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There are 6 ways to get from Santorini to Istanbul by plane, car ferry, ferry, bus 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.

Recommended option

Fly  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Santorini (JTR) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) JTR - IST

$109 - $412

Cheapest option

Car ferry, Catamaran, bus  •  21 h 13 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Kos
  2. Take the Catamaran from Kos to Bodrum
  3. Take the bus from Bodrum to Istanbul Otogari

$88 - $173

4 alternative options

Car ferry, Catamaran, bus via Izmir Otogar  •  19 h 3 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Kos
  2. Take the Catamaran from Kos to Bodrum
  3. Take the bus from Bodrum to Aydın
  4. Take the bus from Aydın to Izmir Otogar
  5. Take the bus from Kemalpasa to Yalova
  6. Take the car ferry from Yalova to Yenikapı

$104 - $197

Catamaran, bus  •  22 h 44 min

  1. Take the Catamaran from Santorini to Piraeus Super Jet
  2. Take the bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar

$129 - $188

Ferry, car ferry, bus  •  25 h 22 min

  1. Take the ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  2. Take the car ferry from Mykonos to Mytilene
  3. Take the car ferry from Mitilini to Ayvalık
  4. Take the bus from Ayvalik to Istanbul Otogari

$170 - $267

Car ferry, drive  •  15 h 43 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Santorini to Kos
  2. Take the car ferry from Kos to Bodrum
  3. Drive from Bodrum to Istanbul

$152 - $263

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santorini to Istanbul is to car ferry and Catamaran and bus which costs 75€ - 150€ and takes 21 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santorini to Istanbul is to fly which costs 90€ - 360€ and takes 3 h 48 min.

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The distance between Santorini and Istanbul is 595 km.

The best way to get from Santorini to Istanbul without a car is to car ferry and Catamaran and bus which takes 19 h 3 min and costs 90€ - 180€.

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It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to get from Santorini to Istanbul, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Santorini Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Istanbul is 1 h ahead of Santorini. It is currently 2:08 PM in Santorini and 3:08 PM in Istanbul.

Volotea, Sky Express , Ryanair and three other airlines offer flights from Santorini Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2341+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santorini to Santorini Airport is to taxi which takes 3 min and costs 15€ - 19€.

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Map of how to get from Santorini to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 372 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 48 min

What companies run services between Santorini, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey?

Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines and seven other airlines fly from Mesariá to Istanbul every 2 hours.

Airlines
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Santorini to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $420
Flights from Santorini to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens, Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Flights from Santorini to Istanbul Ataturk via Thessaloniki, Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $470
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Santorini to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Bus operators
Kamil Koc
Phone
+90 224 294 55 62
Website
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Bodrum to Aydın
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Bodrum to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
13 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
Bus from Ayvalık to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8 h 57 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
kamilkoc.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Bodrum to Aydin
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Kemalpasa to Yalova
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Bodrum to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
13 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ayvalik to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
7 h 26 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Pamukkale
Phone
0 850 333 35 35
Email
info@pamukkale.com.tr
Website
pamukkale.com.tr
Bus from Aydın to Izmir Otogar
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
pamukkale.com.tr
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Athens to Istanbul Otogar
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Ferry operators
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Phone
+90 (252) 412 22 90 – 91
Email
reservation@yesilmarmaris.com
Website
yesilmarmarislines.com
Ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26
Website
Yeşil Marmaris Lines
Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri
Email
info@ido.com.tr
Website
ido.com.tr
Car ferry from Yalova to Yenikapı
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ido.com.tr
Sea Jets
Phone
+30 210 4121001
Email
info@seajets.gr
Website
seajets.gr
Car ferry from Santorini to Piraeus
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$60 - $90
1st Class
$75 - $100
Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
seajets.gr
2nd Class
$55 - $80
1st Class
$65 - $90
Hellenic Seaways
Phone
+30 210 4199000
Email
hswroro@hsw.gr
Website
hellenicseaways.gr
Car ferry from Mykonos to Mytilene
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Schedules at
hellenicseaways.gr
Economy
$70 - $120
Business
$114
4 bed inside cabin
$98
Jale Tour
Phone
+90266 331 31 70
Email
info@jaletur.com
Website
jaletour.com
Car ferry from Mitilini to Ayvalık
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Schedules at
jaletour.com
Turkish Sealines
Phone
+90 252 316 22 22
Email
reservation@turkishsealines.com
Website
turkishsealines.com.tr
Car ferry from Kos to Bodrum
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29
Schedules at
turkishsealines.com.tr

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