There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Budapest by plane, bus, night train, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from Istanbul  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Budapest (BUD) IST - BUD

$68 - $273

Cheapest option

Bus, night train, EuroNight  •  41 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
  2. Take the night train from Çerkezköy to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  3. Take the EuroNight from Gara de Nord to Budapest-Keleti

$54 - $79

5 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Budapest (BUD) SAW - BUD

$71 - $419

Bus EAAA  •  22 h 16 min

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

$61 - $102

Bus Eurolines HU  •  27 h 11 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Burgas South
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Budapest Népliget 595 / ...

$89 - $148

Night train, train  •  37 h 27 min

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord Bosphor Express
  2. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Budapest-Keleti D / ...

$90 - $129

Drive  •  13 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Budapest 826.5 miles

$170 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Budapest is to bus and night train and EuroNight which costs 250 ₺ - 380 ₺ and takes 41 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Budapest is to fly which costs 320 ₺ - 1.300 ₺ and takes 5 h 17 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Budapest is 1067 km. The road distance is 1322.5 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 17 min to get from Istanbul to Budapest, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Budapest. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Budapest via Plovdiv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 16 min.

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What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Budapest, Hungary?

Turkish Airlines and Tarom fly from Istanbul to Budapest 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Budapest via Plovdiv in around 22 h 16 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Budapest
Ave. Duration
1 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $320
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul to Budapest via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $650
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Budapest
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Çerkezköy to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
18 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $19
Website
bdz.bg
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Gara de Nord to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
17 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
cd.cz
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
EAAA
Website
rta.government.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Budapest
Ave. Duration
14 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
rta.government.bg
Eurolines HU
Phone
+36 (1) 382-0888
Email
info@volanbusz.hu
Website
eurolines.hu
Bus from Burgas to Budapest Népliget
Ave. Duration
19 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
nemzetkozi.volanbusz.hu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Burgas to Budapest
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $190
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Cerkezkoy
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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