There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Ankara by ferry, train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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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Ferry, train  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Take the ferry from Karaköy to Kadıköy
  2. Take the train from Pendik to Ankara Yht

$6 - $9

6 alternative options

Bus MetroTurizm  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ankara

$8 - $14

Bus Kamil Koc  •  7 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ankara

$9 - $17

Rideshare  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Take the rideshare from İstanbul to Ankara 281.8 miles

$13

Drive  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Ankara 281.8 miles

$55 - $85

Fly from Istanbul  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Ankara (ESB) IST - ESB

$33 - $253

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Ankara (ESB) SAW - ESB

$18 - $53

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to ferry and train which costs 35 ₺ - 55 ₺ and takes 6 h 21 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to fly which costs 200 ₺ - 1.600 ₺ and takes 4 h 2 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Ankara. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 42 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Ankara is 352 km. The road distance is 450.9 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Ankara without a car is to ferry and train which takes 6 h 21 min and costs 35 ₺ - 55 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6 h 21 min to get from Istanbul to Ankara, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Ankara bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to bus which takes 6 h 42 min and costs 45 ₺ - 85 ₺. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs 200 ₺ - 1.600 ₺ and takes 4 h 2 min.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Ankara.
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  • Distance: 220 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 21 min

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

MetroTurizm operates a bus from Istanbul to Ankara 3 times a day. Tickets cost $8 - $14 and the journey takes 6 h 42 min. Alternatively, Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Ankara hourly.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $550
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $55
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Pendik to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Ferry operators
Şehir Hatları
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from İstanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
5 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$13
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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