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There are 6 ways to get from Bansko to Istanbul by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus via Plovdiv

  1. Take the bus from Bansko to Plovdiv
  2. Take the bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul

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Train

  1. Take the train from Bansko to Septemvri
  2. Take the train from Septemvri to Halkali

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad to Istanbul

Drive

  1. Drive from Bansko to Istanbul

Bus to Sofia, fly

  1. Take the bus from Bansko Bus Station to Sofia Airport Departure Terminal 1
  2. Fly from Sofia (SOF) to Istanbul (IST)

Bus to Thessaloniki, fly

  1. Take the bus from Blagoevgrad Train Station to Thessaloniki KTEA Monastiriou
  2. Fly from Thessaloniki (SKG) to Istanbul (IST)
Bulgaria → Turkey
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International entry into Turkey from Bulgaria

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Bulgaria
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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Conditions of entry into Turkey from Bulgaria

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in Turkey

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Considerations leaving from Bulgaria

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Turkey from Bulgaria.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Istanbul is 184.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Istanbul is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Istanbul is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 184.

No, returning to Bulgaria from Turkey is currently allowed.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 15 May 2022
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Turkish Embassy.

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Questions & Answers

The cost-effective way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to train, which costs $15 - $23 and takes 14h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to drive which costs $55 - $85 and takes 6h 19m.

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No, there is no direct train from Bansko to Istanbul. However, there are services departing from Bansko and arriving at Halkali via Septemvri. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 33m.

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The distance between Bansko and Istanbul is 465 km. The road distance is 560.8 km.

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The best way to get from Bansko to Istanbul without a car is to bus via Plovdiv which takes 11h 41m and costs $25 - $35.

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It takes approximately 11h 41m to get from Bansko to Istanbul, including transfers.

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Bansko to Istanbul train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), depart from Bansko station.

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The best way to get from Bansko to Istanbul is to bus via Plovdiv which takes 11h 41m and costs $25 - $35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $15 - $23 and takes 14h 33m.

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The quickest flight from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Bansko to Istanbul train services, operated by Bulgarian Railways (BDZh), arrive at Halkali station.

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Map of how to get from Bansko to Istanbul.
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  • Distance: 464.7 km
  • Duration: 11h 41m

What companies run services between Bansko, Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey?

You can take a bus from Bansko to Istanbul via Plovdiv, Istanbul, and Otogar in around 11h 41m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Bansko to Istanbul via Septemvri in around 14h 33m.

Airlines
Turkish Airlines
Website
turkishairlines.com
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.700 ₺ - 4.900 ₺
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 4.700 ₺
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.900 ₺ - 4.700 ₺
Flights from Thessaloniki to Istanbul via Athens
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
1.400 ₺ - 4.900 ₺
Tarom
Website
tarom.ro
Flights from Sofia to Istanbul via Bucharest Otopeni
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
1.700 ₺ - 4.900 ₺
Train operators
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
Phone
0700 10 200
Website
bdz.bg
Train from Bansko to Septemvri
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
70 ₺ - 110 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
70 ₺ - 85 ₺
1st Class
85 ₺ - 110 ₺
Train from Septemvri to Halkali
Ave. Duration
8h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
170 ₺ - 260 ₺
Website
Bulgarian Railways (BDZh)
2nd Class
170 ₺ - 200 ₺
1st Class
210 ₺ - 260 ₺
Bus operators
BG Razpisanie
Website
bgrazpisanie.com
Bus from Bansko to Plovdiv
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120 ₺ - 150 ₺
Schedules at
bgrazpisanie.com
Matpu
Phone
02 952 50 04
Email
matpu96@abv.bg
Website
matpu.com
Bus from Plovdiv to Istanbul
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
280 ₺ - 410 ₺
Schedules at
matpu.com
Traventuria
Phone
+359 2 493 0191
Email
info@traventuria.com
Website
traventuria.com
Bus from Bansko Bus Station to Sofia Airport Departure Terminal 1
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
13 ₺ - 350 ₺
Website
Traventuria
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Blagoevgrad Train Station to Thessaloniki KTEA Monastiriou
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Tourist Service Holding AD

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Yes, the driving distance between Bansko to Istanbul is 561 km. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from Bansko to Istanbul.

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Tarom and Turkish Airlines offer flights from Sofia Airport to Istanbul Airport.

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