Thessaloniki to Istanbul bus

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Journey Information

There are 5 intercity buses per day from Thessaloniki to Istanbul. Traveling by bus from Thessaloniki to Istanbul usually takes around 9 hours and 7 minutes, but the fastest Arda Tur bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance316 mi (509 km)
Shortest duration8h 45m
Cheapest price€36.43
Trips per day5
Most frequent serviceArda Tur
Bus lines3

What bus companies travel from Thessaloniki to Istanbul?

There are 3 bus lines from Thessaloniki to Istanbul available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 daily trips, Arda Tur usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arda Tur48h 55m€40.41
FlixBus117h 0m€36.43
Simeonidis Tours110h 0m€44.79
  • Arda Tur is a Bulgarian intercity coach company serving a large number of cities in Bulgaria as well as destinations across Europe, like Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany. Onboard, you’ll find extra legroom, air conditioning, restrooms, complimentary WiFi and power outlets. There are also snacks and drinks available for purchase as well.

  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 1 trips from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, and usually makes the trip in about 17 hours and 0 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Book Simeonidis Tours from Thessaloniki to Istanbul from €44. Typically there is one Simeonidis Tours schedule per day from Thessaloniki to Istanbul and you can expect on average to pay for a Simeonidis Tours ticket to Istanbul. In Thessaloniki, Simeonidis Tours departs to Istanbul from Simeonidis Tours Office . In Istanbul, Simeonidis Tours arrives at Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı .

    An average trip on Simeonidis Tours from Thessaloniki to Istanbul takes 10 hours and 0 minutes , while the fastest available Simeonidis Tours trip will get you to Istanbul in 8 hours and 45 minutes .

    On weekends, Simeonidis Tours offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to Istanbul.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 7 minutes to cover the 509 kilometers from Thessaloniki to Istanbul. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 45 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Thessaloniki to Istanbul for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Saturday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Saturday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 00:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Thessaloniki to Istanbul every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Thessaloniki to Istanbul without transferring.

City Information

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Thessaloniki?

Main departure station: Monastiriou Bus Stop

Buses to Istanbul leave from 4 stations in Thessaloniki.

All bus stations in Thessaloniki:

  • Monastiriou Bus Stop

  • Bus Station KTEL

  • Simeonidis Tours Office

  • Thessaloniki Macedonia

Where does the bus arrive in Istanbul?

Main arrival station: Istanbul Esenler Otogari

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Istanbul.

Bus stations in Istanbul:

  • Istanbul Esenler Otogari

  • Esenler Otogarı Otoparkı

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