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There are 2 ways to get from Istanbul to Karbala by plane or car

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Fly to Baghdad, drive  •  4h 50m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Baghdad (BGW) IST - BGW
  2. Drive from Baghdad to Karbala

1 alternative option

Fly to Najaf, drive  •  4h 33m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Najaf (NJF) IST - NJF
  2. Drive from Najaf to Karbala

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iraq

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

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For the latest travel status, we recommend checking the official page for Iraq.

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Some international borders began to reopen in Iraq from July 16.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Iraq

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Iraq from July 23.

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Iraq

Limited international flights leaving Turkey began to resume from August 1.

Last updated: October 21 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Karbala is 1631 km.

It takes approximately 4h 50m to get from Istanbul to Karbala, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Baghdad Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 45m.

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Middle East Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Egyptair and two other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Baghdad Airport.

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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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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Karbala.
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  • Distance: 1631.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 50m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Karbala, Iraq?

There is no direct connection from Istanbul to Karbala. However, you can take the taxi to Istanbul airport, fly to Baghdad, then take the drive to Karbala. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Istanbul airport, fly to Najaf, then take the drive to Karbala.

Airlines
Iraqi Airways
Website
iraqiairways.com.iq
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad via Basra
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Istanbul to Najaf
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Istanbul to Najaf via Baghdad
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Istanbul to Najaf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Egyptair
Website
egyptair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad via Cairo
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$300 - $900
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad via Beirut
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Istanbul to Baghdad via Amman
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $900

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