There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Rome by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry 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 to Rome  •  3h 54m

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

107€ - 409€

Cheapest option

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  29h 59m

  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 / ...

91€ - 187€

3 alternative options

Fly to Naples, train  •  4h 44m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Naples (NAP) IST - NAP
  2. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini

104€ - 414€

Bus  •  38h 42m

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

202€ - 252€

Drive  •  21h 20m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Rome 2228.8 km

300€ - 440€

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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 650 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 29h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which costs 800 ₺ - 3.200 ₺ and takes 3h 54m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Rome is 1372 km. The road distance is 2228.8 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 29h 59m and costs 650 ₺ - 1.500 ₺.

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It takes approximately 3h 54m 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 3h 54m and costs 800 ₺ - 3.200 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.500 ₺ - 2.000 ₺ and takes 38h 42m.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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Rome is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:32 PM in Istanbul and 11:32 AM in Rome.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Rome is 2229 km. It takes approximately 21h 20m to drive from Istanbul to Rome.

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Aegean Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa and two other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Rome Airport.

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  • Distance: 1372.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 54m

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

Turkish Airlines, Tarom and three other airlines fly from Istanbul to Rome every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Rome via Otogar, Istanbul, and Sofia in around 38h 42m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 550€
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 390€
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 450€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 600€
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 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 Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
18€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
18€ - 25€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Bari Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h 4m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 110€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
35€ - 50€
Base Standard
60€ - 85€
Base Premium
75€ - 110€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 50€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
19€ - 27€
Smart Low Cost
17€ - 24€
Smart Flex
35€ - 50€
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 Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 20€
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€
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 Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 29€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
26€ - 29€
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
7h 13m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
25€ - 40€
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
11€
Website
Has Turizm
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 29€
Schedules at
matpu.com
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

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