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There are 9 ways to get from Rome to Istanbul by plane, ferry, train, bus, bus and ferry, night train or car

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Fly Rome to Istanbul  •  5h 43m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Istanbul (IST) FCO - IST

922 ₺ - 1.912 ₺

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Fly Rome to Sabiha Gokcen, ferry  •  7h 3m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) FCO - SAW
  2. Take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü Ferry Terminal

416 ₺ - 1.542 ₺

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Train to Naples, fly to Istanbul  •  6h 56m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
  2. Fly from Naples (NAP) to Istanbul (IST) NAP - IST

1.087 ₺ - 2.774 ₺

Fly Rome to Kutahya, bus  •  13h 15m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Kutahya (KZR) FCO - KZR
  2. Take the bus from Seymen to Istanbul Otogari

1.168 ₺ - 3.192 ₺

Train, bus and ferry, bus  •  27h 43m

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale Fa / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Bari to Struga
  3. Take the bus from Struga to Istanbul

643 ₺ - 1.380 ₺

Bus, night train  •  41h 34m

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

1.773 ₺ - 2.248 ₺

Bus  •  46h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Skopje bus station K1901
  2. Take the bus from Skopje to Istanbul

1.044 ₺ - 1.285 ₺

Train, night train  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the train from Roma Tiburtina 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

1.474 ₺ - 3.050 ₺

Drive  •  20h 50m

  1. Drive from Rome to Istanbul 2223.2 km

2.300 ₺ - 3.500 ₺

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International entry into Turkey from Italy

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Italy

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Italy.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

Yes, entry into Italy from Turkey is currently restricted.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to train and bus and ferry and bus which costs 70€ - 160€ and takes 27h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to fly which costs 100€ - 220€ and takes 5h 43m.

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The distance between Rome and Istanbul is 1372 km. The road distance is 2223.2 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus and ferry and bus which takes 27h 43m and costs 70€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 5h 43m to get from Rome to Istanbul, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 43m and costs 100€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 120€ - 150€ and takes 46h 34m.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 40m.

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Rome. It is currently 9:08 PM in Rome and 10:08 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Istanbul is 2223 km. It takes approximately 20h 50m to drive from Rome to Istanbul.

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Alitalia, Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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  • Distance: 1372.2 km
  • Duration: 5h 43m

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

Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia and Alitalia fly from Rome to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rome to Istanbul via Skopje bus station, Skopje, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 46h 34m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 4.300 ₺
Flights from Naples to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
950 ₺ - 4.600 ₺
Flights from Rome to Kutahya via Istanbul
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.000 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from Rome to Kutahya via Marseille, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.300 ₺ - 3.700 ₺
Flights from Rome to Kutahya via Tunis, Istanbul
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 3.400 ₺
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Rome to Kutahya via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
13h 10m
When
Friday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.000 ₺
Flights from Rome to Kutahya via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 3.100 ₺
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
650 ₺ - 4.000 ₺
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Rome to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
280 ₺ - 2.800 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Naples to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
1.100 ₺ - 6.000 ₺
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
160 ₺ - 600 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
160 ₺ - 230 ₺
Base Standard
330 ₺ - 440 ₺
Base Premium
400 ₺ - 600 ₺
Train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
300 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
300 ₺ - 410 ₺
Base Standard
500 ₺ - 750 ₺
Base Premium
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
Train from Roma Tiburtina to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
310 ₺ - 950 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
310 ₺ - 430 ₺
Base Standard
550 ₺ - 750 ₺
Base Premium
650 ₺ - 950 ₺
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 180 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
120 ₺ - 180 ₺
Train from Roma Termini to Bari Centrale
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
250 ₺ - 350 ₺
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
250 ₺ - 350 ₺
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
150 ₺ - 440 ₺
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
170 ₺ - 240 ₺
Smart Low Cost
150 ₺ - 220 ₺
Smart Flex
320 ₺ - 440 ₺
Train from Roma Tiburtina to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
250 ₺ - 700 ₺
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
260 ₺ - 370 ₺
Smart Low Cost
250 ₺ - 350 ₺
Smart Flex
500 ₺ - 700 ₺
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 Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 260 ₺
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
230 ₺ - 260 ₺
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
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Seymen to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
16 ₺ - 35 ₺
Website
MetroTurizm
Durmo Tours
Phone
+389 42 217 370
Email
durmotours@yahoo.com
Website
durmotours.com.mk
Bus and ferry from Bari to Struga
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
130 ₺ - 200 ₺
Schedules at
durmotours.eu
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Roma to Sofia
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
1.600 ₺ - 2.100 ₺
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Skopje bus station
Ave. Duration
32h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
700 ₺ - 900 ₺
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Skopje to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
310 ₺ - 410 ₺
Schedules at
ms.mk
Ferry operators

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