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There are 7 ways to get from Istanbul to Romania by plane, bus, night bus, 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 Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni  •  4h 46m

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

$53 - $164

Cheapest option

Night train  •  21h 47m

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

$29 - $33

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Fly Istanbul Ataturk to Cluj-Napoca  •  4h 24m

  1. Fly from Istanbul Ataturk (IST) to Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) IST - CLJ

$90 - $156

Fly Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni  •  6h 5m

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

$60 - $200

Bus  •  12h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Otogar to Kotel
  2. Take the bus from Kotel to Târgovişte
  3. Take the bus from Târgovişte to Bucuresti

Bus, night bus  •  14h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Istanbul to Shumen
  2. Take the night bus from Shumen, Shumen to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari 1940

$41 - $70

Drive  •  8h 33m

  1. Drive from Istanbul to Bucharest 446 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Istanbul to Romania is to night train which costs 160 ₺ - 190 ₺ and takes 21h 47m.

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The quickest way to get from Istanbul to Romania is to fly which costs 500 ₺ - 900 ₺ and takes 4h 24m.

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The distance between Istanbul and Romania is 651 km. The road distance is 713.6 km.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Romania without a car is to bus which takes 12h 52m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 46m to get from Istanbul to Romania, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Istanbul to Romania is to fly which takes 4h 46m and costs 290 ₺ - 950 ₺. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 12h 52m.

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

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Romania is 1h behind Istanbul. It is currently 12:37 PM in Istanbul and 11:37 AM in Romania.

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

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

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  • Distance: 406.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 46m

What companies run services between Istanbul, Turkey and Romania?

Tarom and Turkish Airlines fly from Istanbul to Sector 2 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Istanbul to Bucharest via Otogar, Otogar, Kotel, Kotel, Târgovişte, Bucuresti, and Gara de Nord in around 12h 52m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
p.turkishairlines.com
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $350
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Cluj-Napoca
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $270
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $250
Flights from Istanbul Ataturk to Cluj-Napoca via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $240
Pegasus Airlines
Website
flypgs.com
Flights from Sabiha Gokcen to Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $270
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Bus operators
MetroTurizm
Phone
0850 222 34 55
Email
iletisim@metroturizm.com.tr
Website
metroturizm.com.tr
Bus from Otogar to Kotel
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
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
2h
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
kotel.bg
Grup ATYC
Phone
+4-0743-335.888
Website
atyc.autogari.ro
Bus from Târgovişte to Bucuresti
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
atyc.autogari.ro
Metro Plus
Website
metrotransport.bg
Bus from Istanbul to Shumen
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $55
Schedules at
metrotransport.bg
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Shumen, Shumen to Bucharest, Bucharest Autogara Militari
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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