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

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Fly Madrid to Istanbul  •  7 h 7 min

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

$88 - $464

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Bus Ruse Bus  •  2 days 4 h

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

$29 - $65

6 alternative options

Fly Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 32 min

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

$80 - $368

Train to Valencia, fly to Istanbul  •  8 h 28 min

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

$178 - $930

Train, bus  •  44 h 26 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 Shumen
  4. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$384 - $567

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

$153 - $165

Drive  •  33 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Istanbul 2204.5 miles

$450 - $700

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to bus which costs 25€ - 55€ and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Istanbul is to fly which costs 75€ - 410€ and takes 7 h 7 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 44 h 26 min and costs 330€ - 500€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 7 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 7 min and costs 75€ - 410€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 55€ and takes 2 days 4 h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 10 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1710.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 7 min

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 4 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
7 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $550
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
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,300
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
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
7 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,200
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
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Madrid to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Valencia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
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
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
4 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $100
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
Eurolines FR
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Marseille to Shumen
Ave. Duration
25 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $310
Schedules at
eurolines.fr
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
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
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
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
$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 6:28 PM in Madrid and 7:28 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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Iberia, Air France, KLM and three other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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The nearest airport to Istanbul is Istanbul (IST) Airport which is 11.6 km away. Other nearby airports include Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) (32.8 km) and Bursa (YEI) (98 km).

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There are 2226+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $40 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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