There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Tbilisi by plane, bus, train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly from Istanbul  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul (IST) to Tbilisi (TBS) IST - TBS

$52 - $192

Cheapest option

Bus  •  27 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ankara
  2. Take the bus from Ankara to Tbilisi

$36 - $60

5 alternative options

Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Tbilisi (TBS) SAW - TBS

$50 - $199

Bus MetroTurizm, train  •  28 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Hopa
  2. Take the bus from Hopa to Kobuleti
  3. Take the train from Kobuleti to Tbilisi Central station 859 / ...

$37 - $65

Bus Alpar Turizm, train  •  37 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Ganja
  2. Take the train from Ganja to Tbilisi station 38

$56 - $127

Bus, train via Ankara  •  46 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
  2. Take the train from Gebze to Ankara
  3. Take the train from Ankara to Kars
  4. Take the train from Kars to Akyaka
  5. Take the train from Bayandur to Tbilisi 202 / ...

$86 - $136

Drive  •  21 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Tbilisi 1025.5 miles

$210 - $310

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Tbilisi, Georgia?

Turkish Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines fly from Istanbul to Tbilisi 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Tbilisi via Ankara in around 27 h 53 min.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul to Tbilisi
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Tbilisi
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $370
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Tbilisi
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Azerbaijan Airlines
Website
azal.az
Flights from Istanbul to Tbilisi via Baku
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Train operators
Georgian Railway
Phone
+995 32 2199010
Website
railway.ge
Train from Kobuleti to Tbilisi Central station
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $19
Schedules at
railway.ge
Book at
tickets.railway.ge
Standard
$7 - $9
Compartment
$8
Soft-seated
$19
Azerbaijan Railways (ADDY)
Website
ady.az
Train from Ganja to Tbilisi station
Ave. Duration
6 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
ady.az
Book at
ticket.ady.az
3rd class (platzkart)
$3 - $4
2nd class (coupe)
$4 - $5
Turkish Railways (TCDD)
Phone
+90 444 8 233
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Gebze to Ankara
Ave. Duration
3 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Ankara to Kars
Ave. Duration
24 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
Train from Kars to Akyaka
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1
Website
tcdd.gov.tr
South Caucasus Railway
Website
ukzhd.am
Train from Bayandur to Tbilisi
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $27
Schedules at
ukzhd.am
Reserved seats car
$14 - $15
Extra Comfort Compartment
$25 - $27
Compartment car
$20 - $21
Sleeping car
$35 - $38
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul to Ankara
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $20
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Ankara to Tbilisi
Ave. Duration
20 h 14 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Hopa
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Hopa to Kobuleti
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Gebze
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Alpar Turizm
Phone
0090 212 658 18 51
Email
info@alparturizm.com.tr
Website
alparturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Ganja
Ave. Duration
30 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$50 - $120
Schedules at
alparturizm.com.tr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Istanbul and Tbilisi is 1323 km. The road distance is 1641 km.

The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Tbilisi is to bus and train which costs 150 ₺ - 270 ₺ and takes 28 h 40 min.

The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Tbilisi is to fly which takes 5 h 26 min and costs 210 ₺ - 800 ₺.

No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Tbilisi. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at Tbilisi via Ankara. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27 h 53 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 26 min to get from Istanbul to Tbilisi, including transfers.