaşa
  4. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Karaköy

$188 - $427

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

$153 - $226

Carferry, bus  •  3 days 20 h

  1. Take the carferry from Kolera-allas to Stockholm
  2. Take the bus from Stockholm to Brăila
  3. Take the bus from Brăila to Istanbul - Aksaray

$533 - $586

Drive  •  42 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Helsinki to Istanbul 2331.8 miles

$500 - $800

Questions & Answers

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

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Istanbul without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 2 days 10 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 27 min to get from Helsinki to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Helsinki to Istanbul bus services, operated by Ecolines, depart from Helsinki station.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Istanbul is to fly which takes 6 h 27 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 days 15 h.

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The quickest flight from Helsinki Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 25 min.

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Helsinki to Istanbul bus services, operated by TransEvren, arrive at Istanbul - Aksaray station.

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Helsinki. It is currently 4:18 AM in Helsinki and 4:18 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Helsinki to Istanbul is 3731 km. It takes approximately 42 h 10 min to drive from Helsinki to Istanbul.

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  • Distance: 1342.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 27 min

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 2 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 Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $380
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $480
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul Ataturk 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 Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul Ataturk via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $400
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul Ataturk via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $340
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul Ataturk via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Helsinki to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $220
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $430
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Tallinn to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $1,100
Train operators
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
Twice 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
$25 - $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
Bus from Brăila to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Ukraine buses
Website
ticket.bus.com.ua
Bus from Odessa Privoz to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$10 - $35
Schedules at
ticket.bus.com.ua
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
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
$39 - $42
Vehicle
$40 - $43
Cabin
$51
Viking Line
Phone
+358 9 123 575
Website
vikingline.fi
Car ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
vikingline.fi
Passenger
$41
Vehicle
$31
St Peters Line
Phone
+49 611 140 22 02
Website
stpeterline.com
Car ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
stpeterline.com
Car ferry from Kolera-allas to Stockholm
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$375
Schedules at
stpeterline.com
Car
$105
Passenger
$375
Ukrferry
Phone
+380 (482) 34- 82-96
Email
ukf@ukrferry.com
Website
ukrferry.com
Ferry from Chernomorsk to Haydarpaşa
Ave. Duration
29 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
ukrferry.com
Lux
$200
Suite
$170
Standard
$145
Economy
$85
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Scandinavian Airlines, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Helsinki Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Helsinki Airport is to bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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