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There are 12 ways to get from Milan to Istanbul by plane, ferry, bus, train, night bus, night train or car

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Fly Milan Malpensa to Istanbul  •  6h 3m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Istanbul (IST) MXP - IST

897 ₺ - 1.821 ₺

Cheapest option

Fly Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  9h 36m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) LIN - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

380 ₺ - 1.438 ₺

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Fly Milan Malpensa to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  7h 18m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) MXP - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

761 ₺ - 1.151 ₺

Bus to Milan Bergamo, fly to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Milan Centrale to Bergamo Airport Bus Station
  2. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BGY - SAW
  3. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

492 ₺ - 1.805 ₺

Fly Milan Linate to Istanbul  •  7h 46m

  1. Fly from Milan Linate (LIN) to Istanbul (IST) LIN - IST

766 ₺ - 2.508 ₺

Train to Bologna, fly to Istanbul  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
  2. Fly from Bologna (BLQ) to Istanbul (IST) BLQ - IST

1.022 ₺ - 2.473 ₺

Bus  •  30h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Skopje
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Istanbul

670 ₺ - 1.092 ₺

Bus via Sofia  •  30h 49m

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

556 ₺ - 820 ₺

Bus, night bus  •  31h 44m

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

1.338 ₺ - 1.689 ₺

Bus, night train  •  34h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Milan to Sofia
  2. Take the night train from Sofia to Halkali Bosphor Express

485 ₺ - 1.398 ₺

Train, night train  •  2 days 1h

  1. Take the train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Venezia Mestre Fr
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf Rj
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Videle
  4. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

1.411 ₺ - 2.721 ₺

Drive  •  18h 26m

  1. Drive from Milan to Istanbul 1960.5 km

2.100 ₺ - 3.100 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Istanbul is to bus via Sofia which costs 60€ - 95€ and takes 30h 49m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Istanbul is to fly which costs 100€ - 210€ and takes 6h 3m.

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The distance between Milan and Istanbul is 1670 km. The road distance is 1960.5 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 30h 44m and costs 75€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 6h 3m to get from Milan to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Milan to Istanbul is to fly which takes 6h 3m and costs 100€ - 210€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 75€ - 130€ and takes 30h 44m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Milan. It is currently 2:42 AM in Milan and 3:42 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Istanbul is 1961 km. It takes approximately 18h 26m to drive from Milan to Istanbul.

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Luxair, Ukraine International Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 1670.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 3m

What companies run services between Milan, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and Luxair fly from Milan to Istanbul 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan to Istanbul via Lampugnano, Milan, Skopje, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 30h 44m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Naples
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Bari
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 2.600 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Catania
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.100 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Brussels
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.100 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 3.200 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 2.500 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 3.300 ₺
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
370 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
350 ₺ - 1.400 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Palermo, Rome
Ave. Duration
10h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
480 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Naples, Rome
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 1.500 ₺
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 1.700 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Sabiha Gokcen via Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 4.600 ₺
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 3.600 ₺
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.300 ₺ - 3.600 ₺
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 600 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
160 ₺ - 220 ₺
Base Standard
320 ₺ - 430 ₺
Base Premium
390 ₺ - 600 ₺
Train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
180 ₺ - 650 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
180 ₺ - 250 ₺
Base Standard
360 ₺ - 480 ₺
Base Premium
440 ₺ - 650 ₺
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 170 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
120 ₺ - 170 ₺
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 Videle to Halkali
Ave. Duration
17h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 200 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
130 ₺ - 160 ₺
1st Class
160 ₺ - 200 ₺
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
900 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Bus operators
Autostradale
Phone
+39 02 3008 9000
Email
info@autostradale.it
Website
autostradale.it
Bus from Milan Centrale to Bergamo Airport Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
40 ₺ - 90 ₺
Website
Autostradale
Website
Autostradale
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Milan to Skopje
Ave. Duration
16h 15m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
440 ₺ - 800 ₺
Schedules at
ms.mk
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Milano to Sofia
Ave. Duration
20h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
370 ₺ - 550 ₺
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Milan to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21h 29m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
370 ₺ - 550 ₺
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.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
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Milan to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 1.600 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Night bus from Sofia Serdica Bus Station to Istanbul Büyük Otogari
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55 ₺ - 80 ₺
Website
Huntur
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Milano to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 1.300 ₺
Website
Yubim
Ferry operators

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