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There are 8 ways to get from Istanbul to Kraków by plane, train, shuttle, bus, night train 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.

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Fly to Krakow  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Krakow (KRK) IST - KRK

$94 - $217

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Night train, train  •  46 h 10 min

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
  2. Take the train from Bucharest - Gara de Nord to Chernivtsi
  3. Take the train from Chernovcy to Lvov D
  4. Take the train from Lvov to Przemysl Gl. Ic
  5. Take the train from Przemysl Gl. to Krakow Glowny Ic

$78 - $116

6 alternative options

Fly to Warsaw Chopin, train  •  8 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Warsaw Chopin (WAW) IST - WAW
  2. Take the train from Warszawa Zachodnia to Krakow Glowny

$81 - $191

Fly to Kosice, shuttle  •  9 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Kosice (KSC) IST - KSC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from Košice to Kraków

$131 - $686

Bus Ecolines  •  33 h 15 min

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

$99 - $301

Bus Arda Tur  •  34 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Burgas South
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Budapest
  3. Take the bus from Budapest, Budapest Népliget to Kraków, Kraków MDA 976

$102 - $123

Bus, train  •  34 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Graz
  2. Take the train from Graz Hbf to Wien Hbf Rj / ...
  3. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Katowice Eic / ...
  4. Take the train from Katowice to Krakow Glowny R

$122 - $154

Drive  •  18 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Kraków 1072.3 miles

$220 - $320

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Kraków is to night train and train which costs 440 ₺ - 700 ₺ and takes 46 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Kraków is to fly which costs 500 ₺ - 1.300 ₺ and takes 7 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Kraków. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Kraków via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 33 h 15 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Kraków is 1225 km. The road distance is 1715.7 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Kraków without a car is to bus which takes 33 h 15 min and costs 550 ₺ - 1.800 ₺.

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It takes approximately 7 h 23 min to get from Istanbul to Kraków, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Kraków bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Kraków is to fly which takes 7 h 23 min and costs 500 ₺ - 1.300 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 550 ₺ - 1.800 ₺ and takes 33 h 15 min.

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There is no direct flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Krakow Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 35 min and has one stopover.

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Istanbul to Kraków bus services, operated by Ecolines, arrive at Kraków station.

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  • Distance: 765.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 23 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Kraków, Poland?

Lufthansa, KLM and 11 other airlines fly from Istanbul to Kraków hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Kraków via Sofia in around 33 h 15 min.

Airlines
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
6 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $600
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Budapest
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $700
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $750
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Kosice
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $360
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Warsaw Chopin via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Ukraine International Airlines
Website
flyuia.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $220
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Warsaw Chopin via Boryspil
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $410
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Krakow via Oslo
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$430 - $700
Belavia Belarusian Airlines
Website
belavia.by
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Warsaw Chopin via Minsk
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Train operators
Polish Railways (PKP)

The rail network in Poland is conveniently organised, with many connections between cities, making it an effective method of travelling around the country. Tickets for regional and express trains are affordable, with children, students, pensioners, people with disability, and large families being entitled to discounts. Polish Railways offer a pre-booking service for travellers living outside of Poland - tickets and reservations can be booked in advance for trips inside Poland (up to 30 days in advance for domestic trains), and to/from other countries in the region (up to 60 days in advance).

Contact Details
Phone
703 200 200
Website
intercity.pl
Train from Warszawa Zachodnia to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$9 - $14
1st Class
$13 - $20
Train from Katowice to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$7 - $11
Train from Przemysl Gl. to Krakow Glowny
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $13
Website
Intercity.pl
Book at
Raileurope.com
2nd Class
$8 - $13
1st Class
$12 - $18
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
Train from Graz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Train from Wien Hbf to Katowice
Ave. Duration
4 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $24
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
LEO Express
Phone
+420 220 311 700
Email
info@le.cz
Website
leoexpress.com
Train from Katowice to Kraków Główny
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$4 - $13
Schedules at
leoexpress.com
Economy
$4 - $5
Business
$6 - $8
Premium
$10 - $13
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Ukrainian Railways
Website
uz.gov.ua
Train from Bucharest - Gara de Nord to Chernivtsi
Ave. Duration
12 h 55 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Ukrainian Railways (UZ)
Phone
+38 (044) 309-70-05
Email
booking@uz.gov.ua
Website
uz.gov.ua
Train from Chernovcy to Lvov
Ave. Duration
3 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $8
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Book at
uz.gov.ua
3rd Class
$3 - $5
2nd Class
$5 - $8
1st Class
$13 - $18
Train from Lvov to Przemysl Gl.
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Schedules at
uz.gov.ua
Book at
uz.gov.ua
Bus operators
Eurobusways
Phone
+36 20 9148100
Email
info@eurobusways.com
Website
eurobusways.com
Shuttle from Košice to Kraków
Ave. Duration
3 h 46 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Schedules at
eurobusways.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Sofia
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Kraków
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$180 - $240
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Burgas to Budapest
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$140 - $190
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Tourbus Bulgaria
Phone
00359 2 980 68 62
Email
touringbus@touring.bg
Website
touring.bg
Bus from Sofia Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof to Krakau Zob Mda
Ave. Duration
21 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Schedules at
touring.bg
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Burgas to Budapest
Ave. Duration
18 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$58
Schedules at
ardatur.bg
KARAT-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Burgas to Budapest
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
karat-s.com
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 Budapest, Budapest Népliget to Kraków, Kraków MDA
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Graz
Ave. Duration
22 h 39 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$71
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr

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Kraków is 2 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 7:36 AM in Istanbul and 5:36 AM in Kraków.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Kraków is 1716 km. It takes approximately 18 h 56 min to drive from Istanbul to Kraków.

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AtlasGlobal, Scandinavian Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines and four other airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Krakow Airport.

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There are 2740+ hotels available in Kraków. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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