There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Italy by plane, bus, bus and ferry, train, night bus 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.

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Fly to Naples  •  3h 17m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Naples (NAP) IST - NAP

96€ - 349€

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Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  29h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Struga
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Struga to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Roma Termini Fa / ...

91€ - 187€

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Fly to Bologna  •  3h 34m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bologna (BLQ) IST - BLQ

97€ - 200€

Fly to Rome  •  3h 54m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Rome (FCO) IST - FCO

113€ - 419€

Fly to Bari  •  3h 31m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bari (BRI) IST - BRI

121€ - 349€

Bus  •  39h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Roma

204€ - 254€

Bus, Bus and Ferry, night bus  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Xanthi
  2. Take the Bus and Ferry from Xanthi to Ancona
  3. Take the night bus from Ancona to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station

211€ - 305€

Drive  •  21h 21m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Rome 2231.9 km

300€ - 450€

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Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Italy. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Italy.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

Some border closures are in place for Italy due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Most travel to this country is restricted.

Source Type: Government | Last updated: 4/18/2020

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Italy from 5/18/2020.

Source Type: Government | Last updated: 5/18/2020

International flights leaving Turkey are suspended as part of the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Restrictions may also be in place for other modes of transport.

Source Type: Government | Last updated: 3/31/2020

Data sourced from: CDC, ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which costs 700 ₺ - 2.600 ₺ and takes 3h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which costs 700 ₺ - 2.600 ₺ and takes 3h 17m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Italy is 1358 km. The road distance is 2231.9 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Italy without a car is to bus and bus and ferry and train which takes 29h 59m and costs 650 ₺ - 1.400 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 17m to get from Istanbul to Italy, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Italy is to fly which takes 3h 17m and costs 700 ₺ - 2.600 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺ and takes 39h 1m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Naples Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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Italy is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 4:14 AM in Istanbul and 3:14 AM in Italy.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Italy is 2232 km. It takes approximately 21h 21m to drive from Istanbul to Italy.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Naples Airport.

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  • Distance: 1358.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 17m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Italy?

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Naples twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Rome via Otogar, Istanbul, Sofia, Roma, and Termini in around 39h 1m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 400€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 290€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bari
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bologna via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
180€ - 310€
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 450€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 600€
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 110€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
35€ - 50€
Base Standard
60€ - 85€
Base Premium
75€ - 110€
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
29€ - 40€
Bus operators
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus and ferry from Struga to Bari
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
25€ - 40€
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€
Website
Has Turizm
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Schedules at
matpu.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Roma
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
190€ - 240€
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Xanthi to Ancona
Ave. Duration
33h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
180€ - 260€
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Ancona to Rome, Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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