How to travel from Istanbul to Athens

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Travel Information between Istanbul and Athens

distanceDistance347 miles (560 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or flight
priceTicket price range- $87
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • $60 (€52) • 1 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $60 (€52) • 1 h 25 min
carriersPopular travel companiesArda Tur or Aegean Airlines

Take a bus or flight to travel 347 miles (560 km) from Istanbul to Athens. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Arda Tur or Aegean Airlines among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, ferry, flight or train from Istanbul to Athens.

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from Istanbul to Athens

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

Our recommendation
flight

The best way to travel from Istanbul to Athens is by taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

pegasus
05:55PM1h30
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
07:25PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$2101One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
pegasus
05:55PM1h30
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW)
07:25PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$2101One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Turkish Airlines
01:40AM1h25
Istanbul Airport (IST)
03:05AMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$2991One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Aegean Airlines
08:50PM1h30
Istanbul Airport (IST)
10:20PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$2561One-way
0 transfers
Aegean Airlines
03:50PM1h30
Istanbul Airport (IST)
05:20PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$3001One-way
0 transfers
Aegean Airlines
10:40AM1h30
Istanbul Airport (IST)
12:10PMAthens International Airport (ATH)
$3511One-way
0 transfers

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All travel companies: Airlines from Istanbul to Athens

You can travel by travel between Istanbul and Athens with Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airlines. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Aegean Airlines is Greece’s leading airline and you can choose between Economy and Business tickets for your next travel to Athens from Istanbul.

    FAQs: Travel from Istanbul to Athens

    FAQs: 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.
    FAQs

    There are 2 travel options from Istanbul to Athens. You can take a bus or flight.

    The cheapest way to go to Athens from Istanbul is by taking a flight, which costs on average $60 (€52).

    This is compared to other ways of getting from Istanbul to Athens:

    Taking a flight costs $27 (€23) less than taking a bus, which costs on average $87 (€75) for the same trip.

    Taking a flight costs () less than taking a ferry, which average ticket prices of ().

    Taking a flight costs () less than taking a train, which costs on average () for the same trip.

    The quickest way to travel from Istanbul to Athens is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 25 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

    Bus takes 15 h 30 min on average.

    Athens is approximately 347 miles (560 km) away from Istanbul.

    The average frequency per day from Istanbul to Athens is:

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

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

      • Buses mostly leave from İstanbul, Havalimanı (Tayakadın Terminal Cad. No: 1) and tend to arrive in Athens, Leoforou Kifisou - KTEL (Άθενς, Λεωφόρου Κηφισού - ΚΤΕΛ ΚΗΦΙΣΟΥ).
      • Flights most often depart from Istanbul at Istanbul Airport and arrive in Athens at Athens International Airport.
      • Trains from Istanbul to Athens most often leave from Sirkeci and arrive in Athens.

      The following travel companies offer services from Istanbul to Athens:

      • Travel with Arda Tur, Eurolines Deutschland or Infobus to go to Athens by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Arda Tur Istanbul to Athens tickets on Omio for $87 (€75).
      • Travel with Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines or Turkish Airlines to go to Athens by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Aegean Airlines Istanbul to Athens tickets on Omio for $60 (€52).

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

      • You can travel directly by bus with.
      • You'll find direct ferries with.
      • You can take a direct flight with Aegean Airlines, Pegasus Airlines or Turkish Airlines.
      • You can take a direct train with.

      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 who book a trip from Istanbul to Athens often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Santorini, Thessaloniki, Rome, Paris or Mykonos. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Istanbul and Athens itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Athens and any of these top destinations today!

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