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There are 7 ways to get from Málaga to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  7h 11m

  1. Fly from Malaga (AGP) to Istanbul (IST) AGP - IST

1.270 ₺ - 6.225 ₺

Cheapest option

Bus, night train  •  2 days 20h

  1. Take the bus from Málaga to Plovdiv
  2. Take the night train from Plovdiv to Halkali Bosphor Express

1.171 ₺ - 1.213 ₺

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Train, bus, night bus  •  47h 55m

  1. Take the train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Zaragoza-Delicias Ave
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Kiev
  3. Take the night bus from Kyiv to Istanbul - Aksaray

3.319 ₺ - 4.754 ₺

Train, bus, night train  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne Ave / ...
  3. Take the train from Narbonne to Lyon Perrache Tgv
  4. Take the bus from Lyon to Sofia
  5. Take the night train from Sofia to Halkali

3.643 ₺ - 5.165 ₺

Bus  •  2 days 13h

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

3.131 ₺ - 4.012 ₺

Bus via Málaga  •  2 days 14h

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

1.228 ₺ - 1.595 ₺

Drive  •  36h 41m

  1. Drive from Málaga to Istanbul 3887.8 km

3.500 ₺ - 5.500 ₺

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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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.

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The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Istanbul is to bus and night train which costs 134€ - 140€ and takes 2 days 20h.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Istanbul is to fly which costs 140€ - 750€ and takes 7h 11m.

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The distance between Málaga and Istanbul is 2910 km. The road distance is 3887.8 km.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus and night bus which takes 47h 55m and costs 380€ - 550€.

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It takes approximately 7h 11m to get from Málaga to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Istanbul is to fly which takes 7h 11m and costs 140€ - 750€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 360€ - 470€ and takes 2 days 13h.

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The quickest flight from Malaga Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 20m.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Málaga. It is currently 4:29 PM in Málaga and 5:29 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Málaga to Istanbul is 3888 km. It takes approximately 36h 41m to drive from Málaga to Istanbul.

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Royal Air Maroc, Aegean Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Malaga Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 2910.1 km
  • Duration: 7h 11m

What companies run services between Málaga, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and two other airlines fly from Málaga to Istanbul once daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Málaga to Istanbul via Sofia, Sofia Serdica Bus Station, Istanbul Büyük Otogari, and Otogar in around 2 days 13h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Malaga to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 22m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 13.000 ₺
Royal Air Maroc
Website
royalairmaroc.com
Flights from Malaga to Istanbul via Casablanca
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 13.000 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Malaga to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 5.500 ₺
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Malaga to Istanbul via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
3.200 ₺ - 8.500 ₺
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Zaragoza-Delicias
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
700 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
700 ₺ - 950 ₺
Promo+
770 ₺ - 820 ₺
Flexible
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Promo+
1.050 ₺ - 1.150 ₺
Flexible
1.300 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Narbonne
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
330 ₺ - 460 ₺
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Narbonne to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Narbonne to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 750 ₺
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
600 ₺ - 700 ₺
1st Class
650 ₺ - 750 ₺
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 ₺
Bus operators
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 Zaragoza to Kiev
Ave. Duration
27h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
2.100 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Website
alsa.com
Luks Istanbul
Phone
+90544 210 2535
Website
luksistanbul.com
Night bus from Kyiv to Istanbul - Aksaray
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
501 ₺
Schedules at
luksistanbul.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
25h 42m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 700 ₺
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Lyon to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
1.600 ₺ - 2.100 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Málaga to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 3h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
2.900 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
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
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Málaga to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Website
Yubim
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Málaga to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
2 days 10h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
1.088 ₺
Schedules at
dary.bg

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