Ankara to Istanbul

Ankara to Istanbul

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Ankara to Istanbul Schedule

Ankara to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Ozkaymak Standard 2X1 01:30 - 08:30$ 13.94
Ben Turizm Standard 2X1 03:00 - 10:30$ 14.46
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK210505:55 - 07:10$ 51.94
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC267707:05 - 08:10$ 43.25
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC266108:10 - 09:15$ 43.25
Lider Vip Travel Standard 2X2 11:30 - 17:30$ 19.36
Ses Turizm Standard 2X1 13:00 - 19:00$ 20.91
Ankara As Turizm Standard 2X2 15:30 - 22:00$ 14.31
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 17:00 - 22:00$ 24.70
Yeni Sivas Turizm Standard 2X1 19:16 - 02:46$ 10.58
Hatay CSR Standard 2X1 21:45 - 03:30$ 14.01
Ede Turizm Standard 2X1 23:30 - 07:02$ 19.36

Transportation from Ankara to Istanbul

Ankara to Istanbul Destination Reviews

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
4 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
  • Train

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 flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 62.45. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 10.22.

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 Ozlem Cizre Nuh: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 10.22 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as USD 62.45.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 10.00 to USD 27.00;
  • Train tickets - USD 11.00 to USD 11.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 34.00 to USD 62.00;

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 00:19 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:59. There are 141 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Ankara to Istanbul depart during the day - there are approximately 22 departures a 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 34.00.

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.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

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:

  • 85% decided to go for a bus.
  • 15% users took a plane.
  • 1% Other