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There are 6 ways to get from Istanbul to Rome by plane, bus, bus and ferry, train, night train or car

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Fly  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Rome (FCO) IST - FCO

107€ - 225€

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  30h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Struga
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Struga to Bari
  3. Take the train from Bari Centrale to Roma Termini Fa / ...

73€ - 163€

4 alternative options

Night train, bus  •  42h 35m

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Sofia Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Roma

203€ - 260€

Bus  •  47h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje bus station to Rome Anagnina K1901

117€ - 152€

Night train, train  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Videle
  2. Take the night train from Videle to Wien Hbf
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Bologna Centrale Nj
  4. Take the train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini Fr / ...

120€ - 264€

Drive  •  20h 57m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Rome 2222.1 km

270€ - 400€

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International entry into Italy from Turkey

  • Entry is restricted for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Italy, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Israel and United Kingdom

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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 5 day mandatory self quarantine
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No, entry into Italy from Turkey is currently restricted.

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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 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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

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

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1 metre.

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: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to bus and bus and ferry and train which costs 600 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 30h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which costs 900 ₺ - 2.000 ₺ and takes 4h 16m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Rome is 1372 km. The road distance is 2222.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Rome without a car is to bus and bus and ferry and train which takes 30h 16m and costs 600 ₺ - 1.500 ₺.

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It takes approximately 4h 16m to get from Istanbul to Rome, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which takes 4h 16m and costs 900 ₺ - 2.000 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.000 ₺ - 1.400 ₺ and takes 47h 24m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 35m.

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Rome is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 5:22 PM in Istanbul and 4:22 PM in Rome.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Rome is 2222 km. It takes approximately 20h 57m to drive from Istanbul to Rome.

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Air Malta, Ukraine International Airlines, Luxair and four other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Rome Airport.

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  • Distance: 1372.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 16m

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

Turkish Airlines, Tarom and five other airlines fly from Istanbul to Rome 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Rome via Otogar, Istanbul, Skopje, Skopje bus station, Rome Anagnina, and Anagnina in around 47h 24m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 490€
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul to Rome via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
110€ - 430€
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Rome via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday
Estimated price
75€ - 460€
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Istanbul to Rome via Malta
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 490€
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Rome via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 390€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Istanbul to Rome via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
110€ - 490€
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 Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 110€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
35€ - 50€
Base Standard
60€ - 85€
Base Premium
75€ - 110€
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
27€ - 90€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
27€ - 40€
Base Standard
50€ - 70€
Base Premium
60€ - 90€
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 Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
29€ - 40€
Train from Bologna Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
5h 58m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
22€ - 35€
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 19€
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
12€ - 15€
1st Class
15€ - 19€
Night train from Halkali to Videle
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 23€
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
15€ - 18€
1st Class
18€ - 23€
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Wien Hbf to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
9h 52m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 80€
Website
Nightjet
Bus operators
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus and ferry from Struga to Bari
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
15€ - 23€
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Roma
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
190€ - 240€
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Istanbul to Skopje
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Schedules at
ms.mk
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Skopje bus station to Rome Anagnina
Ave. Duration
31h 50m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
80€ - 100€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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