How to travel from Athens to Istanbul

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from Athens to Istanbul

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

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To get from Athens to Istanbul on Aug 13 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

03:55AMAthens International Airport1h30 05:25AMIstanbul Airport
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09:50AMAthens International Airport1h20 11:10AMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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10:35AMAthens International Airport1h30 12:05PMIstanbul Airport
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03:40PMAthens International Airport1h35 05:15PMIstanbul Airport
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Travel Information to Istanbul from Athens

distanceDistance348 miles (561 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $393
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $13 (€12) • 21 h 17 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $393 (€363) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAegean Airlines

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 348 miles (561 km) from Athens to Istanbul. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $13 (€12). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Aegean Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Athens to Istanbul.

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FAQs

International travel from Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Can I enter Turkey if coming from Greece?

Entry into Turkey is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Istanbul if traveling from Athens?

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Istanbul, Turkey due to the pandemic?

All travelers in Turkey must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 8/3/22; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your upcoming trip to Istanbul from Athens.

The restriction level for your return to Athens, Greece from Turkey is: Fully open.

Is my journey back to Athens from Istanbul restricted?

Entry into Greece is currently allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Athens from Istanbul?

Conditions of reentry into Greece:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Athens, Greece?

You should observe these safety measures in Greece as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Greece was last checked on 8/3/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Athens from Istanbul closer to your date of departure here.

You can travel from Athens to Istanbul 4 different ways: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Athens to Istanbul is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $13 (€12) compared to other travel options to Istanbul:

Taking a bus is usually $380 (€351) less than taking a flight to Istanbul, which costs on average $393 (€363) for the same trip.

The fastest way from Athens to Istanbul is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 20 min.

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

In comparison, going by bus can take 21 h 17 min   on average.

The distance from Athens to Istanbul is approximately 348 miles (561 km).

The average frequency per day from Athens to Istanbul is:

  • 2 buses a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Istanbul from Athens 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 Athens to Istanbul:

  • Buses from Athens to Istanbul most often leave from Athens, Sidirodromon (Αθήνα, Σιδηροδρόμων) and arrive in Istanbul, Büyük Otogari.
  • Flights mostly depart from Athens International Airport and arrive in Istanbul Airport.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Athens to Istanbul:

  • You can take a flight from Athens to Istanbul with Aegean Airlines. Cheap tickets can be found for $393 (€363) with Aegean Airlines from Athens to Istanbul.

Yes, there are direct services available from Athens to Istanbul with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by plane with pegasus or Turkish Airlines.

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

Your trip from Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens 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 is costing on average $13 (€12) one way for this journey.
  • A plane ticket costs $393 (€363) one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Athens 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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