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

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Fly from Istanbul  •  2h 37m

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

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Train via Istanbul Pendik  •  5h 59m

  1. Take the train from Istanbul Pendik to Ankara Yht / ...

7 alternative options

Train to Sabiha Gokcen, fly  •  4h 47m

  1. Take the train from Yenikapi to Tersane
  2. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Ankara (ESB) SAW - ESB

Train  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the train from Halkali to Ankara Hst

Bus via Umraniye  •  7h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Umraniye to Ankara

Bus  •  7h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Ankara

Rideshare  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the rideshare from İstanbul to Ankara 451.7 km

Taxi  •  4h 33m

  1. Take a taxi from Istanbul to Ankara 451.7 km

Drive  •  4h 33m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Ankara 451.7 km
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ankara is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Ankara is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

Last updated: 15 May 2022
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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to train via Istanbul Pendik which costs 85 ₺ - 160 ₺ and takes 5h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to fly which costs 550 ₺ - 1.000 ₺ and takes 2h 37m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Halkali and arriving at Ankara. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 30m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Ankara is 352 km. The road distance is 451.7 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Ankara without a car is to train which takes 5h 30m and costs 95 ₺ - 170 ₺.

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It takes approximately 2h 37m to get from Istanbul to Ankara, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Ankara is to fly which takes 2h 37m and costs 550 ₺ - 1.000 ₺. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 95 ₺ - 170 ₺ and takes 5h 30m, you could also bus via Umraniye, which costs 100 ₺ - 180 ₺ and takes 7h 8m.

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

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

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  • Distance: 352 km
  • Duration: 2h 37m

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

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Ankara hourly. Alternatively, Turkish Railways (TCDD) operates a train from Halkali to Ankara twice daily. Tickets cost 95 ₺ - 170 ₺ and the journey takes 5h 30m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
350 ₺ - 800 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Ankara
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
340 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Yenikapi to Tersane
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
6 ₺ - 12 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Halkali to Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
95 ₺ - 170 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Train from Istanbul Pendik to Ankara
Ave. Duration
4h 11m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 150 ₺
Website
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Bus 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 Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
183 ₺
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 1.500 ₺
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 Ankara is 452 km. It takes approximately 4h 33m to drive from Istanbul to Ankara.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Airport to Ankara Airport.

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There are 208+ hotels available in Ankara. Prices start at 1.500 ₺ 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 Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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