Izmir to Istanbul

Izmir to Istanbul

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Izmir to Istanbul Schedule

Izmir to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X2 01:00 - 09:30TRY 306
Nilufer Turizm Standard 2X1 02:00 - 09:30TRY 403
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK751304:15 - 05:20TRY 691
FlixBus Economy 07:00 - 14:25€ 23.90
Kale Seyahat Standard 2X1 09:00 - 18:00TRY 401
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 11:00 - 17:00TRY 472
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X1 12:45 - 20:10TRY 315
Varan Turizm Standard 2X1 15:00 - 22:15TRY 505
FlixBus Economy 17:00 - 00:10TRY 527
Varan Turizm Standard 2X1 19:00 - 04:00TRY 460
FlixBus Economy 21:01 - 03:10€ 23.90
Ayar Aydin Standard 2X1 23:00 - 06:30TRY 306

Transportation from Izmir to Istanbul

Facts about the transport from Izmir to Istanbul

Cheapest Transport$11
Fastest Transport1h
Earliest Departure12:30 AM
Latest Departure11:59 PM
Departures per day234
Distance522 kilometers
Transport CompaniesAyar Aydin, Balikesir Hakser Turizm, Daytrip, Didim Seyahat, FlixBus, Istanbul Kalesi, Istanbul Seyahat, Kale Seyahat, Kutahyalilar Turizm, Nilufer Turizm, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Varan Turizm

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
10 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
  • 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 453.50. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 10.46.

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 1 to 14 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 Istanbul Seyahat: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 10.46 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 453.50.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 10.48 to USD 20.92;
  • Plane tickets - USD 32.82 to USD 201.97;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 287.71 to USD 453.50.

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 23:59. There are 206 available bus trips every day.
  • Flights from Izmir to Istanbul depart during the day - there are approximately 22 departures a day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Izmir 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 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 32.82.

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.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Izmir 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 287.71.

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 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:

  • 83% decided to go for a bus.
  • 16% users took a plane.
  • 1% Other