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from Athens to Istanbul

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Wed
8 Dec
£63pegasus
Thu
9 Dec
£54pegasus
Fri
10 Dec
£63pegasus
Sat
11 Dec
£56Aegean Airlines
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12 Dec
£40Aegean Airlines
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13 Dec
£54pegasus
Tue
14 Dec
£54pegasus
Wed
15 Dec
£54pegasus
Thu
16 Dec
£44Aegean Airlines
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17 Dec
£52pegasus
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18 Dec
£52pegasus
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19 Dec
£52pegasus
Mon
20 Dec
£56Aegean Airlines
Tue
21 Dec
£52pegasus
Wed
22 Dec
£70pegasus
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23 Dec
£52pegasus
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24 Dec
£96pegasus
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25 Dec
£52pegasus
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26 Dec
£61pegasus
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27 Dec
£52pegasus

Travel Information between Athens and Istanbul

distanceDistance348 miles (561 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £49 • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiespegasus

Travel 348 miles (561 km) by flight between Athens and Istanbul. Pegasus is the main travel provider operating this journey. Travellers can even take a direct flight from Athens to Istanbul.

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FAQs
What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Istanbul, Turkey if I’m coming from Athens, Greece?

Travel from Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Istanbul from Athens restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Istanbul, Turkey from Athens?

Entry Requirements:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Istanbul, Turkey?

The government of Turkey has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distance requirement: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

The above information was last verified on 29/11/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Istanbul from Athens closer to your planned date of departure here.

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to Greece from Istanbul, Turkey?

The restriction level for your return to Athens, Greece from Turkey is: Partially open.

Is my journey back to Athens from Istanbul restricted?

Entry into Greece is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival in Athens from Istanbul?

Conditions of reentry into Greece:

  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Athens, Greece?

You should observe these safety measures in Greece as imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information about your return travel to Greece was last checked on 29/11/2021. We advise you to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip back to Athens from Istanbul closer to your date of departure here.

What are my Athens to Istanbul travel options?

Travelling from Athens to Istanbul includes taking a flight.

What is the quickest way from Athens to Istanbul?

The fastest way to travel between Athens and Istanbul is by flight, which requires on average 1 h 20 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Athens to Istanbul?

The distance from Athens to Istanbul is approximately 348 miles (561 km).

Where do I depart from Athens? Where do I arrive in Istanbul?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Athens to Istanbul:

  • Most travellers take a flight from Athens International Airport to Istanbul Airport.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Athens to Istanbul?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Athens to Istanbul, then we'll help you find the best value travel company for you:

  • Travel with pegasus for flights to Istanbul. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for pegasus Athens to Istanbul tickets on Omio for £49.
Can I travel directly from Athens to Istanbul?

Yes, there is a direct service from Athens to Istanbul:

  • You can check for a direct flight to Istanbul with Aegean Airlines or pegasus.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Istanbul tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this trip.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Athens to Istanbul?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Athens to Istanbul often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Berlin or Munich. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Athens and Istanbul itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Istanbul and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I purchase tickets between Athens and Istanbul online to get the best deals?

Before travelling from Athens to Istanbul, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket for this trip is £49 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Athens to Istanbul tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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