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There are 12 ways to get from Istanbul to Europe by plane, train, bus, night train, car or car train

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Fly Istanbul to Frankfurt, train  •  8h 8m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Frankfurt (FRA) IST - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt to Fulda Bahnhof
  3. Take the train from Fulda to Bebra

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Bus, train via Regensburg  •  35h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Munich
  2. Take the bus from Munich central bus station to Regensburg central train station 183 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Regensburg central train station to Kassel
  4. Take the train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Bebra Bahnhof Rb5 / ...

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Fly Istanbul to Leipzig, train  •  7h 29m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Leipzig (LEJ) IST - LEJ
  2. Take the train from Leipzig Hbf to Eisenach

Fly Istanbul to Hannover, train  •  8h 27m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Hannover (HAJ) IST - HAJ
  2. Take the train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Göttingen
  3. Take the train from Goettingen to Eschwege

Fly Istanbul to Nuremberg, train  •  8h 32m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Nuremberg (NUE) IST - NUE
  2. Take the train from Nürnberg Hbf to Erfurt Hbf
  3. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Eisenach

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt, train  •  11h 33m

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Frankfurt (FRA) SAW - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt to Fulda Bahnhof
  3. Take the train from Fulda to Bebra

Bus, train  •  31h 11m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Munich
  2. Take the train from München Hbf to Fulda Bahnhof 25 / ...
  3. Take the train from Fulda to Bebra Re / ...

Train, bus  •  36h 55m

  1. Take the train from Halkali to Kapikule
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Plovdiv 492
  3. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Linz
  4. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Fulda Ice
  5. Take the train from Fulda to Bebra Re / ...

Bus, train via Plovdiv  •  40h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv Bus Station South to Kassel Wilhelmshohe Train Staion
  3. Take the train from Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe to Bebra Re

Night train, bus  •  47h 9m

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Stara Zagora
  2. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Eisenach

Drive, car train  •  43h 46m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Edirne
  2. Take the car train from Edirne to Villach Hbf/Bbf
  3. Drive from Villach Hbf/Bbf to Europe

Drive  •  21h 8m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Europe 2292.6 km

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Europe is to bus and train via Regensburg which costs 1.400 ₺ - 2.200 ₺ and takes 35h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Europe is to fly and train which costs 3.200 ₺ - 10.000 ₺ and takes 7h 29m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Europe is 1828 km. The road distance is 2292.6 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Europe without a car is to bus and train which takes 31h 11m and costs 1.600 ₺ - 3.000 ₺.

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It takes approximately 8h 8m to get from Istanbul to Europe, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 5m.

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Europe is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:33 AM in Istanbul and 11:33 PM in Europe.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Europe is 2293 km. It takes approximately 21h 8m to drive from Istanbul to Europe.

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Air Serbia, LOT, KLM and two other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Europe.
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  • Distance: 1828.1 km
  • Duration: 8h 8m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Europe?

There is no direct connection from Istanbul to Europe. However, you can take the taxi to Istanbul airport, fly to Frankfurt, take the walk to Frankfurt, take the train to Fulda, take the train to Bebra, take the walk to Bebra Bahnhof, then take the line 315 bus to Europe. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Istanbul airport, fly to Leipzig, take the walk to Leipzig/Halle Flughafen, take the train to Leipzig Hbf, take the train to Eisenach, take the train to Herleshausen Bahnhof, take the walk to Herleshausen Bahnhof, then take the line 250 bus to Europe.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Leipzig
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Leipzig via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from Istanbul to Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $1,000
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $1,000
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $800
Flights from Istanbul to Leipzig via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 16m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,100
Flights from Istanbul to Nuremberg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Flights from Istanbul to Nuremberg via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,200
Flights from Istanbul to Nuremberg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt via Ankara
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Istanbul to Hannover via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $1,100
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Istanbul to Frankfurt via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Frankfurt via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt to Fulda Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Göttingen
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Nürnberg Hbf to Erfurt Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from München Hbf to Fulda Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Bebra Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Linz Hbf to Fulda
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Frankfurt Airport Fernbahnhof to Fulda station
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Hanover central station to Göttingen station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Erfurt central station to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Flixtrain
cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Phone
+49 561 766396-0
Email
info@cantus-bahn.de
Website
cantus-bahn.de
Train from Fulda to Bebra
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Train from Goettingen to Eschwege
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Bebra Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Train from Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe to Bebra
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 311682904
Website
bahn.com
Train from Fulda Bahnhof to Bebra Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
Train from Kassel Bahnhof Wilhelmshöhe to Bebra Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Deutsche Bahn Regional
ABELLIO Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
Phone
0800 2235546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
ABELLIO Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Leipzig Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Abellio
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
metronom
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Nuernberg Hbf to Erfurt Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
ÖBB EuroCity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf to Fulda
Ave. Duration
5h 31m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Kapikule to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$4 - $5
1st Class
$5 - $6
Night train from Halkali to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$8 - $10
1st Class
$10 - $13
OptimaExpress
Phone
+49 89 54880111
Email
info@optimatours.de
Website
optimatours.de
Car train from Edirne to Villach Hbf/Bbf
Ave. Duration
34h 37m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
optimatours.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Munich central bus station to Regensburg central train station
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Regensburg central train station to Kassel
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $25
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Linz
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $180
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
MetroTurizm
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Schedules at
matpu.com
Racic Eurobus
Phone
+359-887-208-506
Email
racic_bg@yahoo.com
Website
racicbg.com
Bus from Plovdiv Bus Station South to Kassel Wilhelmshohe Train Staion
Ave. Duration
29h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
Racic Eurobus
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from Stara Zagora to Eisenach
Ave. Duration
32h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$90 - $120
Website
Radina VIP

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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