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 Nos. 15-16) Varan and the German company Touring operate buses
weekly each Friday to Germany from
Buses to Germany depart at 12:00 noon
stopping at Dresden (Saturday 20:00/8:00pm), Berlin (Saturday 23:00/11:00pm) and Hannover (Sunday 02:00am).
The one-way fare is €130 from Istanbul to
Dresden, €140 to Berlin, €150 to Hannover. More...
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 and 45 hours, depending upon your German city destination.
The Ulusoy website is in Turkish only.
One-way fare between Istanbul and
German cities range from €125 to €180, depending on the city and the season. More...
One of Turkey's largest and best bus
companies has a website that I find nearly
impenetrable, so I'm afraid I can't give
you much information on Metro's European
routes. The website is a dancing-baloney
web designer's fantasy come true: it
flashes, it jerks, it beeps, but to find
out where Metro buses go in Europe, you
must...already know where Metro buses
go in Europe!
You must also know which
days they go, because if you enter
a date into the cryptic online ticket
form on which a bus does not run, you
receive the message "Choose your journey ([date]) No journey is found."
How is it possible for such a huge,
good company to have such a poor-usability website?
has a page for buses
to Bulgaria and other Balkan countries.