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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 Ataturk  •  5h 33m

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

$62 - $220

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Fly Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen  •  7h 3m

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

$79 - $774

Train to Basel, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  6h 49m

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

$107 - $265

Train to Basel, fly to Sabiha Gokcen  •  8h 19m

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

$104 - $1,069

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8h 33m

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

$116 - $300

Train, train to Friedrichshafen, fly to Istanbul Ataturk  •  8h 12m

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

$220 - $833

Train, bus  •  32h 48m

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

$166 - $218

Train, night train  •  44h 56m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti Rj
  2. Take the train from Budapest-Keleti to Arad Ic
  3. Take the train from Arad to Videle D
  4. Take the night train from Videle to Halkali

$229 - $345

Bus  •  2 days 9h

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

$152 - $218

Drive  •  21h 18m

  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 60 - SFr 220 and takes 5h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Istanbul is to fly which costs SFr 60 - SFr 220 and takes 5h 33m.

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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 9h.

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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 32h 48m and costs SFr 160 - SFr 220.

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It takes approximately 5h 33m 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 5h 33m and costs SFr 60 - SFr 220. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 150 - SFr 220 and takes 2 days 9h.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 45m.

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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: 5h 33m

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

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

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $490
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Ankara
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $400
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $420
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $460
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $410
Flights from Friedrichshafen to Istanbul Ataturk via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $3,000
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $340
Flights from Basel to Sabiha Gokcen
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from Basel to Sabiha Gokcen via Izmir
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $490
Aegean Airlines
Website
aegeanair.com
Flights from Zurich to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $2,100
Flights from Basel to Istanbul Ataturk via Athens
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $650
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Zurich to Sabiha Gokcen via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
SunExpress
Website
sunexpress.com
Flights from Basel to Sabiha Gokcen via Antalya
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Istanbul Ataturk via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
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.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Böblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Singen
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Budapest-Keleti
Ave. Duration
10h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Singen(Hohentwiel) to Friedrichshafen Flughafen
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
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
26h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$84
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zürich to Shumen
Ave. Duration
47h 45m
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
9h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg

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Istanbul is 2h ahead of Zürich. It is currently 6:00 PM in Zürich and 8:00 PM in Istanbul.

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

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Air Serbia, AtlasGlobal, Swiss and two other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2424+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13m and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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