Istanbul to Kars

Istanbul to Kars

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Istanbul to Kars Schedule

Istanbul to Kars Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy 02:00 - 12:10€ 103.54
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK724407:35 - 08:30$ 80.37
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK271409:00 - 10:50$ 59.04
Kars Kalesi Turizm Standard 2X1 11:00 - 10:00TRY 460
Bizim Igdir Standard 2X1 13:45 - 11:15TRY 460
Kars Kalesi Turizm Standard 2X1 14:30 - 13:30TRY 460
Igdirli Turizm Standard 2X2 17:00 - 15:30TRY 460
Igdirli Turizm Standard 2X1 18:00 - 15:55TRY 460
Turkish Airlines Economy 21:00 - 13:25€ 94.86
Turkish Airlines Economy 23:00 - 13:45TRY 1,214

Transportation from Istanbul to Kars

How to get from Istanbul to Kars

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

  • Flight
  • Bus

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 523.01. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a flight as a flight ticket costs as low as USD 44.46.

How far is Istanbul from Kars?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Istanbul to Kars. Your trip will be a total of 715 miles (1150 km). The flying distance is 1014 miles (1630 km).

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

The travel time from Istanbul to Kars can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 23 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Istanbul to Kars varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Pegasus Airlines: travelling by flight expect to pay as low as USD 44.46 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 523.01.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 21.69 to USD 24.82;
  • Plane tickets - USD 44.48 to USD 522.99;

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

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

  • Flights from Istanbul to Kars depart during the day - there are approximately 9 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Istanbul to Kars. 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 44.48.

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 Istanbul to Kars

Pegasus Airlines, SunExpress, Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Istanbul to Kars 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.

The most popular transport from Istanbul to Kars

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Istanbul to Kars? 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% decided to go for a bus.