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

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Fly to Thessaloniki, train, drive

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Thessaloniki (SKG)
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Rodopolis
  3. Drive from Rodopolis to Macedonia

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Train

  1. Take the train from Halkali to Kapikule
  2. Take the train from Kapikule to Plovdiv
  3. Take the train from Plovdiv to Sofia
  4. Take the train from Sofia to General Todorov

Fly to Sofia, train

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Sofia (SOF)
  2. Take the train from Sofia to General Todorov

Fly to Skopje, bus, drive

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Skopje (SKP)
  2. Take the bus from Skopje Airport to Evzonoi
  3. Drive from Evzonoi to Macedonia

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Hadzhidimovo
  3. Take the bus from Hadzhidimovo 1907 to Petrich Bus Station

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Blagoevgrad
  2. Take the train from Blagoevgrad to General Todorov

Night train, bus

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Goce Delčev
  3. Take the bus from Goce Delčev to Petrich

Drive

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Macedonia
Turkey → Bulgaria
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International entry into Bulgaria from Turkey

  • Entry is unrestricted for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Conditions of entry into Bulgaria from Turkey

  • There are no current restrictions
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Bulgaria

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Considerations leaving from Turkey

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Bulgaria is currently allowed from Turkey.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • There are no current restrictions

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Macedonia is 02 807 87 57.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Macedonia is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Macedonia is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 02 807 87 57.

No, returning to Turkey from Bulgaria is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 29 Aug 2022
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The most affordable way to get from Istanbul to Macedonia is to train, which costs 420 ₺ - 700 ₺ and takes 17h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Macedonia is to fly and bus and drive which costs 1.900 ₺ - 7.500 ₺ and takes 6h 11m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Macedonia is 492 km. The road distance is 730 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Macedonia without a car is to bus which takes 15h 32m and costs 440 ₺ - 750 ₺.

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It takes approximately 6h 19m to get from Istanbul to Macedonia, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Macedonia is to bus which takes 15h 32m and costs 440 ₺ - 750 ₺. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 420 ₺ - 700 ₺ and takes 17h 29m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Macedonia is 730 km. It takes approximately 7h 16m to drive from Istanbul to Macedonia.

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Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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There are four+ hotels available in Macedonia. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Macedonia.
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  • Distance: 491.7 km
  • Duration: 6h 19m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Macedonia, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Istanbul to Macedonia via Otogar, Istanbul Otogari, Plovdiv, Hadzhidimovo, Hadzhidimovo 1907, and Petrich Bus Station in around 15h 32m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Istanbul to Macedonia via Kapikule, Plovdiv, Sofia, and General Todorov in around 17h 29m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Flights from Istanbul to Skopje
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $470
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Phone
+302130121451
Website
hellenictrain.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Rodopolis
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $10
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
Airport
$10
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Sofia to General Todorov
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$5 - $6
1st Class
$6 - $8
Train from Blagoevgrad to General Todorov
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$2 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $4
Train from Kapikule to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$4 - $5
1st Class
$5 - $7
Train from Plovdiv to Sofia
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$3 - $4
1st Class
$3 - $5
Night train from Halkali to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
$9 - $11
1st Class
$11 - $13
Bus operators
Siamos Tours
Phone
0030 2108219900
Email
vsiamos@otenet.gr
Website
siamostours.com
Bus from Skopje Airport to Evzonoi
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
siamostours.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
MetroTurizm
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Hadzhidimovo
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Goce Delčev
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Hadzhidimovo 1907 to Petrich Bus Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
Union Ivkoni
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Blagoevgrad
Ave. Duration
12h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
matpu.com
Gotse Delchev Municipality Bus
Website
gotsedelchev.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Goce Delčev
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Gotse Delchev Municipality Bus
Bus from Goce Delčev to Petrich
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Gotse Delchev Municipality Bus

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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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