How to travel from Istanbul to Budapest

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from Istanbul to Budapest

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

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To get from Istanbul to Budapest on Jun 28 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

11:30AMIstanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport2h10 12:40PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
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11:59PMIstanbul23h11 10:10PMBudapest
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07:15AMIstanbul Airport1h55 08:10AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
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05:55PMIstanbul Airport6h45 11:40PMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
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05:55PMIstanbul Airport15h50 08:45AMBudapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
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Travel Information from Istanbul to Budapest

distanceDistance662 miles (1067 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • $183 (€163) • 1 h 55 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or pegasus

Travel 662 miles (1067 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train to Budapest from Istanbul. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Flixbus or pegasus among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight from Istanbul to Budapest.

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Travel to Budapest 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 Budapest.
FAQs

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

Can travelers from Turkey enter Hungary?

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

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

Conditions of entry into Hungary:

  • There are no current restrictions

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

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

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Recommended

This information was last checked on 6/27/22. 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 Budapest from Istanbul.

The restriction level for your return to Istanbul, Turkey from Hungary is: Fully open.

Is my journey back to Istanbul from Budapest restricted?

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

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

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 6/25/22. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Istanbul from Budapest closer to your date of departure here.

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

The cheapest way to travel from Istanbul to Budapest is by taking a ferry with an average price of $1 (€1).

This is compared to other travel options to Budapest:

A ferry is generally $65 (€58) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $65 (€58) from Istanbul to Budapest.

A ferry is generally $183 (€163) less than a flight for the same route. Taking a flight costs on average $183 (€163) from Istanbul to Budapest.

A ferry is $1 (€1) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Istanbul to Budapest costing on average $1 (€1).

The quickest way to travel to Budapest from Istanbul is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 55 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 23 h 11 min   of travel time.

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

In comparison, getting to Budapest by train can take on average 0 h 0 min.

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

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

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Istanbul, Büyük Otogari and arrive in Budapest, Nyugati pályaudvar.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Istanbul Airport and arrive in Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

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

  • Travel with Flixbus for buses to Budapest. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Flixbus Istanbul to Budapest tickets on Omio for $65 (€58).
  • Pegasus can take you to Budapest by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for pegasus from Istanbul to Budapest for $183 (€163).

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

  • You can book a direct flight with Turkish Airlines.

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

Omio customers who travel from Istanbul to Budapest often also extend their vacation to go to Vienna, Prague or Bratislava. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Budapest and these popular destinations at a great price.

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

  • Bus tickets are costing $65 (€58) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost $183 (€163) one way on average.
  • Ferry tickets cost $1 (€1) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $1 (€1) one way.

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

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