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

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Fly  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Catania (CTA) IST - CTA

$86 - $321

6 alternative options

Bus, bus and ferry Portokalidis Tours  •  37 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Ancona
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Catania

$235 - $353

Bus, bus and ferry via Gostivar  •  39 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Gostivar to Bari
  3. Take the bus from Bari Station to Spezzano albanese Terme
  4. Take the bus from Spezzano Albanese, Terme Spezzano to Catania, Catania Autostazione 582

$120 - $215

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  40 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini Fr / ...
  4. Take the train from Roma Termini to Catania Centrale Ic / ...

$284 - $448

Bus, bus and ferry, train, night bus  •  46 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Durrës
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Durres Zob to Brindisi
  3. Take the train from Brindisi to Taranto Reg / ...
  4. Take the night bus from Taranto to Lamezia Terme Centrale Bus
  5. Take the train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Catania Centrale Ic / ...

Night train, train  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  2. Take the night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Wien Hbf D
  3. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Venezia Mestre Rj
  4. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Firenze S.Maria Novella Fr / ...
  5. Take the train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Napoli Centrale Fr
  6. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Catania Centrale Ic

$300 - $502

Drive, car ferry  •  27 h

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Igoumenitsa
  2. Take the car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi
  3. Drive from Brindisi to Villa San Giovanni
  4. Take the car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
  5. Drive from Messina Marittima to Catania

$285 - $526

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Catania is to fly which costs 480 ₺ - 1.900 ₺ and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Catania is to fly which costs 480 ₺ - 1.900 ₺ and takes 5 h 4 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Catania is 1256 km.

The best way to get from Istanbul to Catania without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 37 h 51 min and costs 1.300 ₺ - 2.000 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5 h 4 min to get from Istanbul to Catania, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Catania Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 30 min.

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Catania is 2 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 3:51 AM in Istanbul and 1:51 AM in Catania.

Aegean Airlines, Air Malta and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Catania Airport.

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There are 2481+ hotels available in Catania. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Catania.
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  • Distance: 785 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 4 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Catania, Italy?

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Air Malta fly from Istanbul to Catania twice daily.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Catania
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $950
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Catania via Athens
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $700
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Catania via Malta
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $950
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Venezia Mestre to Firenze S.Maria Novella
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.Maria Novella to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Venezia Mestre Station to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station to Napoli Centrale Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
italotreno.it
Trenitalia Intercity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
9 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Lamezia Terme Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
7 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Brindisi to Taranto
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $13
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$10 - $13
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
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
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 Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Durrës
Ave. Duration
19 h 16 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Ancona
Ave. Duration
16 h 26 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$160 - $240
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
Ave. Duration
19 h 5 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $280
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Catania
Ave. Duration
12 h 49 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
ms.mk
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus and ferry from Gostivar to Bari
Ave. Duration
11 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $100
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Saj
Phone
0981 500331
Email
info@saj.it
Website
saj.it
Bus from Bari Station to Spezzano albanese Terme
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19
Schedules at
saj.it
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Spezzano Albanese, Terme Spezzano to Catania, Catania Autostazione
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Florentia Bus
Phone
+39 055 967024
Email
info@florentiabus.it
Website
florentiabus.it
Bus and ferry from Durres Zob to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
13 h 10 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Schedules at
florentiabus.it
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Night bus from Taranto to Lamezia Terme Centrale
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Ferry operators
European Seaways
Phone
+30 210 9561630
Email
info@europeanseaways.com
Website
europeanseaways.com
Car ferry from Igoumenitsa to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$65 - $160
Schedules at
europeanseaways.com
DECK
$69
AIRTYPE SEATS
$75
2-BERTH OUTSIDE CABIN
$156
Caronte & Tourist
Phone
800 627414
Email
servizioclienti@carontetourist.it
Website
carontetourist.it
Car ferry from Villa San Giovanni to Messina Marittima
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $45
Schedules at
carontetourist.it
Passenger
$2 - $3
Car
$28 - $45

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