There are 9 ways to get from Skopje to Istanbul by plane, train, 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 Skopje to Istanbul  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Istanbul (IST) SKP - IST

$72 - $159

Cheapest option

Bus Makedonija Soobrakaj AD  •  13 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Skopje to Istanbul

$30 - $54

7 alternative options

Train to Pristina, fly to Istanbul  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Skopje to Lipljan
  2. Fly from Pristina (PRN) to Istanbul (IST) PRN - IST

$71 - $161

Fly Skopje to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h

  1. Fly from Skopje (SKP) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) SKP - SAW

$60 - $1,257

Train to Pristina, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Skopje to Lipljan
  2. Fly from Pristina (PRN) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) PRN - SAW

$74 - $266

Train to Thessaloniki, fly to Istanbul  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Skopje to Thessaloniki
  2. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul (IST) SKG - IST

$96 - $260

Bus Alpar Turizm  •  17 h

  1. Take the bus from Skopje to Uroševac
  2. Take the bus from Ferizaj to Istanbul

$41 - $56

Train  •  20 h 41 min

  1. Take the train from Skopje to Thessaloniki AVE
  2. Take the train from Thessaloniki to Dikea
  3. Take the train from Kapikule to Halkali

$68 - $121

Drive  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Drive from Skopje to Istanbul 488.8 miles

$100 - $150

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Skopje to Istanbul is to bus which costs $40 - $60 and takes 17 h.

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The quickest way to get from Skopje to Istanbul is to fly which takes 4 h 45 min and costs $70 - $160.

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The distance between Skopje and Istanbul is 635 km. The road distance is 782 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 45 min to get from Skopje to Istanbul, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Skopje, Macedonia and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines flies from Skopje to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, Makedonija Soobrakaj AD operates a bus from Skopje to Istanbul 3 times a day. Tickets cost $29 - $55 and the journey takes 13 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Skopje to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Pristina to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $250
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $310
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Skopje to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Flights from Pristina to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Train operators
MZI
Website
mzi.mk
Train from Skopje to Lipljan
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
mzi.mk
Macedonian Railways (MZ)
Phone
+389 (2) 3 164 255
Website
mzt.mk
Train from Skopje to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $50
mzt.mk
mzt.mk
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Thessaloniki to Dikea
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
trainose.gr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Second Class
$30 - $45
First Class
$40 - $60
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcddtasimacilik.gov.tr
Train from Kapikule to Halkali
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Bus operators
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
13 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
ms.mk
Vector
Website
vectortours.de
Bus from Skopje to Uroševac
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
vectortours.de
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ferizaj to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
14 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr

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