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There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Greece by plane, ferry, bus or car

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Fly to Thessaloniki  •  2h 53m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Thessaloniki (SKG) IST - SKG

95€ - 253€

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Bus  •  17h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Athens

21€ - 28€

4 alternative options

Fly to Athens  •  2h 59m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Athens (ATH) IST - ATH

73€ - 221€

Fly to Heraklion  •  5h 12m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Heraklion (HER) IST - HER

104€ - 262€

Fly to Dalaman, ferry  •  4h 56m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Dalaman (DLM) IST - DLM
  2. Take the ferry from Fethiye to Rhodos

118€ - 176€

Drive  •  11h 32m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Athens 1087.7 km

130€ - 200€

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International entry into Greece from Turkey

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Greece, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Cyprus, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia and Russia

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Greece from Turkey

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Health screen upon arrival. Travelers showing symptoms will be asked to quarantine for 10 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Health screen upon arrival. Travelers showing symptoms will be asked to quarantine for 10 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from Russia

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Rules to follow in Greece

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Considerations leaving from Turkey

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


No, entry into Greece from Turkey is currently restricted.

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Greece is 0210 521 2054.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Greece is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Greece is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0210 521 2054.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Turkey from Greece.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to bus which costs 180 ₺ - 250 ₺ and takes 17h 50m.

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The fastest way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to fly. Taking this option will cost 800 ₺ - 2.200 ₺ and takes 2h 53m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Greece is 634 km. The road distance is 1087.7 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Greece without a car is to bus which takes 17h 50m and costs 180 ₺ - 250 ₺.

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It takes approximately 2h 53m to get from Istanbul to Greece, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to fly which takes 2h 53m and costs 800 ₺ - 2.200 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 180 ₺ - 250 ₺ and takes 17h 50m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Greece is 1088 km. It takes approximately 11h 32m to drive from Istanbul to Greece.

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Olympic Air and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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There are 15+ hotels available in Greece. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Greece.
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  • Distance: 633.8 km
  • Duration: 2h 53m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Greece?

Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Istanbul to Thessaloníki once daily. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Athens once daily. Tickets cost 19€ - 26€ and the journey takes 16h 10m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 140€
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 160€
Flights from Istanbul to Athens via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 150€
Flights from Istanbul to Dalaman
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
25€ - 140€
Flights from Istanbul to Dalaman via Ankara
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
25€ - 140€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 140€
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 140€
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 160€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 270€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 340€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Vienna
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Flights from Istanbul to Heraklion via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Bus operators
Ferry operators
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins
Phone
+302241304030
Email
info@12fd.gr
Website
12fd.gr
Ferry from Fethiye to Rhodos
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€
Website
Dodecanese Flying Dolphins

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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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