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

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Fly London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6h 29m

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

642 ₺ - 1.866 ₺

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Bus  •  45h 37m

  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

228 ₺ - 325 ₺

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Train to London Gatwick, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6h 50m

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

660 ₺ - 2.231 ₺

Fly London City to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8h 6m

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

771 ₺ - 2.566 ₺

Fly London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 27m

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

506 ₺ - 3.722 ₺

Fly London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7h 12m

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

708 ₺ - 2.828 ₺

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) LGW - SAW

588 ₺ - 2.525 ₺

Train, bus  •  38h 51m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Muenchen Hbf Tgv
  3. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

1.757 ₺ - 2.956 ₺

Train, bus via Budapest  •  39h 59m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Kelenfoeld Rjx
  4. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia
  5. Take the train from Sofia to Halkali 493

2.077 ₺ - 3.906 ₺

Bus, train  •  2 days 6h

  1. Take the bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia
  2. Take the train from Sofia to Halkali 493 / ...

712 ₺ - 925 ₺

Bus and ferry, bus  •  2 days 9h

  1. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Shumen
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Otogar

982 ₺ - 1.057 ₺

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  28h 23m

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

3.149 ₺ - 4.285 ₺

Drive, car ferry  •  29h 41m

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

2.327 ₺ - 3.440 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from London to Istanbul is to bus which costs £30 - £45 and takes 45h 37m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Istanbul is to fly which costs £85 - £260 and takes 6h 29m.

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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 45h 37m.

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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 38h 51m and costs £230 - £410.

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It takes approximately 6h 29m 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 29m and costs £85 - £260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £30 - £45 and takes 45h 37m.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 45m.

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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: 1561.5 miles
  • Duration: 6h 29m

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

Turkish Airlines, British Airways and nine 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 45h 37m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Bodrum
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Antalya
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Sabiha Gokcen via Bodrum
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
370 ₺ - 3.500 ₺
Flights from London Stansted to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
370 ₺ - 3.500 ₺
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 4.600 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.800 ₺ - 14.000 ₺
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 8.000 ₺
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 4.200 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 3.800 ₺
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Budapest
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 3.500 ₺
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 4.100 ₺
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 3.800 ₺
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 4.000 ₺
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from London Heathrow to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.600 ₺ - 7.500 ₺
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Istanbul Ataturk via Tunis
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
2.200 ₺ - 8.000 ₺
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from London City to Istanbul Ataturk via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
1.500 ₺ - 5.500 ₺
AtlasGlobal
Website
atlasglb.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
490 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 4.000 ₺
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from London Stansted to Istanbul Ataturk via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 4.500 ₺
Train operators
Eurostar
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Paris Est to Muenchen Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
1st Class
900 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
2nd Class
800 ₺ - 950 ₺
Train from Paris Est to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 800 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
1st Class
650 ₺ - 800 ₺
2nd Class
600 ₺ - 700 ₺
Deutsche Bahn

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 Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Railjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Kelenfoeld
Ave. Duration
9h 4m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
700 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Website
Railjet
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
967 ₺
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
28h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
511 ₺
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Budapest, Budapest Kelenföld to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
250 ₺ - 420 ₺
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Maxibus Travel
Phone
+40 745 766 766
Email
dispecerat@maxibustravel.ro
Website
maxibustravel.ro
Bus from London Victoria to Bucharest
Ave. Duration
30h
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
maxibustravel.ro
Simpa Trans
Phone
0743335517
Website
simpatrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60 ₺ - 85 ₺
Schedules at
simpatrans.autogari.ro
GSM Trans
Phone
021-314-0444
Email
office@gsmtrans.ro
Website
gsmtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
65 ₺ - 85 ₺
Schedules at
gsmtrans.ro
Sir Trans
Phone
+4-021-316.42.21
Website
sirtrans.ro
Bus from Bucuresti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
3h 21m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
55 ₺ - 85 ₺
Schedules at
sirtrans.ro
Comanto Trans
Phone
+4-021-312.03.45
Website
comantotrans.autogari.ro
Bus from Bucureşti to Constanta
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
70 ₺ - 85 ₺
Schedules at
comantotrans.autogari.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
70 ₺ - 110 ₺
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
11h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
170 ₺ - 220 ₺
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro
Radina VIP
Phone
+359 879 321 588
Email
radinavip@gmail.com
Website
radinavip.com
Bus from London - Victoria Station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
44h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 850 ₺
Schedules at
radinavip.com
Balkan Horn
Phone
+44 74 71405777
Email
office@balkanhorn.com
Website
balkanhorn.com
Bus and ferry from London Victoria Station to Shumen
Ave. Duration
46h 29m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
933 ₺
Schedules at
balkanhorn.com
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Shumen to Otogar
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
80 ₺ - 120 ₺
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Nishikli
Phone
+359 700 89 015
Email
silistreotogarsube@nisikli.com.tr
Website
nisikli.com.tr
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul Bariam
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
200 ₺
Schedules at
nisikli.com.tr
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
11h 49m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
45 ₺ - 90 ₺
Website
Huntur
Ferry operators

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Istanbul is 2h ahead of London. It is currently 6:34 PM in London and 8:34 PM in Istanbul.

British Airways, Air France, Aegean Airlines and five other airlines offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 1954+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 240 ₺ per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14m and costs £22 - £35.

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