Directions from Istanbul to Bansko

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Recommended option

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

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc  •  14 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Komotini
  2. Take the bus from Komotini to Bansko

$24 - $43

8 alternative options

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

$57 - $78

Bus Matpu  •  15 h 21 min

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

$29 - $39

Drive  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bansko 352.6 miles

$70 - $110

Fly Istanbul to Sofia, bus  •  8 h 54 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 6 min

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

$89 - $230

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

$133 - $223

Fly Istanbul to Pristina, train, bus  •  12 h 48 min

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

$114 - $215

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 - $1,370

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 32 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 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
$4 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Fushë Kosovë to Skopje
Ave. Duration
2 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $22
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
MZI
Website
mzi.mk
Train from Kosovo Polje to Skopje
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
mzi.mk
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
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gumulcine
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $14
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 Komotini
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Komotini to Bansko
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $29
Schedules at
matpu.com
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
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.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
$62
Schedules at
biserprom.com.mk
Other operators
Taxi from Belovo to Bansko
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Bansko is 464 km. The road distance is 564 km.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bansko is to bus which costs 110 ₺ - 210 ₺ and takes 14 h 7 min.

The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bansko is to drive which takes 6 h 16 min and costs 340 ₺ - 500 ₺.

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.

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