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There are 12 ways to get from Italy to Turkey by plane, train, bus and ferry, bus, 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 Rome to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 32m

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

$83 - $307

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Fly Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BLQ - IST

$73 - $275

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Fly Bari to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Bari (BRI) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BRI - IST

$97 - $377

Fly Naples to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4h 59m

  1. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) NAP - IST

$81 - $312

Fly Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 57m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) MXP - IST

$79 - $187

Fly Rome to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6h 47m

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

$80 - $281

Train to Venice, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the train from Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
  2. Fly from Venice (VCE) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VCE - IST

$99 - $400

Train, bus and ferry, bus  •  29h 10m

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

$232 - $359

Bus  •  40h

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

$251 - $347

Bus and ferry, bus  •  40h 45m

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

$113 - $183

Train, night train  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf Rj
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  4. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$244 - $407

Drive  •  21h 16m

  1. Drive from Rome to Istanbul 1393.2 miles

$330 - $490

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The cheapest way to get from Italy to Turkey is to fly which costs 65€ - 170€ and takes 5h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Italy to Turkey is to fly which costs 80€ - 330€ and takes 4h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Italy to Turkey. However, there are services departing from Via Di Porta Maggiore and arriving at Istanbul via Roma and Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 40h.

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The distance between Italy and Turkey is 1916 km. The road distance is 2229.1 km.

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The best way to get from Italy to Turkey without a car is to train and bus and ferry and bus which takes 29h 10m and costs 200€ - 320€.

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It takes approximately 5h 32m to get from Italy to Turkey, including transfers.

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Italy to Turkey bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Roma station.

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The best way to get from Italy to Turkey is to fly which takes 5h 32m and costs 70€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 210€ - 310€ and takes 40h.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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Italy to Turkey bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Italy to Turkey.
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  • Distance: 1197.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 32m

What companies run services between Italy and Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Tarom and five other airlines fly from Rome to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rome to Istanbul via Termini, Roma, and Sofia in around 40h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $470
Flights from Bari to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Naples to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Flights from Rome to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Venice to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Venice to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Rome to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $650
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Bari to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $1,300
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $450
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Train operators
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 Bologna C.Le to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$20 - $24
Train from Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
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 Roma Termini to Bologna C.Le
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
italotreno.it
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Bologna to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
19h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $280
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
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 Alexandroupoli to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Roma to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$220 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus and ferry from Rome to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
23h 18m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Gostivar to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
ms.mk

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Turkey is 2h ahead of Italy. It is currently 11:34 AM in Italy and 1:34 PM in Turkey.

Yes, the driving distance between Italy to Turkey is 2229 km. It takes approximately 21h 16m to drive from Italy to Turkey.

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Croatia Airlines, Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are three+ hotels available in Turkey. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Italy to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32m and costs 10€ - 15€.

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