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There are 5 ways to get from Istanbul to Varna by bus, car or plane

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Bus Burgas Bus  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Burgas South
  2. Take the bus from Burgas South to Varna

$30 - $35

Cheapest option

Bus Metro Plus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Varna

$29 - $50

3 alternative options

Bus Nishikli  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul Bariam to Varna

$37

Drive  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Varna 287.1 miles

$55 - $90

Fly  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Varna (VAR) IST - VAR

$83 - $265

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Varna is to bus which costs 160 ₺ - 200 ₺ and takes 8 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Varna is to fly which costs 460 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Istanbul and arriving at Varna. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 20 min.

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The distance between Istanbul and Varna is 259 km. The road distance is 459.4 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Varna without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 54 min and costs 160 ₺ - 200 ₺.

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It takes approximately 8 h 54 min to get from Istanbul to Varna, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Varna bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Varna is to bus which takes 8 h 54 min and costs 160 ₺ - 200 ₺. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs 460 ₺ - 1.500 ₺ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Varna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Istanbul to Varna bus services, operated by Metro Plus, arrive at Varna station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Varna.
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  • Distance: 162.1 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 54 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Varna, Bulgaria?

You can take a bus from Istanbul to Varna via Otogar, Istanbul, and Burgas South in around 8 h 54 min. Alternatively, Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Varna once daily.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Varna
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Varna via Constanta
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $340
Bus operators
Burgas Bus
Phone
+359 (0) 885754058
Email
bourgasbus@abv.bg
Website
burgasbus.info
Bus from Istanbul to Burgas South
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $24
Schedules at
burgasbus.info
Bus from Burgas South to Varna
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $10
Schedules at
burgasbus.info
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Varna
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
Nishikli
Phone
+359 700 89 015
Email
silistreotogarsube@nisikli.com.tr
Website
nisikli.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Bariam to Varna
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$36
Schedules at
nisikli.com.tr
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Istanbul Otogari to Varna
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr

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Varna is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 1:10 PM in Istanbul and 12:10 PM in Varna.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Varna is 459 km. It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to drive from Istanbul to Varna.

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Turkish Airlines offers flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Varna Airport.

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There are 1238+ hotels available in Varna. Prices start at $28 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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