You can get from Istanbul to Antalya by plane, bus, or private transfer (pre-booked taxi). Flights take about 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket price is from EUR 21. The trip by Istanbul-Antalya bus will take 11.5 hours, the ticket will cost EUR 25. Taxis and transfers will get you to Antalya in 10 hours, this will cost you EUR 584. The distance from Istanbul to Antalya is 730 km.
The flight is not always more expensive than the bus trip, and sometimes it is even cheaper, while the difference between travel times is significant. There are several flights a day, so it is not a problem to fly from the airport. But it is important to arrive in Istanbul and depart to Antalya from the same airport, as it is quite expensive and takes a long time to get from one airport to another. Though the trip by bus is long too, there are some journeys at night. That means you can sleep during the whole trip, and you can't do this on a plane. It is better to buy plane and bus tickets in advance - the sooner, the better.
At first, this city belonged to the Greeks, then it was conquered by the Romans, and in the 15th century became an Ottoman possession. It is a unique city with a great number of sights which combine well with the natural beauty of the resort. Of course, first of all, tourists come to Antalya for a beach holiday, it is rather comfortable to be here with children. And if you want to take a stroll, you can enjoy places such as the ruins of the ancient fortress and Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum in the Old Town. Besides, you should definitely see Hidirlik Tower, Duden and Kursunlu waterfalls, and visit the local water park, aquarium and luna park.
The Istanbul-Antalya bus Metro Turizm operates from early morning each day, and there are also some journeys at night. The trip duration is 11.5 hours, the ticket price is from EUR 24. The bus departs from Bayrampasa bus station which is 15 km from Ataturk Airport and 54 km from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You can buy tickets at the bus station ticket office or in a travel agency or book them on the carrier's website.
direct bus Istanbul-Antalya
from 08:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Istanbul Bayrampasa bus station – Antalya
12h 10min (40min – public transport from the airport to the bus station, 11h 30min – bus to Antalya)
High: roomy cabin, folding seats, Wi-Fi, TV.
from EUR 25 (from EUR 1 – public transport from the airport to the bus staton, from EUR 24 – bus to Antalya)
couples without children, young tourists, those who want to save money, travellers without large luggage.
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 main airlines serving the route Istanbul-Antalya are Pegasus and Turkish Airlines. Pegasus flights from Istanbul to Antalya depart from Sabiha Gokcen Airport and take 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket price is from EUR 21. Flights are rather frequent - planes fly from early morning until almost midnight.
Turkish Airlines planes fly mainly from Ataturk Airport, but some flights depart from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. This Istanbul to Antalya flight also takes 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket price starts from EUR 43. There are no flights at night, however planes fly from early morning until night.
direct Pegasus/Turkish Airlines Istanbul to Antalya flight
from 06:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m./from 05:35 a.m. to 00:55 a.m.
Istanbul Ataturk/Sabiha Gokcen Airport - Antalya
2h 20min (1h 20min – plane, 1h – bus from Antalya Airport)
from 45min between flights
Low (low-cost airlines): clean cabin, comfortable seats.
EUR 24.8-42.8 (from EUR 23-41 – plane, EUR 1.8 – bus from Antalya Airport to the city).
wealthy tourists, businessmen, young couples, those who are in a hurry.
Use our guide «How to get from Antalya Airport to the city centre?» to choose the right transport.
Travelling from Istanbul to Antalya by car is comfortable, however it takes a long time – about 10 hours. The journey cost is from EUR 431 for an Economy-class car and from EUR 677 for a minibus. Taxis and private transfers are often taken by those tourists who are travelling with children, have a lot of luggage or don't want to look for appropriate routes or wait for a necessary flight for a long time.
to your hotel in Antalya 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.
There are several options to get from Istanbul to Antalya. Each of them is in demand, as each tourist has their own preferences and selection criteria. We hope your choice will fully satisfy you. Have a nice trip!