How to travel from Ankara to Istanbul

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from Ankara to Istanbul

You can get from Ankara to Istanbul by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Ankara to Istanbul on Aug 18 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:55AMAnkara Esenboga International Airport1h05 09:00AMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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09:55PMAnkara Esenboga International Airport1h05 11:00PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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07:05AMAnkara Esenboga International Airport1h05 08:10AMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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08:45PMAnkara Esenboga International Airport1h05 09:50PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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12:05PMAnkara Esenboga International Airport1h05 01:10PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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Travel Information to Istanbul from Ankara

distanceDistance218 miles (351 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$6 - $39
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $6 (€6) • 5 h 29 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $39 (€36) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or pegasus

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 218 miles (351 km) between Ankara and Istanbul. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $6 (€6). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Flixbus or pegasus among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Ankara to Istanbul.

Travel Tips: Travel from Ankara to Istanbul

Travel to Istanbul easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Ankara to Istanbul.

There are 4 ways to get from Ankara to Istanbul: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Ankara to Istanbul is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $6 (€6) compared to other travel options to Istanbul:

A train is $12 (€12) less than a bus for this route with tickets for a bus from Ankara to Istanbul costing on average $19 (€18).

Taking a train is usually $32 (€30) less than taking a flight to Istanbul, which costs on average $39 (€36) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Ankara to Istanbul is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to Istanbul that can usually take longer:

In comparison, going by bus can take 5 h   on average.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 5 h 29 min   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 218 miles (351 km) between Ankara and Istanbul.

The average frequency per day from Ankara to Istanbul is:

  • 2 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Istanbul from Ankara as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Ankara to Istanbul:

  • Buses mostly depart from Ankara, Şehi̇rler Arasi Otobüs Temi̇nali̇ and arrive in Istanbul, Büyük Otogari.
  • Flights mostly leave from Ankara Esenboga International Airport and tend to arrive in Istanbul Airport.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Ankara to Istanbul, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can get you to Istanbul by bus. You can find a good deal for bus tickets with Flixbus from Ankara to Istanbul for $19 (€18) on Omio.
  • Pegasus can take you to Istanbul by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for pegasus from Ankara to Istanbul for $39 (€36).

Yes, there are direct routes from Ankara to Istanbul with the following travel companies:

  • You can take a direct bus with Flixbus.
  • You can take a direct flight with pegasus or Turkish Airlines.

Direct services to Istanbul tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

Your trip from Ankara to Istanbul doesn't have to end in Istanbul. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Berlin or Munich. If you’d like to add Paris, Berlin or Munich to your Ankara to Istanbul tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Istanbul today!

Before traveling from Ankara to Istanbul, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket costs $19 (€18) one way on average for this trip.
  • A plane ticket for this route is costing $39 (€36) one way on average.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $6 (€6) one way for this route.

But we recommend booking Ankara to Istanbul tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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