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There are 11 ways to get from London to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, bus and ferry, night train, night bus, car, car train or car ferry

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Fly London Heathrow to Istanbul  •  6h 35m

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

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Fly London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 22m

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

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Fly London City to Istanbul  •  8h 7m

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

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Istanbul  •  7h 9m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Istanbul (IST) LGW - IST

Train to Birmingham, fly to Istanbul  •  7h 44m

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

Train, bus  •  32h 40m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Intl to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof 83 / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to München Hbf 62 / ...
  4. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf 90 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Salzburg to Istanbul

Bus  •  44h 10m

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria to Bucharest
  2. Take the bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
  3. Take the bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray

Bus and ferry, night train  •  2 days 9h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Veliko Turnovo
  2. Take the night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Halkali

Night bus  •  2 days 21h

  1. Take the night bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Shumen Bus Station London Victoria Green Line Station - Shumen Bus Station
  2. Take the night bus from Shumen Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari Silistra Bus Station - Istanbul Büyük Otogari

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  27h 47m

  1. Drive from London to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Istanbul

Drive, car ferry  •  29h 9m

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

London Heathrow (LHR) to Istanbul (IST) flights

The flight time between London Heathrow (LHR) and Istanbul (IST) is around 6h 12m and covers a distance of around 2489 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 31m. Services are operated by Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and others. Typically 164 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

164 Weekly Planes
6h 12m Average Duration
3.107 ₺ Cheapest Price
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United Kingdom → Turkey
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

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The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from London to Istanbul is to night bus which costs £85 - £120 and takes 2 days 21h.

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The quickest way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which costs £130 - £900 and takes 6h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from London Victoria and arriving at Istanbul - Aksaray via Bucuresti and Constanta. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44h 10m.

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The distance between London and Istanbul is 2498 km.

The best way to get from London to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 32h 40m and costs £260 - £600.

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It takes approximately 6h 35m to get from London to Istanbul, including transfers.

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London to Istanbul bus services, operated by Maxibus Travel, depart from London Victoria station.

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The best way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which takes 6h 35m and costs £130 - £900. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £140 - £170 and takes 44h 10m.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 50m.

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London to Istanbul bus services, operated by TransEvren, arrive at Istanbul - Aksaray station.

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Map of how to get from London to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 2498.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 35m

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

Turkish Airlines, British Airways and eight other airlines fly from London Paddington to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from London Victoria to Istanbul via Bucharest, Bucuresti, and Constanta in around 44h 10m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
3.700 ₺ - 36.000 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Salzburg
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
5.000 ₺ - 80.000 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Dalaman
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
5.000 ₺ - 80.000 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Antalya
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
5.000 ₺ - 80.000 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.300 ₺ - 18.000 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
2.300 ₺ - 18.000 ₺
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Every day
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 38.000 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 15.000 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 15.000 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 15.000 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Ankara
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
2.000 ₺ - 15.000 ₺
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
4.000 ₺ - 44.000 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
4.900 ₺ - 38.000 ₺
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
3.400 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
3.300 ₺ - 45.000 ₺
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
6.000 ₺ - 40.000 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
6.000 ₺ - 43.000 ₺
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
5.500 ₺ - 30.000 ₺
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Istanbul via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
3.300 ₺ - 41.000 ₺
Air Algérie
Website
airalgerie.dz
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul via Algiers
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
11.000 ₺ - 35.000 ₺
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul via Tunis
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday
Estimated price
6.500 ₺ - 24.000 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
3.200 ₺ - 16.000 ₺
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Birmingham to Istanbul via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
3.900 ₺ - 38.000 ₺
Train operators
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
160 ₺ - 230 ₺
Anytime Day Single
800 ₺ - 950 ₺
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
1.800 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.200 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
500 ₺ - 700 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
sncf-connect.com
Train from Paris l'Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
1.700 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
1.700 ₺ - 2.000 ₺
1st Class
1.900 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
900 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
1st Class
900 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Transdev
Phone
030 200730
Website
transdev.de
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.5-10 to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Transdev
WESTbahn Gmbh
Phone
+43 1 89900
Email
meinenachricht@westbahn.at
Website
westbahn.at
Train from Muenchen Hbf Gl.5-10 to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
210 ₺ - 250 ₺
Website
WESTbahn Gmbh
Meridian, BOB & BRB
Phone
+49 8024 997171
Email
kontakt@bayerischeoberlandbahn.de
Website
brb.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
5 times a day
Website
Meridian, BOB & BRB
Österreichische Bundesbahnen
Website
delfi.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Halkali
Ave. Duration
11h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
200 ₺ - 300 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
200 ₺ - 240 ₺
1st Class
240 ₺ - 300 ₺
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Maxibus Travel
Phone
+40 745 766 766
Email
dispecerat@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from London Victoria to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2.534 ₺
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 320 ₺
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Sir Trans
Phone
+4-021-316.42.21
Website
sirtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 380 ₺
Schedules at
sirtrans.ro
GSM Trans
Phone
021-314-0444
Email
office@gsmtrans.ro
Website
gsmtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 260 ₺
Schedules at
gsmtrans.ro
Fany
Phone
0741 607 941
Email
office@fany.ro
Website
fany.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
190 ₺ - 280 ₺
Schedules at
fany.ro
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Constanta to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
450 ₺ - 600 ₺
Schedules at
transevren.ro
Balkan Horn
Phone
+44 74 71405777
Email
office@balkanhorn.com
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Veliko Turnovo
Ave. Duration
44h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2.627 ₺
Website
Balkan Horn
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Night bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Shumen Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 9h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
1.500 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Website
Union Ivkoni
Night bus from Shumen Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari
Ave. Duration
10h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
260 ₺ - 360 ₺
Website
Union Ivkoni
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
1.700 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
1.774 ₺
Standard Car - Premium
2.830 ₺

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