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from Istanbul to Athens

You can get from Istanbul to Athens by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Istanbul to Athens on 2 Dec we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

11:30Istanbul Airport1h30 12:00Athens International Airport
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£451One-way
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11:30Istanbul Airport1h30 12:00Athens International Airport
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£451One-way
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16:50Istanbul Airport1h30 17:20Athens International Airport
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£451One-way
16:35Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport1h25 17:00Athens International Airport
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£501One-way

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Thu
2 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Fri
3 Dec
£57pegasus
Sat
4 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Sun
5 Dec
£55pegasus
Mon
6 Dec
£50pegasus
Tue
7 Dec
£55pegasus
Wed
8 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Thu
9 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Fri
10 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Sat
11 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Sun
12 Dec
£47pegasus
Mon
13 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Tue
14 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Wed
15 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Thu
16 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Fri
17 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Sat
18 Dec
£31Aegean Airlines
Sun
19 Dec
£45Aegean Airlines
Mon
20 Dec
£42pegasus
Tue
21 Dec
£49pegasus

Travel Information between Istanbul and Athens

distanceDistance348 miles (561 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £67 • 1 h 25 min
carriersPopular travel companiespegasus

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

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

Travel between Istanbul, Turkey and Athens, Greece is: Partially open.

Can travellers from Turkey enter Greece?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Turkey.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Athens from Istanbul?

Conditions of entry 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

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Athens, Greece?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Greece has imposed the following measures:

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

This information was last checked on 29/11/2021. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip from Istanbul to Athens.

What are the COVID-19 restrictions on returning to Turkey from Athens, Greece?

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

Is my journey back to Istanbul from Athens restricted?

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

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

Conditions of reentry into Turkey:

  • 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 coronavirus safety measures I need to follow in Istanbul, Turkey?

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

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

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

What are my Istanbul to Athens travel options?

Getting from Istanbul to Athens includes taking a flight.

What is the fastest way to Athens from Istanbul?

Travelling by flight is also the quickest way from Istanbul to Athens. It takes on average 1 h 25 min   to travel this journey.

How far is Athens from Istanbul?

The distance between Istanbul and Athens is around 348 miles (561 km).

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Istanbul to Athens?

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

  • Most travellers catch their flight from Istanbul Airport and arrive in Athens International Airport.
Which travel companies can get me from Istanbul to Athens?

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

  • Pegasus can get you to Athens by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with pegasus from Istanbul to Athens for £67 on Omio.
Is there a direct service between Istanbul and Athens?

Yes, there is a direct route available between Istanbul and Athens:

  • You'll find direct flights with Aegean Airlines or pegasus.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Athens as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Istanbul to Athens.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between Istanbul and Athens ends?
Omio customers who travel from Istanbul to Athens often also extend their holiday to go to Rome, Paris or Berlin. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Athens and these popular destinations at a great price.
When should I purchase a ticket from Istanbul to Athens online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from Istanbul to Athens, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets are costing £67 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Istanbul and Athens online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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