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Instanbul to Athens

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Instanbul to Athens

I've been looking up flights from Istanbul to Athens and it seems like there are only 2 carriers that make the 1.5 hour flight: Olympic and Turkish Air. Am I missing other carriers? Also, it seems like the prices are kinda high given the short distance($300-$450). Is it better to book the flight in advance or do it while in the country. Thanks for your help, Surfwise

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1. Re: Instanbul to Athens

The prices are high BECAUSE there are only two carriers.

I don't know about Olympic, but Turkish Airlines tickets only get more expensive as the date approaches. So cheapest ticket you'll get is one that you'll buy online today.

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2. Re: Instanbul to Athens

Alternatively, you might try the bus or train travel which are much less expensive.

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3. Re: Instanbul to Athens

yes, unfortunately, ticket prices are very high. i managed to get a ticket from olympic early this june 3 weeks before the flight date and it costs 320€ (with return). turkish airlines is prefered by us the locals, so it is busier, so i recommend booking a ticket asap if you plan to fly turkish airlines.

links of the 2 coaches going to athens from istanbul:


the addresses of ticket sales offices:



it takes 20 hours by coach to athens (without the stops), so it is not time efficient.

there is a train going to thessaloniki. you can go to thessaloniki by train and change to the athens train there.

i hope these help:)

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4. Re: Instanbul to Athens

Thank you for the information. I ended up booking my flight using Turkish Air. Cost a bit of money, but worth it given the short flight time vs my alternatives. Thanks again, Surfwise

5. Re: Instanbul to Athens

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