Istanbul to Ankara

Istanbul to Ankara

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Istanbul to Ankara Schedule

Istanbul to Ankara Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK219202:00 - 03:15TRY 238

Transportation from Istanbul to Ankara

How to get from Istanbul to Ankara

Travelling between Istanbul and Ankara is possible by Flight, bus and train. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Flight is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you TRY 931 if you go by flight; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere TRY 56.

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

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 24 hours to travel between Istanbul and Ankara depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Istanbul and Ankara. Flight will bring you to your destination in 55m. Flight does a much slower job and take about 23h 15m to reach Ankara.

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

Travelling between Istanbul and Ankara can be as cheap as TRY 56 if you opt for a Selcuk Canlar bus and as expensive as TRY 931 if you buy a Turkish Airlines flight ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

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

  • 1 from Istanbul to Ankara starting from 00:05 Ankara Airport until 23:55 Ankara Airport
  • 1 from Istanbul to Ankara starting from 00:14 Ankara Asti Bus Station until 23:59 Ankara Asti Bus Station
  • 1 from Istanbul to Ankara starting from 08:30 Eryaman YHT until 18:03 Eryaman YHT

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Istanbul to Ankara.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Istanbul to Ankara, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as TRY 175.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Istanbul and Ankara

Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines


Travelling from Istanbul to Ankara overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Istanbul and Ankara

Adiyaman Anka, As Adana, Astor Seyahat, Best Van, Can Diyarbakir, Cayiragasi Vip, Cesur Bingol, Dilmenler Mardin, Es Turizm, Gulen Turizm, Has Diyarbakir, Hatay CSR, Istanbul Seyahat, Kahta Petrol, Koksallar Seyahat, Malatya Kayisikent, Malatya Medine, Malatya Zafer, Marses Turizm, Mersin Nur Turizm, Mersin Vif Turizm, Midyat Seyyidoglu, Nigde Inan, Nilufer Turizm, Oz Elbistan, Oz Ercis, Oz Gularas, Oz Sivas Huzur, Ozel Diyarbakir, Ozkaymak, Ozlem Cizre Nuh, Sanal Kirsehir, Selcuk Canlar, Ses Turizm, Siirt Kurtalan Ekspres, Varan Turizm, Yeni Aksaray, Yesil Mus Ovasi, Yukseller Aksaray Birlik


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Istanbul to Ankara?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 67% opted for a bus
  • 33% decided to fly