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There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Lausanne by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly to Geneva, train  •  4h 52m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Geneva (GVA) IST - GVA
  2. Take the train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne

SFr 121 - SFr 303

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 26m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Zurich (ZRH) IST - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne

SFr 165 - SFr 363

Fly to Basel, train  •  6h 33m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Basel (BSL) IST - BSL
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Bern
  3. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne

SFr 133 - SFr 388

Bus, train  •  37h 47m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Lindau
  2. Take the train from Lindau-Reutin to Zuerich Hb Ec
  3. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lausanne Ic1 / ...

SFr 157 - SFr 220

Bus  •  38h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ferizaj
  2. Take the bus from Ferizaj to Lausanne

SFr 128 - SFr 156

Bus via Niš  •  39h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Niš
  2. Take the bus from Niš to Lausanne

Night train, train  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Videle
  2. Take the train from Videle to Budapest-Keleti Ir
  3. Take the night train from Budapest-Keleti to Zuerich Hb En
  4. Take the train from Zürich HB to Lausanne Ic1 / ...

SFr 301 - SFr 471

Drive  •  22h 1m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Lausanne 2281.9 km

SFr 270 - SFr 390

Turkey → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from Turkey

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Turkey

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Turkey
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Austria: Oberösterreich, Salzburg
France: Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Paris, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Germany: Saxony, Thuringia
Italy: Campania, Apulia

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Hungary, India, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Paraguay, Poland, Qatar, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and Uruguay
  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Considerations leaving from Turkey

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Turkey.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lausanne is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lausanne is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lausanne is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Turkey from Switzerland.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Istanbul to Lausanne is to bus, which costs 1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺ and takes 38h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Lausanne is to fly and train which costs 950 ₺ - 2.400 ₺ and takes 4h 52m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Lausanne is 1886 km. The road distance is 2281.9 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Lausanne without a car is to bus and train which takes 37h 47m and costs 1.200 ₺ - 1.800 ₺.

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It takes approximately 4h 52m to get from Istanbul to Lausanne, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 10m.

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Lausanne is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 5:05 AM in Istanbul and 4:05 AM in Lausanne.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Lausanne is 2282 km. It takes approximately 22h 1m to drive from Istanbul to Lausanne.

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Luxair, Ukraine International Airlines, Air Serbia and three other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 214+ hotels available in Lausanne. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 1886.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 52m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Lausanne, Switzerland?

You can take a bus from Istanbul to Lausanne via Otogar, Istanbul, and Ferizaj in around 38h 13m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 250
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 250
Flights from Istanbul to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 270
Flights from Istanbul to Basel
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 330
Flights from Istanbul to Basel via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 380
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 330
Flights from Istanbul to Zurich via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 410
Flights from Istanbul to Basel via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 390
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 190
Flights from Istanbul to Zurich via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 290
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 300
Flights from Istanbul to Zurich via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 290
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 210 - SFr 360
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Istanbul to Geneva via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 250
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Zurich via Zagreb
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 270
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Basel via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 270
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 26 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 50
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Bern
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 24
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Lindau-Reutin to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 20 - SFr 28
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Videle
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 25
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
SFr 17 - SFr 20
1st Class
SFr 20 - SFr 25
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Night train from Budapest-Keleti to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 200 - SFr 270
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Lindau
Ave. Duration
31h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 71
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ferizaj
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 27 - SFr 55
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Arditi Tours
Phone
+383 49 871 234
Email
ardititours@hotmail.com
Website
sr-rs.facebook.com
Bus from Ferizaj to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
20h 1m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 100
Schedules at
sr-rs.facebook.com
Ozlem Tours
Phone
+38120 411090
Email
ozlemtours@yahoo.com
Website
ozlem.rs
Bus from Istanbul to Niš
Ave. Duration
12h 17m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
ozlem.rs
Bogojevic Reisen
Phone
+381 35 433 333
Email
info@bogojevic.eu
Website
bogojevic-reisen.ch
Bus from Niš to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 1 - SFr 80
Schedules at
bogojevic-reisen.com

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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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