There are 10 ways to get from Zürich to Istanbul by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly Zurich to Istanbul  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Istanbul (IST) ZRH - IST

$54 - $221

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Fly Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) ZRH - SAW

$71 - $775

Train to Basel, fly to Istanbul  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Istanbul (IST) BSL - IST

$108 - $266

Train to Basel, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) BSL - SAW

$105 - $1,070

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Istanbul  •  7 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Schaffhausen
  2. Take the train from Schaffhausen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
  3. Fly from Friedrichshafen (FDH) to Istanbul (IST) FDH - IST

$220 - $834

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Istanbul  •  8 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Istanbul (IST) STR - IST

$117 - $299

Train, bus  •  32 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf Rj
  2. Take the bus from Salzburg to Istanbul

$161 - $215

Train, night train  •  46 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf Rj
  2. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A D
  3. Take the night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali

$264 - $409

Bus  •  2 days 9 h

  1. Take the bus from Zürich to Shumen
  2. Take the bus from Shumen to Istanbul

$158 - $225

Drive  •  21 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Istanbul 1376.6 miles

$280 - $420

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 220 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 220 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Zürich and arriving at Istanbul via Shumen. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 9 h.

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The distance between Zürich and Istanbul is 1766 km. The road distance is 2202.5 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Istanbul without a car is to train and bus which takes 32 h 48 min and costs SFr 150 - SFr 210.

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It takes approximately 5 h 35 min to get from Zürich to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Zürich to Istanbul bus services, operated by Eurolines CH, depart from Zürich station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 35 min and costs SFr 50 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 150 - SFr 220 and takes 2 days 9 h.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 50 min.

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

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  • Distance: 1104 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 35 min

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and five other airlines fly from Zürich to Istanbul hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Istanbul via Shumen in around 2 days 9 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Basel to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Flights from Basel to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $460
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $3,000
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Basel to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Izmir
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Basel to Sabiha Gokcen via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Basel to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $460
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

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Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Schaffhausen
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Schaffhausen to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Wien Hbf to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
19 h 23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $170
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Book at
Raileurope.com
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Gara Bucureşti Nord to Halkali
Ave. Duration
16 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $22
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Salzburg to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
26 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$76
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Shumen
Ave. Duration
47 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Book at
eurolines.ch
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Shumen to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 4:17 PM in Zürich and 5:17 PM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Istanbul is 2202 km. It takes approximately 21 h 18 min to drive from Zürich to Istanbul.

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Swiss, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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There are 2315+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $40 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 19.

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