It's a long bus trip between Istanbul and, say, Munich (32 hours), and can be more expensive than a cut-rate
airfare, but if you want to travel
between Turkey and Europe by bus, you
Note that you may need transit
visas for the countries
that the bus passes
through such as Bulgaria and Serbia,
depending on your passport. Check with
the bus company
and the countries' diplomatic posts
Here are the principal companies running
buses to cities in central
(See also the pages on buses
to Bulgaria and Romania, and buses
Otogar Office No. 126-127) Ulusoy sells tickets for departures from Istanbul on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 11:00am. The bus stops at Munich, Ulm, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Köln, Düsseldorf, Essen and Dortmundt.
The return trip starts Saturday
and Tuesday mornings. The journey takes between 32 (Munich) and 46 (Dortmund) hours, depending upon your German city destination.
The Ulusoy website is in Turkish only.
One-way fare between Istanbul and
German cities range from €140 to €180, depending on the city and the season. More...
One of Turkey's largest and best bus
companies, Metro operates buses from Istanbul to cities in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany and Greece. More...
has a page for buses
to Bulgaria and other Balkan countries.
can travel between Paris and Istanbul
by bus...if you really want to...but I don't recommend it.