How to travel from Budapest to Istanbul

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from Budapest to Istanbul

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

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To get from Budapest to Istanbul on Aug 08 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

01:20PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport2h00 04:20PMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport
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08:25PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport2h05 11:30PMIstanbul Airport
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02:05PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport2h05 05:10PMIstanbul Airport
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09:00AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport2h10 12:10PMIstanbul Airport
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Travel Information to Istanbul from Budapest

distanceDistance662 miles (1067 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$9 - $161
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $9 (€8) • 45 h 28 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $161 (€149) • 2 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or pegasus

Travel 662 miles (1067 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train from Budapest to Istanbul. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 2 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $9 (€8). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Flixbus or pegasus among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Budapest to Istanbul.

Travel Tips: Travel from Budapest to Istanbul

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FAQs

Travel between Budapest, Hungary and Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Can travelers from Hungary enter Turkey?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Hungary.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Istanbul from Budapest?

Conditions of entry into Turkey:

  • There are no current restrictions

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Istanbul, Turkey?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Turkey has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 8/3/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey to Istanbul from Budapest.

Return travel to Budapest, Hungary from Turkey is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Hungary from Turkey?

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

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into Hungary from Turkey?

Requirements for reentering Hungary:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in Hungary?

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Hungary to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face masks: Recommended

The above information about your return travel to Budapest, Hungary was last verified on 7/28/22. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Budapest from Istanbul.

There are 4 ways to travel to Istanbul from Budapest including taking a bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to go to Istanbul from Budapest is by taking a train, which costs on average $9 (€8).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Istanbul:

Taking a train is about $83 (€77) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $92 (€85) for this journey.

A train is $152 (€141) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Budapest to Istanbul costing on average $161 (€149).

The quickest way to travel between Budapest and Istanbul is by flight, which takes on average 2 h   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Istanbul by bus can take on average 31 h 35 min.

In comparison, getting to Istanbul by train can take on average 45 h 28 min.

The Budapest to Istanbul distance is around 662 miles (1067 km).

The average frequency per day from Budapest to Istanbul is:

  • 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Budapest and Istanbul 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 when traveling from Budapest to Istanbul:

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Budapest, Nyugati pályaudvar and arrive in Istanbul, Büyük Otogari.
  • Most travelers who purchase a plane ticket from Budapest to Istanbul depart from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Istanbul. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Budapest to Istanbul tickets on Omio for $92 (€85).
  • Pegasus can get you to Istanbul by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with pegasus from Budapest to Istanbul for $161 (€149) on Omio.

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

  • You can book a direct bus with.
  • 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 to Istanbul from Budapest.

Many of our customers traveling from Budapest to Istanbul don't make Istanbul their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Istanbul are Paris, Berlin or Munich, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Istanbul to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • A bus ticket costs $92 (€85) one way on average for this journey.
  • A plane ticket for this trip is costing $161 (€149) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this trip costs on average $9 (€8) one way.

But we recommend booking Budapest 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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