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There are 8 ways to get from Lisbon to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus, train, night train or car

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Fly to Istanbul  •  7h 28m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Istanbul (IST) LIS - IST

1.059 ₺ - 3.842 ₺

Cheapest option

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  10h 48m

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) LIS - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

523 ₺ - 1.972 ₺

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Oriente to Mérida
  2. Take the bus from Merida to Deva*Roumanie
  3. Take the train from Deva to Mangalia
  4. Take the bus from Mangalia to Varna
  5. Take the bus from Varna to Istanbul

2.655 ₺ - 4.106 ₺

Night train, train, bus  •  2 days 15h

  1. Take the night train from Santa Apolónia to Hendaye
  2. Take the train from Hendaye to Bordeaux St Jean Tgv / ...
  3. Take the bus from Bordeaux to Sofia
  4. Take the night train from Sofia to Halkali

3.120 ₺ - 4.285 ₺

Bus  •  2 days 16h

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari Pernik - Istanbul

3.263 ₺ - 4.178 ₺

Bus, night train via Plovdiv  •  2 days 23h

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Gare do Oriente to Plovdiv
  2. Take the night train from Plovdiv to Halkali Bosphor Express

1.067 ₺ - 1.110 ₺

Bus, night train  •  3 days 9h

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon - Sete Rios to Bucharest
  2. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali Bosphor Express

Drive  •  38h 5m

  1. Drive from Lisbon to Istanbul 4081.7 km

4.100 ₺ - 6.000 ₺

Portugal → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Portugal

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Portugal
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Foreign nationals that have visited Iran in the past 14 days. Iran land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Portugal

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Portugal.

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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 2 metres
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  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

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

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

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

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Istanbul is to bus and night train via Plovdiv which costs 120€ - 130€ and takes 2 days 23h.

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The fastest way to get from Lisbon to Istanbul is to fly. Taking this option will cost 120€ - 450€ and takes 7h 28m.

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The distance between Lisbon and Istanbul is 3235 km. The road distance is 4081.7 km.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Istanbul without a car is to bus and train which takes 2 days 2h and costs 300€ - 480€.

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It takes approximately 7h 28m to get from Lisbon to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Istanbul is to fly which takes 7h 28m and costs 120€ - 450€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 370€ - 480€ and takes 2 days 16h.

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The quickest flight from Lisbon Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 40m.

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Istanbul is 2h ahead of Lisbon. It is currently 2:13 AM in Lisbon and 4:13 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Lisbon to Istanbul is 4082 km. It takes approximately 38h 5m to drive from Lisbon to Istanbul.

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Royal Air Maroc, KLM, Air France and two other airlines offer flights from Lisbon Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 3234.6 km
  • Duration: 7h 28m

What companies run services between Lisbon, Portugal and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, KLM and six other airlines fly from Lisbon to Istanbul 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Lisbon to Istanbul via Sofia, Sofia Serdica Bus Station, Istanbul Büyük Otogari, and Otogar in around 2 days 16h.

Airlines
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 1.900 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Lyon
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Charleroi
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 3.100 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Geneva
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 4.700 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Hamburg
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 4.700 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Lisbon to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.800 ₺ - 10.000 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Lyon
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 3.900 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.600 ₺ - 4.300 ₺
Flights from Lisbon to Sabiha Gokcen via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 3.900 ₺
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Lisbon to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.300 ₺ - 14.000 ₺
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lisbon to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
9h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 9.500 ₺
Royal Air Maroc
Website
royalairmaroc.com
Flights from Lisbon to Istanbul via Casablanca
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.800 ₺ - 10.000 ₺
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Night train from Santa Apolónia to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
13h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 480 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
420 ₺ - 480 ₺
1st Class
410 ₺ - 480 ₺
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Hendaye to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
240 ₺ - 500 ₺
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
240 ₺ - 350 ₺
Rail 1st Class
340 ₺ - 500 ₺
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Sofia to Halkali
Ave. Duration
10h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 160 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
110 ₺ - 130 ₺
1st Class
130 ₺ - 160 ₺
Night train from Plovdiv to Halkali
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 120 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
80 ₺ - 100 ₺
1st Class
100 ₺ - 120 ₺
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
18h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 210 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
140 ₺ - 170 ₺
1st Class
170 ₺ - 210 ₺
Bus operators
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Lisbon Oriente to Mérida
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 360 ₺
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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 Merida to Deva*Roumanie
Ave. Duration
22h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
2.100 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Website
alsa.com
Mercado Sud
Phone
(0721) 643.210
Email
office@mercado-sud.ro
Website
mercado-sud.ro
Bus from Mangalia to Varna
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 250 ₺
Schedules at
mercado-sud.ro
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Bordeaux to Sofia
Ave. Duration
33h 31m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 900 ₺
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Bordeaux to Sofia
Ave. Duration
34h 14m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2.100 ₺ - 2.700 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Lisbon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 6h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
3.000 ₺ - 3.900 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Has Turizm
Website
hasturizm.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
86 ₺
Website
Has Turizm
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 260 ₺
Schedules at
matpu.com
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Lisbon Gare do Oriente to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2 days 11h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
979 ₺
Schedules at
dary.bg
Maxibus Travel
Phone
+40 745 766 766
Email
dispecerat@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from Lisbon - Sete Rios to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
2 days 12h
Frequency
Twice a week
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
Ferry operators

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