There are three options to get from Istanbul to Alanya: by bus, plane, or taxi (private transfer). The trip by bus takes more than 15 hours (including all changes and waiting time), the ticket price is $31.5. Flights take 1 hour 35 minutes, the ticket price starts from $30 (depending on the carrier). Taxis and private transfers will get you to the destination in 12 hours, this will cost you EUR 431. The distance from Istanbul to Alanya is 785 km.
The Istanbul to Alanya bus is the most budget but at the same time the longest travel option. However, there are also some night journeys on the route, so you can have a sleep during the trip. As for the trip by plane, it is not that simple: Gazipasa Airport (Antalya) is the closest airport to Alanya, and the distance between them is 37 km. So you should also add 1 hour you will spend getting to the city to the plane travel time (1.5 hours). Planes are not available at night.
It is no secret that most tourists come to Alanya for a good beach, clean water and mild climate. But besides a beach holiday, travellers can enjoy walking around the city and visiting a large number of different sights. Thus, you should definitely visit Cappadocia - a place taking you back to the ancient times. Another local sight is Pamukkale, or as Turkish people call it - «Cotton Castle». The water here is truly healthful, and no one will remain indifferent to the beauty of nature. By the way, you can also experience rafting and take a ride on a yacht in Alanya.
Buses from Istanbul to Alanya depart from Bayrampasa bus station which is 15 km from Ataturk Airport and 54 km from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can take the Pamukkale bus which departs 6 times a day. Buses are also available at night - there are two overnight journeys. The travel time is 12.5 hours, the ticket price is $31.5. The trip is long, however buses are quite comfortable inside: they have sockets, TV, and comfortable seats.
direct bus Pamukkale
4 daytime journeys: 12:30 p.m., 05:00 p.m., 07:00 p.m., 09:00 p.m.
2 nighttime journeys: 01:00 a.m., 05:30 a.m.
Istanbul Otogar bus station – Kutahya – Burdur – Antalya – Manavgat – Alanya
13h 10min (40min – public transport from the airport to the bus station, 12h 30min – bus to Alanya).
Medium: roomy cabin, folding seats, TV, sockets.
$32.5 ($1 – public transport from the airport to the bus station, $31.5 – bus to Alanya).
families without children, tourists without large luggage, those who are afraid of flying.
You can get from Ataturk Airport to the bus station by metro (Otogar station, line «Havalimani – Yenukapi»). At Sabiha Gokcen Airport, take the Havatas bus (to Taksim square), and then - the bus №830 to the bus station.
The closest airport to Alanya is 37 km from it, in Antalya. There are two carriers serving the route Istanbul-Alanya - they are Pegasus and Turkish Airlines. Pegasus planes depart from Sabiha Gokcen Airport twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. These are low-cost airlines, so the ticket price is from $30, the travel time is 1 hour 35 minutes. Note that on low-cost planes you need to pay extra for your luggage, while planes themselves are not that comfortable. Besides, flights are often delayed or cancelled at all.
Turkish Airlines planes fly from Ataturk Airport. The duration of the flight is 1 hour 40 minutes, the ticket price is from $158. There are only two flights a day, and there are no overnight ones.
direct Pegasus/Turkish Airlines plane
at 06:10 a.m. and 08:05 p.m./at 01:30 p.m. and 10:25 p.m.
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen/Ataturk Airport - Gazipasa-Alanya Airport
2h 35min (1h 35min – plane, 1h – bus from the airport to Alanya).
from 9h between flights
Low (low-cost airlines): clean cabin, comfortable seats.
from $36-164 (from $30-158 – plane, $6 – bus from the airport to Alanya).
businessmen, aged tourists, those who want to get to Alanya as soon as possible.
You can get to the city by Havas shuttle. The shared transfer departs in 25 minutes after the plane arrival. It runs to the city centre making a stop at the local bus station. The trip duration is 1 hour.
To get to Alanya from Istanbul without changes and with maximum comfort, you can take a taxi or book a private transfer Istanbul-Alanya. The main advantage of this travel option is that tourists are not bound to arrival time, they don't need to carefully think over their route. Besides, travelling by car is comfortable for those tourists who are travelling with the whole family, have a lot of luggage, etc. The duration of the car trip is 12 hours, the cost is from EUR 431 for an Economy-class car and EUR 677 for a minibus.
to your hotel in Alanya or given address
You will have to spend about 30min looking for a taxi at Istanbul Airport, not all drivers are ready to cover long distances.
There is no need to wait for a pre-booked transfer, the driver will meet you at the exit from the arrivals area with a nameplate at specified time.
Taxi on the spot: journey without stops and other passengers.
Pre-booked transfer: air-conditioning, English-speaking driver, help with luggage, journey without stops, spacious minibus, free mineral water, cartoons for children, child seats/booster seats, paying online, pre-booking.
from EUR 431 for an Economy-class car and from EUR 677 for a minibus up to 7 passengers
families with children, inexperienced tourists, those who are in Turkey for the first time, aged travellers, those who have a lot of luggage or arrive at night, large groups of tourists
Taxis can be found at the stand in front of the exit from the airport terminals building. There is no need to look for a pre-booked transfer, the driver will be waiting for you at the exit from the arrivals area with a nameplate.
Planning a trip from Istanbul to Alanya is not difficult, you just need to define your desired trip duration and the sum of money you are ready to spend. We hope your journey will be full of positive emotions! Have a nice trip!