There are 4 ways to get from Istanbul to Athens by plane, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly from Istanbul  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Athens (ATH) IST - ATH

$51 - $191

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens

$14 - $36

2 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Athens (ATH) SAW - ATH

$63 - $256

Drive  •  11 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Athens 681.3 miles

$160 - $240

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Athens is to bus which costs 85 ₺ - 230 ₺ and takes 17 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Athens is to fly which costs 310 ₺ - 1.200 ₺ and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Athens is 562 km. The road distance is 1090.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Athens without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 22 min and costs 85 ₺ - 230 ₺.

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It takes approximately 4 h 56 min to get from Istanbul to Athens, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Athens is to fly which takes 4 h 56 min and costs 310 ₺ - 1.200 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 85 ₺ - 230 ₺ and takes 17 h 22 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Athens is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:28 PM in Istanbul and 8:28 PM in Athens.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Athens is 1090 km. It takes approximately 11 h 33 min to drive from Istanbul to Athens.

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Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Athens Airport.

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  • Distance: 350.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 56 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Athens, Greece?

Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines fly from Istanbul to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul to Athens once daily. Tickets cost $13 - $35 and the journey takes 16 h 10 min. Crazy Holidays also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Bus operators
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr

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