There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Greece by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Thessaloniki  •  2h 9m

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

115€ - 209€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  17h 38m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Athens

25€ - 32€

3 alternative options

Fly to Athens  •  3h 4m

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

70€ - 194€

Fly to Heraklion  •  4h 17m

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

81€ - 136€

Drive  •  11h 34m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Athens 1090.3 km

140€ - 210€

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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 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Greece is to fly which costs 850 ₺ - 1.600 ₺ and takes 2h 9m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Greece is 634 km. The road distance is 1090.3 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Greece without a car is to bus which takes 17h 38m and costs 180 ₺ - 250 ₺.

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It takes approximately 2h 9m 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 9m and costs 850 ₺ - 1.600 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 180 ₺ - 250 ₺ and takes 17h 38m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Greece is 1090 km. It takes approximately 11h 34m to drive from Istanbul to Greece.

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

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There are 57+ hotels available in Greece. Prices start at 87€ 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 9m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Greece?

Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Istanbul to Thessaloniki 3 times a day. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Athens once daily. Tickets cost 22€ - 29€ and the journey takes 16h 10m.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 230€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 230€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 210€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 240€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 300€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
90€ - 330€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 350€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Rhodes
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 220€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
110€ - 390€
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 230€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 210€
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Athens via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 170€
Blue Dart Aviation
Website
bluedartaviation.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Heraklion via Tel Aviv
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 430€
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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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