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There are 13 ways to get from London to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, night train, car, car train or car ferry

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 London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LHR - IST

$93 - $298

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Fly London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) STN - SAW

$93 - $680

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Fly London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LGW - IST

$97 - $366

Fly London City to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LCY - IST

$115 - $436

Fly London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) STN - IST

$111 - $466

Train to Birmingham, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BHX - IST

$133 - $528

Fly London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 16 min

  1. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) LGW - SAW

$104 - $450

Train, bus  •  38 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$330 - $573

Bus and ferry, bus  •  2 days 2 h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$194 - $230

Train, night train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  4. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Ic
  5. Take the train from Arad to Videle D
  6. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

$426 - $745

Bus  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from London to Constanta
  2. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

$99 - $109

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  30 h 45 min

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord Tgv
  4. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf Tgv / ...
  5. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf Ice / ...
  6. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  7. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Istanbul

$660 - $892

Drive, car ferry  •  28 h 50 min

  1. Drive from London to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Istanbul

$411 - $610

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The cheapest way to get from London to Istanbul is to bus which costs £75 - £85 and takes 2 days 20 h.

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The quickest way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which costs £70 - £230 and takes 6 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from London Victoria Station and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 2 h.

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The distance between London and Istanbul is 1562 miles.

The best way to get from London to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 38 h 52 min and costs £250 - £440.

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It takes approximately 6 h 24 min to get from London to Istanbul, including transfers.

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London to Istanbul bus services, operated by Balkan Horn, arrive at London Victoria Station.

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The best way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which takes 6 h 24 min and costs £70 - £230. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £75 - £85 and takes 2 days 20 h.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 35 min.

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

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Map of how to get from London to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1561.5 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 24 min

What companies run services between London, England and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, British Airways and eight other airlines fly from London to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London to Istanbul via Constanta in around 2 days 20 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
7 h 37 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$480 - $4,100
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $650
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6 h 56 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$65 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,400
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
7 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$95 - $370
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6 h 42 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Tunis
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
AtlasGlobal
Website
atlasglb.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Eurostar
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$110 - $130
1st Class
$150 - $220
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $95
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Paris Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $130
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
9 h 21 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $260
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
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
Balkan Horn
Phone
+44 74 71405777
Email
office@balkanhorn.com
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
40 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$165
Schedules at
balkanhorn.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
UBB Turistic
Phone
0040 744 274 274
Email
rezervari@ubbturistic.ro
Website
ubbturistic.ro
Bus from London to Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 days 8 h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$69
Schedules at
ubbturistic.ro
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Ferry operators

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Istanbul is 3 h ahead of London. It is currently 10:00 AM in London and 1:00 PM in Istanbul.

British Airways, Aegean Airlines, KLM and four other airlines offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2424+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs £20 - £29.

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