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There are 10 ways to get from Lausanne to Istanbul by train, plane, 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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Train to Geneva, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) GVA - IST

$97 - $266

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Train to Zurich, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ZRH - IST

$124 - $329

Train to Geneva, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) GVA - SAW

$124 - $420

Train, train to Basel, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB
  3. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BSL - IST

$137 - $318

Train, bus to Milan Malpensa, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  9 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Domodossola
  2. Take the bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
  3. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) MXP - IST

$153 - $312

Train, bus  •  36 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich HB 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj
  3. Take the bus from Salzburg to Istanbul

$230 - $338

Bus Alpar Turizm  •  37 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Munich, Munich central bus station 106
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$122 - $142

Train, night train  •  47 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Lausanne to Zürich HB 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  3. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Ic
  4. Take the train from Arad to Videle D
  5. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

$288 - $462

Bus Eurolines CH  •  2 days 14 h

  1. Take the bus from Lausanne to Shumen
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$153 - $249

Drive  •  22 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Lausanne to Istanbul 1432.2 miles

$290 - $440

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The cheapest way to get from Lausanne to Istanbul is to bus which costs SFr 120 - SFr 150 and takes 37 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lausanne to Istanbul is to train and fly which costs SFr 95 - SFr 270 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lausanne to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Lausanne, Mirabeau and arriving at Istanbul via Lausanne and Shumen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 14 h.

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The distance between Lausanne and Istanbul is 1886 km. The road distance is 2291.5 km.

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The best way to get from Lausanne to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 36 h 3 min and costs SFr 220 - SFr 340.

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It takes approximately 6 h 30 min to get from Lausanne to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Lausanne to Istanbul bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Lausanne station.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h.

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

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Lausanne. It is currently 1:00 AM in Lausanne and 2:00 AM in Istanbul.

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  • Distance: 1178.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 30 min

What companies run services between Lausanne, Switzerland and Istanbul, Turkey?

You can take a bus from Lausanne to Istanbul via Munich, Munich central bus station, Munich, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 37 h 36 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $460
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $430
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Geneva to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,200
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $850
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Geneva to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Geneva to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Genève-Aéroport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $90
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lausanne to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$160 - $260
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity

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 Lausanne to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Domodossola, Stazione to Malpensa, aeroporto
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Autoservizi Comazzi srl
Phone
0322 844 862
Email
comazzi@comazzibus.com
Website
comazzibus.com
Bus from Domodossola to Malpensa Airport T1
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
comazzibus.com
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Salzburg to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
26 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Munich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
28 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$91
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lausanne to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Lausanne to Shumen
Ave. Duration
2 days 3 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $190
Book at
eurolines.ch
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Yes, the driving distance between Lausanne to Istanbul is 2291 km. It takes approximately 22 h 18 min to drive from Lausanne to Istanbul.

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Air France, KLM, British Airways and four other airlines offer flights from Geneva Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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