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There are 7 ways to get from Rome to Istanbul by plane, bus, bus and ferry, train, night train or car

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Recommended option

Fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  5h 32m

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

$83 - $307

Cheapest option

Fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6h 47m

  1. Fly from Rome (FCO) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) FCO - SAW

$80 - $281

5 alternative options

Bus, bus and ferry  •  28h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Rome Tiburtina to Ancona
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Ancona to Alexandroupoli
  3. Take the bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari

$199 - $301

Bus  •  38h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Roma to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$251 - $343

Bus and ferry, bus  •  40h 39m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Rome to Gostivar
  2. Take the bus from Gostivar to Istanbul

$118 - $183

Train, night train  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre Fr / ...
  2. Take the train from Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf Rj
  3. Take the night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  4. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$244 - $407

Drive  •  21h 15m

  1. Drive from Rome to Istanbul 1393.1 miles

$330 - $490

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The cheapest way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to fly which costs 65€ - 250€ and takes 6h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to fly which costs 70€ - 270€ and takes 5h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rome to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Roma and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 38h 30m.

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The distance between Rome and Istanbul is 1372 km. The road distance is 2229 km.

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The best way to get from Rome to Istanbul without a car is to bus and bus and ferry which takes 28h 46m and costs 170€ - 270€.

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It takes approximately 5h 32m to get from Rome to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Rome to Istanbul bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Roma station.

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The best way to get from Rome to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5h 32m and costs 70€ - 270€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 210€ - 300€ and takes 38h 30m.

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The quickest flight from Rome Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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

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Map of how to get from Rome to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 857.6 miles
  • Duration: 5h 32m

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

Turkish Airlines, Tarom and five other airlines fly from Rome to Istanbul every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rome to Istanbul via Sofia in around 38h 30m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Flights from Rome to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Croatia Airlines
Website
croatiaairlines.com
Flights from Rome to Istanbul Ataturk via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $500
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Rome to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

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 Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
ItaloTreno
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Roma Termini to Venezia Mestre
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
italotreno.it
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 Venezia Mestre to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 28m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

The national railway system of Austria, the OBB carried 209 million passengers on local and regional trains, and 35 million on long-distance trains in 2016 alone. The OBB’s 4865 km network covers 570 trains simultaneously at peak times, with one train leaving every 12 seconds, making it a supremely efficient way to travel around the country and surrounding region. The company’s extensive network connects cities in Austria, and adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Contact Details
Website
oebb.at
Night train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
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Raileurope.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Roma Marche Linee
Phone
+39 0733 818638
Email
info@romamarchelinee.it
Website
romamarchelinee.it
Bus from Rome Tiburtina to Ancona
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
romamarchelinee.it
Portokalidis Tours
Website
portokalidistours.gr
Bus and ferry from Ancona to Alexandroupoli
Ave. Duration
16h 27m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$160 - $240
Schedules at
portokalidistours.gr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Dedeagac to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Alexandroupoli to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
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
$220 - $280
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Durmo Tours
Website
durmotours.com
Bus and ferry from Rome to Gostivar
Ave. Duration
23h 18m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Schedules at
durmotours.com.mk
Makedonija Soobrakaj AD
Phone
+389(0)2 24 02 388
Email
avtobuska@maksoob.com.mk
Website
ms.mk
Bus from Gostivar to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Schedules at
ms.mk

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Istanbul is 2h ahead of Rome. It is currently 10:20 AM in Rome and 12:20 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Rome to Istanbul is 2229 km. It takes approximately 21h 15m to drive from Rome to Istanbul.

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Croatia Airlines, Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Rome Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2536+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $31 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Rome to Rome Airport is to train which takes 32m and costs 10€ - 15€.

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