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There are 9 ways to get from Istanbul to İzmir by plane, ferry, bus, train, rideshare, taxi or car

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Fly from Istanbul  •  2h 8m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Izmir (ADB) IST - ADB

293 ₺ - 681 ₺

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Train  •  15h 20m

  1. Take the train from Halkali to Eskisehir Hst
  2. Take the train from Eskisehir to Izmir Basmane İzmir Mavi

44 ₺ - 55 ₺

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Ferry to Sabiha Gokcen, fly  •  4h 26m

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

153 ₺ - 359 ₺

Ferry, bus  •  6h 4m

  1. Take the ferry from Yenikapı to Yalova
  2. Take the bus from Yalova to Kemalpasa

130 ₺ - 182 ₺

Bus  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to İzmir

105 ₺ - 165 ₺

Bus, train  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Balikesir
  2. Take the train from Balikesir to Basmane 6 Eylül Ekspresi / ...

71 ₺ - 126 ₺

Rideshare  •  8h 37m

  1. Take the rideshare from İstanbul to İzmir 477.5 km

116 ₺

Taxi  •  4h 34m

  1. Take a taxi from Istanbul to İzmir 478.1 km

1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺

Drive  •  4h 34m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to İzmir 478.1 km

440 ₺ - 650 ₺

Istanbul to İzmir by train

The train journey time between Istanbul and İzmir is around 17h 2m and covers a distance of around 766 km. The fastest train normally takes 17h 2m. Operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD), the Istanbul to İzmir train service departs from Halkali and arrives in Izmir Basmane. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Istanbul to İzmir train schedules

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

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The social distance requirement in İzmir is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Istanbul to İzmir is to train, which costs 40 ₺ - 55 ₺ and takes 15h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to İzmir is to fly which costs 290 ₺ - 700 ₺ and takes 2h 8m.

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No, there is no direct train from Istanbul to İzmir. However, there are services departing from Halkali and arriving at Izmir Basmane via Eskisehir. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 20m.

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The distance between Istanbul and İzmir is 328 km. The road distance is 478.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to İzmir without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 6h 4m and costs 130 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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It takes approximately 2h 8m to get from Istanbul to İzmir, including transfers.

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Istanbul to İzmir train services, operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD), depart from Halkali station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to İzmir is to fly which takes 2h 8m and costs 290 ₺ - 700 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100 ₺ - 170 ₺ and takes 9h 21m, you could also train, which costs 40 ₺ - 55 ₺ and takes 15h 20m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Izmir Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Istanbul to İzmir train services, operated by Turkish Railways (TCDD), arrive at Izmir Basmane station.

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  • Distance: 328.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 8m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and İzmir, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines fly from Istanbul to İzmir every 2 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul to İzmir hourly. Tickets cost 85 ₺ - 130 ₺ and the journey takes 8h 45m. MetroTurizm also services this route hourly.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Izmir
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 900 ₺
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Izmir
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 550 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Istanbul to Izmir
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 550 ₺
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Izmir
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 650 ₺
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Balikesir to Basmane
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
17 ₺ - 22 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Halkali to Eskisehir
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22 ₺ - 28 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Eskisehir to Izmir Basmane
Ave. Duration
10h 24m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22 ₺ - 28 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Yalova to Kemalpasa
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60 ₺ - 95 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Izmir
Ave. Duration
9h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
75 ₺ - 130 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Balikesir
Ave. Duration
5h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50 ₺ - 100 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Ferry operators
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from İstanbul to İzmir
Ave. Duration
8h 37m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
116 ₺
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Istanbul to İzmir
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Yesilpinar Taxi
Phone
+90 212 427 34 34
Website
onlinetaksi.com
Pera Taksi
Phone
+90 212 245 5498
Website
perataksi.com
Istanbul Taxi
Phone
+902163611807
Website
onlinetaksi.com
Al's Taxi Istanbul
Phone
+90 553 671 60 50

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to İzmir is 478 km. It takes approximately 4h 34m to drive from Istanbul to İzmir.

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Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Izmir Airport.

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There are 602+ hotels available in İzmir. Prices start at 750 ₺ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Istanbul and İzmir. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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