There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Meteora by bus, train, car or plane

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

Bus  •  17 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Larissa
  2. Take the bus from Lárisa to Kalabaka

$25 - $61

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  18 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the train from Alexandroupoli to Thessaloniki 601
  3. Take the bus from Thessaloniki - Monastiriou str to Meteora

$57 - $78

Train  •  22 h

  1. Take the train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station
  2. Take the train from Dikea to Thessaloniki
  3. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Kalampáka 591 / ...

$73 - $103

Drive  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Meteora 511.6 miles

$120 - $180

Fly to Ioannina, drive  •  9 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Ioannina (IOA) IST - IOA
  2. Drive from Ioannina to Meteora

$68 - $197

Fly to Thessaloniki, bus  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Thessaloniki (SKG) IST - SKG
  2. Take the bus from Makedonia Palace, Thessaloníki to Meteora

$102 - $237

Fly to Athens, train  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Athens (ATH) IST - ATH
  2. Take the train from Athens to Kalambaka

$86 - $236

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Meteora, Thessaly, Greece?

You can take a bus from Istanbul to Meteora via Otogar, Istanbul Otogar, Larissa, Lárisa, and Kalabaka in around 17 h 28 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Istanbul to Meteora via WTC - Istanbul Fuar Merkezi, Halkalı Station, Kapıkule Station, Kapikule, Svilengrad, Dikea, Thessaloniki, and Kalampáka in around 22 h.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Ioannina via Athens
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Istanbul to Ioannina via Mykonos, Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$50 - $170
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Istanbul to Athens
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Olympic Air
Website
olympicair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Ioannina via Mykonos, Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$50 - $170
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Alexandroupoli to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Train from Dikea to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
9 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$30 - $45
First Class
$40 - $60
Train from Thessaloniki to Kalampáka
Ave. Duration
3 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $22
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$16 - $22
First Class
$21 - $28
Train from Athens to Kalambaka
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $28
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$21 - $28
First Class
$26 - $35
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Halkalı Station to Kapıkule Station
Ave. Duration
4 h 27 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Larissa
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $45
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Larissa
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
KTEL Prevezas
Phone
26820 22213
Email
info@ktelprevezas.gr
Website
ktelprevezas.gr
Bus from Lárisa to Kalabaka
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
ktelprevezas.gr
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Ammon Express
Phone
+30 2310 500225
Email
info@ammonexpress.gr
Website
ammonexpress.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki - Monastiriou str to Meteora
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
ammonexpress.gr
Bus from Makedonia Palace, Thessaloníki to Meteora
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
ammonexpress.gr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Meteora is 636 km. The road distance is 819 km.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Meteora is to bus which costs 110 ₺ - 290 ₺ and takes 17 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Meteora is to drive which takes 9 h 10 min and costs 550 ₺ - 850 ₺.

It takes approximately 17 h 28 min to get from Istanbul to Meteora, including transfers.