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There are 7 ways to get from Zagreb to Istanbul by plane, shuttle, bus, train, 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.

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Fly from Zagreb  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Zagreb (ZAG) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) ZAG - IST

$99 - $215

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Train, bus, night train  •  31 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Zagreb to Belgrade
  2. Take the train from Novi Beograd to Niš
  3. Take the train from Niš to Dimitrovgrad
  4. Take the bus from Dimitrovgrad to Sofia
  5. Take the night train from Sofia to Halkali

$65 - $104

5 alternative options

Shuttle to Ljubljana, fly  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Zagreb to Ljubljana Airport
  2. Fly from Ljubljana (LJU) to Istanbul Ataturk (IST) LJU - IST

$124 - $457

Bus Georg  •  22 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Istanbul

$126 - $187

Bus Yubim  •  24 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
  3. Take the bus from Stara Zagora to Istanbul

$148 - $197

Train, bus  •  27 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Zagreb Glavni Kolod. to Graz Hbf Ec
  2. Take the bus from Graz to Istanbul

$94 - $103

Drive  •  13 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Zagreb to Istanbul 836.6 miles

$170 - $250

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zagreb to Istanbul is to train and bus and night train which costs 420 kn - 700 kn and takes 31 h 26 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zagreb to Istanbul is to fly which costs 600 kn - 1.400 kn and takes 5 h 11 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Zagreb to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Zagreb and arriving at Istanbul via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 30 min.

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The distance between Zagreb and Istanbul is 1174 km. The road distance is 1338.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Istanbul without a car is to bus which takes 22 h 30 min and costs 800 kn - 1.300 kn.

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It takes approximately 5 h 11 min to get from Zagreb to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Zagreb to Istanbul bus services, operated by Georg, depart from Zagreb station.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Istanbul is to fly which takes 5 h 11 min and costs 600 kn - 1.400 kn. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 800 kn - 1.300 kn and takes 22 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Zagreb Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 5 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Zagreb to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 733.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 11 min

What companies run services between Zagreb, Croatia and Istanbul, Turkey?

Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia and AtlasGlobal fly from Zagreb to Istanbul twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zagreb to Istanbul via Sofia in around 22 h 30 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Zagreb to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $430
Flights from Ljubljana to Istanbul Ataturk
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $320
Air Serbia
Website
airserbia.com
Flights from Zagreb to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $150
Flights from Ljubljana to Istanbul Ataturk via Belgrade
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $190
Train operators
Croatian Railways (HŽPP)
Website
hzpp.hr
Train from Zagreb Glavni Kolod. to Graz Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
hzpp.hr
Purchase a
eurail.com
Train from Zagreb to Belgrade
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
hzpp.hr
Purchase a
eurail.com
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$40 - $55
Serbian Railways
Website
srbvoz.rs
Train from Novi Beograd to Niš
Ave. Duration
5 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $20
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$7 - $12
1st Class Ticket
$12 - $20
Train from Niš to Dimitrovgrad
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $9
Schedules at
srbvoz.rs
2nd Class Ticket
$3 - $5
1st Class Ticket
$5 - $9
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Zagreb to Sofia
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Zagreb - Motel Plitvice to Sofia
Ave. Duration
13 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Schedules at
yubim.eu
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Avtogari
Email
office@avtogari.info
Website
avtogari.info
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
avtogari.info
Municipality of Stara Zagora
Website
starazagora.bg
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $18
Schedules at
starazagora.bg
Trans5
Website
trans5.bg
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Schedules at
trans5.bg
Globus ES
Phone
044/62 48 83
Email
globuses@abv.bg
Website
globuses.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
globuses.com
Valeross
Phone
046/ 66 13 21
Email
valeross_holiday@abv.bg
Website
valeross.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
valeross.com
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Sofia to Stara Zagora
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Huntur Travel
Website
huntur.com.tr
Bus from Stara Zagora to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $15
Schedules at
huntur.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Graz to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
22 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$71
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Dimitrovgrad to Sofia
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
matpu.com

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Istanbul is 2 h ahead of Zagreb. It is currently 3:31 AM in Zagreb and 5:31 AM in Istanbul.

Yes, the driving distance between Zagreb to Istanbul is 1339 km. It takes approximately 13 h 5 min to drive from Zagreb to Istanbul.

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Air Serbia, AtlasGlobal and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Zagreb Airport to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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There are 2333+ hotels available in Istanbul. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zagreb to Zagreb Airport is to line 290 shuttle which takes 31 min and costs .

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