Izmir to Istanbul

Izmir to Istanbul

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Izmir to Istanbul Schedule

Izmir to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X1 01:00 - 08:40$ 25.94
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 02:00 - 09:30$ 27.10
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 04:00 - 11:30$ 27.10
Pegasus Airlines Economy #PC221307:15 - 08:25$ 37.43
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK230908:45 - 10:00$ 41.06
Istanbul Kalesi Standard 2X1 11:00 - 16:25$ 23.15
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X1 13:30 - 20:40$ 24
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK232514:55 - 16:10$ 56.86
Ema Turizm Standard 2X2 17:00 - 23:15$ 25.55
Kale Seyahat Standard 2X1 19:00 - 03:00$ 27.10
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X2 21:00 - 05:50$ 25.94
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 23:59 - 05:29$ 26.33

Transportation from Izmir to Istanbul

Izmir to Istanbul Destination Reviews

Really nothing to do with the other bus companies. Pleasant and caring people, wide and comfortable buses. Nobody reproached me for taking off my shoes this time... and no noise during the whole trip. Perfect!
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Bus Standard 2X1, Varan Turizm, Nov 1, 2021
5 customer reviews

How to get from Izmir to Istanbul

When you want to get from Izmir to Istanbul, 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 263.35. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 19.84.

How far is Izmir from Istanbul?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Izmir to Istanbul. Your trip will be a total of 325 miles (522 km). The flying distance is 215 miles (345 km).

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

The travel time from Izmir to Istanbul can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Izmir to Istanbul varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Kale Seyahat: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 19.84 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 263.35.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 20.00 to USD 30.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 36.00 to USD 263.00;

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 00:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 23:00. There are 33 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Izmir to Istanbul depart during the day - there are approximately 20 departures a day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Izmir 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 36.00.

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 Izmir to Istanbul
Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines


Taking a bus from Izmir 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.

The most popular transport from Izmir to Istanbul

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Izmir 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:

  • 86% decided to go for a bus.
  • 14% users took a plane.