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There are 3 ways to get from Varna to Istanbul by bus or car

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Varna to Istanbul

120 ₺ - 190 ₺

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Bus via Otogar  •  7h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Varna to Otogar

82 ₺ - 115 ₺

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Drive  •  6h 6m

  1. Drive from Varna to Istanbul 458 km

320 ₺ - 480 ₺

Bulgaria → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Bulgaria

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Foreign nationals that have visited Iran in the past 14 days. Iran land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Bulgaria

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Considerations leaving from Bulgaria

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Bulgaria.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Bulgaria from Turkey.

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Last updated: 2 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Varna to Istanbul is to bus via Otogar which costs $11 - $16 and takes 7h 23m.

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The quickest way to get from Varna to Istanbul is to bus which costs $17 - $26 and takes 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Varna and arriving at Istanbul. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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It is 259 km from Varna to Istanbul. It is approximately 458 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Varna to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 4h 40m and costs $17 - $26.

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The bus from Varna to Istanbul takes 4h 40m including transfers and departs six times a week.

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Varna to Istanbul bus services, operated by Alpar Turizm, depart from Varna station.

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Varna to Istanbul bus services, operated by Alpar Turizm, arrive at Istanbul station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Varna to Istanbul is 458 km. It takes approximately 6h 6m to drive from Varna to Istanbul.

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There are 10436+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at 750 ₺ per night.

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  • Distance: 259.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 40m

What companies run services between Varna, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Alpar Turizm operates a bus from Varna to Istanbul 6 times a week. Tickets cost 120 ₺ - 190 ₺ and the journey takes 4h 40m.

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