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Trip Zurich Istanbul

Plan your trip by train, bus, carpooling, plane from Zurich to Istanbul

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How to get from Zurich to Istanbul?

We are suggesting 4 routes by train, bus, carpooling, plane to plan your trip Zurich Istanbul. Routes displayed are sorted depending on a performance indicator (calculated from number of changes, expected duration, distance between an airport and the center of the city it serves...). You'll be able to:
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All modes of transport Zurich-Istanbul

For your trip from Zurich (Switzerland) to Istanbul (Turkey) with a distance of 1099 mi you will be able to take 4 modes of transport, eventually by combining plane, carpooling, bus and/or train, and according to which the duration of the journey will be significantly different.
The direct flight Zurich > Istanbul will be the fastest way to get to your destination.
Leave Zurich and arrive early enough (at least 2 hours before the departure time) at Zurich ZRH airport, 5.7 mi away, to check in your luggage for the flight to Istanbul (Ataturk airport, IATA code: IST) operated by Swiss International Airlines, Pegasus, Atlasjet or Turkish Airlines.
It is not possible to travel directly by train from Zurich to Istanbul without changing trains. You can take the train Zurich-Budapest and travel by plane to get to your final destination.
Trains Railjet (RJ) of MÁV or ÖBB to Budapest leave from Zurich HB railway station in Zurich. Arrival in Budapest will take place at Budapest-Keleti station (2.2 mi from the city centre).
Even though it is not possible to make the trip Zurich Istanbul only by bus, there are other means of transport (plane) that will complete the journey Zurich-Munich.
You will board a coach of IC Bus or FlixBus in Zurich. The bus will drop you off at München - Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof (ZOB) bus station (0.2 mi from Munich, Germany). Please make sure to show up on time at Zurich bus station (1.2 mi from Zurich) at least 15 minutes before the time of departure for Munich.
Blablacar is the main carpooling platform in Europe where drivers having the route Zurich-Budapest will be able to share a ride with you that you will combine with a trip by plane in order to cover the entire trip.

Which carriers to travel between Zurich and Istanbul?

Railway companies
Deutsche Bahn provides a rail connection Zurich-Munich with the train IC 88 from Zurich HB railway station (0.6 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of München Hbf at arrival (1 mi from centre)
MÁV transports passengers on a rail line from Zurich to Budapest with the train which leaves Zurich HB station to arrive at Budapest-Keleti railway station ( Hungary)
ÖBB operates the train journey Zurich-Budapest with the train Railjet (RJ) from Zurich HB railway station (0.6 mi from city-centre) and serving the rail station of Budapest-Keleti at arrival (2.2 mi from centre)
Airlines
Lufthansa carries out the flights from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Munich (arrival at Franz Josef Strauss MUC airport) and from Franz Josef Strauss MUC airport (located 18 mi from Munich, Germany) to Istanbul (serving Ataturk IST airport)
Sunexpress flies on the route from Franz Josef Strauss MUC airport situated 18 mi away from the city centre of Munich to Istanbul (arrival at Sabiha Gokcen SAW airport)
Swiss International Airlines schedules the flight from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Istanbul (serving Ataturk IST airport)
Borajet ensures the flight route from Adnan Menderes ADB airport situated 8.7 mi away from the city centre of Izmir to Istanbul (arrival at Sabiha Gokcen SAW airport)
Croatia Airlines carries out the flights from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Zagreb (serving Pleso ZAG airport) and from Pleso ZAG airport situated 5.2 mi away from the city centre of Zagreb to Istanbul (arrival at Ataturk IST airport)
Pegasus flies on the route from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Istanbul (serving Sabiha Gokcen SAW airport)
Belair schedules the flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Pristina (arrival at Pristina PRN airport)
Atlasjet ensures the flight route from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Istanbul (serving Ataturk IST airport)
Turkish Airlines carries out a flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Istanbul (arrival at Ataturk IST airport)
Wizzair flies on the route from Ferihegy BUD airport (located 10.6 mi from Budapest, Hungary) to Istanbul (serving Sabiha Gokcen SAW airport)
Darwin Airline schedules the flight from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Pristina (arrival at Pristina PRN airport)
Onur Air ensures the flight route from Adnan Menderes ADB airport (located 8.7 mi from Izmir, Turkey) to Istanbul (serving Ataturk IST airport)
Austrian Airlines carries out the flights from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Vienna (arrival at Vienna-Schwechat International VIE airport) and from Vienna-Schwechat International VIE airport (located 11.2 mi from Vienna, Austria) to Istanbul (serving Ataturk IST airport)
Cyprus Airways flies on the route from Zurich ZRH airport situated 5.7 mi away from the city centre of Zurich to Munich (arrival at Franz Josef Strauss MUC airport)
Air Serbia schedules the following flights: from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Belgrade (serving Beograd BEG airport) and from Beograd BEG airport situated 9.9 mi away from the city centre of Belgrade to Istanbul (arrival at Ataturk IST airport)
Niki Airlines ensures the flight route from Zurich ZRH airport (located 5.7 mi from Zurich, Switzerland) to Vienna (serving Vienna-Schwechat International VIE airport)
Bus companies
The bus company IC Bus operates the intercity service from the bus station of Zurich in Zurich and to the one of München - Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof (ZOB) (Bavaria Germany)
FlixBus is the bus carrier that allows to travel on the line between the city of Zurich (serving Zurich bus station at 1.2 mi from centre) and the city of Munich where the coach will drop you off at München - Zentral Omnibus Bahnhof (ZOB) station situated at about 0.2 mi from Munich city centre.
The coach company Eurolines CH carries out the route from the bus station of Zurich in Zurich and to the one of (VIB) Vienna International Busterminal (Vienna Austria)
Carpooling
Depending on the requested date, Blablacar can display an offer to share a ride Zurich-Budapest (491.5 mi)

Stop cities from Zurich or cities to visit near Istanbul

When travelling from Istanbul to Zurich by plane, carpooling, bus, train, you might have to change at Munich (Germany) Vienna (Austria) Belgrade (Serbia) Zagreb (Croatia) Pristina (Montenegro) Izmir (Turkey) Budapest (Hungary). If you have some time on your way to Istanbul or back to Zurich, this may be a really good opportunity to visit and have a short stay in those cities.
 
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