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There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Madrid by plane, bus, train, night 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.

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Fly from Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Madrid (MAD) IST - MAD

$88 - $464

Cheapest option

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  9 h 5 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Madrid (MAD) SAW - MAD

$80 - $370

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  43 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Constanta
  2. Take the train from Constanta to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ir / ...
  3. Take the train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov Ir / ...
  4. Take the bus from Brasov to Zaragoza
  5. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...

$229 - $346

Bus Ruse Bus  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Madrid 0800

$149 - $231

Bus Yubim  •  2 days 11 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Madrid

$159 - $231

Bus Dary Commerce  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Madrid

$154 - $165

Night train, train  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  2. Take the night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Wien Hbf D
  3. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  4. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Avignon TGV Tgv
  5. Take the train from Avignon TGV to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave

$558 - $762

Drive  •  33 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Madrid 2206.2 miles

$450 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Madrid is to fly which costs 450 ₺ - 2.100 ₺ and takes 9 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Madrid is to fly which costs 490 ₺ - 2.700 ₺ and takes 7 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Madrid via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 4 h.

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The distance between Istanbul and Madrid is 2737 km. The road distance is 3529.9 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Madrid without a car is to bus and train which takes 43 h 30 min and costs 1.300 ₺ - 2.000 ₺.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from Istanbul to Madrid, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Madrid bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Madrid is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs 490 ₺ - 2.700 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 800 ₺ - 1.400 ₺ and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 35 min.

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Istanbul to Madrid bus services, operated by Ruse Bus, arrive at Madrid station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 1710.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain?

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and 12 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Madrid via Sofia in around 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,100
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,400
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Air Algérie
Website
airalgerie.dz
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Madrid via Algiers
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$500 - $2,500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Constanta to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
2 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Brasov
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Night train from Bucuresti Nord Gara A to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Spanish Railways AVE
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

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Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Avignon TGV
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $200
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$180 - $200
1st Class
$230 - $350
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Avignon TGV to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
en.oui.sncf
Bus operators
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Constanta
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Brasov to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
24 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$140 - $220
Website
alsa.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Burgas
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
42 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 1 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Burgas to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 8 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130
Schedules at
dary.bg

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Madrid is 2 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:55 AM in Istanbul and 10:55 PM in Madrid.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Madrid is 3530 km. It takes approximately 33 h 45 min to drive from Istanbul to Madrid.

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Iberia, Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa and five other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 3657+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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