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There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Rome by plane, bus, bus and ferry, 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  •  5h 56m

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

$82 - $308

Cheapest option

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  7h 15m

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Rome (FCO) SAW - FCO

$79 - $283

5 alternative options

Bus, bus and ferry, train  •  29h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
  3. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini Fr / ...

$219 - $363

Bus  •  38h 30m

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

$239 - $341

Bus, bus and ferry  •  39h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Gostivar to Rome

$103 - $173

Night train, bus, train  •  38h 28m

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Belgrad Central Bus Station
  3. Take the night train from Beograd to Villach Hbf En
  4. Take the train from Villach Hbf to Bologna C.Le En
  5. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini Fr / ...

$160 - $272

Drive  •  21h 20m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Rome 1393 miles

$330 - $490

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which costs 440 ₺ - 1.600 ₺ and takes 7h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which costs 460 ₺ - 1.800 ₺ and takes 5h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Rome. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Roma via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38h 30m.

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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 19m and costs 1.200 ₺ - 2.100 ₺.

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It takes approximately 5h 56m to get from Istanbul to Rome, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Rome is to fly which takes 5h 56m and costs 460 ₺ - 1.800 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 1.300 ₺ - 2.000 ₺ and takes 38h 30m.

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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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Istanbul to Rome bus services, operated by Georg, arrive at Roma station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Rome.
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  • Distance: 857.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 56m

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines fly from Istanbul to Rome every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Rome via Sofia in around 38h 30m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome via Ankara
Ave. Duration
4h 38m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $460
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Rome via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Bologna C.Le to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Bologna Centrale Station to Roma Termini Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
italotreno.it
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
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 Villach Hbf to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$45 - $60
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
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
4h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
13h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Alexandroupoli to Bologna
Ave. Duration
19h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $280
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
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
$210 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus and ferry from Gostivar to Rome
Ave. Duration
23h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Belgrad Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
Karat-S

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Rome is 2h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:44 PM in Istanbul and 10:44 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, Ukraine International Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Rome Airport.

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There are 12369+ hotels available in Rome. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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

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