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There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Lecce by plane, train, bus, car ferry or car

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Fly to Bari, train

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Bari (BRI)
  2. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Lecce

Cheapest option

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Struga
  2. Take the Bus from Struga to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Lecce

3 alternative options

Fly to Brindisi

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Brindisi (BDS)

Bus, car ferry, Leonetti Bus

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Esenler Otogar to Katerini
  2. Take the bus from Katerini to Durrës
  3. Take the car ferry from Durrës to Bari
  4. Take the Leonetti Bus from Bari to Lecce - Autostazione

Drive, car ferry

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Patras
  2. Take the car ferry from Patras to Brindisi
  3. Drive from Brindisi to Lecce
Turkey → Italy
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International entry into Italy 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 Italy from Turkey

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 result is required for quarantine release
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
This applies to arrivals from Turkey
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 result is required for quarantine release
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino, Ukraine and Vatican
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Italy

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Turkey

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy 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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • FFP2 masks are required on all public transport

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lecce is 1500.

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

The social distance requirement in Lecce is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

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

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Last updated: 19 May 2022
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Lecce is to bus and train which costs 900 ₺ - 2.100 ₺ and takes 26h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Lecce is to fly and train which costs 2.100 ₺ - 5.500 ₺ and takes 5h 8m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Lecce is 911 km.

The best way to get from Istanbul to Lecce without a car is to bus and train which takes 26h 58m and costs 900 ₺ - 2.100 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5h 8m to get from Istanbul to Lecce, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Bari Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h.

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Lecce is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 2:47 PM in Istanbul and 1:47 PM in Lecce.

Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Airport to Bari Airport.

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There are 497+ hotels available in Lecce. Prices start at €87 per night.

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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 Lecce.
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  • Distance: 911.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 8m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Lecce, Italy?

Turkish Airlines, Air Dolomiti and 12 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Lecce hourly.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Bologna
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €490
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
€220 - €650
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€200 - €650
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Vienna
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
€150 - €490
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €550
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
€220 - €700
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Geneva
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€180 - €600
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €550
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Bari
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€130 - €360
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Venice
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€150 - €490
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Nantes
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€150 - €700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €470
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€190 - €600
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€200 - €600
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Istanbul to Brindisi via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €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 Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €55
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€14 - €20
Base Standard
€30 - €45
Base Premium
€35 - €55
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bari Centrale to Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €21
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€19 - €21
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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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 Lecce
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€10 - €15
Bus operators
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus from Struga to Bari
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€15 - €23
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Katerini to Durrës
Ave. Duration
10h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
TTI Leonettibus SRL
Ferry operators
Adria Ferries
Phone
071 50211621
Email
booking@adriaferries.com
Website
adriaferries.com
Car ferry from Durrës to Bari
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Adria Ferries
Deck
€60 - €70
Car
€95 - €105
Inside cabin 2 beds
€90 - €100
Inner cabin 2 beds
€95 - €110
Outside cabin 2 beds
€114
Grimaldi Lines
Phone
+39.081.496.444
Email
info@grimaldi.napoli.it
Website
grimaldi-lines.com
Car ferry from Patras to Brindisi
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€35 - €80
Website
Grimaldi Lines

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