Ankara to Istanbul

Ankara to Istanbul

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Ankara to Istanbul Schedule

Ankara to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Hatay Nur Seyahat Standard 2X1 00:30 - 09:30TRY 206
Ben Turizm Standard 2X1 03:00 - 09:30$ 13.69
Oz Sivas Huzur Standard 2X1 04:30 - 10:15TRY 194
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC268506:00 - 07:15TRY 551
Varan Turizm Standard 2X1 09:00 - 15:30TRY 286
FlixBus Economy 10:00 - 16:10TRY 417
FlixBus Economy 12:00 - 18:10TRY 417
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK215515:55 - 17:05TRY 1,252
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK216317:45 - 19:00TRY 1,224
Oz Sivas Turizm Standard 2X1 18:00 - 02:00TRY 288
Divrigi Nazar Turizm Standard 2X1 21:45 - 05:45TRY 184
Mersin Seyahat Standard 2X1 23:45 - 04:45$ 15.88

Transportation from Ankara to Istanbul

Facts about the transport from Ankara to Istanbul

Cheapest Transport$14
Fastest Transport1h
Earliest Departure1:00 AM
Latest Departure11:59 PM
Departures per day80
Distance465 kilometers
Transport CompaniesDaytrip, FlixBus, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines

Ankara to Istanbul Destination Reviews

The bus arrived almost 3 hours behind schedule.
Bus Standard 2X1, Astor Seyahat, Oct 1, 2022
Not on schedule departured and arrival as the information. We should arrived at least 2pm but we arrived at 6pm. The officer cant speak english
Bus Standard 2X1, Ozel Diyarbakir, May 27, 2022
Good service's and excellent time
flight Economy, Turkish Airlines, Feb 25, 2022
7 customer reviews

How to get from Ankara to Istanbul

When you want to get from Ankara to Istanbul, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Bus
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 404.55. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 13.61.

How far is Ankara from Istanbul?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Ankara to Istanbul. Your trip will be a total of 289 miles (465 km). The flying distance is 289 miles (465 km).

How long does it take to get from Ankara to Istanbul?

The travel time from Ankara to Istanbul can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 8 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Ankara to Istanbul?

The cost of the trip from Ankara to Istanbul varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is FlixBus: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 13.61 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as USD 404.55.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Ankara to Istanbul:

  • Bus tickets - USD 13.59 to USD 13.59;
  • Plane tickets - USD 22.20 to USD 45.20;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 233.49 to USD 404.54.

How many trips per day are there between Ankara and Istanbul?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 01:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 51 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Ankara to Istanbul depart during the day - there are approximately 23 departures a day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Ankara to Istanbul any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Ankara to Istanbul. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 22.20.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Ankara to Istanbul

Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Ankara to Istanbul is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Ankara to Istanbul. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as USD 233.49.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator..

The most popular transport from Ankara to Istanbul

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Ankara to Istanbul? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 100% users took a plane.