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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 Ataturk to Kars  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Kars (KSY) IST - KSY

$73 - $494

Cheapest option

Bus, train via Ankara  •  31 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gebze
  2. Take the train from Gebze to Ankara Yht
  3. Take the train from Ankara to Kars

$17 - $26

6 alternative options

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Kars  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Kars (KSY) SAW - KSY

$32 - $190

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Igdir Airport, taxi  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Igdir Airport (IGD) IST - IGD
  2. Take a taxi from Igdir Airport to Kars

$101 - $606

Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Agri, taxi  •  6 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Agri (AJI) IST - AJI
  2. Take a taxi from Agri to Kars

$131 - $326

Bus  •  24 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Trabzon
  2. Take the bus from Trabzon to Kars

$27 - $34

Bus, train  •  24 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Erzurum
  2. Take the train from Erzurum to Kars Doğu Ekspresİ

$19 - $28

Drive  •  19 h

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Kars 896 miles

$180 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Kars is to bus and train which costs 100 ₺ - 160 ₺ and takes 24 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Kars is to fly which costs 410 ₺ - 2.800 ₺ and takes 3 h 49 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Kars is 1189 km. The road distance is 1433.6 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Kars without a car is to bus which takes 24 h 9 min and costs 150 ₺ - 200 ₺.

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Kars is to fly which takes 3 h 49 min and costs 410 ₺ - 2.800 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 150 ₺ - 200 ₺ and takes 24 h 9 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Kars Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 10 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Kars is 1434 km. It takes approximately 19 h to drive from Istanbul to Kars.

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

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There are 11+ hotels available in Kars. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Kars.
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  • Distance: 743.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 49 min

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 9 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Kars
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Kars via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Kars
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $480
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Kars via Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$45 - $480
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Igdir Airport
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Igdir Airport via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $550
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Agri
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $500
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Agri via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Gebze to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Kars
Ave. Duration
24 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $11
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Trabzon
Ave. Duration
16 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $22
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
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
$11
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
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Other operators
Taxi from Igdir Airport to Kars
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55

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