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There are 10 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.

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Fly Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 12 min

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

$88 - $464

Cheapest option

Fly Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 32 min

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

$80 - $368

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Train to Valencia, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
  2. Fly from Valencia (VLC) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VLC - IST

$178 - $930

Train, bus  •  2 days 0 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 train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Strasbourg Tgv
  4. Take the train from Strasbourg to München Hbf Tgv
  5. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$444 - $536

Bus Ruse Bus  •  2 days 4 h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Sofia 0800
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$154 - $227

Bus Yubim  •  2 days 12 h

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

$167 - $234

Bus Dary Commerce  •  2 days 16 h

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

$152 - $164

Train, night train  •  2 days 13 h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV Ave
  2. Take the train from Avignon TGV to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Tgv
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf Ice
  4. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  5. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$566 - $759

Drive  •  33 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Istanbul 2204.5 miles

$450 - $700

Drive, train  •  39 h 54 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Malgrat de Mar
  2. Take the train from Malgrat de Mar to Barcelona Sants R1
  3. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
  5. Take the train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  6. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Verona Porta Nuova Fr
  7. Drive from Verona Porta Nuova to Istanbul

$526 - $787

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 320€ and takes 8 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to fly which costs 75€ - 410€ and takes 7 h 12 min.

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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 4 h.

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The distance between Madrid and Istanbul is 2737 km. The road distance is 3527.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 2 days 0 h and costs 380€ - 470€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 12 min to get from Madrid to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Madrid to Istanbul bus services, operated by Ruse Bus, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to fly which takes 7 h 12 min and costs 75€ - 410€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 130€ - 200€ and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 15 min.

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Madrid to Istanbul bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Istanbul station.

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  • Distance: 1710.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 12 min

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

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and 12 other airlines fly from Madrid to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Istanbul via Sofia in around 2 days 4 h.

Airlines
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $800
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7 h 28 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,300
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,100
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $490
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $2,500
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Madrid to Istanbul Ataturk via Tunis
Ave. Duration
8 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $1,200
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Avignon TGV
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Barcelona Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $80
1st Class
$95 - $140
Train from Montpellier Saint-Roch to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $170
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$150 - $170
1st Class
$200 - $300
Train from Strasbourg to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $150
Train from Avignon TGV to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h 7 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $200
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$180 - $200
1st Class
$230 - $350
Train from Barcelona Sants to Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$100 - $120
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$100 - $120
1st Class
$140 - $210
Train from Chambery-Challes-E to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$40 - $50
1st Class
$65 - $80
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Montpellier St. Roch Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Gare de Valence TGV
Ave. Duration
4 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Night 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
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Raileurope.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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE)
Phone
900 41 00 41
Website
renfe.com
Train from Malgrat de Mar to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Valence TGV to Chambery-Challes-E
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$27 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Trenitalia Frecce

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Verona Porta Nuova
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
orario.trenitalia.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
$91
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
42 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Madrid to Sofia
Ave. Duration
2 days 2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
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
$130
Schedules at
dary.bg

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Madrid. It is currently 10:35 AM in Madrid and 12:35 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Istanbul is 3527 km. It takes approximately 33 h 27 min to drive from Madrid to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines, Air France and four other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2344+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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