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There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Bucharest by plane, bus, train, night train or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly from Istanbul Ataturk  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) IST - OTP

$52 - $163

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Night train  •  20 h 37 min

  1. Take the night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord Bosphor Express

$28 - $32

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Fly from Sabiha Gokcen  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Fly from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) to Bucharest Otopeni (OTP) SAW - OTP

$59 - $199

Bus, train via Kotel  •  12 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Otogar to Kotel
  2. Take the bus from Kotel to Târgovişte
  3. Take the train from Titu to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ir / ...

Bus  •  15 h

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Ruse
  2. Take the bus from Ruse to București

Bus TransEvren, train  •  15 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Cernavodă
  2. Take the train from Cernavoda Pod to Bucuresti Nord Gara A Ir / ...

$40 - $53

Drive  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bucharest 446 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to night train which costs 150 ₺ - 180 ₺ and takes 20 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to fly which costs 290 ₺ - 950 ₺ and takes 4 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Istanbul to Bucharest. However, there are services departing from Istanbul and arriving at București via Ruse. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15 h.

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The distance between Istanbul and Bucharest is 445 km. The road distance is 713.6 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest without a car is to bus and train which takes 12 h 38 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 43 min to get from Istanbul to Bucharest, including transfers.

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Istanbul to Bucharest bus services, operated by Metro Plus, depart from Istanbul station.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Bucharest is to fly which takes 4 h 43 min and costs 290 ₺ - 950 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 15 h.

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The quickest flight from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Istanbul to Bucharest bus services, operated by PEGASUS GROUP Ltd., arrive at București station.

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Map of how to get from Istanbul to Bucharest.
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  • Distance: 278.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 43 min

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Bucharest, Romania?

Tarom and Turkish Airlines fly from Istanbul to Bucharest 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Bucharest via Ruse in around 15 h.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Train operators
Romanian Railways (CFR)
Phone
0219521
Website
cfrcalatori.ro
Train from Titu to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Train from Cernavoda Pod to Bucuresti Nord Gara A
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Website
cfrcaltori.ro
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Night train from Halkali to Gara Bucureşti Nord
Ave. Duration
20 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $21
Website
bdz.bg
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Otogar to Kotel
Ave. Duration
6 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Schedules at
metroturizm.com.tr
Kotel Municipal Transport
Website
kotel.bg
Bus from Kotel to Târgovişte
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kotel.bg
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Ruse
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
PEGASUS GROUP Ltd.
Phone
+359 (0) 877 34 47 47
Email
pegasus@pegasusbg.com
Website
pegasusbg.com
Bus from Ruse to București
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
pegasusbg.com
TransEvren
Phone
+4-0241-831.491
Email
transevren1@yahoo.com
Website
transevren.ro
Bus from Istanbul - Aksaray to Cernavodă
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
transporturi.transevren.ro

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Bucharest is 1 h behind Istanbul. It is currently 2:44 AM in Istanbul and 1:44 AM in Bucharest.

Yes, the driving distance between Istanbul to Bucharest is 714 km. It takes approximately 8 h 33 min to drive from Istanbul to Bucharest.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Bucharest Otopeni Airport.

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There are 2001+ hotels available in Bucharest. Prices start at $36 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Istanbul Ataturk Airport is to Metro which takes 34 min and costs 4 ₺.

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