How to travel from Plovdiv to Istanbul

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from Plovdiv to Istanbul

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

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To get from Plovdiv to Istanbul on Aug 20 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:45AMPlovdiv6h45 05:30PMIstanbul
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09:00PMPlovdiv7h00 04:00AMIstanbul
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Travel Information from Plovdiv to Istanbul

distanceDistance230 miles (371 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$13 - $25
fastestFastest modeBus • $22 (€20) • 6 h
carriersPopular travel companiesArda Tur

Travel 230 miles (371 km) by bus, flight, ferry or train between Plovdiv and Istanbul. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Arda Tur among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul.

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FAQs

International travel from Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey is: Fully open.

Can I enter Turkey if coming from Bulgaria?

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

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

Conditions of entry:

  • There are no current restrictions

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: Recommended

The information above was last checked on 8/3/22; 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 Plovdiv and Istanbul.

Return travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria from Turkey is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering Bulgaria from Turkey?

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

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

Requirements for reentering Bulgaria:

  • There are no current restrictions

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

All travelers must abide by the following measures in Bulgaria 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 Plovdiv, Bulgaria 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 Plovdiv from Istanbul.

You can travel to Istanbul from Plovdiv 4 different ways: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from Plovdiv to Istanbul is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around $13 (€12) compared to other travel options to Istanbul:

A flight is generally $9 (€8) less than a bus for the same route. Taking a bus costs on average $22 (€20) from Plovdiv to Istanbul.

Taking a flight is usually $12 (€11) less than taking a train to Istanbul, which costs on average $25 (€23) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Plovdiv to Istanbul is by bus, which takes on average 6 h   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 7 h 59 min   of travel time.

You should expect to travel around 230 miles (371 km) between Plovdiv and Istanbul.

The average frequency per day from Plovdiv to Istanbul is:

  • 1 train per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Istanbul from Plovdiv 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 from Plovdiv to Istanbul:

  • Buses mostly depart from Пловдив, Автогара Юг 2 (Plovdiv, Avtogara Jug 2) and arrive in Istanbul, Büyük Otogari.
  • Flights from Plovdiv to Istanbul most often leave from Plovdiv Airport and arrive in Istanbul Airport.

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

  • Arda Tur can take you to Istanbul by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Arda Tur from Plovdiv to Istanbul for $22 (€20).

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

  • You can book a direct bus with Eurolines Germany, Arda Tur or Brittany Ferries.

Direct services to Istanbul 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 journey.

Many of our customers traveling from Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv to Istanbul, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket costs $22 (€20) one way on average for this trip.
  • A plane ticket is costing on average $13 (€12) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket costs $25 (€23) one way on average for this trip.

But we recommend booking Plovdiv 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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