There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Kars by plane, taxi, bus, train 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.

Recommended option

Fly Istanbul to Kars  •  3 h 49 min

  1. IST - KSY

$73 - $494

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc, train  •  24 h 28 min

  1. DOĞU EKSPRESİ

$24 - $35

6 alternative options

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Kars  •  4 h 54 min

  1. SAW - KSY

$33 - $191

Fly Istanbul to Igdir Airport, taxi  •  5 h 28 min

  1. IST - IGD

$111 - $621

Fly Istanbul to Agri, taxi  •  6 h 11 min

  1. IST - AJI

$146 - $346

Bus  •  24 h 10 min

$34 - $42

Bus, train via Irmak  •  31 h 38 min

  1. YHT

$53 - $73

Drive  •  19 h

  1. 896 miles

$180 - $270

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Kars, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Kars twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Kars via Otogar, Istanbul Otogari, and Trabzon in around 24 h 10 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Kars
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Istanbul to Kars via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Kars
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $480
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Kars via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $480
Flights from Istanbul to Igdir Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Igdir Airport via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Agri
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $500
Flights from Istanbul to Agri via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Kars
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$27 - $160
Train operators
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Erzurum to Kars
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Gebze to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Irmak to Kars
Ave. Duration
23 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Trabzon
Ave. Duration
16 h 13 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$19 - $27
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Iğdırlı Tourism
Phone
90.476.228 69 01
Email
bilgi@igdirliturizm.com.tr
Website
igdirliturizm.com.tr
Bus from Trabzon to Kars
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
igdirliturizm.com.tr
Kanberoğlu Turizm
Phone
0462 325 22 83
Website
kanberoglu.com.tr
Bus from Trabzon to Kars
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
kanberoglu.com.tr
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Erzurum
Ave. Duration
18 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Other operators
Taxi from Igdir Airport to Kars
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Kars is 1189 km. The road distance is 1434 km.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Kars is to bus and train which costs 100 ₺ - 160 ₺ and takes 24 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Kars is to fly which takes 3 h 49 min and costs 330 ₺ - 2.300 ₺.

It takes approximately 3 h 49 min to get from Istanbul to Kars, including transfers.