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There are 5 ways to get from Rafina to Istanbul by plane, bus, car or car ferry

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Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ATH - IST

$43 - $186

Cheapest option

Bus Kamil Koc  •  19 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$25 - $53

3 alternative options

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) ATH - SAW

$55 - $250

Bus KTEL Rodopis  •  17 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Komotini
  2. Take the bus from Komotini to Istanbul

$115 - $118

Drive, car ferry  •  20 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Rafina to Laurio
  2. Take the car ferry from Laurio to Kavala
  3. Drive from Kavala to Istanbul

$173 - $246

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The cheapest way to get from Rafina to Istanbul is to bus which costs 21€ - 50€ and takes 19 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rafina to Istanbul is to fly which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 4 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rafina station to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Rafina Bus Station and arriving at Istanbul via Αερολιμενασ Αθηνων(Τερμα), Athens and Komotini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 57 min.

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The distance between Rafina and Istanbul is 539 km.

The best way to get from Rafina to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 17 h 57 min and costs 100€ - 103€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 30 min to get from Rafina to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Rafina to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Rafina to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 30 min and costs 35€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 100€ - 103€ and takes 17 h 57 min.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Rafina to Istanbul bus services, operated by KTEL Rodopis, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Map of how to get from Rafina to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 336.7 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 30 min

What companies run services between Rafina, Attica, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air fly from Rafina to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rafina to Istanbul via Αερολιμενασ Αθηνων(Τερμα), Σταθ.Υπερασ.Λεωφ.Κηφισου, Athens, and Komotini in around 17 h 57 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Athens to Istanbul Ataturk via Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Athens to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Bus operators
KTEL Rodopis
Phone
25310 22912
Email
info@ktelrodopis.gr
Website
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Athens to Komotini
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$88
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Bus from Komotini to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18
Schedules at
ktelrodopis.gr
Ferry operators
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Laurio to Kavala
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$100 - $140
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$100 - $140
Business
$136

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Rafina. It is currently 5:20 PM in Rafina and 6:20 PM in Istanbul.

Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2333+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rafina to Athens Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs 1€ - 4€.

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