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There are 6 ways to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul by bus, night train, car, night bus or plane

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Bus Huntur  •  8h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul

$10 - $15

5 alternative options

Bus Metro Plus  •  12h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas
  2. Take the bus from Burgas to Istanbul

$35 - $51

Night train, bus  •  10h 44m

  1. Take the night train from Veliko Tarnovo to Çerkezköy Bosphor Express
  2. Take the bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari

$17 - $21

Drive  •  5h 49m

  1. Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul 312.3 miles

$60 - $95

Night bus to Varna, fly  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the night bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna Central Bus Station
  2. Fly from Varna (VAR) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) VAR - IST

$111 - $297

Bus, bus to Bucharest Otopeni, fly  •  8h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
  3. Fly from Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) OTP - IST

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The cheapest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is to bus which costs $9 - $16 and takes 8h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is to drive which costs $60 - $95 and takes 5h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Veliko Tarnovo and arriving at Istanbul via Burgas. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 15m.

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The distance between Veliko Tarnovo and Istanbul is 358 km. The road distance is 499.7 km.

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The best way to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 8h 40m and costs $9 - $16.

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It takes approximately 8h 40m to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul bus services, operated by Patnicheski Prevozi AD., depart from Veliko Tarnovo station.

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The quickest flight from Varna Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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

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Istanbul is 1h ahead of Veliko Tarnovo. It is currently 4:06 AM in Veliko Tarnovo and 5:06 AM in Istanbul.

Map of how to get from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 223.6 miles
  • Duration: 8h 40m

What companies run services between Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

Huntur operates a bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul once daily. Tickets cost $8 - $15 and the journey takes 8h 26m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Varna to Istanbul Ataturk via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Bucharest Otopeni to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Huntur
Phone
+90 212 658 00 61
Email
info@huntur.com.tr
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
8h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Patnicheski Prevozi AD.
Phone
062 / 64-09-08
Email
office@pprevozi.com
Website
pprevozi.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
pprevozi.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
pprevozi.com
Aleks ОK
Phone
+359 62 60 22 60
Email
info@alexok.com
Website
alexok.com
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Schedules at
alexok.com
M-Bus
Phone
056 844 966
Website
mbus-bg.com
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Burgas
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Schedules at
mbus-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Burgas to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Cerkezkoy to Istanbul Otogari
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Global Biomet
Phone
:+3599884551
Email
office@biomet.bg
Website
biomet.bg
Night bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
Global Biomet
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Veliko Turnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Ruse to Bucharest Otopeni Airport
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul is 500 km. It takes approximately 5h 49m to drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Varna Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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