There are 10 ways to get from Milan to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night 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 Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 57m

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

835 ₺ - 2.706 ₺

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Bus, night bus  •  32h 14m

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

388 ₺ - 1.173 ₺

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Fly Milan Bergamo to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7h 30m

  1. Fly from Milan Bergamo (BGY) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BGY - SAW

526 ₺ - 1.100 ₺

Fly Milan Malpensa to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7h 17m

  1. Fly from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) MXP - SAW

653 ₺ - 3.340 ₺

Fly Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7h 43m

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

1.010 ₺ - 7.704 ₺

Train to Bologna, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6h 59m

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

803 ₺ - 2.078 ₺

Bus  •  32h 14m

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

1.295 ₺ - 1.704 ₺

Train, bus  •  33h 36m

  1. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Bruck/Mur Rj
  3. Take the train from Bruck/Mur to Graz Hbf Rj / ...
  4. Take the bus from Graz to Istanbul

1.221 ₺ - 1.897 ₺

Night train, bus  •  36h 30m

  1. Take the night train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Salzburg Hbf Nj
  2. Take the bus from Salzburg to Istanbul

894 ₺ - 1.013 ₺

Drive  •  18h 51m

  1. Drive from Milan to Istanbul 1965.1 km

2.000 ₺ - 2.900 ₺

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The cheapest way to get from Milan to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 150€ and takes 7h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Milan to Istanbul is to fly which costs 100€ - 360€ and takes 5h 57m.

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The distance between Milan and Istanbul is 1670 km. The road distance is 1965.1 km.

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The best way to get from Milan to Istanbul without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 32h 14m and costs 50€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 5h 57m 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 5h 57m and costs 100€ - 360€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 160€ - 230€ and takes 32h 14m.

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The quickest flight from Milan Malpensa Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 50m.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Milan. It is currently 3:51 PM in Milan and 4:51 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Milan to Istanbul is 1965 km. It takes approximately 18h 51m to drive from Milan to Istanbul.

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Middle East Airlines, Air France, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa offer flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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  • Distance: 1670.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 57m

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

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and five other airlines fly from Milan to Istanbul every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Milan to Istanbul via Sofia, Sofia Serdica Bus Station, Istanbul Büyük Otogari, and Otogar in around 32h 14m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 2.100 ₺
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
700 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.200 ₺ - 2.200 ₺
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 7.500 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
2.100 ₺ - 8.000 ₺
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.900 ₺
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
800 ₺ - 4.300 ₺
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 2.900 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Milan Bergamo to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
460 ₺ - 1.500 ₺
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 3.600 ₺
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
3.400 ₺ - 11.000 ₺
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Milan Linate to Istanbul Ataturk via Stockholm
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.300 ₺
Air Moldova
Website
airmoldova.md
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk via Chisinau
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
1.300 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Bologna to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
750 ₺ - 2.300 ₺
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 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 490 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
140 ₺ - 190 ₺
Base Standard
280 ₺ - 380 ₺
Base Premium
350 ₺ - 490 ₺
Train from Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 550 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
160 ₺ - 220 ₺
Base Standard
310 ₺ - 420 ₺
Base Premium
390 ₺ - 550 ₺
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Milano Centrale Station to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 380 ₺
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
150 ₺ - 210 ₺
Smart Low Cost
130 ₺ - 190 ₺
Smart Flex
270 ₺ - 380 ₺
Train from Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
140 ₺ - 420 ₺
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
160 ₺ - 230 ₺
Smart Low Cost
140 ₺ - 210 ₺
Smart Flex
300 ₺ - 420 ₺
Trenitalia

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 Milano Centrale to Bologna Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
110 ₺ - 220 ₺
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
200 ₺ - 220 ₺
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 24m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
100 ₺ - 150 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
100 ₺ - 150 ₺
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 Milano Centrale to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
550 ₺ - 1.000 ₺
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Bruck/Mur
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
600 ₺ - 800 ₺
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Bruck/Mur to Graz Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
70 ₺ - 95 ₺
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Bruck/Mur to Graz Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
95 ₺ - 150 ₺
Website
Railjet
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Milano P.Garibaldi to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
410 ₺ - 550 ₺
Website
Nightjet
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Milan to Sofia
Ave. Duration
22h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
320 ₺ - 450 ₺
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Milano to Sofia
Ave. Duration
21h 30m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
850 ₺ - 1.100 ₺
Website
Yubim
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
55 ₺ - 80 ₺
Website
Huntur
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
1.100 ₺ - 1.500 ₺
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
160 ₺ - 230 ₺
Schedules at
matpu.com
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Graz to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
22h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
401 ₺
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Salzburg to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
26h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
473 ₺
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr

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The best way to get from Milan to Milan Malpensa Airport is to train which takes 37 min and costs 11€ - 16€.

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