Izmir to Istanbul

Izmir to Istanbul

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Izmir to Istanbul Schedule

Izmir to Istanbul Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Kale Seyahat Standard 2X1 01:00 - 10:30TRY 332
Istanbul Kalesi Standard 2X2 02:00 - 08:00TRY 304
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 04:00 - 12:00TRY 518
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK230706:40 - 07:50$ 44.38
Kale Seyahat Standard 2X1 09:00 - 15:30TRY 321
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 11:30 - 17:00TRY 506
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 12:00 - 20:00TRY 460
Kale Seyahat Standard 2X1 14:00 - 21:15TRY 321
Safa Devran Turizm Standard 2X1 17:00 - 01:00$ 25.03
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK750318:10 - 19:15TRY 1,162
Turkish Airlines Economy #TK749121:05 - 22:10TRY 655
Pamukkale Turizm Standard 2X1 23:00 - 06:00TRY 518

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
8 customer reviews

How to get from Izmir to Istanbul

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 587.18 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere USD 25.21.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 9 hours to travel between Izmir and Istanbul depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Izmir and Istanbul. Flight will bring you to your destination in 1h 5m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 8h 15m to reach Istanbul.

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

Travelling between Izmir and Istanbul can be as cheap as USD 25.21 if you opt for a FlixBus bus and as expensive as USD 587.18 if you buy a Daytrip taxi 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 Izmir and Istanbul ?

  • 66 from Izmir to Istanbul starting from 00:30 Izmir Bus Station until 23:59 Izmir Bus Station
  • 14 from Izmir to Istanbul starting from 04:40 Izmir Airport until 22:55 Izmir Airport
  • 6 from Izmir to Istanbul starting from 00:00 Izmir Hotel Transfer until 00:00 Izmir Hotel Transfer

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

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


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Izmir to Istanbul, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as USD 34.81.

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 Izmir and Istanbul

Turkish Airlines


Travelling from Izmir to Istanbul 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 Izmir and Istanbul



Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Izmir and Istanbul


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

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

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 100% decided to fly