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There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Ankara by bus, train, 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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Bus, train  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gebze
  2. Take the train from Gebze to Ankara Yht

$8 - $15

6 alternative options

Bus MetroTurizm  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ankara

$8 - $15

Bus Kamil Koc  •  8 h 42 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Kayaş

$11 - $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 Ataturk  •  4 h 7 min

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

$33 - $253

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  5 h 16 min

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

$18 - $54

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to bus and train which costs 40 ₺ - 85 ₺ and takes 6 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to fly which costs 180 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 4 h 7 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 bus and train which takes 6 h 2 min and costs 40 ₺ - 85 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6 h 2 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 180 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 4 h 7 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Ankara Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Istanbul to Ankara bus services, operated by MetroTurizm, arrive at Ankara station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Ankara.
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  • Distance: 220 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 2 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 - $15 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 Ataturk to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $550
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$14 - $55
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Gebze to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Kayaş
Ave. Duration
7 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
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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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Ankara is 451 km. It takes approximately 4 h 33 min to drive from Istanbul to Ankara.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Ankara Airport.

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There are 183+ hotels available in Ankara. Prices start at $27 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Istanbul and Ankara. 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 Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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