There are 9 ways to get from Zürich to Istanbul by plane, train, 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.

Recommended option

Fly Zurich to Istanbul  •  5 h 34 min

  1. ZRH - IST

$54 - $220

8 alternative options

Fly Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 59 min

  1. ZRH - SAW

$72 - $775

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

  1. BSL - IST

$107 - $264

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

  1. FDH - IST

$219 - $833

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

  1. BSL - SAW

$105 - $1,069

Train, bus  •  32 h 48 min

  1. Rj / ...

$184 - $237

Train, night train  •  45 h 47 min

  1. Rj
  2. Ic / ...

$284 - $426

Bus  •  2 days 9 h

$153 - $220

Drive  •  21 h 18 min

  1. 1376.6 miles

$280 - $420

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

Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and four 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
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
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 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
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
5 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 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
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41
EuroNight
Website
cd.cz
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
cd.cz
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Budapest-Keleti to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
15 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
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
$101
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
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Istanbul is 1766 km. The road distance is 2202 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 50 - SFr 220 and takes 5 h 34 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 34 min and costs SFr 50 - SFr 220.

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.

It takes approximately 5 h 34 min to get from Zürich to Istanbul, including transfers.