There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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 to Istanbul  •  7 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Istanbul (IST) MAD - IST

$88 - $463

Cheapest option

Bus Ruse Bus  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$30 - $65

6 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) MAD - SAW

$81 - $368

Train, bus  •  45 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Marseille-St-Charles Ave
  3. Take the bus from Marseille to Razgrad
  4. Take the bus from Razgrad to Istanbul

$397 - $584

Bus Yubim  •  2 days 12 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$171 - $238

Bus Dary Commerce  •  2 days 16 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Istanbul

$157 - $173

Train, bus, night train  •  2 days 23 h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Tgv / ...
  3. Take the bus from Montpellier to Nice
  4. Take the train from Nice Ville to Wien Hbf D
  5. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  6. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$444 - $681

Drive  •  33 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Istanbul 2204.5 miles

$450 - $700

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and 10 other airlines fly from Madrid to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Istanbul via Sofia in around 2 days 8 h.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
8 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
7 h 36 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Marseille-St-Charles
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
renfe.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$70 - $80
1st Class
$100 - $140
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
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
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Marseille to Razgrad
Ave. Duration
24 h 37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $310
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Razgrad to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
46 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Dary Commerce
Phone
+3592917400
Email
info@darytravel.com
Website
dary.bg
Bus from Madrid to Burgas
Ave. Duration
2 days 8 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$133
Schedules at
dary.bg
Isilines
Phone
0 892 89 12 00
Website
isilines.com
Bus from Montpellier to Nice
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$17 - $30
Schedules at
isilines.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Madrid and Istanbul is 2737 km. The road distance is 3527 km.

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to bus which costs 25€ - 55€ and takes 2 days 8 h.

The quickest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to fly which takes 7 h 6 min and costs 70€ - 400€.

No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 8 h.

It takes approximately 7 h 6 min to get from Madrid to Istanbul, including transfers.