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.

Recommended option

Fly London Heathrow to Istanbul  •  6 h 29 min

  1. LHR - IST

$93 - $298

12 alternative options

Fly London Gatwick to Istanbul  •  6 h 53 min

  1. LGW - IST

$97 - $367

Fly London City to Istanbul  •  8 h 11 min

  1. LCY - IST

$115 - $436

Fly London Stansted to Istanbul  •  7 h 15 min

  1. STN - IST

$111 - $466

Fly London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 25 min

  1. STN - SAW

$94 - $681

Fly London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 13 min

  1. LGW - SAW

$105 - $452

Train to Birmingham, fly to Istanbul  •  7 h 48 min

  1. BHX - IST

$156 - $530

Train, bus  •  38 h 50 min

  1. Tgv / ...
  2. Ice / ...

$350 - $596

Bus and ferry, bus  •  2 days 2 h

$196 - $232

Train, night train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Est
  2. Ice
  3. Ice
  4. D

$409 - $705

Bus  •  2 days 20 h

$100 - $110

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  31 h 1 min

  1. Tgv
  2. Tgv / ...
  3. Ice / ...
  4. M / ...

$677 - $911

Drive, car ferry  •  29 h 35 min

$412 - $610

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

Turkish Airlines, British Airways and seven 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
Ave. Duration
3 h 49 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $650
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,400
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul via Izmir
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$480 - $4,100
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $650
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
7 h 12 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $650
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,400
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $390
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Kiev
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 52 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
AtlasGlobal
Website
atlasglb.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Warsaw
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $750
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Tunis
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,400
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Malta
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Eurostar
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $250
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$75 - $250
Premier
$190 - $280
Train from London St. Pancras International to Bruxelles-Midi Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $200
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$65 - $200
Premier
$160 - $230
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
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 - $230
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
$95 - $130
Deutsche Bahn
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
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Wien
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$140 - $210
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Kufstein
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
bahn.de
Belgian Railways (NMBS/SNCB)
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Purchase an
eurail.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $22
Website
bdz.bg
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$175
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
$109
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Balkan Horn
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
40 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$168
Schedules at
balkanhorn.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
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
$70
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

Want to know more about travelling around Turkey

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Questions & Answers

The distance between London and Istanbul is 2498 km.

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

The quickest way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which takes 6 h 29 min and costs £70 - £230.

No, there is no direct bus from London 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.

It takes approximately 6 h 29 min to get from London to Istanbul, including transfers.