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

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Fly from Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 6m

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

$51 - $191

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Athens

$16 - $41

2 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6h 25m

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

$63 - $257

Drive  •  11h 33m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Athens 681.3 miles

$160 - $240

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Athens is to bus which costs 85 ₺ - 240 ₺ and takes 17h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Athens is to fly which costs 280 ₺ - 1.100 ₺ and takes 5h 6m.

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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 17h 22m and costs 85 ₺ - 240 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5h 6m 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 5h 6m and costs 280 ₺ - 1.100 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 85 ₺ - 240 ₺ and takes 17h 22m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Athens Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Athens is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:48 PM in Istanbul and 7:48 PM in Athens.

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

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Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Athens Airport.

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  • Distance: 350.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 6m

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Istanbul to Athens every 4 hours. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul to Athens once daily. Tickets cost $15 - $40 and the journey takes 16h 10m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34m and costs 4 ₺.

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