There are 10 ways to get from Istanbul to Bansko by bus, train, taxi, night train, car or plane

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Bus Metro Plus  •  10 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Bansko

$32 - $57

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Bus MetroTurizm  •  13 h 44 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Razlog

$17 - $31

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Train, taxi  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station
  2. Take the train from Svilengrad to Belovo
  3. Take a taxi from Belovo to Bansko

$59 - $75

Bus, night train  •  14 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
  2. Take the night train from Çerkezköy to Plovdiv
  3. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Bansko

$20 - $28

Drive  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bansko 352.6 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Istanbul to Sofia, bus  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Sofia (SOF) IST - SOF
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Bansko

$74 - $213

Fly Istanbul to Thessaloniki, bus  •  10 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Thessaloniki (SKG) IST - SKG
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad

$96 - $235

Fly Istanbul to Skopje, bus  •  10 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Skopje (SKP) IST - SKP
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Bansko

$134 - $224

Fly Istanbul to Pristina, train, bus  •  12 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Pristina (PRN) IST - PRN
  2. Take the train from Miradi e Poshtme to Skopje
  3. Take the bus from Skopje to Bansko

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Skopje, bus  •  11 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Skopje (SKP) SAW - SKP
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Bansko

$121 - $1,369

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bansko is to bus which costs 100 ₺ - 190 ₺ and takes 13 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bansko is to drive which costs 440 ₺ - 650 ₺ and takes 6 h 16 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Bansko. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Bansko via Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 52 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Bansko is 464 km. The road distance is 564.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Bansko without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 52 min and costs 190 ₺ - 360 ₺.

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It takes approximately 10 h 52 min to get from Istanbul to Bansko, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Bansko bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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

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Istanbul to Bansko bus services, operated by Municipality of Bansko, arrive at Bansko station.

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Bansko is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:18 AM in Istanbul and 8:18 AM in Bansko.

Map of how to get from Istanbul to Bansko.
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  • Distance: 290.3 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 52 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Bansko, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Istanbul to Bansko via Plovdiv and Plovdiv in around 10 h 52 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $290
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Istanbul to Pristina
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Svilengrad to Belovo
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Çerkezköy to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $10
Website
bdz.bg
Trainkos
Phone
038 534 – 814
Email
info@trainkos.com
Website
trainkos.com
Train from Miradi e Poshtme to Skopje
Ave. Duration
2 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
trainkos.com
Bus operators
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Municipality of Bansko
Website
bansko.net
Bus from Plovdiv to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
bansko.net
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
bansko.net
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $12
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Patnicheski prevozi Blagoevgrad
Phone
073/88 40 09
Email
p.prevozi.blg@abv.bg
Website
pprevoziblg.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Razlog
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
pprevoziblg.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
2 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
avtogari.info
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Bansko
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Ilias Travel
Phone
+359 2831 9192
Email
office@iliastravel.com
Website
iliastravel.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $17
Schedules at
iliastravel.com
Biser Prom
Phone
02/3228603
Email
biserprom@t-home.mk
Website
biserprom.com.mk
Bus from Skopje to Bansko
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$63
Schedules at
biserprom.com.mk
Other operators
Taxi from Belovo to Bansko
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Bansko is 564 km. It takes approximately 6 h 16 min to drive from Istanbul to Bansko.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Airport to Sofia Airport.

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There are 537+ hotels available in Bansko. Prices start at $22 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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