This is your ultimate guide on traveling between Istanbul and Fethiye – two of the best places in Türkiye. The approximate distance separating İstanbul and Fethiye is about 542km (337 miles).
I have covered all the options of going from Fethiye to Istanbul in Turkey – you’ll find at least one mode of transportation option that suits you to get to this beautiful city to see the ancient ruins.
If you’re anywhere in Turkey, the good news is that you can quickly get to this huge city via public transport of some kind.
Of course, it might also be that you don’t necessarily want to visit for sightseeing (although you should) but must go to the airport. Istanbul Airport is one of Europe’s busiest airports and connects major cities worldwide. There is also another airport on the Asian side, called Sabiha Gokcen, and that’s not particularly small either.
If you’re in Fethiye, a wonderfully chilled-out beach town with plenty to see and do in its own right, how do you get up to Istanbul?
Fethiye is located in the Dalaman region on the south coast. It’s famous for the historic Lycian way, fantastic beaches, nature to make your jaw drop and delicious food. But if you want to check out Istanbul while you’re there, here’s how you can do that.
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1. Fethiye To Istanbul By Air
The easiest way to get from Fethiye to Istanbul, and even back again, is to fly domestically. Depending on traffic, you need to head to Dalaman Airport, which is around 1 hour.
The Havas shuttle bus connects Fethiye and Dalaman Airport several times daily, in both directions, and is relatively cheap. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer or even a taxi, although that’s not the most affordable option.
There are around 3-4 direct flights to Istanbul daily, either to Istanbul Airport on the European side or Sabiha Gokcen on the Asian side. The flight time is about 1 hour and 10 minutes and is operated by both Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines.
Once you arrive in Istanbul, the HavaIst shuttle buses are available to take you wherever you need to go. However, you can also use the Metro or taxis.
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2. Drive Between Fethiye And Istanbul
If you don’t mind a long journey (and fuel costs), you could hire a car and drive, although it certainly isn’t the most time-sensible idea. The journey will take around 9 hours via the O-5 road, a major road connecting the south coast with Izmir, Bursa, and Istanbul. There are tolls on the road, so bear that in mind and check with your rental car hire company that this is covered via the electronic system.
If you don’t mind driving, the road is very easy to navigate, and you’ll get to see a lot on the way as a part of the journey is very scenic. You could even next stop off in Izmir or Bursa as you make your way up to Istanbul.
The only thing to mention is that once you are near Istanbul, around an hour out of the main heart of the city, you’ll hit the famous Istanbul traffic. And in some cases, it DOESN’T MOVE! Seriously, you can’t say you’ve seen traffic until you’ve experienced it in this city.
As a result, you can be stuck for an hour or more, just slowly creeping towards your destination.
3. Take The Bus From Istanbul To Fethiye
The final option – and my personal favorite- is to go by bus. Several long-distance coach companies operate between the two cities, with Pamukkale, Kamil Koc, and Metro the main ones.
You can book your bus ticket online or at the Istanbul or Fethiye bus station. The bus from Fethiye to Istanbul gets busy, so it’s best not to leave buying your ticket until the day of travel, as seats tend to be booked up on that Istanbul bus by all bus companies.
Depending on traffic, the journey will take 9.5-10 hours, but you will first stop a few times on the way. These buses are also very comfortable, offering entertainment, WiFi, and refreshments.