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There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Thessaloniki (SKG) IST - SKG

$79 - $214

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc  •  10 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Thessaloniki

$11 - $36

3 alternative options

Bus MetroTurizm  •  12 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Thessaloniki

$11 - $23

Bus, train  •  13 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
  2. Take the train from Alexandroupoli Port to Thessaloniki Αλεξανδρούπολη Λιμάνι - Θεσσαλονίκη

$32 - $51

Drive  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Thessaloniki 369.5 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki is to bus which costs 60 ₺ - 130 ₺ and takes 12 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki is to fly which costs 440 ₺ - 1.300 ₺ and takes 4 h 57 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Thessaloniki is 508 km. The road distance is 591.1 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 57 min and costs 60 ₺ - 210 ₺.

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It takes approximately 4 h 57 min to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki is to fly which takes 4 h 57 min and costs 440 ₺ - 1.300 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 60 ₺ - 210 ₺ and takes 10 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Thessaloniki Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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Thessaloniki is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 8:20 AM in Istanbul and 8:20 AM in Thessaloniki.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Thessaloniki is 591 km. It takes approximately 6 h 40 min to drive from Istanbul to Thessaloniki.

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Olympic Air and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Thessaloniki Airport.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Thessaloniki.
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  • Distance: 317.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 57 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Thessaloniki, Greece?

Turkish Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Istanbul to Thessaloniki 5 times a day. Alternatively, Kamil Koc operates a bus from Istanbul to Thessaloniki 3 times a day. Tickets cost $10 - $35 and the journey takes 9 h 45 min. Alpar Turizm also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Alexandroupoli Port to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
6 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
trainose.gr
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Second Class
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
9 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $35
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogar to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Dedeagac
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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There are 896+ hotels available in Thessaloniki. Prices start at $47 USD per night.

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

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