How to travel from Istanbul to Athens

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from Istanbul to Athens

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

Our recommendation

To get from Istanbul to Athens on Jan 30 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

04:50PMIstanbul Airport1h30 05:20PMAthens International Airport
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04:50PMIstanbul Airport1h30 05:20PMAthens International Airport
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08:15AMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport1h25 08:40AMAthens International Airport
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11:30AMIstanbul Airport1h30 12:00PMAthens International Airport
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01:50PMIstanbul Airport1h25 02:15PMAthens International Airport
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Travel Information to Athens from Istanbul

distanceDistance348 miles (561 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$5 - $310
fastestFastest modeFlight • $310 (€269) • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiespegasus

Travel 348 miles (561 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Istanbul and Athens. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are pegasus among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Istanbul to Athens.

Travel Tips: Travel from Istanbul to Athens

Travel Tips: Travel to Athens 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 Istanbul to Athens.

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

Can I enter Greece if coming from Turkey?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

What measures do I need to follow in Athens, Greece due to the pandemic?

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

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 1/24/23; 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 Athens from Istanbul.

The restriction level for your return to Istanbul, Turkey from Greece is: Unrestricted.

Is my journey back to Istanbul from Athens restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Turkey:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Istanbul, Turkey?

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

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

This information about your return travel to Turkey was last checked on 12/22/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Istanbul from Athens closer to your date of departure here.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Istanbul to Athens is by taking a bus with an average price of $5 (€4).

This is compared to other travel options to Athens:

A bus is $13 (€11) less than a ferry for this trip with tickets for a ferry from Istanbul to Athens costing on average $17 (€15).

A bus is generally $305 (€265) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $310 (€269) from Istanbul to Athens.

Taking a bus is about $7 (€6) less than taking a train, which costs on average $12 (€10) for this trip.

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

Other travel options to Athens can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 0 h 0 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Athens by ferry can take on average 0 h 0 min.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

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

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

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

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

  • Travel with pegasus for flights to Athens. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for pegasus Istanbul to Athens tickets on Omio for $310 (€269).

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

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

Direct services to Athens 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 route.

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

When planning your trip from Istanbul to Athens, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $5 (€4) one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets cost on average $17 (€15) one way.
  • Plane tickets cost $310 (€269) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $12 (€10) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Istanbul to Athens online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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