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There are 10 ways to get from Istanbul to Spain by plane, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Barcelona  •  4h 31m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Barcelona (BCN) IST - BCN

112€ - 283€

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Fly to Madrid  •  5h 27m

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

101€ - 481€

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Fly to Valencia  •  4h 44m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Valencia (VLC) IST - VLC

114€ - 574€

Fly to Malaga  •  6h 16m

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Malaga (AGP) IST - AGP

150€ - 725€

Bus, train  •  41h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Beograd
  2. Take the bus from Belgrad Central Bus Station to Timisoara Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Timisoara to Zaragoza
  4. Take the train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

Night train, train, bus  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Videle
  2. Take the train from Videle to Lugoj Ir
  3. Take the bus from Lugoj to Zaragoza
  4. Take the train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

250€ - 394€

Bus via Madrid  •  2 days 5h

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

115€ - 174€

Bus  •  2 days 11h

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

143€ - 182€

Night train, bus  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Plovdiv Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Madrid

126€ - 131€

Drive  •  33h 13m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Madrid 3520.9 km

370€ - 550€

Turkey → Spain
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No, entry into Spain 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 1.5 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Spain is 112.

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

The social distance requirement in Spain is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Turkey from Spain.

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Last updated: 11 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Spain is to night train and bus which costs 1.090 ₺ - 1.140 ₺ and takes 2 days 15h.

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The fastest way to get from Istanbul to Spain is to fly which takes 4h 31m and costs 950 ₺ - 2.500 ₺.

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The distance between Istanbul and Spain is 2859 km. The road distance is 3520.9 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Spain without a car is to bus and train which takes 41h 31m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 31m to get from Istanbul to Spain, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Spain is to fly which takes 4h 31m and costs 950 ₺ - 2.500 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus via Madrid, which costs 1.000 ₺ - 1.600 ₺ and takes 2 days 5h.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 35m.

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Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Spain is 3521 km. It takes approximately 33h 13m to drive from Istanbul to Spain.

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Ukraine International Airlines, Luxair, SkyUp and three other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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There are six+ hotels available in Spain. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Spain.
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  • Distance: 2859.1 km
  • Duration: 4h 31m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Spain?

Turkish Airlines, SkyUp and four other airlines fly from Istanbul to Barcelona 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Madrid via Otogar, Istanbul Otogari, Sofia, Madrid, Avenida De America, Gregorio Marañon, and Gregorio Marañón in around 2 days 5h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 470€
Flights from Istanbul to Valencia
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
220€ - 1400€
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 700€
Flights from Istanbul to Malaga
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
220€ - 1400€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
230€ - 650€
Flights from Istanbul to Valencia via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 1100€
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 1000€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
9h 7m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
180€ - 700€
Flights from Istanbul to Malaga via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
220€ - 1400€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 1300€
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 500€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
8h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
100€ - 650€
Flights from Istanbul to Malaga via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 480€
SkyUp
Website
skyup.aero
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona via Odesa
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
80€ - 140€
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
140€ - 800€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Istanbul to Barcelona via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
160€ - 470€
Royal Air Maroc
Website
royalairmaroc.com
Flights from Istanbul to Madrid via Casablanca
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
180€ - 700€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Istanbul to Malaga via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
120€ - 460€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Istanbul to Malaga via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
130€ - 340€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 65€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
30€ - 40€
Promo+
37€ - 40€
Flexible
50€ - 65€
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
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€
Night train from Halkali to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
9€ - 14€
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
9€ - 12€
1st Class
11€ - 14€
Astra Trans Carpatic
Phone
0751.525.520
Email
office@astratranscarpatic.ro
Website
astratranscarpatic.ro
Train from Videle to Lugoj
Ave. Duration
7h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Astra Trans Carpatic
Bus operators
Ozlem Tours
Phone
+38120 411090
Email
ozlemtours@yahoo.com
Website
ozlem.rs
Bus from Istanbul to Beograd
Ave. Duration
16h 13m
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
ozlem.rs
Christian Transfers
Phone
+44 7440 708355
Website
christiantransfers.eu
Bus from Belgrad Central Bus Station to Timisoara Bus Station
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 130€
Website
Christian Transfers
Shuttle
30€ - 45€
Private Shuttle
85€ - 130€
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Timisoara to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
15h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180€ - 260€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Lugoj to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
190€ - 270€
Website
alsa.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
10€ - 16€
Website
MetroTurizm
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
42h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€
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
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 1h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
120€ - 150€
Website
Yubim
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Plovdiv to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
113€
Schedules at
dary.bg

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Airport is to taxi which takes 31 min and costs 150 ₺ - 190 ₺.

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