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from Athens to Istanbul

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

Our recommendation

To get from Athens to Istanbul on Oct 19 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:35PMAthens International Airport1h30 11:05PMIstanbul Airport
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$1831One-way
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09:35PMAthens International Airport1h30 11:05PMIstanbul Airport
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$1831One-way
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10:20AMAthens International Airport1h30 11:50AMIstanbul Airport
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$2621One-way
01:25PMAthens International Airport1h30 02:55PMIstanbul Airport
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$3251One-way

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Tue
Oct 19
$99pegasus
Wed
Oct 20
$98pegasus
Thu
Oct 21
$166pegasus
Fri
Oct 22
$117pegasus
Sat
Oct 23
$142pegasus
Sun
Oct 24
$117pegasus
Mon
Oct 25
$80pegasus
Tue
Oct 26
$98pegasus
Wed
Oct 27
$117pegasus
Thu
Oct 28
$97Turkish Airlines
Fri
Oct 29
$95pegasus
Sat
Oct 30
$135Aegean Airlines
Sun
Oct 31
$239Turkish Airlines
Mon
Nov 1
$97Turkish Airlines
Tue
Nov 2
$78pegasus
Wed
Nov 3
$66pegasus
Thu
Nov 4
$66pegasus
Fri
Nov 5
$78pegasus
Sat
Nov 6
$62Aegean Airlines
Sun
Nov 7
$78Aegean Airlines

Travel Information to Istanbul from Athens

distanceDistance348 miles (561 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • $68 (€56) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiespegasus

Travel 348 miles (561 km) by flight from Athens to Istanbul. Pegasus is the main travel company operating this route. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Athens to Istanbul.

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FAQs
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Istanbul, Turkey if I’m coming from Athens, Greece?

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

Can I enter Turkey if coming from Greece?

Entry into Turkey is currently allowed for: Entry is partially 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:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

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: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 10/15/21; 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 between Athens and Istanbul.

Am I required to self-quarantine when I return to Athens, Greece from Istanbul, Turkey?

The current restriction level for returning to Athens, Greece from Turkey is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter Athens, Greece from Istanbul, Turkey?

Reentering Greece is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Athens from Istanbul?

  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

Which rules do I need to follow in Athens, Greece regarding COVID-19?

All travelers returning to Greece must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 10/15/21. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to Athens from Istanbul here.

How do I travel from Athens to Istanbul?

You can go from Athens to Istanbul by flight.

What is the fastest way from Athens to Istanbul?

Traveling by flight is also the quickest way from Athens to Istanbul. It takes on average 1 h 20 min   to travel this journey.

What is the distance from Athens to Istanbul?

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

Where do I depart from Athens? Where do I arrive in Istanbul?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Athens to Istanbul:

  • Most travelers who purchase a plane ticket from Athens to Istanbul depart from Athens International Airport to Istanbul Airport.
Which travel companies can get me from Athens to Istanbul?

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

  • Pegasus can take you to Istanbul by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for pegasus from Athens to Istanbul for $68 (€56).
Can I travel directly between Athens and Istanbul?

Yes, there is a direct route available from Athens to Istanbul:

  • You can book a direct flight with Aegean Airlines or pegasus.

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 between Athens and Istanbul.

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Athens to Istanbul?
Omio customers who travel from Athens to Istanbul often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Berlin or Munich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Istanbul and these popular destinations at a great price.
When should I purchase a ticket from Athens to Istanbul online to score the best deals?

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

  • A plane ticket costs $68 (€56) 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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