There are 10 ways to get from Rotterdam to Istanbul by train, plane, bus, night train or car

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Train to Amsterdam, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) AMS - IST

$72 - $230

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Train to Amsterdam, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
  2. Fly from Amsterdam (AMS) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) AMS - SAW

$84 - $344

Train to Brussels, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) BRU - IST

$90 - $344

Train to Brussels, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
  2. Fly from Brussels (BRU) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BRU - SAW

$112 - $788

Train, bus  •  38 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
  3. Take the train from Duisburg Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  4. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$258 - $345

Bus Alpar Turizm  •  43 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Munich, Munich central bus station N93
  2. Take the bus from Munich to Istanbul

$145 - $178

Bus Georg  •  44 h 45 min

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

$278 - $377

Train, EuroNight, night train  •  2 days 3 h

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Frankfurt
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Wien
  4. Take the EuroNight from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Budapest-Keleti
  5. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ic
  6. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$298 - $441

Drive, train  •  26 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Take the train from Düsseldorf Hbf to München Hbf Ice
  3. Take the train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf M / ...
  4. Drive from Salzburg Hbf to Istanbul

$404 - $609

Drive  •  25 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Istanbul 1672.6 miles

$400 - $600

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 44 h 45 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Istanbul is 2216 km. The road distance is 2676.2 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 38 h 39 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Rotterdam to Istanbul, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Amsterdam Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 3 h 15 min.

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

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Rotterdam. It is currently 5:42 AM in Rotterdam and 6:42 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Istanbul is 2676 km. It takes approximately 25 h 18 min to drive from Rotterdam to Istanbul.

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KLM, AtlasGlobal, Tarom and six other airlines offer flights from Amsterdam Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 1384.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 14 min

What companies run services between Rotterdam, Netherlands and Istanbul, Turkey?

You can take a bus from Rotterdam to Istanbul via Munich, Munich central bus station, Munich, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 43 h 1 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $700
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Amsterdam to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Flights from Amsterdam to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $480
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,000
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,100
AtlasGlobal
Website
atlasglb.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $460
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$190 - $600
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $410
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Amsterdam to Istanbul Ataturk via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Tunis
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $950
Middle East Airlines
Website
mea.com.lb
Flights from Brussels to Istanbul Ataturk via Beirut
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,300
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Brussels to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Train operators
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Duisburg Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Wien
Ave. Duration
6 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$140 - $200
Website
bahn.de
Train from Düsseldorf Hbf to München Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Night train from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
cd.cz
Hungarian Railways (MÁV)
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Munich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
28 h 17 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$92
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS to Munich, Munich central bus station
Ave. Duration
13 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Sofia
Ave. Duration
34 h 45 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$240 - $320
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Sofia
Ave. Duration
32 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Rotterdam to Sofia
Ave. Duration
31 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$70 - $150
Schedules at
online.union-ivkoni.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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